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  • Standard Room (with a shared washrooms) – CAD $700.00
  • Commuter Option – CAD $530.00

Date & Time Details: Starts: Mar 17, 2023, 3:30 pm Completes: Mar 19, 2023, 1:30 pm

Location: Bethlehem Centre

Address: 2371 Arbot Road, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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The Sound, Belonging & Wholeness Weekend Retreat

With Leah Hokanson and Lynette Jackson

March 17 - 19, 2023

The Sound, Belonging & Wholeness Retreat is a time of discovery, through the portals of vocal sounding and focused listening, of what it means to belong in the deepest sense — as the loving Presence we all are. In Presence, we belong to the Whole: the Universe, the sun, the moon, the earth, our human and more-than-human communities, and each other. And we belong to ourselves.

Together we will explore:

  • what it means to belong in Wholeness
  • wholeness and the nature of sound
  • vocal sounding and focused listening as portals to Presence
  • how our own healing is intimately connected with the healing of our relationships, our communities, and our world
  • No external vocal training is required to fully engage in this process. All are encouraged to simply explore, with non-judgmental curiosity, our ambient soundscape and our own unique vocal instrument

Together we will learn:

  • humming, toning and chanting techniques
  • to breathe, breathe, breathe
  • how to “free up” the voice
  • the art of vocal intervention
  • focused Listening practices
  • the wonders of the Vagus Nerve
  • how (in the words of sound healing pioneer Jonathan Goldman) frequency + intention = healing.

Our ever-evolving relationship with Wholeness is the spiritual ground upon which all other relationships come into being, grow and evolve. The Sound, Belonging & Wholeness journey invites us to open to this truth in a fully embodied, experiential way, using our own self-created vocal sound and focused listening.


Leah Hokanson
Leah is a lifelong adventurer of music, sound and listening—as a group facilitator, community choir leader, pianist, improviser, singer/songwriter and certified sound healing practitioner. She is co-founder (with Lynette Jackson) of Sound, Belonging & Wholeness, offering programs that explore vocal sounding and intentional listening as portals to Presence, healing and transformation. She also directs the Song Keepers Women’s Choir (Gabriola) and is Music Director at the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo. She’s worked with many esteemed vocal artists and sound healing pioneers, including Chloé Goodchild, Jill Purce, Rhiannon, and Karina Schelde. Leah holds a master’s degree in piano performance and…
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Lynette Jackson
Lynette has decades of experience as an adult educator, spiritual spelunker, and program “midwife”. Her facilitation of intercultural graduate-level leadership and capacity-building programs in Africa and the Middle East, as well as innovative collaborations with tribal councils, post-secondary institutions, federal and provincial governments, non-profit, personal and professional growth centres, and organizations as diverse as Apple, Unicef, and the World Bank, have afforded many opportunities to apply spiritual principles in innovative contexts. She devoted eleven years to residency in a Canadian spiritual centre, exploring both Eastern and Western maps of consciousness with leading-edge teachers.  Along the way, she has earned an…
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