Recover your voice utilizing the instrumental body from regulation to liberation.
Have you experienced anxiety, hypervigilance, a sense of overwhelm, disconnection from self and others, and / or codependency as blocks to thriving in your life?
Have you found yourself playing small, shutting up, and hiding your true self as maladaptive coping tools used to survive dysfunctional rules of “don’t talk / don’t trust / dont’ feel”?
Have you ever been told you are “too sensitive” or “too empathic”, leading you to shut off these aspects of yourself entirely?
What if there was a practice that could help you to unlock your full potential towards a thriving life in recovery?
- And help you transform these maladaptive coping tools into resources.
- A life where you can speak your truth without fear.
- Where you have the ability to change consciousness at will.
- Where you feel more grounded, centered, and aligned.
- Where you are more connected and attuned to your own energy, the energy of others, and the earth.
- Where you remember who you really are.
- And live in your full expression.
What if you were born with this ability to heal and transform?
- With resources already written into your DNA and natural responses you may have unlearned over time.
- Through co-creation with the abundant energy of the universe.
Through the practice of healing with sound we can begin to move and discharge stuck energy and stories from our bodies – because sound MOVES matter.
The Recover Your Voice Workshop is an art informed by science and infused with spirituality. Within the framework of Recover Your Voice we utilize sound and the natural intelligence of our own bodies, the vibrational power of the voice, the resonate energy of the group container, and the energy surrounding us all to move stuck stories, and trauma from our systems. We can become our own empathic witnesses and begin to unlock the healing and transformational power held within – from regulation to liberation – to remember who we really are.
“Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.” – Dr. Peter Levine
This workshop may be a fit for folx who:
- Have approximately 5 hours a week for 4 weeks to dedicate to group coaching, self-reflection + daily rituals
- Feel comfortable navigating an online learning platform
- Have experienced anxiety, hypervigilance, codependency and/or nervous system dysregulation as blocks to thriving in their recovery
- Experienced the rules of “don’t talk / don’t trust / don’t feel” within a dysfunctional family system, community, or society
- Have suppressed using their voice and speaking their truth as a maladaptive coping tool
- A curiosity to learn how to use the voice as a somatic tool for personal and collective healing
- Embrace both the science and spiritual aspects of sound healing
- A willingness to explore their internal landscape with sound
- Identify with earth-based spirituality
- An understanding and respect for multiple pathways and life experiences of recovery including healing from substance use disorders, workaholism, codependency, anxiety, and trauma.
This workshop is not suitable for individuals who:
- Want to learn how to sing
- May be currently experiencing an acute state or episode of depression, panic, anxiety, or PTSD
- Are encountering significant blocks to their ability to participate
- Are active in a substance use disorder or experiencing acute or post-acute withdrawal symptoms
- Are triggered by the sounds of a drone, chanting, or elongated tones
- Are looking for a prescriptive and diagnostic system to heal
- Are not open to principles and practices of earth-based spirituality
If you are unsure if Recover Your Voice is a fit for you, please contact us.
The Wounded Healer
As a Certified Sound Healer, Recovery Coach, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Certified Trauma Professional, and person in long term recovery I have come to understand the profound power of the voice for personal and collective healing.
I was led to the world of sound healing through my own process of recovery and healing trauma. In 2015, after 9 years of working at an Addiction Treatment Centre and following a path of recovery, I woke up one day and simply couldn’t swallow. It felt as though I was hanging upside-down. This sudden grip around my throat was terrifying and eerily familiar. This sensation was the result of years of suppressing my voice. Bottling up my emotions to protect others. Not speaking my truth because playing small was a maladaptive survival tool that I relied upon. I was also pretty deep into my workaholism – which was very hard for me to come to terms with – as I was so incredibly passionate (and still am) about addiction recovery.
My nervous system couldn’t take it anymore.
I am also a vocalist. My ability to sing was one tool I had always used to bring joy into my life. Performing on stage was a way I connected with my spiritual sources. I felt most alive when I had a microphone in my hand and a song in my heart.
And….I couldn’t sing anymore. I could barely talk. This experience I called “choke throat” (referred to by my doctor as globus hystericus) initially drove me into depression. My band fell apart. I felt completely defeated. I was also perhaps a little delusional, thinking I would be off work for a few days to sort myself out and get right back on track.
I ended up needing to go on medical leave for THREE MONTHS.
Although I had done plenty of “the work” in my recovery from trauma and codependency (through participation in peer support groups, attending a family treatment program, talk therapy, mentorship, and spending 5 days a week working in the realm of addiction recovery) it was only at this point that I started to listen to the story my body was trying to tell. I acknowledged that my workaholism had also taken a toll on my body, mind, and spirit. I began to realize that perhaps I was being called to pay attention to my intuition and take notice of where I was keeping silent when my body was begging me to speak out.
This was initiation by exile. A stripping away. A rite of passage. A time of slowing down and doing everything different – not knowing what to expect.
“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready, the teacher will disappear.” – Lao Tzu
To be honest, I had also called this exact transformation into being. As a follower of earth-based spirituality I had a fairly significant spiritual practice of ritual and magick. It is interesting to look back now and see how all this played out. So if you are reading this and feel like you are in the breakdown [ breakthrough ] midpoint of this story, it is OK. In recovery we may have a dark night of the soul (or many) and we are not likely to see the “potential for growth” while we are in the thick of it, even if we have a sense of spirituality and support in our lives. This is why I am here – to walk alongside you holding the flashlight – as we navigate the dark and unknown together.
During this time in my life I had to unlearn so many ways of being that were no longer serving me. I practiced workaholism harm reduction where I tricked my brain into thinking I was working (here’s the thing – it was all scheduled self-care). I danced with my shadow and developed a relationship with the deep nourishment slow time provides. I tried everything from acupuncture, massage, talk therapy, and meditation, to nutritional adjustments, supplements, and medication. Some of these approaches gave me a little reprieve and reduced my symptoms. Most of it though didn’t do anything but distract me for a moment or two.
Then – I found sound healing and ways to use my own voice to call myself back into being. I received guidance and mentorship from Suzanne Sterling, Co-Founder of Off the Mat and ecstatic vocalist. She taught me to reclaim my voice and allow my body to tell its story.
I practiced vocal toning and recovery rituals every day – and I healed.
My success was so profound that I spent a year studying one on one with Suzanne. I completed Sound Healing Practitioner Training where I explored everything from the physics to the transcendent experiences of sound. I trained at the Trauma Institute and embarked on a three-year path of Somatic Experiencing with Dr. Peter Levine. And I dove deeper into my earth-based practices, spending two years in Sacred Leadership Apprenticeship and became a Student Teacher of the Reclaiming Tradition.
I share this all with you today because I believe this transformation is possible for everyone.
We have different stories and we may be in different chapters within the stories of our lives with different characters and challenges – but we are all worthy of the time spent on our healing. Together we can release the stuck stories that no longer serve us. We can live, express, and embody who we really are.
Utilizing somatic techniques, daily recovery rituals, exercises for self-inquiry, and group process, Recover Your Voice™ is a 4-week coaching course designed to re-connect you with your internal tool for regulation, transformation, and liberation – the voice.
Through Recover Your Voice you will have the opportunity to:
- Learn how to use the vibrational power of the voice to move stuck stories and energy from the body
- Integrate the sacred into your life
- Discover your own unique expression
- Experience the healing power of self-expression in community
- Awaken your own intuitive nature
July 5 – July 26, 2020 | X 4 90 minute live group coaching sessions + weekly touchpoints and self-study | recordings will be available for 1 month following program completion.
Community (discounted) $197 | Sustainer (pays for you) $263 | Supporter (pays for others) $329
Prices are in Canadian Funds. Doors open June 21st – Join the waitlist to be the first to know and receive the early bird discount!