Sound Certification Retreat with Jessica Cross & Julie Afsahi

Marble Falls, TX 78654, USA

Oct 20 - 22, 2023
Group size: 20 - 27
Sound Certification Retreat with Jessica Cross & Julie Afsahi
Marble Falls, TX 78654, USA

Oct 20 - 22, 2023
Group size: 20 - 27

About this trip

Immerse in the world of Sound at the 2nd Annual Sound Certification Retreat!

What's included in the Sound Certification Retreat?

-Sound Practitioner Certification from Sound for Stress and Soul Strong Yoga

-Sound Practitioner Guide for groups & 1:1, metal bowls, crystal bowls, gongs and additional instruments are addressed 

-Full access to our luxury glampground amenities on 50 acres of private property, including dipping pools, wood burning sauna, hot tub, wild life, meditation labyrinth, incredible views and so much more 

-Access to a full line of sound healing instruments available to play and for sale onsite

-3 Daily vegetarian meals, snacks and treats thoughtfully crafted by our holistic personal chef

-Daily yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreat style activities

-Hand-hammered singing bowl, mallet, felt ring, and protective bag

-Exclusive, limited-edition swag and gifts

-Yoga teachers may also earn 30 Yoga Alliance CEUs

Earn your Sound Practitioner certification, restore in the incredible Hill Country, and learn from some of Austin’s most popular sound practitioners and trainers, Jessica Cross of Sound for Stress and Julie Afsahi of Soul Strong Yoga. 

This retreat will not only include comprehensive sound therapy training, but also Sound Certification Retreat signature offerings, including yoga, meditation, and philosophy discussions under the stars. 

You will also enjoy deeply nourishing, chef-crafted vegetarian meals by Chef Emeline and her incredibly talented culinary staff. 

Who is the Certification Retreat for?

The Sound Certification Retreat is for:

  • Yoga Teachers
  • Yoga Therapists
  • Mental Health Professionals 
  • Meditation Teachers
  • Hospice Workers
  • Addiction Specialists
  • Massage Therapists
  • Estheticians
  • Energy Workers
  • Sound professionals who wish to deepen their learning for certification
  • Wellness Professionals looking to add sound baths to their practice
  • Sound enthusiasts to wish to expand their knowledge and avenues of personal healing 

What is Sound Therapy?

Sound therapy is a method of relaxation and meditation that utilizes singing bowls, gongs, and other healing instruments to promote stress relief and healing. 

Sound Therapy is not about performance, but rather using the instruments to move stagnant energy in our environment and bodies. Sound vibrations impact our nervous system, engaging our relaxation reflex and inhibiting the stress and pain responses. 

What should attendees expect?

Prepare to be immersed in a supportive community of wellness providers, learn from expert Sound Practitioners Jessica Cross and Julie Afsahi, eat well, nourish your heart and soul, and make lasting memories.

You will find that our retreat offers a balance of in-depth, hands-on learning and time to restore and uplift your whole being.

Jessica Cross has thoughtfully curated the course content based on hundreds of hours of training and years of providing sound therapy. 

The training group will journey through sound healing foundations, demonstration and practice of the singing bowls and gongs in group settings and one-to-one spaces, as well as how to work in collaboration with complimentary providers. 

At this retreat, we will do our best to disconnect and honor digital mindfulness. We will ask for your full presence and awareness when exploring the ancient meditative techniques and healing tools that sound therapy provides.

Where are we retreating?

We’ll gather in a Texas Hill Country glampground paradise, at The Retreat Ranch, to experience unforgettable sunsets, starry night skies, campfires, one-of-a-kind accommodations, dipping pools, wood fired sauna experiences, the animals that call the ranch home and wildlife alike, and mother nature as a community. 

This glampground is nestled amongst historic oak trees and provides all the comforts, including well-appointed  Each accommodation has its own personality and each is equipped with AC and mini fridge, luxury linens among other comforts of home.  

All accommodations are just steps away from luxury restrooms and of course, the dining hall for meals and snacking needs. 

From every vantage point, you can see acres of incredible oak trees and wide open spaces, breathe deep breaths and totally relax and rejuvenate. 

We can’t wait to spend the weekend with you in such a truly magical place.

Does everyone earn a certificate?

Yes! Every attendee will participate in the onsite certification process during the retreat if they wish. It's also possible to attend the retreat for your own personal learning and not complete the certification process.

What should I bring?

All participants must bring a yoga mat, a yoga blanket or beach towel, and a cushion to sit on (such as a meditation cushion, bolster or similar). You may also wish to bring optional props, such as an eye pillow,  yoga blocks, etc. 

In the weeks leading up to the retreat, we will send a “Know Before You Go” email with all the details, including what to pack. We got you covered!

What else should I know?

What else should I know?

