Healing with Sound
While visiting a friend at Esalen Institute, I was on my way to a writing class , when I heard beautiful sounds coming from a distance. I followed the sounds and found myself in the garden, overlooking the ocean. There were two woman and a man improvising with their voices. It was beautiful. It was Beautiful! I listened for a while and asked if I may join in. They smiled and said enthusiastically Yes! I felt my spirits rise, That empty feeling in my gut disappear and a feeling of complete joy wash over me. I felt bliss! I love singing with other people. Without thought of what note comes next. The notes and sounds come from a higher place within myself. A silence within my self. I imagine the people I sing with have a similar experience. They said they were taking a workshop with a man named David Darling and maybe he'd let me sit in. I followed them back to the room and asked David if it would be all right for me to listen for a while. He was so kind , accepting and generous. He motioned for me to come closer and encouraged me to participate. I know I was guided to that garden and to David's workshop. He is an amazing cellist, a wonderful teacher and a beautiful human being. I've gone back to David's workshops several times since then.
David's open heart and accepting nature allowed me to feel safe and learn to open my heart and let it be okay to feel vulnerable. What a blessing!
David inspired me and one year later I created (link) "Finding Your Voice Workshops.
I found my first connection at TAMA -DO Academy of Sound Color and Movement. I studied at Tama-Do for 2 years and learned about Chi Gong, Vibrational Medicine and the medicinal uses of tuning forks and energy work. I found what I felt was missing from my life as a performer, a higher purpose for my music.
Two years later I had the opportunity to take study with Bobby McFerrin, a master of improvisational music! I learned a lot about the art of improvisational singing and making sounds using vowels, consonants not to mention every part of my body!
In 2006 I graduated CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies) in a year long certification program on Healing with Sound, Voice and Music. I studied with many well known practitioner's in the field of Vibrational Medicine, Sound Healing and Sound Therapy, which deepened my practice.
The more I work on my own self awareness, the deeper my work becomes and the more I can facilitate movement in my clients, opening hearts and facilitating self empowerment.
Life is a process in which we learn to love all aspects of ourselves, become more aware of who we are, where we've come from and a clearer picture as to where I'm going.
May you be free from suffering.
Valerie's EducationValerie's practice, "Hummingbird Medicine," offers Peer Counseling, Massage Therapy, Intuitive Sound Healing, and Vibrational Medicine. Valerie also offers workshops on "Self Empowerment," Meditations with Sound and "Finding Your Inner Voice."
After 30 years of being on the stage, Valerie began a search to find a way to deepen people's experience of themselves through sound therapy, self inquiry, and body awareness. She has studied Improvisational Voice and music with Bobby McFerrin, and David Darling. She studied for two years in France in the field of Vibrational Medicine with Fabian Maman, founder of Tama-do Academy of Sound, Color and Movement. In 2007 Valerie completed a year long certification program in Healing with Sound at California Institute of Intergal Studies in San Francisco, where she studied with many well known teachers in the field of both music therapy and sound healing.
She received her training in massage therapy at Phillip's School of Massage in Nevada City, CA, and has been a Certified Massage Therapist since 1989, Certified Sound Healing Practioner, professional singer, songwriter, performing since 1979 and the creator of Finding Your Voice Workshops, She has taught music and movement, Improv and song writing to both adults and children for over thirty years.
Valerie has performed and toured in America and abroad. She has several CD's of her original music.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT VALERIE
Valerie's charismatic, warm personality was evident and inspired the Wards, who showed great enthusiasm. She gave food for thought to the minors, communication alternative ways to express their emotions and their actions. Fluke, Dave, The Sacramento County Boys Ranch
Valerie has a knack for drawing the seniors to participate in singing songs, playing instruments and improvisational music. Begeran, Cyndee, Activity Director, Adult Day Services
Ms. Lowe works with people in a supportive and therapeutic manner. She is creative and musically talented. She would be a positive addition a a program to bring inspiration, enthusiasm and creativity. Ms. Lowe has compassion for others and is open to sharing her own life experiences to assist others. Smith, C. MFT
Valerie touches the hearts of people she connects with. She addresses issues of serious content using humor as a tool to get her message across. She has excellent leadership skills. She is vivacious, fun, and a strong advocate for people, to help them, help themselves. Fox, Jill, MFT
Valerie is honest, trustworthy, capable, talented, compassionate, tolerant, kind, expressive, helpful and willing. Ash, Norma, friend
Valerie has volunteered with non-profit organizations such as: