Rejuvenating our mind, body and spirit through sound healing and the transformational powers of the sacred elements.


AJ Block, Brooke Hamre Gillespie, Ixchel Prisma, Matt Canale, Jerry Walsh & Xango Shola

Together we will gather in intimate community to explore:

- Sacred Song & Sound Healing Training
- Sweat Lodge Ceremonies
- Evening Meditations
- Shamanic Sound Journeys
- Flower Baths
- Developing Morning Practice
- Delicious & Nourishing Vegetarian Cuisine


Sacred Song & Sound Healing Training

Sacred sound is an ancient science that is based on vibration, frequency, intention and consciousness. In this workshop series we will focus on learning sound healing techniques, awakening to the 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 explore sound healing through giving and receiving sound baths and we will be working with quartz crystal singing bowls, tuning forks, Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, flutes, bells, drums, rattles, harmonium and other sound healing instruments to explore and learn how to create healing spaces with sound.


Sweat Lodge

Many people native to the Americas call the sweat lodge the womb of our Mother Earth. In this sacred ceremony we will have the opportunity to purify ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, & spiritually. With our intentions and prayers we will move beyond ourselves and merge with the elemental & cosmic forces. A sweat lodge is a ceremony where participants enter into a small, insulated hut that is then heated with hot stones brought from a sacred fire. Together, the group moves through 4 rounds of prayer, songs, and teachings, utilizing the four elements as a means to purify and focus our prayers.


Sacred Meditations 

We will have two sacred meditations. We will come together in sacred circle for healing, clearing, activation & transformation. these meditations are a direct route to personal evolution and include teachings, incantations, chants, songs, meditation and prayer. This will be a very special container, as the group will be consistent throughout the retreat. You will have the opportunity to receive more personal, one on one work with the facilitators, as well as cultivate your own healing gifts of service. We will work more intimately with the sacred herbs & the 4 elements to gain a deeper understanding of the harmonization of these allies. We will explore the techniques of sound healing to more easily access and shift belief systems, blockages and integrate our power and soul gifts.


DREAM SEED: Shamanic Sound Journeying

In Dream Seed, 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. You will have an opportunity to set a clear intention, recharge your energy, and explore the realm beyond the physical.


Flower Ceremony

Flower baths, called “Flordecimentos” in the tradition of the South, are a powerful way to cleanse one’s aura and crystalize the profound transformation that happens when engaging in deep healing work. Participants will have the opportunity to make their flower baths and infuse them with their personal prayers, songs, and intentions.

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Morning movement & meditation Practices

Every morning we will gather to develop our morning practice.  When we are centered and in balance, we are able to face anything, whether it is external or internal.  We will connect with the forces of the 4 directions and the 3 hearts through yogic practices and meditation.  These physical and mental practices are a practical and effective way to focus our energy and intention to generate equanimity, harmony and peace within our selves. Through this we are able to give our days an orientation, direction, and help to raise and maintain our vibration.  


Nourishing Vegetarian cuisine

Our retreat will provide delicious vegetarian meals using organic and locally sourced fruits and vegetables. It is our intention to ensure that whatever you eat is supporting and empowering your process of transformation. Please let us know if you have any specific allergies or dietary restrictions, we will do our very best to nourish and nurture your body, mind and spirit.


About the Retreat Center

The Cedar House Community is a project dedicated to the awakening of our collective consciousness for the creation of a new culture for our time. The land has been nurtured and envisioned by Marina Paz and Aiden Maker. There is a large yurt, meditation gardens, Jacuzzi and a beautiful home built from cedarwood that rests upon a hill amidst a beautiful forest in Occidental, California.

About Members of Dream Seed

Dream Seed was created as a vehicle to share sacred teachings and sounds through community service, workshops, performances, retreats and other events. Dream Seed comprises of members of M.A.I.S.C, Golden Drum and the Sacred Arts Research Foundation, all 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations founded by Maestro Manuel Rufino. Our common mission is to enrich communities through the healing arts, education and service. We are dedicated to preserving the sacred traditions of humanity and embrace a path that is committed to improving the quality of life and well being of others. the members of dream seed are  students of Maestro Manuel Rufino, recognized elder of the Taino tradition with over 40 years of experience studying the sacred. with his permission and blessing, dream seed is an extension of the work of maestro manuel rufino, sharing the knowledge that has been passed from a lineage of teachers that is called; the Universal Initiatic College. Dream seed travels the world together, weaving an interconnected global community that embraces a unified, transcendental path of wisdom, love, truth and knowledge of the eternal soul. without the sacrifice, and dedication of the great teachers of humanity, none of this could be accomplished. A large percentage of proceeds earned through our work goes to the Golden Drum community to aid in the construction of an International Spiritual Retreat center in upstate New York.

Individual Bios

Brooke Gillespie 

Brooke Flying Bear’s mission is to be in service to awaken peace for humanity through sound, music, healing, education, and to inspire and reconnect people to sacred wisdom traditions and indigenous knowledge.  Brooke is an active disciple of Maestro Manuel Rufino and is a founding member of the Golden Drum, a cultural community center for consciousness in Brooklyn, NY; she is an educator at the Sacred Arts Research Foundation, and a member of the Universal Initiatic College; learning the traditional Native American healing ways and spiritual traditions of the earth and spirit.  Brooke is a founder of Dream Seed: A Shamanic Sound Journey, a sound healing collective. She is a visionary song-writer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, working with guitar, piano, ngoni, harmonium, violin, flutes, crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, gong, shamanic drum and percussion, and is a music producer/engineer.  Brooke has been carrying the healing traditions of Reiki, Pleiadian Lightwork, Sound Healing, and Shamanic Healing for over 13 years and has recently opened a company called New Sun Living that provides holistic services for people and spaces based in Aquarian Age consciousness principles.

Matthew Canale

Matthew has been a disciple of Maestro Manuel Rufino since 2008.  He is a founding member of Dream Seed and Golden Drum, a cultural community center in Brooklyn, New York.  He has studied Reiki, Native American healing traditions and music as well as sacred songs from indigenous cultures from around the world.  Matthew has focused his musical studies on singing, ukulele, harmonium, and percussion including the Native American water drum, hand drum, tabla, and djembe.  His mission is to use music and art for healing and as a tool to aid in the evolution of consciousness.

AJ Block

AJ Block is the director of Didge Project and is active as a didgeridoo teacher and performer. In addition to didgeridoo, AJ has spent years studying music traditions from all over the world including jazz (trombone and piano), western classical music, Indian Classical Music, guitar and world percussion. AJ has developed a number of programs for Didge Project including The ABCs of Didgeridoo, The Didgeridoo Skills Course, and Circular Breathing Mastery. As a performer AJ is the leader of the Didge Project Music Collective and a member of Dream Seed: A Shamanic Sound Journey. AJ is a founding member of Sacred Arts Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of sacred art traditions through education, ritual and study. As a student of spiritual teacher Maestro Manuel Rufino AJ is an active member of the Golden Drum community.

Jerry Walsh

Jerry Walsh is a musician, poet, beatboxer, and student of Maestro Manuel Rufino, a world-renowned spiritual leader and Taino elder, whom Jerry has apprenticed under for over five years. Jerry 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 currently works with BEAT NYC, a non-profit that teaches Hip-Hop and Beatboxing in NYC public schools and performs with Dream Seed, a sound meditation and world music group. His music with the Hang drum was featured on the Emmy award-winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black and he is a founding member of the Sacred Arts Research Foundation 501 (c) 3 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn where he resides with the Golden Drum community. 

Xango Shola

Shola’s mission is to enrich communities through music, healing arts, education and service. She is a disciple of Maestro Manuel Rufino for the past 8 years, and an active member of the Golden Drum, a cultural community center for consciousness in New York. Shola is the co-founder of the Sacred Arts Research Foundation, a NPO that provides educational programs that support the preservation of the sacred arts. She is a student of the Universal Initiatic College, learning the traditional Native American healing ways, esoteric knowledge and sacred wisdom teachings of the earth. Shola has been developing her healing gifts through prayer, song and her unique communication with sacred healing herbs for healing the mind, body and spirit. She is the founder 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 ceremonial lifestyle brand that creates fashion and sacred objects imbued with love and prayer.

Ixchel Prisma

Ixchel Prisma is a life-long vocalist, song writer, performer and sound healer who brings beauty and vibrancy through her music. She is an independent artist dedicated to bringing uplifting and high vibrational music to the world. The music she creates is designed with the intention to inspire inspiration, healing, transformation, and expansion. In addition to writing her own material, Ixchel has also been studying and singing sacred healing songs from many indigenous cultures for many years. She carries traditional healing songs from all corners of the globe, and weaves these cultural treasures in with her own prayers for the planet.


Ilumina: Sacred Sound Spring Rejuvenation Retreat with Dream Seed begins with everyone's arrival to the beautiful grounds of the Cedarhouse on Friday, May 26th. We will open our retreat with a delicious vegetarian dinner followed by our first shamanic sound healing journey.  Each morning we will come together to develop our morning practices of movement and meditation.  The days will be filled with sweat lodges, flower baths, sound healing workshops, vocal opening and song study classes, and plenty of time to rest and eat in the rejuvenating energy of the redwood groves, the forest and gardens. On two nights of the retreat, we will hold all night Sacred Meditations, each one an opportunity for you to go deep into your transformation. On Tuesday, May 30 we will hold our final sweat lodge in the morning and close with a big brunch and closing fire.

Price Options:

$1600 tent camping

$1800 shared room

$2000 private room

*Tent camping requires participants to bring their own tent and bedding

*There is a limited number of private rooms. Rooms will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.


  1. Please click the registration link at the bottom of this email and complete the registration form.Please send your $600 deposit via paypal to: dreamseedsound@gmail.com

  2. Please send your $600 deposit via paypal to: dreamseedsound@gmail.com *If you cannot complete this payment via paypal, please contact: dreamseedsound@gmail.com to discuss other payment options*

      3. Once registered, you will be sent a follow up email with instructions and recommendations for how to prepare your body, mind, and             spirit for this retreat.


A Deposit of $600 is required to reserve a space, of which $300 is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Final Payments are due: May 20, 2017


The $600 Deposit is non-refundable in all circumstances. Should a participant cancel due to an emergency situation, exceptions may be evaluated on a case by case basis. If we do not reach the required numbers of guests for this retreat to occur, you will receive a full refund. Dream Seed reserves the right to cancel the retreat at any time for unforeseen circumstances or emergencies, and will give as much advance notice as possible. Should that occur, participants will receive a full refund. If Dream Seed does cancel, the organization will not be liable for trip cancellation expenses, such as travel arrangements.