Author Archives: Suzy Nairn

10 Years Anniversary! New SOUNDSPHERE home & events in Edinburgh, Peebles, Galashiels and Argyll

Hi everyone, well a busy busy start to the year with an unexpected new house move (still in Peebles) which is fantastic and offers me a lovely new treatment room, a large cosy lounge for group sound journeys and teaching, as well as a lovely home for me and my family. I’ve also realised it’s 10 years since I launched Soundsphere so have launched a whole new suite of treatments and events, you’ll see some special offers on the poster below! See the bottom of this message for the booking link which also shows you all the dates coming up over the next few months.

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.As well as treatments there is plenty of events to join in:

Friday 15th March – Sound Journey at the Yoga Mill in Galashiels, 7.30pm, £20

Weds 20th March – Fortnightly Sound Journey in Peebles. 7.30pm, £15

Frid 22nd-Sat 23rd March- Argyll Sound Healing weekend, sound journey, voice and singing bowl workshops

Fri 5th April – Edinburgh Gong and Crystal Bowl sound Journey. 7.30pm, £16 advanced/£20 door

Mon 22 April – Monday Singing Bowl Meditation in Peebles. £7, 1-2pm

Fri 26th April – Ceremonial Sound Journey with Suzy and Anthar Kharana. Venue tbc, 7pm, £25

Sat 27th April – ANSU Certificate in Creative Therapeutic Sound. Please visit ANSU School of Sound for application information

For booking any of the above please go to SOUNDSPHERE BOOKINGS

Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you somewhere along the sonic highway

Suzy x

 

New Online Booking System & SOUND JOURNEYS GALORE -Jan-Mar 2019

I’m delighted to be able to offer more sound journeys to groups all over and am currently offering regular group Sound Journeys in Peebles in my yurt, in Edinburgh in a lovely church, in Galashiels in a beautiful Yoga Studio, and setting up events in Perth and Argyl. Would you like a Sound Journey and workshop in your area? Just get in touch!

Meanwhile visit this link to see all the sessions available and book in!

https://bookwhen.com/soundspherescotland

 

2019 Certificate in Creative Therapeutic Sound

CERTIFICATE IN CREATIVE THERAPEUTIC SOUND
COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course aims to teach participants how to work with sound for themselves, their communities or incorporate it into their own therapies. It will cover many aspects of the theory and history of sound as a healing modality; introduce participants to many sound healing tools such as Tibetan singing bowls, overtone singing, drum and percussion, and share skills, techniques and knowledge to ensure that the students become proficient in the playing of these. Throughout the course students will explore the different ways these instruments can be used individually, or woven together for group work.

The course is also a journey of self discovery and is delivered in a ceremonial style i.e each session links with ancient knowledge and traditions and can include plant smudges, resins, and medicine songs.

SUBJECTS INCLUDE:

 
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Creating healing soundscapes 
Dynamics 
Harmonies and dissonance 
Exploring different tools and instruments
Support for emotional release and challenges 
Chakra system 
Medicine Wheel
Sound as an ancient medicine 
Performance and holding the group space 
Sacred space cleansing and preparation 
Preparation of self. ​

This Certificate course is held over five weekends, spread over a six month period, and held in a beautiful hall in Traquair in the Scottish Borders. It will suit therapists, teachers, medical staff, carers, musicians, community workers or anyone who is interested in the course for their own self development. 
​*There is also the option to join a Ceremonial Fire on the Saturday evenings which we would recommend if possible.

Students will be required to do home practice and study (including a written research project and case study report) and will be assessed through ongoing coursework and a final presentation. On completion of the course each student will have a deep understanding of how they can use sound in their own lives and communities, host group sound relaxations or journeys, or blend it with their existing therapies. 

