“To enter into the initiation of sound, vibration, and mindfulness, is to take a giant step toward consciously knowing your Soul” - Don G. Campbell

Sound Therapy Training

Sound therapy is a method of relaxation and meditation that utilize singing bowls, gongs, and other healing instruments to promote stress relief and healing. Sound vibrations impact our nervous system, engaging our relaxation reflex and inhibiting the stress and pain responses.

Sound therapy is not about performance, but rather using the instruments to move stagnant energy in our environment and bodies. The tones synchronize with our brain waves and allow the body to shift into the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the 'rest and digest' system. This state-of-being creates harmony, conserves energy, slows the heart rate and calms the mind.

Sacred Sound Training in Austin Texas

Foundations of Sound Therapy Immersion Training

Allow us to introduce you to the incredible power of sound therapy and learn accessible relaxation tools that bring back calm and balance into the body. 

Born from a powerful collaboration and friendship, Jessica Cross of Sound for Stress and Susan Vichick-Johnson, LCSW, of Sacred Sounds ATX, founded The Sound Academy to share knowledge with the Central Texas community. And now, we humbly offer you an opportunity to join us from anywhere for Elements of Sound on August 21 & 22 and 28 & 29, 2020. 

We’ll reveal the world of sound therapy to you in sections including getting to know your singing bowl, self-care protocols, the science, and much more. You’ll gain accessible relaxation tools that restore calm and balance into your body. We’ll guide you through practice sessions as you put your newly-found knowledge to use.

The Elements of Sound on-line course includes:

  • 1 hand-hammered Singing Bowl, felt ring and mallet
  • 12 hours of instruction, including live talks and demonstrations with your instructors, group discussions, and practice in our online learning center
  • Lifetime access to your new sound community
  • Certification of completion
  • 12 hours of Yoga Alliance CEUs are available upon successful completion of the course for RYTs.
  • Special pricing on additional instruments only available during registration 

Doors are open for a short time only to allow us to prepare your bowls and goodies for our time together. Secure your spot now and prepare to transform your life with sound. 

Registration Packages:

Root Package - $499 - all the above

Heart Package - $679-  Root Package +1 singing bowl and Tingsha

Crown Package - $799 - Heart Package + wind chime

Elements of Sound is an exclusive, hybrid-style training, integrating the best of gathering as a group online and independent course work.

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Elements of Sound Training

August 21 & 22, 28 & 29, 2020

Common Questions

How do I know if this course is right for me?

Sound is an incredible tool that is accessible to all. No matter if you want to learn how to play the bowls for your personal use, to utilize in a private practice or in group settings, you’ll leave with a framework and access to your new community to support you as you grow in your practice. Teachers, private practitioners and individuals alike will benefit from this course and will be empowered to find their path with sound therapy.

Are meals or accommodations included in the price?

The course fee does not include accommodation or meals, but we are happy to provide details of local places to stay and eat. There are many walkable restaurant options near the venue or you are welcome to bring your lunch and eat on the patio during our break. Tea, water and light snacks will be provided on each day.

Where is the training located?

Our training is hosted in a beautiful, private condo in East Austin. We have access to plenty of parking and space to practice in a quiet neighborhood that’s close to everything. The address will be provided to registered students closer to the immersion.

What are the pre-training introductory readings?

Registered students will receive a list of readings to complete prior to our immersion. Completing the pre-training readings ensures all students arrive with a firm foundation from which we will build upon throughout our time together.

How do I receive a special rate on a group or private sound session before the immersion?

Please contact us through Eventbrite to coordinate your session!

How do I obtain my Foundations of Sound certificate?

Students who successfully complete the weekend immersion and 10 pro-bono, post training practicum sessions will receive a certificate of completion for the Foundations of Sound.

I registered, but now I can’t make the training. Can I receive a refund?

Full refunds are available up to 30 days prior to training. Please contact us for more information.

Can I receive Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Hours?

Yes! This course is worth 20 CEU contact hours with the Yoga Alliance.

I still have questions! Who should I contact?

Message us or contact us at soundforstress@gmail.com and susan@svjohnson.com. We are here to help!

About The Sound Academy

Susan and JessicaWe are two women brought together by shared healing through sound therapy. Our experiences with sound have shaped our lives and we are drawn to share the practice with those who seek relief from the stressors of life. The Sound Academy was founded with the intention to serve and share sound with our communities and ultimately, hold space for others to bring sound into their lives.

Jessica Cross is an experienced Sound Therapist, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider and yoga teacher serving the Austin, TX metro area. She uses sound to relieve stress and promote deep relaxation for her students and clients. She first experienced the healing tones of a singing bowl while in savasana and knew sound would be an important part of her personal journey. She later began incorporating sound in her yoga classes and became a certified sound therapist to share the ancient practice with others.

Susan Vichick-Johnson, LCSW-S, tries to move through the world in peace & joy. Her intention is to create spaces for healing, so that others may move through the world in Peace & Joy. She creates these spaces through integrating sound, meditation and if desired, psychotherapy. Although some types of meditation and mindfulness have been a part of her life since she was a teen, it was not until sound; specifically, the Tibetan bowls found her that she was awakened to the power of sound & vibration, combined with meditation, for healing.