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The Healing Power of Sound
March 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Why is sound universally used as a gateway to meditation and religious ceremony? What do a shell, pine cone or acorn have to teach us about our place in the universe?
The Healing Power of Sound is an interactive workshop where we explore sound and the connections between ancient wisdom and modern science. We will demonstrate that human beings are designed on the same principles as the design of a sunflower or a galaxy. Healing sounds are based on these same concepts.
Participants will learn how to use sound for self-care and care of others. We will end with a sound meditation followed by a group reflection.
Chris and Sara started working together after Chris’ diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Sara used sound throughout Chris’ chemotherapy treatments and operation to aid his healing process. Chris is certain that Sara’s sound treatments were essential in his becoming cancer free. They have since worked together as a pair, and with others, to help cancer patients, Alzheimer’s patients, their caregivers and anyone who wants more tranquility in the face of day to day stress.
ABOUT OUR GUEST SPEAKERS:Sara Galassini is an Italian artist based in New York for twenty years. Her extensive artistic experience and the many benefits she has received by studying and practicing dance, theater and music led her to undertake a personal journey in the healing arts and sound therapy. She graduated from the Open Center’s Sound and Music Institute in New York in 2016. Ever since she has been helping cancer patients, people with Alzheimer’s disease, those suffering from stress, anxiety and depression restore and nurture a state of harmony and happiness.Sara is the founder of the Sara Galas Band, also an interdisciplinary artist working with La MaMa Theater for 20 years, a member of the Great Jones Company and Magis Theatre Company, and a facilitator of socially engaged theater practices.
Christopher Cherney is an award winning composer and educator. He has played with and written for some of the greats of American music including, among others, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Drifters and Bo Diddley. Over his 47 year career teaching he has witnessed music’s incredible power to transform people and change lives. When his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease he divorced himself from “the music business”. He has since focused on the use of sound and music as healing modalities, graduating from the Open Center’s Sound and Music Institute in 2018. He does sound treatments for cancer patients, Alzheimer’s patients and anyone looking for a little less stress. In his words,“ I am returning to the original purposes of music: to calm the mind and access the divine”.