A Life Changing Week of Chant and Healing
Each week intensive has a different theme: one is held over the festival of Beltane (May Day) and the other over Samhain (Halloween /All Saints / All Souls). They start with an uplifting exploration of transformative breathing, chanting, mantra and sonic meditations, sacred chants, healing, shamanic ceremony and sonorous dream work. We learn and practice Mongolian overtone chanting, an ethereal and powerfully meditative vocal yoga which transforms our voices into rainbows of sound and light. We experience vocal purifications and ways to set parts of the body into resonance, cleanse and tune the chakras, and learn sonorous massage.
A major part of these weeks is a living mandala ceremony. As the weeks are timed to coincide with the ancient celtic fire festivals of Beltane and Samhain, when the veils between the worlds are more permeable, we do a powerful ceremony to honour the ancestors and heal the ancestral lines, transforming family curses into their corresponding blessings. Working with the voice in this way empowers our lives, balances our mind and body and frees our voice, bringing physical health, emotional joy and spiritual ecstasy.
Jill only does two of these Healing Voice weeklong retreats a year, and with limited places, they are in demand from people all over the world. Book early to secure your place!
Healing Voice Beltane Week Intensive: Abundance Mandala of Yellow Tara
April 27 - May 4th, 2018
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Healing Voice Beltane Week Intensive
We will learn and develop the ancient shamanic practice of overtone chanting, vocal purification practices, transformative breathing, vocal yogas, sonorous meditations, sacred chants, mantras, and sonic practices.
Near Glastonbury, UK
Starts Friday Evening
The Beltane (May Day) week is set in the heart of the beautiful Somerset countryside near Glastonbury (the mystical and ancient centre of Britain) in a breathtaking valley nestling between two sacred hills.
£989 Fully Residential, including shared room & gourmet vegetarian food
£864 Great camping, including all meals
£740 Non-residential, including lunch
During the weekend we will learn and practice the ancient, shamanic and extraordinary Mongolian overtone chanting- an ethereal, magical and powerfully meditative vocal yoga; vocal purifications and transformative breathing practices; sacred chants, mantras, dream work, and a practice to heal the ancestral lines and transform family curses into their corresponding blessings.
A glorious week of continuous singing and chant. Each week intensive has a different theme.
MANDALA of Yellow Tara. Jill's unique ceremony of the mandala will focus on the practice of Yellow Tara. Yellow Tara acts with lightening speed to activate our intentions. She enriches us with joy, abundance and luminous wisdom, with radiance, the light and warmth of the sun, bringing increase, boundless generosity, richness of life and life's attributes, nourishment, happiness, inspiration, eloquence and flow, fecundity, plenty and equality. She helps us to thrive and prosper, allows for our projects and relationships to flourish and our resources to flow. She increases our own and the Earth's fertility, the waters and the rivers of life, our health, wealth, longevity and good fortune. She is a protector and powerful remover of obstacles and negative emotions such as fear, anxiety and depression. Yellow Tara is a powerful and benign and generous intermediary, both individually and in the world. Her symbol is the wish-fulfilling jewel and she shines her glorious radiant beneficence on us from the warmth of the sun. The work we will do within this magical environment of continuous chants and practice will involve transforming those areas of our life where we feel impoverished into the true radiance and abundance of our innate wisdom and invoke the radiant generosity of Yellow Tara to act in our lives for renewed joy and abundance.
Many people including almost all Tibetan Buddhists from the most sophisticated to the simplest, including the Dalai Lama, maintain their deep connection with the Great Goddess Tara, the feminine manifestation of the divine, known as the Mother of the Buddhas, and who acts swiftly and confers compassion, enlightened action, liberation, emotional and physical healing and long life, and is able to bring enlightenment in this lifetime. Through working with the extraordinary energies of Yellow Tara we are able to ease the blockages to achievements in work, in life and in emotional and physical health, bring about abundance, order and flow in our lives and work towards achieving the essential state of reality and become enlightened. In Tibetan Buddhism, the ultimate liberation is to transform the elements of the body into the essence of their substance - the rainbow colours and ultimately achieve the rainbow body.
This week is held over the festival of Beltane or May Day (which we celebrate joyfully) , a festival of fecundity when the forces of heaven penetrate the earth (represented in traditional England by the Maypole). We will harness these forces using sound as the bridge between the worlds to connect to the source of power through the instrument of our own voice and purify the body, the elements and past karma.
Jill only does one weeklong residential retreat of this kind a year so people come from all over the world. They fill early- so do book soon. Each week intensive is different.
Healing Voice Samhain Week Intensive: Phowa Mandala of Conscious Dying
Oct 27th - Nov 2nd, 2018
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Healing Voice Samhain Week Intensive
The aim of the October mandala ceremony, held as part of the week intensive over the festival of All Souls is to understand and learn the practice of conscious dying, so we know how to become enlightened at the moment of transition. This part of the magical week involves continuous and diverse chant and practice, which Jill has activated at the heart of the mandala, described as the journey through the afterlife in Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. This essential housework for mortals is a sophisticated practice at the core of the ancient Tibetan understanding of the mind.
Belsize Park, London, UK
The Samhain (Halloween / All Saints / All Souls) week takes place in London, in Belsize Park, in a beautiful garden setting close to the 1000 acres of Hampstead Heath.
£699 Non-residential Inexpensive accommodation is available for booking direct with the venue. As many people will stay there, early booking is essential for this.
The aim of the October mandala ceremony, the Phowa Mandala of Conscious Dying is held as part of the week intensive over the festival of All Souls is to understand and learn the practice of conscious dying, so we know how to become enlightened at the moment of transition. This part of the magical week involves continuous and diverse chant and practice, which Jill has activated at the heart of the mandala, described as the journey through the afterlife in Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. This essential housework for mortals is a sophisticated practice at the core of the ancient Tibetan understanding of the mind.
There are three parts to this October's Mandala ceremony.
Firstly, the phowa, the practice of the transfer. We learn how to gather consciousness into the central channel and then direct our own, or others' consciousness directly towards enlightenment, rather than wind through endless cycles of rebirth in the lower realms. This is not only an essential map for the dying process, whenever and to whomever it may come, but practice for enlightenment in itself.
The second part, is the psychological practice of understanding and identifying the multiple personas we present to the world, and seeing how they are merely the manifestations of confused states of mind. We will encounter and articulate these diverse aspects of ourselves, realising they are all equally illusory and temporary - the result of expedient and often inappropriate emotional reactions to life's circumstances, but ultimately the shimmering mirages and complex faceted manifestations of emptiness. We understand how they provide us with the very tools for their own transformation into their purified forms as enlightened wisdoms. The principle wisdoms they aspire to and become are, in the Tibetan understanding, presented to us in the first five days of the Bardo, the immediate aftermath of death, and give us successive opportunities for enlightenment.
The third aspect of this mandala process is the practice of the teaching of the Bardo, which is the encounter with these enlightened transformations of our unconscious delusions of mind. We learn how to recognise these luminous states and to distinguish them from the comforting phantasms which lure us back into realms of illusion, and finally recognise our projections and dissolve the sense of self into the light of reality.
At this period of All Souls, and offered as an optional part of this retreat on one of the evenings, is a requiem mass held especially for us and for our ancestors at Jill's local church. During this service we will be able to sing and light candles for, and chant the names of our ancestors. In this way we bring together diverse and powerful ways of understanding and actively participating in this liminal moment in the year.
As each of the themes of Jill's weeks are different - it may be some years before she does these two again - so if this work is important to you, try to make one or both of them. People come from all over the world to these retreats, and as places are limited they fill up fast.
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