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The Nature of Healing with Sound:  
             VOICE & INSTRUMENTS
Tentative Dates: September 15-18th, 2016
(Alternate Dates Possible: Sept 22-25th or Sept 29th - Oct 2)

This is an in depth study into the nature of healing, sound healing, and the use of sacred sound and intuitive sound healing practices.   It is what we call ourur foundation training.  However, those who know our work, know that it is anything but foundational.  advanced level practitioners have found this program to be exceptional at articulating fundamental principals of understanding the nature, science, and spirit of sound as a healing practice, which, simultaneously, is offered in a way that the most basic novice has a rich and diverse understanding of the nature and use of sound in a healing practice, for themselves, or with others.
It is highly recommended for all pursuing our program of studies.  It offers a skilled approach to the nature of sound and healing designed to be of benefit to novice and practitioner.  We approach a broad understanding of major sound healing modalities, which includes hands on work with instruments, vocal sound healing exercises, and much more.
  We explore the science of sound, including basics in neuroacoustics, Cymatics and other principles of sound. 
We shall explore the use of principal instruments used in sound healing practices, both for personal and professional use.  We detail the nature and use of awareness and intention, for clearing and energizing the human energy field, invocation, and more. 
We explore the use of Tibetan and Crystal Singing Bowls, bells, tingshas, Tibetan horns, shangs, gongs, drums, tuning forks, didgeridoos, rattles, and more.   
See more about our instruments below!
With this foundation of understanding with the nature of sound, and the use of instruments, we begin to explore ever more deeply the use of voice, also, for personal and professional use, for practice in clearing, aligning, and energizing the human energy field, the nature of and use in invocation of allies and teachers in the subtle worlds of understanding, and much more.  
How is sound used as healing tool. 
Why is it so effective?
We each have the creative capacity to utilize our voice in healing, every day.  By setting proper awareness, and intention, we can, by speaking our truth, voicing our wounds, and touching our Divinity, and alliance with subtle realms of being, spark healing in ourselves and others.    We will discuss and experience the use of voice in a variety of settings for personal healing, and providing for, or guiding others, through their healing, in professional therapeutic application.   

From this foundation of understanding, over the next 8 months, in 3 additional 6 day programs, we shall break our work down into more complex and explicit explorations using voice and instruments, with a foundation in science, and deeper glimpses at using our own intuitive guidance, in the following aspects of sound work.  

The Science & Mysticism of Sound: Neurophysiology, and the Chakras
  Tentative Dates: Nov 10-13th, 2016
(Alternate Dates Possible: Nov 3-6th, or Nov 17-20th)
Part I:  The Neurophysiology of Sound      cymatics image

Sound is a primordial force which effects us on many levels.  This program will explore the fundamental neurophysiology of the body, and the neuracoustical properties of sound:  how sound effects healing, change, growth, via the natural forces at play within our human bodies, as well as other aspects of the science of sound.    We will carry forward our understanding of the use of instruments and voice, focusing on a scientific foundation, such as sound to enhance homeostasis, for deep relaxation and restoration, while utilizing intuitive awareness, in practices, moving more and more into hands on work with others as the trainings progress.

Part II: Attuning the Chakras
An in depth study of the nature and development of the chakras and their relationship within the subtle bodies & the human psyche; with attunement exercises via alchemical practices, esoteric exercises, toning, chant, mantra, and sacred sound transmissions, as well as working with instruments to balance and enliven these seats of consciousness.   We will offer cognitive information on the nature of the Chakras, and skill development utilizing sound to balance and energize the chakras in therapeutic settings.  

The Art of Sacred Sound
Tentative Dates:
Jan 12-15, 2017
  (Alternate Dates Possible: Jan 19-21 or Jan 26-29)
What is sacred sound, what is sacred space, how and why should we utilize it?  What is the potential and necessity of safe and sacred space in our lives and practice, and how do we create and sustain it?
How do we access the extraordinary potential and gifts of Sacred Sound?
What is this in relation to the overall spectrum of sound tools available to us?

