This shamanic sound meditation ceremony will incorporate indigenous elements, musical instruments, and songs from shamanic cultures across the world including didgeridoo, Tuvan throat singing, South American Icaros, Native American medicine songs and flutes, jawharps, Koshi chimes, Tibetan singing bowls, Arican kalimba, ngoni, and Hang Drum all combined and layered through a electronic loop station interface while various healing herbs and incenses are burned.
The meditation will begin with a guided instruction while teachings from various traditions from all over the world (Buddhist, Taoist, Shamanic, Hindu and indigenous) will be given interwoven with the music and sounds.
Teacher Bio: Jerry Walsh has been a student of the dharma for the past eight years and a vipassana meditator nearly six years. Jerry has also been a student of Maestro Manuel Rufino for four years, studying the sacred traditions of humanity focusing primarily on the shamanic traditions of the Indigenous cultures of the Americas. He is a member of the Golden Drum sound meditation ensemble, Dream Seed an has travelled to over twenty-five different countries on five continents, spending a full year studying Buddhism and Himalayan culture in India, Nepal, and Bhutan from 2010-2011. He currently works with BEAT NYC, a non-profit that teaches Hip-Hop and Beatboxing in NYC public schools. He is a founding member of the Sacred Arts Research Foundation 501 (c) 3 and the Ark in Greenpoint, Brooklyn where he resides with the Golden Drum community.
Jerry is a musician, vocalist, and beatboxer mixing ancient instruments and techniques such as the didgeridoo, Peruvian pan flute, Native American Flute, hang drum (handpan), and Tuvan throat singing with experimental hip-hop rhythms and lyrics revolving around mysticism and social activism. He has performed and taught at Sonic Bloom Festival, Gratitude Festival, Mysteryland Festival in Chile, Unifier Festival, Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, and Cosmic Convergence Festival in Guatemala performing solo and in collaboration with Merkaba (Kalya Scintilla) and Srikalogy. He was recently filmed performing original music with the Hang drum for the critically-acclaimed Netflix series, Orange is the New Black.
Xango Shola is the co-founder of the Sacred Arts Research Foundation; an NPO that provides educational programs that support the exploration and disciplines of the sacred arts. She is a disciple ofMaestro Manuel Rufino and an active member of The Golden Drum, a cultural community center for consciousness in Brooklyn, and a member of the Universal Initiatic College, learning the traditional Native American healing ways and sacred wisdom traditions. Shola’s mission is to be in service to the preservation of the sacred traditions of the earth and enrich communities through education and service. She is a song carrier & drummer; singing traditional songs from around the world and has been weaving music, art and native healing practices to empower the human heart towards a more gentle, peaceful and purposeful existence. Shola has been studying ceremonial artistry for the pas t 9 years; she has been given the permission and blessing by the elders of the Taino, Huichol, and Mexica traditions to travel the world and share this work.
She is the director of Made in Prayer, a collective that empowers communities by hosting educational programs that guide you through prayerful art making. Made in Prayer is also a brand that identifies products that are made with intention and purpose.