:::Resonance::: Sound Practitioner Training/Retreat

Mt Shasta, CA, USA

Lindsey Kraten
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2 reviews
May 21 - 25, 2020
Group size: 10 - 12
:::Resonance::: Sound Practitioner Training/Retreat
Mt Shasta, CA, USA

Lindsey Kraten
  • Email address verified
2 reviews

May 21 - 25, 2020
Group size: 10 - 12

About this trip

Join Hamid and Lindsey for a beautiful extended Memorial weekend retreat/training at the Sheep Rock Ranch near sacred Mount Shasta. This will be an initiation into the world of the Sound Practitioner. Explore the history, spirituality. science, and practice of sound as used in yoga, meditation, and therapy. We have created a special retreat style training where those interested could be fully immersed into the world of sound, along with a daily yoga practice, organic vegetarian/vegan food, nature and community. 

Learn more about Sheep Rock Ranch

About Shasta:

Mount Shasta, located near the Oregon border in northern California, holds the distinction of being one of the world’s preeminent sacred mountains. It is recognized as an eligible Native American cultural and cosmological property on the National Register of Historic Places. Artifacts found in the surrounding area conservatively suggest at least 11,000 years of human habitation, designating this region as one of the longest-occupied areas of North America.

Mount Shasta’s vast antiquity and mythic relevance places its significance on par, historically and categorically, with other sacred sites found among the world’s oldest known civilizations, including the temples and pyramids of Egypt, Stonehenge, the the Mayan Pyramids and Machu Picchu. 

Today experts recognize that these “sacred sites” around the world influence human consciousness and other living organisms in a number of unusual and remarkable ways. They have become colloquially known as ancient “power spots,” places where people commonly experience unusual phenomenon such as UFO-related activity, portals into other dimensions, consciousness-altering experiences, and other paranormal-phenomenon. 

When one enters into a sacred site of so-called “powerful energy,” the mind, body, and spirit are instantly affected. The energy at these places can be felt, sensed, dowsed, photographed, and measured with scientific instrumentation.

About the training:

Sound Practitioner Training is designed for both teachers and students who would like to begin using sound in public or private settings, or for those who are simply drawn to sound and wish to learn more. Sound Therapy and Sound Meditation (also sometimes called Sound Healing) are a range of practices used to bring about physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual changes using sound. Participants will learn the fundamentals of Sound Meditation and Sound Therapy and learn to deliver public and private sound sessions. Yoga and meditation teachers will learn how to incorporate sound therapy and guided meditation into their classes.

Participants in this training receive Certification as a Sound Practitioner (Level I). Yoga Alliance teachers receive 25-hours of Yoga Alliance CEUs.

All instruments are provided for use during training but students who own their own gong, flute, bowls, or other instruments are encouraged to bring them! Assistance in purchasing instruments is provided for students interested.

Your Hosts:


Hamid works with individuals and groups, facilitating healing through the modalities of sound, plant medicines, bodywork, yoga, and meditation. Every teaching is provided in deep reverence to the original teachings, while integrating a multidisciplinary philosophy. Eastern philosophical systems, Western scientific methods, and the various shamanic lineages are all trying to teach us something about the nature of existence and consciousness.

Hamid has spent the better part of his adult life exploring Eastern philosophical and practical systems of Yoga, Ayurveda, Buddhism, Thai bodywork, Japanese energy work, Amazonian plant medicines, and other traditional healing methods. Hamid continues to learn on a daily basis. Hamid’s formal Western education includes a Doctorate degree from UCLA and Bachelor of Music degree from NYU. He holds the highest available designation with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500, certifying over 500 hours of training and 2,000+ hours of teaching. Hamid co-created the 200-hour and 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs at Urban Yoga and co-directed the program from 2014-2017. He holds certifications in Thai Massage, Thai Foot Massage, Tok Sen, plus hundreds of non-certifiable hours of study with his teacher, Ajarn Pichest Boonthumme, all obtained in Thailand. Hamid studied Western massage in the Therapeutic Massage Program at Phoenix College. Hamid studied the plant medicines Ayahuasca and Huachuma (San Pedro), as well as other plant medicines, in the Peruvian Amazon and Sacred Valley of Peru.

As a musician, Hamid has been playing various instruments since his youth. He attended NYU on a music scholarship. His primary instrument in college was the guitar, with a secondary focus on electronic music, both analog and digital. Since 2012, Hamid has been studying gong, singing bowls, flutes, percussion, and the human voice in the context of sound meditation and ceremonial contexts. He regularly conducts Sound Practitioner Trainings in the Phoenix area as well as private lessons.


Lindsey Kraten has been on an incredible personal journey towards finding a healthy balance for her body, and ultimately, her life. Through this transformative journey, she continues to gain a deeper understanding and connection to nature, embracing all the gifts the natural world has to contribute to her vital health and well-being. The more connected she is with the natural world, the more aligned she feels in herself, empowered and grounded to take on the world one moment at a time.

Singing and playing music have always been a huge part of her life, ever since youth. She has always been drawn to playing and experimenting with different instruments. During her travels in India, she realized the incredibly profound healing power of sound vibration. Her 5 week teacher training course involved daily chanting of mantras in Sanskrit. She felt a very profound shift in her connection to her own voice, encountering a deep sense of liberation through singing sacred mantra. Lindsey wanted to know and explore more into this realm of sound vibration and eventually completed her Music, Voice and Sound Healing certification under the instruction of Silvia Nakkach at the California Institute of Integrative Studies in San Francisco in 2016. Since then, her private and public sound healing offerings have began to evolve into something very beautiful and profound. 

Lindsey has been practicing yoga for 12+ years now and received her 200hr teaching certification in 2013 from the Prakash Deep Ayurvedic Institute in Raiwala, Uttarakhand, India. She received 60hrs towards her 500hr Jaya Yoga certification with her teachers Stephanie Adams and Adi from Flow Yoga in Hood River, Oregon. She continues to study and guide her community through yoga to this day. 

Topics Explored in the Training

History & Theory of Sound Therapy

  • History of Sound in Yoga and Shamanic lineages
  • Use of Sound in Meditation and Therapy
  • Science of Harmonics and Overtones
  • Importance of Non-Equal Temperament
  • Use of Sound in Working with Chakra
  • Responsible Use of Terminology: Sound Healing, Sound Bath, Gong Bath,Gongmaster, Vibrational Healing, etc.
  • Physical Effects of Sound: Nervous System, Vagal Nerve, Cellular Responses, Brainwaves
  • Use of Sound in Ceremonial Settings
  • Conducting a Sound Class or Private Session


  • Types of Gongs and Cultural Uses
  • History of Gong and Metallic Overtone Emitting Instruments
  • Energetics of Gong Playing
  • Gong Meditation
  • The 39 Gong Strokes
  • Friction Mallets (Flumies)
  • Hand Gong Techniques
  • Caring for the Gong
  • Selecting Gongs

Singing Bowls

  • Types of Bowls: Crystal Types, Metallic
  • Energetics and the Chakra
  • Playing Techniques and Styles
  • Use of Drone
  • Vocalization and Bowls: Toning, Chanting, and Talking Bowls
  • Binaural Playing
  • Selecting and Assembling Bowl Sets


  • Shamanic Journeying Styles
  • Use of Frame Drum in Meditation
  • Powerful Rhythms
  • Playing for Yourself and Others
  • Invoking the Medicine of the Drum
  • Use of Other Percussion Instruments: Shakers, Rattles, Wave/Ocean Drums, Rain Sticks, and Tingsha


  • Finding Your Voice Even if You Think You Can’t Sing
  • Mindful Singing and Chanting for Meditation
  • Overtone Singing
  • Singing and Chanting with Shruti Box and Bowls