 Part I:  Creating Sacred Space  
How do we use sacred space in our personal & professional lives?  Whom & what do we call upon to create sacred space, and why?  Does the holistic practitioner & workshop facilitator have an inextricable responsibility to insure sacred space is utilized and maintained when opening clients to sacred mystery, or to greater personal awareness?  What are the boundaries and limitations of our understanding as to the power of positive and negative forces in our life and workplace?  Many shamanic cultures focus on the need to dispel or protect from the dark energies.  What other methods of understanding may be even more potent at insuring the integrity and wellness of our space, our lives, and practice?  We will explore these and other questions, engage in understanding professional ethics and care, and learn to couple intention with a variety of vibrational techniques for creating sacred space in our personal and professional place.   When time and weather permit, we often work with creating outdoor ceremonial space, utilizing traditional indigenous wisdom teachings.

  Part II:  Sacred Sound Transmissions         
When we attune to our own sacred nature, and voice this in resonance with clarity and trust, we come into contact with our very essence.  Zacciah uses sound coupled with sacred intention to invoke the essence of higher being, as well as the voices of allies and teachers of the hidden worlds.  This allows us each to enter more readily into a sacred space, more ready to explore the deeper nature of ourselves, and relationship to that which we personally hold as sacred, as well as the Greater Cosmos, and learn to better voice it.  The invocation of sacred sound streams, which Zacciah calls Sacred Sound Transmissions, creates the groundwork which assists us in walking through a rich tapestry of unfolding experiential insights into our essence.  We will explore together our inherent ability discern and channel these sacred sound streams through voice
Zacciah Blackburn, Sacred Sound Channel and intention.  We will be given specific methodology to connect with the allies, guides and teachers, the ancestral and holy beings of the subtle realms of consciousness, the 'other worlds,' and learn to attune to, embrace, embody, and emanate their voices.  Deep initiations may occur when we create authentic relationship with these holy ones, and utilize those relationships in integrated practices with Sacred Sound.  It is important to realize, in this quality of practice, we enter into worlds beyond our common knowing and imagination, we enter the realms beyond cognition, so they are not definable by common language.  We are in the imaginal realms of what some call, the Lands of Pure Light and Sound, where the Holy Beings dwell.  Most participants in these practices find the work life altering, deeply transforming.   We invite you to join us.
 The Therapeutic Application of Sound as a Healing Modality
Tentative Dates: March 9-12, 2017
(Alternate Dates Possible: March 16-19tu, 23-26th)

This practice is open to those who have completed the first 3 Modules of Level I training.  Consideration may be given to those who have completed at least 2 of the prior 3 trainings, under special circumstance, with appropriate exhibition of skill development.  This practice is for deepening our wisdom and understanding of the tools we have gathered over the course of this first year traiZacciah Blackburn, Demonstrating sound healing toolsning.   It is an in depth experiential training, with further comprehensive practical skill development.   We will explore more deeply, our understanding and application of sound healing skills, with the use of our voice, and instruments, awareness and intention, in practical application for therapeutic use.   We will bridge more deeply into how to work with others in a client based practice, or integrate our new skills into our existing practice.  There is much time for question and answer for direct application to each students unique and specific needs, as well as intensive time for one on one or small group practice for further skill development.
On completion of this training, you will receive a Certificate of Completion of the training. 
Completion of this program is required to advance to Level II & III trainings.    See links
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 You may sign up for Module I independent of the other programs.
Commitment to remaining modules must be made within 3 weeks of completing Module I . 

Your space is not held until registration and payment are received.  
Registration is open until programs are full.
Registration is available by phone, mail, fax, or on line on our secure server; that information is below.
Priority is given to those who register for the entire series.  
Discounts are given for advance registration & payment, previous attendance, and for membership in some professional organizations, see list below
MasterCard, Visa, Credit & Debit cards & Discover cards are accepted, as is PayPal, cash, money orders, and personal checks. 

Costs, Discounts:
2016-17 PROGRAM
Costs and Venue may change slightly.  
Watch for announcements soon
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16 days, or, 94 hours of study time are incorporated into this first year program.   This is a very high quality, very in depth, very thorough program you are signing up for.  Expect the most.  The vast majority of attendees find the work far exceeds all expectations.
A registration is a commitment to attend, and pay for all services.  