*Course includes Course Manual and ANSU Certificate 
*No previous experience or musical training is required, just enthusiasm! 
*Some therapy experience is preferred

***This course does not teach students how to become Practitioners of Sound Therapy to work with individual clients. If students wish to become practitioners they need to do this Certificate first, and in the second year they are eligible to join the new ANSU Diploma of Therapeutic Sound (also beginning 2019) which develops into working with people individually

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

Over the years we have been asked by many people to come and work with their school, or Parkinsons group, or Alzeihmers group, or children with special needs to name but a few and we recognise the need for more people to be able to take sound as a therapeutic tool into the wider community. We have also seen the way sound can cleanse, support and energise individuals after even a short session and have developed this course to meet some of those needs. 

We see this course as being of interest to: 
* Individuals who would like to take sound into schools, hospitals, hospices and care centres 
* Existing holistic therapists who wish to add sound to their healing mix 
* Carers, counsellors or support workers who work with different communities 
* Musicians looking to incorporate the healing aspects of sound and music 
*Anyone who wishes to develop themselves and take this journey within a supportive and safe space ​

COURSE DATES
The course is held over five weekends, spread over a six month period. Students will be required to do home study (including written assignments and case studies) and will be assessed through coursework and a final presentation. On completion of the course each student will have a deep understanding of how they can use sound in their own lives and communities, host group sound relaxations or journeys, or blend it with their existing therapies. 
*Course includes Course Manual and ANSU Certificate and ANSU student card giving you 10% discount on any ANSU events for the duration of the course.
​*Students will ideally have some form of therapist training although no previous experience or musical training is required, just enthusiasm!
​Weekend 1:  27th – 28th April 2019
Weekend 2:  11th – 12th May 2019
Weekend 3:  1st – 2nd June 2019
Weekend 4:  22nd – 23rd June 2019
Weekend 5:  14th – 15th September 2019 (Presentation day and closing)

*In order to be awarded the Certificate students must attend all modules. If a student is unable to make any weekends it may be possible to arrange for a private session which will have an additional fee, around £150 per module.

COURSE FEES
The course fee is £950 and can be paid in one lump sum to receive a discount of £50, or in 3 monthly instalments. A deposit of £200 is required to secure your place once you have been accepted on to the course. You will also need to budget to buy equipment and we would suggest around a minimum of £200 – £300 will be needed for that, unless you already have some instruments. It’s up to you how far you go with this one! DO NOT BUY ANYTHING BEFORE THE COURSE STARTS! Part of the journey is gathering your instruments as you go and trying out different types. Sometimes you find them in charity shops and random places (as they find you), plus we will also have some instruments (singing bowls, drums, percussion) for sale via the ANSU Shop onsite and you will no doubt have fun trying out some of the sounds available.


INSURANCE
Once you are qualified you will be able to gain insurance through one of our Insurance partners. 


APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Please complete the application form and contact either of us for further information if required.

Cauldrons of Creation 15th Sept 2018 Bowl Workshop

The beauty and mesmorising sound of the Tibetan singing bowls can take you to a place of deep relaxation and healing. They are ancient tools with a fascinating history and can be used to help carry our intentions, cleanse space and bring harmony and restoration.

crop kailzieHave you ever wondered how to play them? How you can use them for your own health and relaxation? Or simply would you like to enjoy a day of playing and creating gentle soundscapes?

On this one day workshop participants will:
* Learn the history of the bowls, their creation stories, and discover the many kinds that are around
* Experience numerous singing bowl relaxation/meditations
* Learn how to play the bowls exploring different techniques such as singing, gonging and waa waa
*Enjoy the sensations of bowls on different parts of the body
* Work in pairs to practice using the bowls to cleanse auras and balance chakras
* Try some of the lovely new range of bowls for sale

 

 

The workshop will be held in my lovely magic Yurt Casa Colibri and is limited to 6 people initially. Participants are invited to bring:
– any singing bowls you have (optional as not required as I have plenty!) 
– food to share
– bottle of water

The exchange for the day is £60 per person and bookings will be confirmed on receipt of a £20 deposit.

Some beautiful singing bowls will also be available on the day for sale

For any further information or to book your place please contact me via the facebook event Cauldrons of Creation or email info@soundsphere.org.uk or 07875 272571

Ceremonial Sound Journey Fri 31st August 2018

***Extra date for August! Please join us for our special ANSU sound journey and last one for Suzy and Anthar Kharana one for this year in Scotland (back in spring 2019). The monthly sound journeys continue after this on the first Friday every month – so the next one will be 7th Sept with Suzy and Sharon Rossi at 7.30pm
Join Anthar Kharana and Suzy Nairn for a wonderful evening of sound held within a ceremonial context in Edinburgh. Join us to reflect on an aspect of life related to the animal medicine wheel according to the original Mayan calendar. Be led in a greeting to the four corners of the heart, and a call to the ancestors to guide us in the journey through sound. Then rest deeply as a powerful healing and nurturing soundscape is skillfully created to support your journey and supported during and afterwards. 
 
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Anthar and Suzy of the ANSU School of Sound and Tribal Healing Arts have been working in sound and music for many years and this evening will be held at the lovely Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent in Edinburgh, EH3 6NE 

Guests are invited to reserve their places via email or the Ceremonial Sound Journey facebook event.

 
Payments for £20 can be made on the door on the evening and doors will open at 6.45pm.

A beautiful selection of instruments and sacred jewellery will also be for sale on the evening.

Please bring water, a blanket, cushion and mat (we have some rag rugs to borrow) for lying down with, plus a bottle of water. You may wish to bring an eye mask also. *No nylon sleeping bags please or if lying on nylon camping mat please cover with a blanket.

NOTES 
The ANSU School of Sound and Tribal Healing Arts was formerly established in 2013 by Anthar and Suzy after years of studying and working together. The School now runs an annual Certicate in Creative Therapeutic Sound in Communities alongside supportive events such as sound journeys, informal workshops and fire ceremonies. The course aims to produce highly skilled and sensitive sound healers who are able to deliver nurturing and supportive sound journeys within schools, hospitals, care homes, private groups, specialist centres. Students can also study the course for their own personal development and on copletiogn of the course are also eligible to study the ANSU Diploma relating to 1:1 Sound healing treatments.

BACKGROUNDS

ANTHAR KHARANA is native from a land of warriors in the north of Colombia called Ocaña the land of the Hacaritama people. He is a guardian of the sacred fire and medicines of the Americas, guided and supported by wise Elders from his homeland from an early age. He is also a music composer and sound healing practitioner. 

As a Sundancer he carries the Chanupa (peace pipe) and Inipi (sweat lodge) medicines from the linage of Leonard Crow Dog and became one of the Sons of the alliance of the Eagle and Condor, a New Nation united by the agreement of the Elders of the North and South America to become One. Anthar has been ordered as a Spiritual leader of the Pachamama Native American Church to continue spreading the word worldwide. 

Over the last 15 Years Anthar has been traveling and sharing the wisdom of the Sacred Fire and Ancestral Sound and its relation to the Plant and Animal Kingdom Medicine. He leads traditional ceremonies, sound journeys, conferences, workshops, concerts, therapies and retreats in different countries around the world including, Colombia, Chile, England, Scotland, 
Wales, Ibiza, Bali-Indonesia, Poland, Portugal, France and Italy among others.

As a composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthar has created different Albums of inspirational music and is an active composer for different international dance and theatre companies including Protein Dance, Sinman Dance, Vocab Dance and Fashion for Conservation.

He is the Director of TRIBAL SOUND HEALING in the UK and Colombia and co-director of ANSU School of Sound & Tribal Healing Arts. 
www.tribalsoundhealing.com 
www.antharkharana.com

SUZY NAIRN (Scotland) is the founder of Soundsphere in Scotland. Suzy has worked in environmental education and charity work for many years, whilst also exploring the nature of reality, singing and the power of voice as a healing tool. She graduated from Queen Margaret’s University in Edinburgh with a BA in Communication Studies, focussing her final year project on Music and The Communication of Emotions. Whilst studying to become a Sound Therapist, Suzy’s main focus was on the voice and specifically the effects of overtoning. During this time Suzy also trained and delivered successful Kindermusik classes for children and loves to share her passion for sound with all ages of the community. Now working full-time with Soundsphere, Suzy offers 1:1 Sound Therapy treatments, workshops, voice tuition and retreats in Peebles, Scottish Borders, alongside sound journeys and workshops for public and private groups all over Scotland. Whilst working privately as a Sound Therapist, Suzy has continued to explore different healing methods, and has trained in Reiki, intuitive development, Merlin Vortex healing, Moon Priestess work, and shamanic practices. www.soundsphere.org.uk

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Crystal bowl and gongs Fri 6th Oct 2017

Our monthly Friday evenings continue with a special focus on crystal quartz singing bowls, a total of 13 large frosted bowls!

A stunning soundscape awaits with an immersion in the beautiful Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls, woven with rich and resonant Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, drum and chimes to create a wonderful sound tapestry for your needs – whether that being the release of aches and pains, tension and stress, or finding peace. 

20785685_10155688976724241_8024101337147866633_oThis month will be hosted by Suzy Nairn and Sharon Rossi and includes a one hour sound journey followed by grounding tea and home-made cake!

Please bring a mat, blanket and cushion for comfort. Reservations can be made via info@soundsphere.org.uk or facebook messenger “Suzy Nairn”. Doors open at 7.15pm and payment can be made on the door. Price £15

DATES
First Friday every month except dec (2nd week)
6 October
3 Nov
8 Dec

27-29th Oct 2017 Sacred Sound Retreat

The second of four new Mini Sacred Sound Healing retreats held in Peebles in the heart of the Scottish Borders for autumn through to Spring 2018. From Friday evening until Sunday afternoon 4 guests can enjoy a delicious immersion in sound, ceremony, unity, creativity and healthy practices. Each session will take place in Casa Colibri, the special Soundsphere yurt, alongside a visit to a local sacred site.

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The yurt is situated on the female leyline Elen which meets nearby with the masculine (ref Spine of Albion) and part of the aim of the weekend will be to connect with this energy. We will also be focussing on the element of Fire (linking with Samhain) and working with sounds to support the Sacral and Solar Plexus chakras, such as gong, tibetan bowls and voice.

Participants will experience their own healing journey through exploring playing and receiving these sounds, deepening their connection to and strengthening their creative fire element, and will leave with tools to.support their journey. Guests will also to make their own beautiful ceremonial candle ❤

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*If there is space some sessions can be booked seperately. Please pm me for details.

Friday 6.00-9pm: Gathering together and Sound Journey. *Additional guests will join at 7pm

Saturday 10.30am-5pm: Fire Song, working with sounds to heal and strengthen your inner fire. Explore playing gongs, tibetan bowls and vocal tones.

Saturday: 7.30-10.00pm: Moon ceremony, candle making, prayers and an opportunity to share.

Sunday: 10.30am-5pm Continuing our fire sound weaving from Saturday and a visit into nature to connect with the leyline and support with our sounds (weather permitting)

This retreat is not tailored as a teaching workshop as such, more of a deep immersion into sound, and guests are invited with or without prior experience. Of course you will learn throughout, whether it be how to play special instruments, using your healing voice, or gaining deeper understanding and insight. All equipment will be provided unless you have some of your own instruments you’d like to bring.

Snacks and refreshments included, and guests are invited to bring veggie food to share

Accomodation is seperate and can be booked locally.

BACKGROUND
The series of 4 Sound Healing retreats are planned with each one focussing on a different element and linked seasonal time in the Celtic calendar:
15th-17rd Sept 2017 – Earth and Lughnassadh: Sound for Healing our bodies and Earth, Leylines and Energy Centres, Healthy Eating

27th-29th October 2017 – Fire and Samhain: Sound and Creativity, Candle making, Fire ceremonies

19th – 21st January 2018 – Air and Imbolc: Envisioning the future, Sound Meditations, Weaving

16-18th March 2018 – Water – Healing our Sacred waters and Emotions through Sound plus Planting our seeds

Each weekend costs £150. A £50 deposit is requested to confirm your place (this will be non-refundable unless I am able to fill your place). 

*Guests will need to provide their own accomodation (information can be provided) and Casa Colibri directions will be provided on booking. Please contact Suzy Nairn directly if you require any further information or would like to book a place.

BACKGROUND
Suzy Nairn hosts these wonderful retreats at her home in Peebles and each gathering takes place in her yurt “Casa Colibri” in her garden, a sacred place of deep healing. Suzy has a wealth of experience and training which she brings forward to offer a profound experience. Suzy is a qualified and professional Practitioner of Sound Therapy and has been studying and working in this area for over 10 years. She is the founder of Soundsphere Scotland, co-founder of the ANSU School of Sound and Tribal Healing Arts, a graduate Priestess of The Moon and a Merlin Vortex Healer. Suzy has also studied reiki, singing, art and tantra and has a background in Environmental Education and Earth Healing events, as well as the candle maker in Dublin for 4 years on Grafton Street!

UPDATE! New Special offer for Mini Sound Retreat Sept 2017

SPECIAL OFFER! Dates change to 15th-17th September 2017 and reduced price.

To celebrate the launch of these special weekends I am offering a special price for the first of four new Mini Sacred Sound Healing retreats held in Peebles in the heart of the Scottish Borders over autumn to spring.

From Friday evening until Sunday afternoon a small group of guests can enjoy a delicious experience of sound, ceremony, unity, creativity and healthy practices.

The yurt is situated on a key leyline, the Spine of Albion, and part of the aim of the weekend will18986692_10155450544694241_1202472310_o be to energise and cleanse the leyline, the energy centre as well as our own chakra energy centres within the body. Participants will also experience their own healing journey through exploring the singing bowls in pairs to conduct chakra healing, enjoying sound healing through toning and mantras, as well as gentle movements and breathwork.

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The retreat also includes lovely healthy snacks in the evenings, refreshments and green juices and a delicious vegetarian lunch each day.

 

Friday 6.30-9pm: Gathering together and Sound Journey

Saturday 10am-5pm: Cauldrons of Creation, the Singing Bowls and chakra healing

Saturday: 7.30-9.30pm:  Moon ceremony, fire, prayers and an opportunity to share

Sunday: Healing Voice (even if you believe you “can’t sing as we will be sounding) and weaving with bowls/drums, plus a visit to a local sacred site with instruments (weather permitting)

This retreat is not tailored as a teaching workshop as such, more of a deep immersion into sound, and guests are invited with or without prior experience. Of course you will learn throughout, whether it be how to play singing bowls, singing mantras, or drumming etc. and all equipment will be provided unless you have some of your own. Some handouts will also be included.

The series of 4 Sound Healing retreats are planned with each one focussing on a different element and linked seasonal time in the Celtic calendar:

15th-17th Sept 2017 – Earth and Lughnassadh: Sound for Healing our bodies and Earth, Leylines and Energy Centres, Healthy Eating

27th-29th October 2017 – Fire and Samhain: Sound and Creativity, Candle making, Fire ceremonies

19th – 21st January 2018 – Air and Imbolc: Envisioning the future, Sound Meditations, Weaving

16-18th March 2018 – Water – Healing our Sacred waters and Emotions through Sound plus Planting our seeds

The special offer cost of the 4 sessions over the weekend is £150 if booked by 31st August (reduced from £225!). A £50 deposit is requested to confirm your place (this will be non-refundable unless I am able to fill your place). After 31st August the price will increase to £175 x

