• Heal Your Mind & Body at Dewa Spa

  • Study with World-Class Teachers

  • Practice in One of Our Unique Venues

  • Expand Your Awareness with Meditation

  • Go Hiking in the Catskill Mountains

  • Enjoy Delicious Nourishing Farm-to-Table Cuisine

  • Menla is a Project of Tibet House US,

    the Dalai Lama’s Cultural Center in NYC

  • Deluxe Queen – $1,140.00
  • Standard Queen – $1,026.00
  • Standard Single - Shared Bath – $996.00
  • Standard Double Full - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $834.00
  • Standard Double Twin - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $771.00
  • Economy Single - Shared Bath – $732.00
  • Economy Double - Shared Bath (Shared Room) – $702.00
  • Economy Triple - Shared Bath (Shared Room) – $669.00
  • Camping – $351.00
  • Commuter – $312.00

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12th Annual Sage SoundHealing Intensive

With Silvia Nakkach, M.A., MMT, Lea Garnier, Billy Martin, Jessica Caplan, Eric Fraser and Angell Deer

June 22 - 25, 2023

The world’s foremost experts in the art and science of sound healing will come together to immerse retreat participants in the sacred power of sound. Under the guidance of these remarkable scholars, doctors, healers, and sound practitioners, students will explore the healing potential of Tuning Forks, Crystal Bowls and Pyramids, Tibetan Bowls, Sacred Gongs and Bells, Voice, Drums, Conch, Flutes and other sacred sound instruments.

Participants will learn the therapeutic application of sound tools to create sacred space, shift and expand consciousness, address a range of physical conditions, restore balance, and promote positive change at the cellular level.


Thursday, June 22

  • 1:00 pm Arrival & Room Check-in
    2:30 – 5 pm Afternoon Session

    • Angell Deer: The Ancient Practice of Ancestral Journeying & The Power of the Drum
  • 6 – 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 – 9 pm Evening Session
    • Angell Deer: Fire Ceremony

Friday, June 23

  • 7:30 – 8:15 am Optional Morning Sadhana
    • Jennifer Vargos:
  • 8 – 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 11:30 am Morning Session
    • Lea Garnier: Sound Tool Awareness
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 – 5 pm Afternoon Session
    • Silvia Nakkash: The Generative Voice of Medicine Melodies
  • 6 – 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 – 9 pm Evening Session
    • Lea Garnier & Sage Sangha: Crystal Corpus: SoundHealing Ceremony

Saturday, June 24

  • 7:30 – 8:15 am Optional Morning Sadhana
    • Jennifer Vargos:
  • 8 – 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 am – 12 pm Morning Session:
    • Jessica Caplin: Sonic Embodiment
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 2:30 – 5 pm Afternoon Session:
    • Billy Martin: Rhythmic Harmony
  • 6 – 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 – 9 pm Evening Session:
    • Billy Martin: SoundHealing Concert

Sunday, June 25

  • 7 – 11 Check-out of Rooms
  • 8 – 9 am Breakfast/Packing
  • 9 am Room Check Out
  • 9:30 – 11:30 am Morning Session:
    • Angell Deer: Andean Cosmology & Prayer
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 2 – 4 pm Afternoon Session:
    • Eric Fraiser: “Sur Pagol” – Mad for Tuen
  • 5 pm Departure… and beginning ॐ

*Please note that the schedule is subject to change at any time.


Silvia Nakkach, M.A., MMT
Friday June 23rd 2:30-5:30 The Generative Voice of Medicine Melodies with Silvia Nakkach, M.A. MMT ((Saraswati Devi) Delving into acoustic subtleties and Silvia’s refined melodiousness, we’ll explore the ecstatic, the shamanic, and the contemplative energy of the voice through the cosmic beauty of the Icaros, Afro-Brazilian Orixà invocations, and the Ragas of India. The music-making will be accompanied by indigenous instruments, Crystal Tone bowls, and amazing new ways to unfold the harmonic resonance of the sruti box. (Silvia is the foremost music psychotherapist who introduced the sruti box to the field, including in yoga and sound healing in the early 80s). This session is…
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Lea Garnier
SOUND TOOL AWARENESS Every sound we use for sound bath journeys or private sessions has a unique voice or attribute to help facilitate a therapeutic healing response. In this segment, we will explore the “tools of the trade” and have plenty of practice time to feel into the unique voice of the conch shell, the shruti box, crystal bowls and pyramids, the gong, tuning forks and more. In 2010, Lea co-founded the first East coast Annual SoundHealing Intensive at Menla, NY. By creating a forum for pioneers of SoundHealing to share their knowledge, a platform was launched for in depth…
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Billy Martin
RHYTHMIC HARMONY Rhythmic Harmony (and, the name of Billy’s most recent book) is a playful exploration in creating music and art. “It is the culmination of everything I have learned as a creative artist.” In this segment, be prepared to explore new pathways designed to guide you to express the healing music of your soul. Followed by an evening SoundHealing concert. Best known as a member of the musical trio Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin is an American composer, percussionist, visual artist, educator and record producer. Billy is the Executive Director and CEO of the legendary non-profit organization Creative…
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Jessica Caplan
SONIC EMBODIMENT Our voice is medicine, the original sound healing instrument each of us was born with. When we tap into the voice as the multi-faceted tool for healing, transformation, and authentic connection that it is, we open up access to our vast potential. In this workshop, we will nurture our connection to our voice through movement, sounding, singing, and deep listening; we will express our essence in sound; and we will rest in silence and sound to digest and integrate what we’ve received. We will play, journey, explore, and activate our own unique vocal channel. Through embodying our sacred…
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Eric Fraser
“SUR PAGOL” – MAD FOR TUNE In Kolkata, India, there is a Bengali saying that when one is deeply enthralled with music they are “Sur Pagol” or mad/crazy (in a good way) for tune. In this workshop we will discover and practice the tuning system of Indian Ragas, and how intoxicating it feels to listen, play or sing with a Tanpura or Shruti Box. We will explore what makes good “Sur” (the tone and tune of a note), how it works in Indian ragas, and how it can be utilized for healing sound meditations. Eric Fraser’s training in Indian classical…
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Angell Deer
THE ANCIENT PRACTICE OF ANCESTRAL JOURNEYING AND THE HEALING POWER OF THE DRUM We will explore how we can use journeying, drumming, and singing to bring very valuable information to heal ourselves and others and to channel healing energies into a client’s energy field. We will also explore how we can call upon the 4 directions, the 4 elements, and the Spirits associated with them to bring multiple energetic and spiritual layers into this work. FIRE CEREMONY Grandfather Fire is one of our oldest ancestors. He was here at the creation of the universe, and created this Earth. In most…
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