Ceremony of Sounds

Ceremony of Sounds is a collaboration of multidiscipline sound and art therapists and musicians helping people to relieve stress, soothe the spirit and elevate their being through sound, meditation and movement. Performances will include didgeridoos, harmonium, Tibetan bowls, voice and assortment of world instruments. Performances can be meditative, concert style, or structured to included yoga, dance and movement.

It's long been understood that music in any form has the ability to effect the emotional, and physical and spiritual well-being of people and their spaces.  Experience deep relaxation, self-healing and elevated consciousness with Ceremony of Sound.

Learn more at CeremonyOfSounds.com


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Mark Staley's interest in food as a path to better health began when he was 25 while suffering some serious digestion problems. He made the discovery that perhaps the food he was eating was contributing to his poor health. He has studied plant based nutrition extensively over the past 30 years and his teachers have included Dr. T Colin Campbell, Cornell University, author of The China Study and featured in the film "Forks Over Knives” and Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat to Live and Disease Proof Your Child.

He completed his training as a Health Coach in 2010 with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's Health Coach Training Program and has studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts including Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; and Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University and John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution and his son Ocean Robbins, creators of the Food Revolution Network committed to healthy, sustainable, humane and conscious food for all. Mark has studied for over 20 years and continues to practice yoga and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as E-RYT200. He provides continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers and can be a lead trainer of a 200-hour teacher training program. Meditation is the foundation for Mark's personal well being and he incorporates the principles of meditation in all that he do. To simplify, breathe and calmly listen even during life’s challenges. His teachers include Thich Nhat Hahn, Adyashanti, Pema Chodron, and Kimberly June .

Education/Certification

  • Expressive Arts Therapy Certified Educator (in progress)

  • Dancing Mindfulness - Certified Facilitator - Nov 2017

  • Reiki Level I & II Certified - Brett Bevell

  • Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist - 2014

  • Yoga Alliance - ERYT200 - Yoga Teacher Certification - 2013

  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition ; Certificate Holistic Health Coach

  • Board Certified Holistic Health Coach with American Association of Drugless Practitioners - 2012

  • Cornell University - Certification: Plant Based Nutrition - 2010

  • California State University Long Beach, MFA- Performance - 2002

  • Plant-based Nutrition education & cooking classes

 

 
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Lela Clawso-Miller is a performer, collaborator, teacher of music and yoga, and ever-continuous student of life!  Originally from Denver, Colorado, she now lives in Pittsburgh. She teaches early childhood classes, creative private piano lessons, yoga for all ages and especially enjoys singing and playing her harmonium for all who might enjoy and listen! She is a dedicated student and teacher of yoga through Shambhava YogaTM where she received her 200hr teaching certification. Her unique interests in world religions, women's empowerment, ethnomusicology, group therapy and healing through the creative process informs her work. Since 2013, Lela has provided kirtan and meditative musical journeys for studios, places of worship, parks and yoga festivals. Her vocals and musical style has been described as "deeply soothing" and "grounding, yet ethereal”.

 

 
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Joe Plastino is a talented young didgeridoo player who is a Philadelphia native and graduate from then University of Michigan. During his freshman year at University of Michigan he discovered the didgeridoo while playing musically in the Groove Performance Group. After graduating university he relocated to Pittsburgh, PA and has been applying his didgeridoo skills in both musical and meditative applications.

 

 
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Joseph Carringer is a professional didgeridoo musician and sound therapist with 20 years of didgeridoo playing experience. His work as a didgeridoo musician and sound therapist has taken him everywhere from the jungles of Peru, the beaches of Jamaica and to the big sky country of Montana. In his sound therapy practice he uses concert class didgeridoos combining Traditional Chinese Medicine organ and meridian theory with Ayurvedic Chakra philosophies to create a unique and powerful therapeutic sound healing experience.

Joseph presents and performs both nationally and internationally on mind/body connection and the effects of didgeridoo sound therapy for the purposes of clearing energetic and emotional stagnation within the energetic body to wellness and healthy lifestyle seekers, as well as to medical and holistic professionals. His sound therapy practice has been accepted by multiple major hospitals as an integrative wellness provider including; Maine Medical Center (Portland, ME), Wentworth Douglas Hospital (Dover, NH) and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / UPMC (Pittsburgh PA).

At the beginning of Joseph’s sound therapy career he collaborated with various forms of holistic health modalities such as; acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, integrative gynecologist an holistic nurses receiving what amounted to a well rounded holistic health apprenticeship and education. It is Joseph's goal to help people realign their bodies' natural rhythms on a cellular level through didgeridoo sound therapy. He believes that through this work, people can achieve a greater sense of natural health and open doors for a higher sense of creativity and consciousness. He feels a deep natural connection with the healing of our planet and ourselves.

Learn more about Joseph at Didge Therapy.