Dream Seed is a sound healing ensemble created by members of Golden Drum, Sacred Arts Research Foundation, Pink Sun and Didge Project. Shamanic chanting, mantras, overtone singing, Native American songs, indigenous music, didgeridoos, crystal singing bowls, bells, gongs, harmoniums, tuning forks and other overtone-emitting instruments are used to create an environment conducive to deep relaxation and inward investigation. Participants are led through guided meditations and sound healing practices designed to harmonize body, mind and spirit.
Members of Dream Seed are active as organizers of the Golden Drum Community and the Sacred Arts Research Foundation and are students of Maestro Manuel Rufino, a recognized Taino elder, spiritual guide and ceremonial leader. With his blessing, Dream Seed was created as a vehicle with which to share the music of sacred traditions of the world.
We have spent over 7 years in a deep study in Brooklyn, NY cultivating our art, music and programs through our practices and disciplines from the tradition.
Brooke Hamre Gillespie
Brooke Gillespie is a disciple of Maestro Manuel Rufino, an active member of Golden Drum, a cultural community center for consciousness in Brooklyn, and a member of the Initiatic College; learning the traditional Native American healing ways and sacred wisdom traditions. Brooke’s mission is to help people remember that life is sacred and to be in service to the mission of peace for humanity through educating, inspiring and reconnecting people to the sacred wisdom traditions and indigenous knowledge. She is a visionary vocalist, sound healer, song-writer and song carrier of sacred music from all over the world including Native American traditional music from South, Central, and North America, Tibetan and Sanskrit mantra, African songs and more. Brooke is a founding member of Pink Sun, a shamanic ceremonial music group and a founding member of Dream Seed. She believes in sound, vibration and music as universal methods of healing, awakening, consciousness and bringing peace to humanity.
AJ Block is a musician, healer and teacher inspired by spirituality and sacred traditions. He is a student of Maestro Manuel Rufino and co-director of the Sacred Arts Research Foundation. As director of the New York didgeridoo organization Didge Project, AJ has spent nearly a decade developing creative businesses. As a Certified Integrative Sound and Music Practitioner AJ works with individuals and groups who seek healing through sound and music, most often with the didgeridoo. Listen to AJ's music at www.ajblock.com and visit Didge Project at www.didgeproject.com.
Shola is a disciple of Maestro Manuel Rufino and an active member of The Golden Drum, a cultural community center in Brooklyn New york, a member of the Initiatic College, and currently works at the Sacred Arts Research Foundation. Shola's mission is to be in service to the preservation of the sacred traditions of the earth and enrich communities through education and service. She is a song carrier & drummer; singing traditional songs from around the world and has been weaving music, art and native healing practices to empower the human heart towards a more gentle, peaceful and purposeful existence. Shola has been studying ceremonial artistry for the past 7 years; creating sacred objects and ceremonial clothing as well as everyday clothing with a seed of powerful intention planted within each of her creations. She is the director of Made in Prayer, a collective that empowers communities by hosting educational programs that guide you through prayerful art making. Made in Prayer is also a brand that identifies products that are made with intention and purpose.
Matthew is a founding member of Dream Seed and Golden Drum, a cultural community center in Brooklyn, a member of the Initiatic College, and has been a disciple of Maestro Manuel Rufino since 2008. During that time he has studied Reiki, Native American healing and music as well as sacred songs from other indigenous people from around the world. Matthew has focused his musical studies on singing and percussion including the Native American water drum, hand drum, tabla, and djembe. He has a great love for kirtan and other forms of chanting. He is also a member of Pink Sun, a band that shares sacred music. His mission is to use music and art for healing and as a tool to aid in the evolution of consciousness. Matt is also a graphic designer, animator, illustrator, and painter. You can view his work at http://mattcanale.com.
Jerry Walsh is a musician, vocalist, and beatboxer mixing ancient instruments and techniques such as the didgeridoo, Peruvian pan flute, hang drum, and Tuvan throat singing with experimental hip-hop rhythms and lyrics revolving around mysticism and social activism. He has performed and taught at Sonic Bloom Festival, Gratitude Festival, Mysteryland Festival in Chile, Unifier Festival, and Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Jerry has worked alongside internationally acclaimed sculpture artist, Kate Raudenbush, for the past three years bringing large scale laser-cut steel allegorical and spiritually inspired installations to Baltimore, New York City, San Fransisco, Black Rock City, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and Santiago in Chile.
Jerry has been a student of Maestro Manuel Rufino for over three years, studying the sacred traditions of humanity focusing primarily on the shamanic traditions of the Indigenous cultures of the Americas. He has travelled to over twenty five different countries on five continents and spent a full year studying Buddhism and Himalayan culture in India, Nepal, and Bhutan from 2010-2011. He is a founding member of the Sacred Arts Research Foundation and the Ark in Greenpoint, Brooklyn where he resides with the Golden Drum community.
Amanda Capobianco comes to the Sacred Arts Research Foundation as a steward of the sacred. With a background in theatre, music and writing she has experienced first hand the dire importance of accessible arts programing for the continued health of any community. As Lyndon Johnson wrote when signing into existence the National Endowment on the Arts, “Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Amanda holds knowledge as a healer, community leader and visionary along the path of the awakened. She currently extends these gifts in service to the preservation and expansion of sacred arts programing, community health and global harmony.
Amanda has taught yoga and sacred mantra immersions for over a decade. She is a drummer, a singer, an energy healer, a reverend and a writer. She has traveled with her work to India, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and California. She is currently a board member for The Sacred Arts Research Foundation, The Yoga Director for Golden Drum's Yoga for the Aquarian Age and Founder of health and healing concierge service Brooklyn Light.
Amanda is a dedicated student of Maestro Manuel Rufino for which she owes eternal gratitude for the peace, knowledge and beauty she now carries within her heart and mind.
Michael began studying music at the age of 7 when he began taking piano lessons. Other instruments of study include bass and classical style acoustic guitar. His experience using different methods and approaches to playing and studying music has brought him to the belief that all music is an expression of life and that to share that expression and learn from it is always a valuable experience. As music theory and technique are valuable tools, it is equally important to understand that playing an instrument such as guitar can enhance one's sense of well being and cultivate a peaceful mind no matter what level the person is. Michael has played music from all over the world and enjoys sharing with children and adults. His practice of Native American music and healing songs contributes to simple and effective ways to engage one's natural creative process and apply it the guitar. He has traveled to Poland, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, and different parts of the U.S. as a musical pilgrim. His approach to music is specifically and generally for the purpose of enhancing spiritual life. Whether the goal is to master the guitar or just to enjoy the ability we all have to utilize music as a tool for meditation, personal learning, and growth, Michael is patient, generous, and willing to share what he knows so that others can learn how to play guitar and love it.
These special offerings are led by the members of Dream Seed. To book one of these workshops please contact us. To find out when these workshops are next happening in your area please visit our tour page.
Heart Of The Earth: Drum Making Ceremony
Sacred Song Study
Sonadora: Healing with Sacred Sound and Vibration
HEART OF THE EARTH: DRUM MAKING CEREMONY
Full Day Workshop
The drum is a sacred instrument that invokes the heart and speaks a universal language. Its rhythmic heartbeat is at the center of ceremonies held by people all over the world. The shamanic drum is used to communicate with the Spirit and to connect our hearts with the heartbeat of the Earth. It is a powerful medicine that heals the body, heart, mind, and spirit.
In this workshop we will come together in a sacred space to create our own ceremonial drums and learn a frame drum-tying technique that we received from our communities spiritual leader and elder, Maestro Manuel Rufino.
We will be making one-sided hand drums, using wooden frames made of maple and elk, deer or buffalo hide, and sinew.
The creation of the drum is a prayer and a ceremony in itself. We will work with our drums as a visioning meditation for our lives and our paths, so that our thoughts and intentions remain in a high vibration as we create the drums and through that process they become part of the drums. During that time we will share and listen to sacred songs from different Native traditions. Making your own personal drum is a sacred journey and the power of making something like this with your own hands is incredible, it becomes an extension of your own heart & mind.
Cost includes drum materials and art supplies.
SACRED SONG STUDY
2 Hour Workshop
Join us in an intentional study group for sacred song practice. Together we will create an environment that promotes the development and deeper learning of traditional sacred songs from around the world. Our goal is to implant these sacred chants in our hearts so that we can share them in prayer, personal practice and strengthen the global sacred song community. We begin our classes always by honoring the directions; we ask that you come on time, so that we can open the space together in a good way.
3 Hour Workshop
This 3-hour workshop will cover the fundamentals of didgeridoo playing including: diaphragmatic breathing, the drone sound, harmonic overtones, cheek and ab rhythms, animal sounds, and the basic techniques of circular breathing.
Additionally the workshop includes a sound meditation where participants can either be up and meditate or lie down and as Dream Seed members play a number of different sound healing instruments such as the pan flute, the Native American drum/shaker, tank drum, singing bowl, jawharp, gong and didgeridoo specifically on various energetic centers of the body incorporating throat singing and ceremonial songs from the Native American traditions. A sound meditation will help allow the first half of the workshop sink in to your muscle memory, and be refreshed and inspired to learn for the next portion of class.
The workshop will conclude with a focus on world rhythms, beatboxing and guiding people into working and experimenting with the full range of their voices and exploring singing through the didgeridoo, which easily creates amazing transcendental sounds and is still rare to come across in the didgeridoo world even with experienced players. If participants are experienced we can begin to cover the process of learning to incorporate lyrics and normal singing intermixed with didge playing and cover more complex rhythms and advanced beatboxing effects.
Sonadora: Healing with sacred sound and vibration
A sonadora is one who is a sacred sounder, one who heals with sacred sound and vibrations. Sacred sound is an ancient science that is based on vibration, frequency and intention. In this workshop series we will focus on learning sound healing techniques, awakening to your inner voice and intuitive energies and opening the pathways to working with sacred sound. We will focus on opening the voice through vocal exercises, sacred mantras, indigenous songs and chants.
We will work with quartz crystal singing bowls, tuning forks, tibetan singing bowls, gongs, flutes, bells, drums, rattles and other sound healing instruments to explore and learn how to create healing spaces with sound. We will study elements of sacred sound, color, the medicine wheel and the elements, the chakras and various movement techniques to get into the body, move energy and access our intuition.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own sound healing instruments to work with but there will be crystal singing bowls and other instruments available. It is recommended to bring your own instrument so that you can begin to develop a deeper relationship with it and learn how to work with it.