Program Costs includes all tuition, lodging Thurs-Sun when available (double occupancy, shared baths*) no meals, snacks , coffee and tea throughout the day.

Early Registration Discounts close at 4:45 PM each date listed, unless you register online; 
On line registration is accepted until Midnight of stated date.
(To register online, look below.) 
We, also, accept early registration discounts for payments by mail postmarked up until listed dates.

Please complete our registration form for this program, scroll further down.

Sign up for our newsletters for unannounced discounts, which may not be combined with this. 

Gift certificates are available for any or all programs in the series.
See all registration details below.

We have been an approved Adult Education program provider for the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), a state sponsored non-profit organization providing grants, loans, scholarships, career and education planning for Vermont residents, and are re-appling for this service at this time.
You may qualify for VSAC or other adult education grants.   Ask for information, or visit
If we are re-approved, if you are approved for a VSAC grant, you may automatically assign it to use in our school programs.
If you live outside of Vermont, you will need to speak to your own state adult education program providers.
We will co-operate in providing information to your state agency as to the nature and content of our program.


You must pay in full by due dates to receive early discounts.
You may submit your registration Secure On Line at any time for payment by Credit or Debit Card or PayPal.
You may register by E-mail (without your secure Credit Card information,) and call or mail us your payment information.

You may ask us to send you a PayPal invoice, or simply make payment via the 'email' method to "".  We ask that you still fill out registration on line, so we have all necessary materials.

You may register by Phone, Fax, or Mail, with a Credit/Debit Card, or Personal Check or Money Order, or Pay Pal, or in person with cash.
We accept MasterCard/Visa credit and debit cards, Discover, PayPal payments.
Register with all applicable information, discounts and programs you wish to attend. 
 If there are any questions relating to charges, we will contact you before submitting a charge.  Acceptance into the program you register for will be formalized when we charge your credit card, or deposit your check into our bank.  See "Registration and Acceptance Guidelines," for further details.
 Any charges will appear on your credit card billing statement as  “Sunreed Instruments”, our partner company.  

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For payment through PayPal, fill out this form and simply use the e-mail payment method.  Our account is under ''
Or, contact our office to send you a PayPal invoice.

To register by phone, see contact information to your right!

Payment & Financial Assistance Information

We accept MasterCard and Visa credit or debit cards, Discover, and PayPal for payment, as well as checks, money orders, or cash. 
(You may also send postdated checks at any time, dated for the early registration discount deadlines.)
Vermont residents may qualify with VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corporation) for adult education financial assistance or grants in career training.  Previous students have qualified for partial and full payment. 
Agencies in your home state may also offer adult education financial assistance.  Please contact them yourself, but we will be glad to assist with any information those agencies may request on our services.
Those whom have attended our previous sound healing trainings may qualify for discounts on individual programs. 
We will consider extended payment plans for those truly in need.  

 TO Contact our Offices  
  • Call our offices 
    • Monday-Friday, 10 AM - 5:00 PM EST
    • Phone:  802.674.9585
Mail or fax:
You may mail or fax your registration
information, or MC/Visa credit/debit card, or Discover Card information, or mail your check or money order.
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We accept checks and money orders from foreign nationals drawn on ANY US bank, with a US based address, or postal money orders recognized by the US Postal system.

  • FAX:  802.674.9586
  •  Mail:  
    • PO Box 389
    • Ascutney VT 05030  USA

Registration & Acceptance Guidelines,

& Cancellation Policies for these trainings

Registration in this program is a commitment to attend and to follow all guidelines and policies regarding this program, including taking personal responsibility for understanding the nature of, and participation in, this program or programs, and for taking personal liability for any harm, or damage, to persons or property while attending said programs.  Registration is open until that program is full.  Registration is limited.  Acceptance into the program or portion of each program you are registering for, will be formalized, when we charge your credit card, or deposit your check into our bank.  We will not cash a check, nor charge your credit card account, if space is not available, or your registration is not accepted for any reason, and we will contact you regarding that, as well as any possible wait list, where appropriate.  Discounts only apply for payments in full.  You may seek registration at any time, but once accepted, in order to guarantee space,  the following payment schedules must be met:

