Workshops

Cacao Ceremony and Sound Bath with Helane Anderson and Colleen Choi

Cacao Ceremony and Sound Bath with Helane Anderson and Colleen Choi – back by popular demand after a sold out evening in June!

Saturday, July 23 at 7:30PM – $50 in advance 

Olandar Foundation for Emerging Renaissance
This is an amazing place with incredible artwork by visionary artist Leigh McCloskey
6032 Philip Avenue
Malibu, CA 90265

This session, which is limited to 20 participants, will include personalized CranioSacral and Biodynamic healings for each person to aid and assist in this special healing journey. The evening will begin with intention setting and administering of the cacao and lead into an extra-long healing session with Helane and Colleen including a full sound bath and touch taking us deep into the experience of heart opening and receiving.
While living in Guatemala, Colleen connected with the Cacao shaman, attending weekly ceremonies for 2 months. Over the last 1.5 years, she has been using this cacao to partner in her own healing and with children through art. This cacao is ceremonial grade, fair trade, and nurtured by small Mayan communities in Guatemala. The shaman works with the Cacao spirits to bring the highest quality and vibration cacao. Her spirit serves as our partner, working with the heart. She holds space for a deep and gentle exploration through our emotions, inner transformations, and will dive as deep as we are willing to go.
May the synergy of the sound healing and cacao move through us to bring light to our shadows and prepare us to emerge into full blossom. May our connected hearts continue to rise for the greater good of all.
A few things to note:
Light to normal eating a few hours before Cacao, and no dairy.
Please do NOT take cacao if you are on antidepressants.
If you are pregnant or breast feeding, cacao is fine at a lower dosage. Please let us know.
Bring your own water, and please drink a lot of water the day after cacao.
www.colleenchoi.com
Practitioner Helane Anderson holds a certificate in Sound Healing and Sound Therapy from the Globe Sound and Consciousness Institute in San Francisco and is also a trained classical singer and pianist. Drawn to the power of music at an early age, Helane now focuses her musical gifts with an intent to heal and activate people to create deep relaxed states, release stress and trauma and to activate one’s true potential. Helane is also an Integrative CranioSacral Practitioner through the Life Energy Institute in Topanga, CA and a Certified  Massage Therapist trained at I.P.S.B., the institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing.
Check out this article on Helane by Jim Farber    https://www.sfcv.org/article/the-art-of-healing-with-sound
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Workshops

ELEMENTAL ALCHEMY – BALANCING THE ELEMENTS WITH SOUND

ELEMENTAL ALCHEMY – BALANCING THE ELEMENTS IN THE BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

SOUND HEALING WORKSHOP with Helane Anderson ;
Friday, January 22, 6:30-8:30PM

$35 in advance/$40 day of workshop
Mystic Journey Bookstore, 1624 Abbot Kinney, Blvd, Venice, CA

This workshop, ELEMENTAL ALCHEMY, takes inspiration from the elements and works through balancing the body & mind through sound & action, movement & breath. This workshop will activate elements within ourselves and moving through them to get closer to our purpose on this planet. Ether is where all ideas or manifestations begin. Air is how we give voice to the ideas and intentions and write them down. Water is how we embody these ideas and thoughts as our bodies are made of water. Earth is where we ground our roots on the earth plane to have structure around the ideas. Fire puts these things into action and burns off any voices and things that are keeping us from our path and intention!

This workshop will help with moving us out of stasis into action and bring us back into balance with ourselves. The first part of the workshop will work through the elements individually through sound, movement, breath and journaling. The last part of the workshop will be a sound bath allowing for integration and receiving.

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Sound healing is a powerful modality that can induce states of deep relaxation, healing, & action in the body, mind and soul. Please bring a yoga mat (they are provided if you do not have one), a pillow and blanket and a journal to write down your intentions.

Practitioner Helane Anderson holds a certificate in Sound Healing and Sound Therapy from the Globe Sound and Consciousness Institute in San Francisco and is also a trained classical singer and pianist. Drawn to the power of music at an early age, Helane now focuses her musical gifts with an intent to heal and activate people to create deep relaxed states, release stress and trauma and to activate one’s true potential. Helane is also an Integrative CranioSacral Practitioner through the Life Energy Institute in Topanga, CA and a Certified Massage Therapist trained at I.P.S.B., the institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing. www.sacralsounds.com.

Inspiration

ELEMENTAL ALCHEMY CD

ELEMENTAL ALCHEMY CD

ELEMENTAL ALCHEMY CD

ELEMENTAL ALCHEMY CD RELEASED ON CD BABY, ITUNES AND AMAZON


ELEMENTAL ALCHEMY represents a journey: one I am now ready to share. For the past seven years, my life has gone through so many changes that it’s hard for me to recognize the person I was in 2007. Breakdowns and breakthroughs dealing with death, loss and rebirth and doing whatever it took to finally heal whatever wasn’t working on the inside was an arduous process. I experienced a true dark night of the soul that led to a complete transformation of everything in my life as I knew it.

The walls I built around myself reflected everything I thought I wanted in life, and kept the deepest parts of myself hidden, masking an overwhelming fear of what others would think of me if they saw the truth. Societal conditioning, family and my environment molded my walls into structures so hard and formed that it took mountains, and in my case a loved one’s death, to break it all down. Fear and conditioning led me to build a life that I was not happy in – a life that reflected everything I thought I wanted on the outside, and very little of who I was on the inside.

As a child, I was inherently musical and naturally played piano and by ear, sang and danced for anyone who would listen: I did not have a single shy bone in my body. However, as I began to train more formally in the classical system that discouraged true creativity and improvisation, I developed many deep fears of playing a wrong note, of not being good enough, and was guided to constantly compare myself to others – and eventually I lost the joy and spontaneity that connected me with music in the first place. That which gave me more joy than anything, slowly began causing me more stress than joy, more pain than solace. Yet, I still knew that that music was the only thing I wanted to do, so I kept doing it anyways. Those deep-seated patterns led me to focus on everyone else’s musical output instead of my own.

For the entirety of my career, I worked with the musicians and artists I most admired in the classical music world, and though I was fulfilled in a way, a part of my heart and voice wasn’t being heard. The jobs closer to the top became so all-encompassing that there was no room for any of my own creative self to come through – and a major part of me, the most alive part, was dead. It took many difficult decisions and experiences – stepping away from a career; the loss of my father and two of my grandparents; three major cross country moves; more than 1600 hours of healing arts classes; starting a consulting business; reconnecting with improvisation as an art form on piano and with my voice; and beginning my healing arts practice – to come to the release of this CD.

I knew my path involved the place where music and healing intersected but I had absolutely no vision of how that might look. Then, after spending four intensive weeks at the Globe Sound & Consciousness Institute in San Francisco in the summer of 2014, it all came together: FINALLY! In sound healing I found my own peace, solace and purpose, and all of the elements of who I am came together in one place. This led to the title and inspiration behind the album: ELEMENTAL ALCHEMY. The album is based in healing the elements within ourselves and is a musical representation of my journey to the present: a captured moment in time in one of my favorite places on the planet, Ojai, CA.

When I made the decision to leave my job as Director of Artistic Planning at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to pursue my other passions, my friend and colleague Natalie forwarded me this poem by Mary Oliver that gave me hope. May all of us have the courage to listen to our hearts and transform.

The Journey
By Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.