  • History of Flutes
  • How to Play Native American Flute
  • Introduction to Other Flutes: Overtone Flute, Bansuri, Neh
  • Playing Flute with Other Instruments

What’s included

  • Food
    Simple, Organic, & Vegetarian (vegan + GF options available): 4 dinners, 4 breakfasts & 3 lunches. Lindsey will be preparing the food using her holistic chef skills, along with an assistant.
  • Accommodation
    4 nights at Sheep Rock Ranch
  • Daily Yoga
    Led by Lindsey every morning on the outdoor deck facing immaculate views of Mt. Shasta and the high dessert.
  • Sound Certification
    25hr YACEP Yoga Alliance continuing education hours, or Level 1 certification (if not registered with Yoga Alliance). Hamid will be the main instructor and Lindsey will be assisting.
  • Visit to Shasta
    We will take a trip to visit the sacred mountain where we will explore nature & silence. Carpooling will be necessary and we can collaborate on organizing this during the retreat.

What’s not included

  • Trip to Mineral Springs
    Just a 30 minute drive from where we will be staying. A magical place to visit to relax and rejuvenate the body/mind/spirit. https://www.stewartmineralsprings.com
  • Massage
    If interested, please let us know so that we can arrange for the therapist to come to Sheep Rock Ranch.
  • Pluto's Caves
    A pretty loop through interesting, volcanic, high desert terrain. Below ground, one can explore Pluto Cave, an ancient lava tube that extends over a mile under ground. HIKEMTSHASTA.COM

Available Packages

Shared King Room

You will be sharing a king size bed in a private room of 2 people (same gender, unless otherwise requested). Bathroom is also in the room and is private. Please let us know if you'd like to share with someone specific.

Deposit: $400
Private Queen Room with Shared Bathroom

Enjoy your own private room with a queen bed and shared bathroom.

Deposit: $400
Bring Your Own Tent

This is an option to camp under the stars! You are required to bring your own tent and sleeping gear. The bathroom is indoors and is shared. Please come prepared for all weather. It is almost summer time, so there shouldn't be rain and it shouldn't get too cold at night, however, it's always good to be prepared. We recommend checking the weather a week before to see what you should pack.

Deposit: $400


Thursday, May 21st

Arrive to Sheep Rock Ranch between 4-6pm. Dinner will be at 7pm and opening ceremony will be at 8pm.

Your Organizer

Lindsey Kraten
2 reviews
Lindsey is a sound practitioner/multi-instrumentalist, yoga instructor, world traveler & lover of all things Nature-inspired. She has felt called on a very deep level that it is her mission to share her gifts with the world because Love is needed, now more than ever. In essence, her classes/sound baths could be described as "unofficially" shamanic. She is grateful to have received the messages and calling that have put her on this path and is excited to share all the love and inspiration she has gained throughout the years.


What an amazing, life changing experience arranged by a true healer. Lindsey is amazing as a teacher, guide, sound healer, yoga teacher, chef, and overall human. She intentionally welcomes each person with an open heart and sacred guidance. Thoughtfully curated details to each day enhance the overall amazement at one of Lindsey’s retreats. Each activity is curated to be fun, insightful, and soul-connecting. When I’m craving a soul reset, I chose Lindsey to guide me on one of her sacred journeys. ♥️
By Kayleen R for Sacred Harmony: A Yoga + Sound Healing + Adventure Retreat on Oct 12, 2023
This retreat was one for the books. Every detail was planned to perfection, yet there was room for flexibility. The place we stayed was phenomenal, the food nourishing and delicious, and everything we participated in was soul fulfilling and expansive. Honestly, I am beyond words about Lindsey and her ability to host a BADA$$ retreat. She knows how to hold space, create space, and give room for people to have varied spiritual experiences. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Can't wait for the next one. Namaste.
By Indigo A for Sacred Harmony: A Yoga + Sound Healing + Adventure Retreat on Sep 11, 2018