From crystal gong baths to sound meditations to shamanic journeying, there is an increasing number of beautiful sound meditation experiences to be explored in the greater Vancouver area.
Whether you simply love the sounds of meditation music or desire a more sensory meditation experience, you might be surprised by the many ways you can bring sound into your practice.
Some teachers incorporate medicines like burning sage or palo santo and some offer singing and chanting during the sound healing. Others offer a guided meditation over the sound, to help your body relax so you can experience a deeper state of self awareness.
If you’re in the Greater Vancouver area, here are three (highly recommended) sound experiences to check out:
- Intimate Chakra Opening. Part guided meditation and part sound journey, this meditation and chakra healing at Liberate Your True Self in Port Moody is a beautiful chance to explore a sound healing meditation in an intimate group. Led by teacher Amelie, you can expect a very authentic, grounded teaching in a sacred space with around 10 people or less. Amelie offers to do an energy reading for each person, and will share personal insights with each person who attends. Check out the next one here.
- Kirtan: EnChant, featured in the photo here, is a monthly community gathering of open-minded souls for call and response chanting, also known as Kirtan. The practice of Kirtan is a type of yoga/sound meditation which is said to offer many mind-calming benefits. For many, the practice has a powerful heart-opening effect and it is best understood through direct experience (hint, hint). The voices of the group are accompanied by traditional instruments such as the Harmonium, Mridanga (drum), and Kartals (hand cymbals). EnChant is a warm community, and definitely worth exploring if you love the mysterious sounds of Indian music. The next gathering is coming up on November 10th at Unity Yoga Teahouse.
- Shamanic Journey and Sound Healing: The lovely Angela Prider of West Coast Shamanic hosts regular shamanic sound meditations around the Lower Mainland. She calls these events a practical path into a sacred life. Angela has studied with many indigenous traditions and modalities from her native Ireland to Mexico to here in BC. The experience is highly sensory, with a wide range of sounds, smells, and even touch as she comes by to offer rosewater on your hands, and sometimes soul sings to specific people during the meditation. Check her site for the latest events or check out this Shamanic Soul healing and Cacao Ceremony in Port Moody in November or this one January 5th at North Yoga in Squamish or this
These are three of the experiences that we have explored and highly recommend, but there are MANY more happening around the Lower Mainland, including this upcoming Gong Bath and Sacred Sound Meditation at Yoga Union in Delta with Mike Nichols.
If you’ve been to a sound meditation or sound healing you’d recommend, let us know about it! Comment on our Instagram here. And if you’re living somewhere else in North America explore the sound meditation offerings near you by searching our site. This one in Malibu looks pretty cool!