  • The retreat is open to all. 
  • You can attend the retreat for personal growth purposes only and not complete the certification requirements. 
  • You will not receive the certification, but instead an incredible experience with memories you will hold dear.
  • No pets are allowed onsite. 
  • This is a drug and alcohol free event. 

What if I need to cancel?

Deposits are non-refundable and required to reserve your spot.

If you must cancel your registration:

  • Up to 180 Days prior to the retreat, we offer full refunds, less your deposit
  • Up to 120 - 90 days prior to the retreat, we offer 50% refunds, less your deposit

After 90 days out from the start of the retreat, due to the financial responsibility of both companies (Sound for Stress and Soul Strong Yoga), we will not offer refunds (partial or full) under any circumstances. 

You are able to transfer your booking to someone else. You must reach out to Sound for Stress at to transfer your booking to another person. 

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your registration and booking fees. Some travel insurance companies offer “cancel for any reason” coverage. We know life happens, and trip insurance helps!

What’s included

  • Chef-Crafted Meals
    3 Daily vegetarian meals thoughtfully crafted by our holistic personal chef. Light refreshments will be provided throughout your stay
  • Singing Bowl
    Handcrafted singing bowl, mallet, felt ring, and protective bag
  • Training Materials
    Sound Practitioner Training Guide
  • Certification
    Sound Practitioner Certification from Sound for Stress and Soul Strong Yoga and Sound Practitioner electronic badge (for use on email signatures, websites, social media, and more)
  • Exclusive Gifts
    Exclusive, limited-edition swag and gifts
  • Yoga Alliance CEUs
    Yoga Teachers may also earn 20 Hours of CEUs following the retreat
  • Transportation
    Flights and transportation to the venue are organized and paid for by attendees

Available Packages

Bunk Cabin
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The bunk cabin, is a cozy cabin set in the trees with 8 built in bunks, each with their own privacy curtain, night light and phone charging station/stand. The bunk cabin has ensuite bathrooms (two of them!) as well as a fridge, vanity stations, plenty of storage and outdoor sitting.

Deposit: $500
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Our standard yurt-like bell tents accommodations are designed with your comfort and peace in mind. This yurt tent features 4 comfortable twin-size beds with high-quality tempurpedic style mattresses and luxurious bamboo sheets. Every bed is equipped with its very own nightstand, as well as a battery-operated night light. Plenty of luggage storage is available underneath the bed. We provide electricity, along with air conditioning, heating & yummy heated blankets for the cooler months.  These standard yurts share two full bathrooms with showers located in the dining hall. 

Deposit: $500
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Deposit: $500
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Our deluxe yurt-like bell tent is the glamping experience must-have! With approximately 300 square feet of space, it features 2 twin beds that can be converted into a king-size bed.  Also has a twin size futon chair/sleeper. Featuring a high-quality tempurpedic style mattresses with luxurious bamboo sheets- your comfort is our priority.

This charming bell tent has air conditioning, heat, full access to electricity & heated blankets too. Stargaze at night on the private deck and relax and reconnect with nature in the seating area. This accommodation has a detached shared full bath with shower. Come stay in a one of a kind beautifully designed bell tent!

Deposit: $500
King Glamping Yurt
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Deposit: $500
Moon Dancer Retro Airstream Trailer
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Experience sleep like never before in our Moon Dancer vintage trailer that features a queen-size tempurpedic style mattress, luxury bamboo sheets, super soft blankets and dreamlike pillows to ensure a full night’s rest. Moon Dancer features a small fridge with a bar area and 2 stools. Unwind for the night, as you sip your favorite drink, and enjoy the tranquil sounds of nature on your private patio area as well as hammock lounge area. A full-size futon couch that doubles as a second bed is available in Moon Dancer as well and comes with its own luxurious linens. 

Moon Dancer has a private detached full bathroom with a shower. 

Deposit: $500
Sun Chaser Retro Airstream Trailer
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Deposit: $500
Container Villa Suite #1
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This is PREMIER glamping at its best. Container Villa suite #1 is a queen suite with ensuite full bathroom, tempurpedic style mattress and luxury bamboo sheets for the ultimate in comfort. With a fridge and ceiling fan and small seating area inside, as well as a full front porch and an amazing ROOFTOP deck with fire pit – this room type is already in high demand!

Note the rooftop deck is shared between the two separate suites.

Deposit: $500
Container Villa Suite #2
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Deposit: $500

Your Organizer

Sound for Stress
Jessica Cross, ERYT 200/500, YACEP, is a sound practitioner and creator of Sound for Stress, a heart-centered business that helps stressed souls come home to themselves through the power of sound baths, yoga, and meditation. She first experienced the healing tones of a singing bowl while in savasana and knew sound would be an important part of her personal journey. Little did she know that sound would change her trajectory, her work, and her life. Find out more at