For those registering for the entire program:
  An $800 deposit will  hold space for you for the entire program, until 60 days before the first program, or $1000. until Aug 10, 2016.  Full payment for each Module  is due at that time. A refund less a $200 non-refundable deposit will be given up until 60 days before the program start date.    After that time, refunds are no longer offered.  Any refunds given, will be based on actual cost with discounts, etc, according to programs actually attended, and payment schedules completed, accordingly.  We will discuss possible payment plans for those in need of further time.
For Single program participants:
A $400. deposit holds a space for you in any single program until 60 days prior to program start.  Payment in full is due at that time.  For individually registered programs, a refund less a $100 non-refundable deposit will be given up until 60 days before the program start date.  After that time, refunds are no longer offered.     
For all participants:  
Credit toward future programs may be extended at the discretion of Center of Light staff.  If a program is rescheduled, or cancelled, for any other reason, a full refund will be made.  Programs are held regardless of weather conditions.  Please plan accordingly.  During potential winter months, we recommend those traveling long distance, plan travel at least one full day before, and after, the program dates, to insure weather does not impact your attendance.  The Center of Light, and its staff, and all affiliates, shall be held harmless in case of  rescheduling, or cancellation of any program, for any reason.  This policy may change without notice.  We will honor the policy in place at your time of registration.     
Location and Logistical Information
Meals and Lodging

All programs in Level I are 4 days, 3 nights in duration,
from Tuesday lunch until Sunday lunch, each given week.
Prices include all food and lodging, as detailed, according to how you choose to register (as a resident
**, or commuter ***.)  You may choose to commute, from home, or from any other lodging you choose in the area.  
If so, we recommend you simply search on line for motel, hotel, or B&B/inn services in the area, according to the towns you wish to stay in.
We will assist you should you need further help.


Fletcher House and Conference Room
 472 Main St
Chester VT

We are meeting in a charming private Victorian era house with comfortable rooms for doubles for our group.
It includes a large kitchen facility, nice dining area, plenty of baths.

There is a large, comfortable living room which may be our meeting space, but, also a much larger conference room that can be used as necessary for practice, sales area, and, even game rooms attached.

Chester is a beautiful 'idyllic' VT village, with a sweet little commons, with cafes, delis, restaurants, shops, a small natural food store/deli, bookstores, and is close to a beautiful natural park with brook and outcroppings.
The center has a large back yard, with pines, picnic tables, & plenty of sun.  Parking is on site.

 Further LOGISTICS will be provided for those attending, as well as a 'preparation mail' each session.

Meals and Housing
Meals are not provided.
We will plan on cooking our own meals, sharing potlucks, calling meals in from quality delis or go a few blocks in town to eat in.   What has worked successfully in prior groups is each person (or 2) planning on providing one meal/weekend for the entire group.  We hope to continue this tradition, which we have found assists beautifully in building the community of support among participants.
We will communicate with registrants to determine the wishes of this new year group.


The site has limited housing, w/ two to a room in most rooms, and shared baths.
Housing will be provided first come first served.
There is a potential each program for additional housing to be available, as well as simple live in situations without private rooms.  (We will provide further details to participants.)

Additional information will be available at a later time (or ask if questions before or after registering.)

  If you wish to arrive a day early, or stay one day after the practice, the Center may be able to accommodate you.

All questions and reservations are handled through our offices,
not NewsBank, please.

Typical schedule format:
(All Times are EST.  
Exact times may vary.)

First day:  Arrive and register by 12:00 noon.  
Program begins at 12:30 PM
No lunch break
Breaks every 1.5-2 hrs.
Practice ends 6:30 PM

1-2 evenings we will offer practice for up to 2 hrs.
Starting at 7:30-8 PM

2nd and 3rd day:

Program begins between 9:45-10:00 AM

Lunch break at 1-1:30 PM
Lunch Break 1 1/2 hrs
Afternoon session ends  6:00 PM

4th day:

Program begins between 9:45
-10:00 AM
Lunch at 1-1:30 PM
Lunch Break 1 1/2 hrs
Program Closes 4:00 PM

Sound Healing Instruments and Tools;
and Homework
  We have a vast array of sound healing tools available, including instruments, books, and CD's, many of which you may view at,
  and, many of which are available during class in our display area.
We provide a list of recommended reading, CD's, and instruments to set up your sound practice.
Some reading may be required for those in entire series.
There are homework assignments based on the practices we complete in each Module, for those attending the next Module, which you are expected to complete and give oral reports.

