Sound Ceremony Retreat

100hr Training Certification


S O U N D — B R E A T H — F R E E D O M

From Listening To Presence, From Sound To Silence

Are you interested in Sacred Sound and all of its mystical components?

“Music without words means leaving behind the mind and leaving behind the mind is meditation.  Meditation returns you to the source and the source of all is sound.”    

 14-day Training Immersion Dates   

SOLD OUT January 18 - Feb 1, 2020 [the yoga forest]

March 28 - AprIl 11, 2020 [the yoga forest]

July 11 - July 25, 2020 [the yoga forest]

We are very excited to announce this unique course pioneering the modern application of Sound Work. We welcome you to be apart of the first ever 100HR Sound Ceremony Trainingrunning twice yearly at The Yoga Forest.

The very ancient art of healing with sound is quickly growing in popularity throughout the world as many feeling the call to quiet down the mind, pull the reigns on their routines to listen and enquire into a deeper rhythm of life.

We certainly all know that music effects us on many levels. It is as simple as remembering our teenage years or the way our eyes glaze as if seeing a long lost lover as a sweet and nostalgic piece is played. Two and a half thousand years ago the famous Greek philosopher Pythagoras utilized sound as a form of medicine treating a variety of ailments and we can trace this idea back further and outward across continents, cultures and ages right into something we know in our hearts yet cannot find the sufficient words to speak its Truth. As cutting edge as this modality might seem, there is nothing new about Sound Healing and its Power to pierce the veil of thoughts and allow us to perceive the source of where all sound is springing from.

In this training you will learn how to journey into a deep meditative inquiry on the Source of all Sound and from there find many tools to assist in shifting frequencies, healing emotional and psychological scars and opening parts of the heart and mind that you never knew existed! Come traverse the sphere of your consciousness as we create the space for transformation.

“Some day music will be the means of expressing universal religion. Time is wanted for this, but there will come a day when music and its philosophy will become the religion of humanity.”
—Hazrat Inyat Khan

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who has been moved by the Power of Sound. For Musicians, Healers, Therapists, Yogis, Meditators, Mystics, Psychologists, Philosophers, Teachers, Medical Workers, Medicine Workers, Song Carriers People who are ready to shift and lift; to open and ignite and to listen to the subtleties of stillness and silence.


What are the benefits of this application of Sound for health & healing?

Some benefits may include:

  • Reduce stress and relief from fatigue, pain, addiction, compulsive thinking, insomnia through deep relaxation and endorphin release

  • Accelerate the healing process

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Increased circulation

  • Increased sleep quality

  • Increased sense of calm

  • Alleviation from anxiety

  • Reduced symptoms of depression

  • Liberate emotional traumas stored within the body/mind complexes

  • Deconstruct negative patterns

  • Enhances homeostasis

  • Bring release to emotional imbalance

  • Remove blockages and facilitate free flow of energy channels – meridians, nerves, & blood vessels

  • Promotes creative potential

  • Expand the capacity for love, peacefulness and happiness within oneself

  • Increased concentration, focus and attention


What will you learn?

  • The art and practices from the Contemplative East to the Wisdom of the Shamanic South

  • An introduction to Yoga Philosophy

  • Theory and practice of Nada, Bhakti & Mantra Yoga

  • The healing power of Sound, therapeutic application for yourself and others

  • How to shake off your shackles, unbridle and face your fears

  • How to locate and sound for yourself and others the energetic centers (chakras) of the body

  • How to incorporate sound into classes

  • How to hold space for transformation

  • How to facilitate sound & singing circles & ceremonies

  • Introduction and use of sacred instruments

  • Voice Medicine—Tuning, Toning, Chanting

  • How to work with a mesa


Nāda Yoga (नादयोगis an ancient Indian metaphysical system. It is equally a philosophical system, a medicine, and a form of yoga. The system's theoretical and practical aspects are based on the premise that the entire cosmos and all that exists in the cosmos, including human beings, consists of sound vibrations, called nāda. (source: Wikipedia)

Bhakti Yoga (भक्तियोग), The root Bhaj, which means “to adore, to devote or worship God.” Bhakti Yoga has been called “love for love's sake” and “union through love and devotion.” Bhakti is uniting of the individualized consciousness with the Universal through active surrender.

Mantra Yoga (मंत्रयोगcoming from the root Man or Manas meaning mind and instinct and Tra, a tool or instrument to transcend or liberate the mind from itself. Mantras are used to awaken the Self and deepen the meditative aspects of a physical yoga practice. Mantra yoga is a meditation tool meant to engage the mind through focusing on sound, duration and number of repetitions (japa) as a means to get closer to the divinity within, creating positive vibrations that benefit both the one who chants and the one who listens.

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Demonstrate, understand and share the philosophies of Sound Yoga and its potential for self-realization

  • Develop an effective practice for working with Sound

  • Deepen your meditation and awareness on Nad

  • Feel comfortable sharing sound with groups

  • Learn traditional Vedic Mantras and their meanings

  • Explore song traditions for singing circles and kirtans

  • Ability to give one on one and group sound healing sessions

  • Explore the range and possibilities of your voice

  • Instruction on the proper use of sacred instruments such as: Bowls, Tingsha’s, Chimes, Bells

  • Artful application of Breath, circular breathing and Didjeridoo

  • The development of the inner ear and subtle listening

  • Explore the connection of sound and silence

  • To grow through processes of self-transformation



Jayānanda James Roland

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Jayānanda is a student and teacher of sacred arts. Throughout adolescence Jaya was immersed in holistic thought and began teaching Meditation and later Yoga in his early 20’s. He has taught with and lead more than 18 Yoga Teacher Trainings around the world at 200 and advanced 300hr levels. Within the courses maintaining a primary focus on practical Eastern psychology and philosophy. He has always incorporated and found profound results with the use of sound and song. From the Yogic traditional paths of Mantra and Kirtan, the call and response style and also meditative recitation of repeating simple and sometimes complex Mantras, Nada Yoga and the deep inquiry of the nature of sound to modern and worldly approaches of transformation and concentration through the voice and instruments to facilitate the opening of the heart and the elevation of the mind.

Since establishing SOUND CEREMONY in 2012, he has led and shared more than 100 Sound Ceremonies. Like a bath or a shower of vibration through the individual or group with the use and channel of ancient instruments from exotic parts of the earth such as: Didjeridoo (Yidaki), Native Flutes Overtone Flutes, Singing Bowls (Crystal and Tibetan), The Frame Drum, The Medicine Drum, Sansula & Kalimba (African Thumb Piano), Koshi Chimes, Bells, Chakapa, Semillas, Rattles, Rainsticks, Chungroo and a list of other percussions, The Shrutti Box, The Table Tube, Kora (African Harp), The Guitar and the sound of spoken word to remind the listener of the language of the heart.

Jaya has published three books of intimate poetry and is received as a carrier of mystic verse and song. Currently he is working on several new works including a fresh look at Sound in the book ‘The Yoga of Listening, from Sound to Silence’. Stay tuned for release dates and international tours at

Saraswatī Hayley Tennyson


Saraswatī embodies the essence of the creative Mother, balancing loving softness with a graceful strength.  Her powerful presence inspires and empowers others to step into their full potential, through vibrant authenticity and the awakening to the expansive joy of the heart.  Her work brings together the teachings of yoga, non-dualism and earth wisdom, infused with a deep reverence for life.

Guiding people from all over the world to devote time to personal transformation at The Yoga Forest, the conscious living retreat she founded in 2009, Saraswatī wholeheartedly offers herself through the path of devotion; offering kirtan, ceremonies, workshops, retreats and trainings with yoga, breath work, sound healing, singing circles, dance, satsang & sharing circles. Her dedication to creating and holding a safe space allows the veils to fall away, inspiring spontaneous expression and the authentic embodiment of the Truth - all is Love. 

Weaving together her passion for yoga, nature and the elements, her view of sustainable green living and mindfulness practice fuse into a work of deep green yoga. She loves to be in the forest with her baby Elijah Rumi, contemplating Oneness within nature while dreaming and designing landscapes of harmonious interaction, offering visions of an alternative global community for the future generations. 

Saraswatī is one of 8 co-founding members of the Kula Collective, an organization weaving together diverse holistic experiences and educational offerings through combined passions and a collective intention - to facilitate a global spiritual awakening through a thriving collective community, built on a solid foundation of integrity, sustainability and freedom for all.

Jayā & Saraswatī have recently recorded their first album in The Sacred Valley of Peru titled ‘Wave of the Heart’. A blend of ancient Sanskrit Mantra, English, Spanish and Portuguese to weave the listener through a worldly tapestry to crack the container of the heart.



$2150 ALL INCLUSIVE of course & certification; meals & shared accommodation @ The Yoga Forest 


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT $200 OFF with full payment 6 months prior to course commencement

This unique course qualifies for 100hrs Continuing Education Credits with Yoga Alliance! 

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Sound Ceremony REGISTRATION & Cancellation Policy

Due to a high volume of interest in these courses, please understand the following policy;


  • Deposit is non refundable, but is transferable, to another SC course to be used within 18 months of cancellation date as outlined below. Deposits/payments are not transferable to other participant registrations.

  • Full payment is required to be settled prior to 30 days before the start date of the training, via bank transfer. Details will be outlined in your Welcome Packet.


  • Transfer to another SC course with more than 30 days notice, 100% credit of deposit/payments towards another program

  • Transfer to another SC course with 14-30 days notice, 50% credit of deposit/payments towards another program

  • For less than 14 days notice, no credit of deposit/payments applies towards another program

  • For transfers; you will be placed on a TRANSFER LIST, for a transfer validity of 18 months. When you are ready to confirm registration for the course you would like to join in the future, you are required to submit the full remaining balance for that course. Without full payment, your place will not be held for the program


  • Full cancellation of training more than 90 days of course commencement, 100% refund of applies (less deposit amount)

  • Full cancellation of training within 31-90 days of course commencement, 75% refund applies (less deposit amount)

  • Full cancellation of training within 15-30 days of course commencement, 50% refund applies (less deposit amount)

  • Full cancellation of training within 14 days of course commencement, no refund or transfer applies