Workshops & Retreats

An Evening with Max Strom

Wednesday, December 9th


Followed by a reception and book signing

$50 early bird (before 11/1)

$55 after 11/1

Crisis is the Axis for Transformation

This workshop deals directly with the modern epidemic of stress in industrial societies across the world. A great many of us are plagued with anxiety and depression because we are actually in a quiet state of crisis. The opportunity of crisis is that you have a clarity that is unparalleled to any other time in your life. What is important and not important becomes almost blindingly clear. So, there is no better time to rebuild your vision of your life. The special seminar will give you knowledge to take home with you to help you live a more authentic life with improved sleep. Class includes lecture, some gentle breath work, and self-enquiry. All levels are welcome. Bring writing materials.

To register contact Joel Benjamin:

Winter Sound Immersion and Yoga Retreat 2016

Thursday, February 18th to Sunday, February 21st

Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island, Washington

“The human voice is the organ of the soul.”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Chanting, toning, singing, and music form the very basis of all religious and spiritual practices throughout time. From the black and white world view of the conservative fundamentalist, to the all embracing ecstacy of the hedonistic pagan, to every soul seeker in between, all use sound to connect to their god.

Yoga, which can be traced back as the foundation for all spiritual practices, is essentially a practice rooted in the technology of sound. Looking back at the ancient texts, yoga is not described in terms of postures or breathing techniques, or even meditation, but as a practice of mantra and sound.

This deep rooted relationship between sound and consciousness is the basis for all forms of yoga. All authentic yoga practices begin and end with sound, (Namaste. Om. Shanti, Shanti). Indeed it is through sound that the transformation of consciousness occurs- which remember, is the very purpose of yoga.

So join us for an immersion into the Yoga of Sound, sonic yogis! Over the course of four days we will chant, tone, move, breath, eat great food, and chant some more, as we explore how to better harmonize with ourselves, each other, and the planet and universe we call home. This special retreat will raise your personal vibration and reverberate in the mind and body long after our time together at Doe Bay.

Retreat Fee: $225 per participant before December, 1st, $250 after.

For this special event Doe Bay is offering four nights of accommodations for the price of three (the retreat price does not include the cost of lodging).

To register contact Joel Benjamin:

Kirtan with Rob and Melissa

Sunday, 11/29, 2015
Suggested donation $15-20
Kirtan is the singing of ancient Sanskrit chants and mantras in a group setting, and is a form of Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion. Whether new to kirtan or life long devotees, Rob and Melissa create a fun, accessible and sacred space…the perfect setting for a joy-filled celebration of the divine!  
To register contact Joel Benjamin:

The Practice of Vedic Chant

With Pat Moffitt Cook, Ph.D

Dates and Time: 

March 11-13 Friday-Sunday /10:00-4:30

September 16-18 Friday-Sunday / 10:00-4:30

Program Cost – $695.00

This Includes both Spring & Fall module intensives, all training materials, and 3 group audio skype sessions between modules.

Limited space

This foundational program is for all those who wish to learn and begin practicing Vedic Chant. The approach to teaching is traditional through oral transmission, repetition, and with the aid of chant-texts, transliterations and English translations from the original Sanskrit.

This 2-module program -

Consists of two-3 day module intensives & three group skype-sessions between modules. Participants are encouraged to participate in the whole program to absorb and learn the foundations of Vedic Chant. The skype sessions inbetween mentor and support participants in their successful practice and continued learning process! All materials are provided.

Contact information and to register contact:


Finding Your Natural Voice- a soundhealing playshop

with Rafe Pearlman and Zia Sunseri

Postponed. New Dates TBA.

Exchange is $260 per person for the series- pre-registration is required.

Finding our natural vocal expression involves a connection with our breath, body and primal spirit. Come to be guided to connect with your authentic, embodied self, breath, voice, healing life force. In a playful and supportive, empowering space: Introverts, extroverts, and all levels will benefit and enjoy.

This series will focus on:

*developing our creative capacity + spontaneity

*breath work/warming up and protecting the voice

*sacred language/mantra/cross-cultural chant, call & response opportunities for individual experimentation and expression (no pressure & not required)

*sound healing experiences

Lead by singer/voice coach Rafe Pearlman and  Zia Sunseri, Soundhealer/shamanic counselor who assists with sound healing instruments and energetic support

To register contact Joel Benjamin:

Soundspa Event: Phoenix Rising

with Rafe Pearlman and Zia Sunseri

Sunday, October 25th


Exchange is $35 per person


 Rafe + Zia will be using: their voices, crystal bowls, drums, gongs, rattles, and other instruments to create a soundbath of vibrations that shift the listener’s body and consciousness into deep relaxation and restorative biological states.

People attend SoundSpa to RELAX, REJUVENATE, and to FEEL VIBRANT & REPLENISHED, to reduce the effects of stress and clear tension or blockages in the mind, body, emotions, spirit, and to deepen and activate new positive intentions. Participants recline on yoga mats and pillows to enjoy the multisensory experience. 

Aromatherapy used at Soundspa is the finest, highest quality distilled real flower and plant essences, never synthetics, all organic. Energized and steeped in quartz crystals.

Refreshments are all organic herb, flower, vegetable, and/or fruit infused cool waters + warm teas. Energized and steeped in quartz crystals.