Guests will need to provide their own accomodation (information can be provided) and Casa Colibri directions will be provided on booking. For further information or would like to book a place contact info@soundsphere.org.uk or tel 07875 272571

BACKGROUND

Suzy Nairn hosts these wonderful retreats at her home in Peebles and each gathering takes place in her yurt “Casa Colibri” in her garden, a sacred place of deep healing. Suzy has a wealth of experience and training which she brings forward to offer a profound experience. Suzy is also a qualified and professional Practitioner of Sound Therapy and has been studying and working in this area for over 10 years. She is the founder of Soundsphere Scotland, co-founder of the ANSU School of Sound and Tribal Healing Arts, a graduate Priestess of The Moon and a Merlin Vortex Healer. Suzy has also studied reiki, singing, art and tantra and has a background in Environmental Education and Earth Healing events, and her latest area of exploration is healthy diet through detoxing, cleansing and nutrition.

Sound Journeys and Yurts April 2017

I am delighted to announce that we have a great series of Ceremonial Sound Journeys happening in Edinburgh over the summer, 28th April, 26th May, 16th June, 1st Sept 2017 with myself and Anthar Kharana. 

Wonderful evenings of s17973646_1413132168708583_7887940376210606559_oound held within a ceremonial context in Edinburgh. Join us to reflect on an aspect of life related to the animal medicine wheel according to the original Mayan calendar. Be led in a greeting to the four corners of the heart, and a call to the ancestors to guide us in the journey through sound. Then rest deeply as a powerful soundscape is created to support your journey. Led by Anthar Kharana and Suzy Nairn of the ANSU School of Sound and Tribal Healing Arts based in Scotland and held at the lovely Broughton St Mary’s Church in Edinburgh. The evenings are £20 for 3 hours, 7-10pm and you can book via email info@soundsphere.org.uk or via facebook if you look up https://www.facebook.com/ansuschoolofsound/ where you will find the event pages.

In addition the regular monthly Sacred Sound Journeys continue in the same venue on the first Friday every month 7.30-9.30pm. A delicious opportunity to melt into a sonic dreampot and followed by tea and homemade cake to help ground you. These evenings cost £15 and you can either book via email, or facebook (look up Soundsphere) or just come along on the night! 

PLUS I now have a wonderful new healing space in Peebles in a beautiful 16ft yurt! This is where I offer 1:1 and couple treatments, group sound journeys, one day workshops and more gatherings being planned as I type! So get in touch if you’d like more information on any of that or follow me on facebook for the latest events

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ANSU Certificate in Creative Therapeutic Sound – Starts 1 April 2017

Many of you have experienced the power of sound, you’ve felt it, know how it can touch the hidden parts, and cleanse and nurture – is it something you would now like to share with others?

ANSU Certficate in Creative Therapeutic Sound – starting 1 April 2017This course has been specifically designed to empower you to work professionally with sound with groups of adults and children. Students are trained in techniques and skills to weave nurturing soundscapes, how to work with and support a group (either private, or a school or hospital etc.) as well as having a personal healing journey themselves.  Students will complete home instrument practice, explore a written research project on a topic of their choice, as well as deliver a case study Sound Journey and a final exam.

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It’s a beautiful course and a transformational journey, plus we also offer optional Fire Cermonies on the Saturday evenings to support the whole experience. We aim to provide payment options to suit all situations and students can even do the course for as little as £35 a week (details on the application form). 

The application deadline is Tue 28 February ! Applications may be accepted after this date if there are still places available, and full details and an application form can be downloaded from the ANSU School of Sound website here http://www.ansuschoolofsound.com. We look forward to hearing from you x

 
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Welcome and Bienvenidos to the new ANSU School of Sound and Tribal Healing Arts! This new training school is the first in Scotland offering professional courses in …