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music, dance, and neuroscience workshops for teens who suffer from substance abuse

Series of workshops that introduce teens to the positive impact of music and dance on the brain and well-being. Using singing, dancing, clapping in poly rhythms, song writing blues songs, and discussions we give teens healthy, organic and accessible ways to reach a natural “high” that could lead them to avoid and heal from substance abuse.

the world through music

World music record producer and Oscar-winning composer Yuval Ron shares sounds, music instruments, and stories from various cultures around the world. From the Talking drum of Africa to the trance rhythms of Morocco, to the mystical sounds of India, Israel, and Persia, this course involves the children in dancing, music-making, and role-playing.

In addition to the historical background of the music, Yuval introduces the kids to concepts of compassion, oneness, social activism, care of the environment, and the responsibility to each other well- being. No music or dance experience is necessary. No need to bring any instruments - Yuval will provide a wide variety of instruments from his world music instruments collection.

music as a bridge: bringing people together with music

A talk with live music exploring ways to teach unity and tolerance, using music as a platform for meeting your opponent, your neighbor, and the other. In addition, a discussion of the path of music to connect to a reality beyond all realities.

healing and transforming consciousness through sacred sound, music and dance

Experience introspective and ecstatic practices of four ancient spiritual paths: Zen Buddhism, Kabbalistic Judaism, Early Contemplative Christianity, and Sufi-Islam. This unique experiential seminar will journey deep into sacred music chanting, movement, and spiritual mindfulness practices, drawing from the hidden wisdom of the traditions of the East. These practices result in heart-opening, increased compassion, deepening of inner explorations.

These practices have been shown scientifically to impact the structure and function of the brain in ways that enhance memory, cognition, and awareness. These practices also promote healing by lowering stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. We base the activities on Yuval Ron's work with master spiritual teachers of the East and neuroscientists of the West. Through this incredible journey to your inner world, you will have a rare perspective into the worlds of Zen Buddhist masters, mystic Sufi leaders, Kabbalistic Rabbis, leading neuroscientists, and scholars of mysticism of Christianity.

preventing bullying workshop

Three-part workshop series for building skills of inclusiveness and tolerance in schools that have experienced bullying, racial and ethnic tensions.

Using music, songwriting, and creative expression, these workshops help build student, teacher, and parent awareness on the benefits of social inclusiveness and tolerance that lead to peaceful interactions, resolution, and safe environments.

for kids and family

Learn to Dance: Andalusian Moroccan Dance
Learn to Dance: Turkish Andalusian Folklore Dance
Learn to Dance: Israeli Folk Dances
Learn to Drum: The Deep Contemplation Drum (Daf) from Iran (limit to 8)
Learn to Clap Andalusian Rhythms from Spain & Turkey (limit to 20)

sound mindfulness meditation as a way for healing and peace

Music mindfulness meditations practices that are designed to improve cognitive functioning while lowering stress, anxiety, irritability and depression. Experiencing live sound meditations often leads to the expansion of the mind nurturing a peaceful being. Such introspective self work have been proven in clinical trials to improve test scores, memory, and emotional regulation. With live music by Yuval Ron.

music as medicine

A lecture-demonstration on how sound was used as a medicine in biblical times by the Hebrews, and earlier in India as well as in the Ottoman Turkish empire. An analysis of the musical modes of the Mid East and some mention of the Indian ragas as powerful tools of the healers of the past.

A live music demonstration of how these modes modulate our feelings, emotions, and sense of light and darkness. This is a fascinating topic that often leaves students stunned when they realize how impoverished it left the West after losing the spectrum of musical modes over the last 1000 years.

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