Public Workshops

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Public Workshops

Sunday, February 12, 12:00-3:00pm                                                                                     


Reservations Required

12:00-12:45: Rhythms of the Middle East

A family friendly demonstration of the various rhythms used in Middle Eastern music and the unique drums being used in the area. Participants will learn trance rhythms from Iran and how to count ‘exotic’ beats like 7/8, 10/8, and 9/8, and to play them on their own drum.


1:00-2:00: Healing and Transforming Consciousness through Sacred Sound, Music, and Dance

Experience introspective and ecstatic practices of four ancient spiritual paths: Zen Buddhism, Kabbalistic Judaism, Early Contemplative Christianity, and Sufi-Islam. This unique experiential seminar will journey deep into sacred music chanting, movement, and spiritual mindfulness practices, drawing from the hidden wisdom of the traditions of the East. These practices result in heart opening, increased compassion, and deepening of inner explorations, and have been shown scientifically to impact the structure and function of the brain in ways that enhance memory, cognition, and awareness. These practices also promote healing by lowering stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. The activities are based on Yuval Ron’s work with master spiritual teachers of the East and neuroscientists of the West. Through this incredible journey to your inner world, you will have a rare perspective into the worlds of Zen Buddhist masters, mystic Sufi leaders, Kabbalistic rabbis, leading neuroscientists, and scholars of the mysticism of Christianity.


This seminar is experiential, and will not be lecture-based. Its focus is to provide a deep spiritual experience through walking meditation, sacred movement from Zen, Hebrew, and Sufi sources, ecstatic chanting meditations, storytelling, poetry, and live Oud music by Yuval Ron.


2:00-3:00: Music as a Bridge: Bringing People Together with Music

A talk with live music, exploring ways to teach unity and tolerance, using music as a platform for meeting your opponent, your neighbor, and the other. In addition, a discussion of the path of music as a way to connect to the reality beyond all realities.