Lead by singer/voice coach Rafe Pearlman and  Zia Sunseri, Soundhealer/shamanic counselor who assists with sound healing instruments and energetic support

To register contact Joel Benjamin:

Chocolate Shamanism

with Zia Sunseri

Postponed. New Dates TBA.

CHOCOLATE SHAMANISM is wonderfully supportive and fun fall through winter group experiential journey. In a playful and healing atmosphere, we’ll journey together through the darker months of fall and winter with more magic, movement, celebration, intention, activation, and manifestation.

Shamanic Counselor and Soundhealer Zia Sunseri will lead us in a series of her style of Cacao Ceremonies, which will include: Imbibing Ceremonial Doses of Organic Raw Cacao (choice of sweetened or unsweetened), Soundhealing Assistance of a Drum, Rattles, and guided experiences using and movement and voice. Depending on the group’s interest level, there will also be opportunities for guided instruction on the practice of individual shamanic journeying as a healing tool. Cacao (the main ingredient in chocolate) has been used in ceremony for centuries in South America and Central America, as documented in the art, myths and legends of the Olmecs, Mayans, and the Aztecs, who regarded  the Cacao tree as one of the central trees of life. Ancient peoples used it’s healing powers and spirit in many kinds of community meetings and group healing ceremonies.

SELECT FRIDAYS @ Yogasmith  6:30-7:45pm

FRIDAY 16th OCTOBER 6:30-7:45pm

FRIDAY 6th NOVEMBER 6:30-7:45pm

FRIDAY 27th NOVEMBER 6:30-7:45pm

FRIDAY 18th DECEMBER 6:30-7:45pm

FRIDAY 8th JANUARY 6:30-7:45pm

FRIDAY 29th JANUARY 6:30-7:45pm

FRIDAY 19th FEBRUARY 6:30-7:45pm

FRIDAY 11th MARCH 6:30-7:45pm

To register contact Joel Benjamin:

Monthly Vijnana Practice with Kathryn Payne

Next Class, September 17th.


$25 with 5 days advance registration, $30 thereafter.

Vijnana yoga is a practice of traditional yoga postures in sequences that are well defined, allowing the student to creatively explore the use of vital principles and the intrinsic intelligence of the body.  Without an overuse of anatomical terms, students have a focus of “listening from the inside” in an elegant, yet precise approach to the asana.

To register contact Kathryn Payne at

Chandra Cycles- A Seasonal Practice for Women with Alex Baker

Offered on a Sunday once every 3 months. The next gathering is in the Fall (date TBA).


Exchange is $25

Join us once a season and dive deeper into your yoga and meditation practice surrounded by the support and fellowship of other women on a similar path. Each practice includes 90 minutes of Yoga, Pranayama, and Meditation, followed with snacks and time to connect with each other.

To register contact Joel Benjamin:

Sound Bath Experience

with Daniella White at Yogasmith

Offered on the third Sunday of every month

7:30 – 8:30 pm

Exchange for Sound Bath: $20

A sound bath is an improvised concert played with the intent of releasing energy that is no longer serving you, and shifting to a more positive and relaxed state of being. Participants usually lie in a comfortable position on the floor (in savasana). Daniella plays the crystal bowls and a Paiste plantary gong, adding vocal toning as well. During the savasana you will be bathed in healing vibrations that will help you achieve deeper states of mediation. It is in these states of relaxation that healing can take place. The combination of sound and savasana will assist you in releasing any energies, thoughts, and patterns that are no longer serving you, and will help bring healing energy into your body and mind. You will leave feeling “re-tuned”, with a sense of restored balance in your mind, body and spirit.

Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring anything that you need to feel comfortable lying on the floor

To sign up or for more information please contact Joel Benjamin at

The Art of Self Massage

with Stephanie Levine

Offered on the final Sunday of every month

Next event: October

$25/early bird, $30/at the door

Whether we sit long hours at a computer, are training for a marathon, or care for small children: our bodies develop areas of tension. This everyday tension can restrict our movement and cause pain and discomfort.

In this class you will learn to release and ease these restrictions as well as supporting your body to recover from workouts. We’ll use a variety of tools including foam rollers, tennis balls, and golf balls–and of course our own hands. We will adapt principles from myofascial release, trigger point thereapy and deep tissue massage and discover self care stagetegies that are therapuetic and relaxing. You will also learn techniques to improve energy flow and increase body awareness. These classes can be taken individually to learn the basic concepts, or attend each month to gain a greater understanding of the variations and modalities for specific body areas.

If you have a 6” foam roller please bring it with you. If not there will be rollers available for your use and purchase at the class.

To register contact Stephanie at or email Joel Benjamin at

Monthly Restorative Yoga

With Alex Baker

First Sunday of every month
Exchange: $20 per person

Next Event: Sunday, 9/6

Start your month off right! Join Alex the first Sunday of each month for a deeply nourishing Restorative Yoga practice.

Restorative Yoga is for those interested in slowing down and reducing both physical and mental stress and tension. While practicing Restorative Yoga you will utilize props to help support you in specific postures, minimizing strenuous activity and allowing you to gently open those tight areas in your body as you deepen your connection to your breath. Restorative Yoga allows you to balance your active practice and lifestyle, leaving you feeling very relaxed coupled with enhanced mental clarity.

These classes are appropriate for all levels of experience. After each class you will be purring like a kitten.

To register contact Joel Benjamin: