2020 - The Year of Hindsight? Happy New Year! As the saying goes, hindsight is 2020! So...although I'd love to forget 2019's pains, mistakes, and wrongdoings or celebrate all the good stuff of the last year or decade, I might be better served to take a moment to learn from the past and find the lessons to carry into the future. Not that there really is such a thing as past or future, metaphysically speaking...but let's not get distracted. I've been focusing a lot on my psychotherapy practice, teaching, writing, and caring for my dad in California. A lot of time is spent traveling these days and it's been exhausting and sometimes it's too easy to lose perspective of what is really important. I also have realized that I haven't been giving enough attention to music or art-making lately which is my happy place and finding happiness is important to keep going! Both our cats plays the piano in the style of Morton Feldman and they just seem to be in the zone all the time! Although I'd love to fall into that practice more, there is another saying that goes..."Rome is Burning!" and because of this, I've decided to take a stand with my form of expression in music and challenge the status quo.
We art makers are known for this. To challenge and uproot and create a new perspective on an old idea. Ideas are easy. Anyone can have them. They float in the ether and anyone can catch them. It's what we do with the ideas and how we make significant changes in the world that make ideas important. Some ideas are dangerous. Some are life-altering for the greater good. But no matter what, it isn't enough to simply "have" them. The real work is in choosing to put ideas out there and create something...not the next cool instagram post or the next event that will generate a hubbub but truly something that will have sustained and lasting impact for generations that we haven't yet met and will likely never meet at least in this lifetime! I've been thinking about hope lately and I realize that hope is truly a privilege. It helps us to move forward, to look forward. However, there are so many who have little to no hope. Families being separated at the border and children in cages. Can they hope? It is our imperative to help those who feel hopeless to feel hope, give hope, and buoy up those less fortunate than we are. It requires courage and sacrifice. I'd love to hear from you if you're interested in creating something together to look into and raise the divine mirror. I'm ready for the challenge. Please reach out to me personally if you would like to meet and brainstorm. I am grateful as always for the engagement.
Below are offerings of the sensory variety this month including info on the upcoming Sound School Training Level 1 at Maha Rose on the last weekend of February and a weekend sound retreat The Well of Sound at Wainwright House, at the end of April.
If you scroll down further, you can read more details about each offering. The challenge to myself for each offering and training is to be in alignment with the highest good for all and to open a dialogue of what it means to have hope, to be uncomfortable, to listen, to sacrifice, to hold each other up and be willing to go out of our comfort zone to facilitate change we want to see in the world. With love, respect and humble thanks, Katie
Fri. Jan 3rd - Sound Bath at Brooklyn Music School. Sat. Jan 4th - Sound Meditation with Lab Shul's Soul Spa, Harlem JCC Sun. Jan 5th - Sound Bath at Maha Rose Center for Healing Sat. Jan. 12th - Sound Bath and Tea Ceremony, Wainwright House Sun. Jan. 19th - Sound Bath at Maha Rose Center for Healing
Friday, Jan 3rd, 7pm - 8:30pm SOUND BATH Brooklyn Music School First Friday Sound Baths are community sound meditation offerings facilitated by music therapists at BMS. This month, I will be facilitating our first one of the year, tomorrow. We keep this offering at an affordable price with the ticket price of $20 (about half of what a sound bath these days costs) in order to ensure everyone has access to this kind of meditation. I've been offering sound baths for many years now and I'm thrilled that they are popular but many, including some of mine, can be cost prohibitive so I'm thrilled to be able to offer this monthly sound bath series to a wider community and no one is turned away for lack of funds. Click HERE to RSVP.
Saturday, Jan 4th, 4pm - 6pm SOUL SPA LAB SHUL Every month on the 1st Saturday of the month, I'll be offering sound meditation for about 20 minutes within Lab Shul's Shabbat service at the Harlem JCC. This is a free spiritual service that is God-optional, non-binary, deeply connected and always inspiring. Open and welcome to all! 318 W 118 ST. NEW YORK, NY 10026
Sunday, Jan. 5th, 6pm - 8pm SOUND BATH Maha Rose Center for Healing Each month and sometimes twice a month, I offer a sound bath meditation at Maha Rose. I've been with Maha for about 8 years and I'm so happy to be part of this vibrant community of healing arts practitioners. My sound baths incorporate a wide variety of instruments representing our elemental nature and there is a journey aspect to the meditation, starting with creative visualization, breath, and intention and moving into Savasana pose for 80 minutes in sound and ending with voice work for 15 minutes, integrating sound and the body-mind connection. The idea of each sound bath is that there is community-building in group meditation and through the act of intentional, mindful listening, we cultivate compassion and empathy. Click HERE to RSVP.
Saturday Jan. 12th, 4:30 - 6:30pm SOUND BATH and TEA CEREMONY at WAINWRIGHT HOUSE I'm thrilled to be collaborating with Wainwright's artist in residence, Corrine Trang in this special ceremony of the senses. To experience a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and a healing sound bath togeher is a real feast for the senses. Tea Ceremonies and Sound Baths are similar in that both are specially sequenced and carefully choreographed to provide our bodies and minds with a therapeutic, meditative and healing experience. Cha Dao, or tea ceremony, is a contemplative practice that is both calming and energizing. It is a perfect way to set the tone for the day ahead. Part meditation, part instructional, here you will learn to journey with tea, allowing body and mind to follow the arc of the beverage through multiple infusions. You will experience cha qi, literally translated as “tea energy,” yet far more complex than the simple transfer of energy from leaf to body and mind. Sound Bath Meditations offers deep listening experiences through all the senses with sound as a focal point for illuminating the idea that everything is made of vibration, and in the act of listening we are able to self-heal, connect deeply with one another, and create new neural-pathways for our inherent well-being and equanimity through self-care and compassion for others. Click HERE to Register
Sunday, Jan. 19th, 6pm - 8pm SOUND BATH Maha Rose Center for Healing Each month and sometimes twice a month, I offer a sound bath meditation at Maha Rose. I've been with Maha for about 8 years and I'm so happy to be part of this vibrant community of healing arts practitioners. My sound baths incorporate a wide variety of instruments representing our elemental nature and there is a journey aspect to the meditation, starting with creative visualization, breath, and intention and moving into Savasana pose for 80 minutes in sound and ending with voice work for 15 minutes, integrating sound and the body-mind connection. The idea of each sound bath is that there is community-building in group meditation and through the act of intentional, mindful listening, we cultivate compassion and empathy. Click HERE to RSVP.
SOUND SCHOOL LEVEL 1 at MAHA ROSE with Katie Down and Jessica Caplan Saturday February 29th | 10am-6pm Sunday March 1st | 10am-6pm EXCHANGE: $650 or Saturday February 29th | 10am-6pm Sunday March 1st | 10am-6pm Monday March 2nd | 10 am-6pm (intensive practice lab) EXCHANGE: $900 Sound School Level 1 at Maha Rose, is led by licensed creative arts therapist, Katie Down, (LCAT, MT-BC, MMT) and sound practitioner/yoga instructor, Jessica Caplan. A certificate of completion is provided following the completion of the training. For more information and to register, click HERE and inquire about scholarships and workstudy opportunities too.
THE WELL of SOUND Weekend Retreat and Training at Wainwright House, Rye NY. April 25th and 26th. This training in sound, sound therapies, and mindful listening will be offered at Wainwright House on the weekend of April 25th and 26th, 2020. We will delve into sound practices, mindfulness meditation, connection, and what it means to heal through creative ways of mindful and intentional listening, hands on practicum training and stimulating discussions about sound and listening. How we engage in sound through our voices, playing instruments, and the simple act of being present will be explored through hands-on practicums, improvisation, and mindfulness meditation. Participants will be introduced to specific musical drone instruments including gong, crystal singing bowls, monochords, voice, drums, and more. Students are encouraged to bring a personal instrument of their choosing including their voices to look at how we engage in “musicking” with each other and in the natural world. Students encouraged to participate include those wanting to learn how sound can be incorporated into their work, teaching, and personal lives. A certificate of completion is provided. Overnight accommodations are available for up to 8 students. Please contact Laurie Jordan to reserve email@example.com. Lodging for Saturday night is $80, double occupancy.