  • Zacciah brings many instruments he typically uses, and recommends, for sound healing practices, to this program.  He will use these to demonstrate, but they, also, are available for sale, and for your use during sound practices. 
  • If you wish to bring instruments related to this workshop, to learn more deeply in hands on practice, or to utilize in practice with others, it is highly recommended. These might include, especially, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, frame drums (hand-held drums, with beater, like traditional Native American or 'shamanic' drums,) Tibetan bells, tingshas, tuning forks, rattles.)  If you have questions about other instruments, you may bring them, and we will discuss or experience them as time permits.  You, certainly, can bring instruments for your own enjoyment during private times.
  • If you wish to purchase instruments before hand, you may do so via our instrument website, 
  • We have highly experienced staff who can assist in appropriate tools for sound healing. 

additional information may be available soon,
or will be provided after registration.
An in depth preparatory mail is sent before each session.

The closest major transportation centers to Chester:
  • Air (Hartford (CT) Bradlee/BDL, Boston (MA) Logan/BOS, Manchester, NH/MHT, Albany, NY, Burlington, VT/BTV)
  • Bus (From BOS to Lebanon NH via Dartmouth Coach, or from MHT to WRJ, VT.  From other airports to Bellows Falls, Springfield, VT, or Brattleboro, VT)
  • AMTRAK Train (to Bellows Falls, VT, or possibly Windsor, VT, speak to us first.)


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A note on Sound Healing Training:  

I am more than happy to help broaden your awareness in the field of sound healing, and explore deep and rewarding comprehension of the use of sound as a therapeutic tool, a connector to the divine realm, a vehicle for channeling light energies into the earth, our bodies and spirits.  Novice and practitioners will both gain from our sound healers training.  Please let me know your level of interest.  Though my work is always based on intuitive guidance, the more aware I am of the level of abilities and interests of participants in class, the easier and more potent the work becomes.  Moreso, we are all creators in the classroom.  What we are open to, what we are ready for, what we ask for, and what we bring to each other, all opens doorways we might not have otherwise perceived.  I am also working with those seeking assistance in their own path, in private studies, healing, or spiritual counseling.  Please speak with us by e-mail, mail or phone, if we can be of greater assistance.
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Sound Healing Therapies
Zacciah accepts appointments for individual healing work or training in sound healing therapies.  This work is an eclectic blend of spiritual counseling and shamanic and sacred sound therapy, designed to help one connect with inner guidance and spiritual nourishment, clarify life issues, work with deep healing where needed, and to find one's own voice and authenticity in the world. The work is  to help you find and establish your path in your own sacred journey, to help you identify and remove obstacles to obtaining your own greatest good.  We whom have been on this journey, best understand it, and can best assist others.  Click here for more information.

You may call or e-mail Zacciah to discuss your personal needs.
You will find articles on the nature of Sound Healing linked below, which may give you further insight into this work, and a link here to Zacciah's background.                   
Please contact us for further details.

 Articles on Sound Healing  

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The  Center of Light 
Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies
Zacciah Blackburn, PhD, Director
220 Hidden Glen Rd.
P.O. Box 389
Ascutney, VT  05030  USA

Phone: (802) 674-9585
Fax: (802) 674-9586

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Fine Quality Hand Crafted Bamboo Flutes, Saxophones & Clarinets,
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   A Wide Selection of Drums of the World, World Percussion, Concert Band and
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You will find a large assortment of many fine Sound Healing tools, instruments used in traditional Spiritual practices of many cultures, including:  Crystal Bowls, Tibetan Bowls, Tingshaws, Shamanic Drums, African Drums, Flutes, Shakuhachi, Tabla, Tamboura, Sitars, Native American Flutes, Didgeridoos, much more
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