A unique opportunity to spend 5 days in the breathtaking French Pyrenean Mountains with our Sound Healing, Deep Listening, Meditation and Laughter course, led by ambient guru LARAAJI and sound healer Arji OceAnanda. Activities include tone journeys, deep listening excersises, guided meditation, nada yoga (sound yoga), laughter workshops and more. Excellent catering and private peaceful rooms provided. Funding available!
CAMP is our arts retreat centred nestled in the French Pyrenees in the picturesque thermal spa town of Aulus-Les-Bain. Laraaji's 5 day course at CAMP will be an idyllic immersion into sound healing, meditation, laughter and deep listening. Surrounded by the peaceful mountain peaks, waterfalls and forests of the Haute Couserans, with courses taking place indoors and outdoors.
Course details - https://www.campfr.com/course/2/deep-listening-meditation-laughter-with-laraaji
Laraaji is synonymous with ambient music, meditation and cosmic energy - his Laughter workshops, deep listening performances and yoga tours have become a program highlight at some of the worlds finest arts institutions, festivals and clubs. Awakened to mysticism in the 70's, Laraaji bought a second hand zither and began busking around Manhattan and Brooklyn - he was playing in Washington Square Park when Brian Eno heard him, resulting in Laraaji recording the third release of Eno's seminal "Ambient" series. Forty years and almost fifty albums later, Laraaji is at the forefront of deep listening and ambient music - he has collaborated with Bee Mask, Ela Orleans, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, Blues Control and Sun Araw, released on Stones Throw subsidiary Leaving Records, produced Boiler Room sessions and toured worldwide.
Joining Laraaji on this session will be sound healer, musician, Usui Reiki master & dreamwork teacher Arji "OceAnanda" Cakouros. A long-time Laraaji collaborator, Arji contributed to "That Healing Feeling" (Laraaji's 2011 collaboration with Blues Control) and a trilogy of live recordings made at DubLab (Los Angeles), Big Ears Festival, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Her chant CD "In a Celestial Cathedral" features drones by Laraaji, and their recently released "Into the Peace Garden" recordings are widely acclaimed. For the last nine years of its existence, Arji served as faculty for the prestigious international Sound Healers Intensive in Colorado, developed by sound healing pioneer Jonathan Goldman, as well as on the faculty for Vickie Dodd's annual Sacred Sounds Institute Intensive.
Laraaji's course at CAMP will be an idyllic immersion into ambient music, meditation, laughter and deep listening. Surrounded by the peaceful mountain peaks, waterfalls and forests of the Haute Couserans, with courses taking place indoors and outdoors, participants will enjoy a variety of activities including:
Musical performances. Laraaji will perform using electric zither, voice, percussion, kalimba and synths, exploring textures, tones, chordal drones and rhythms.
Laughter: The Best Medicine (A playshop). Focusing on the health benefits of heavy laughter, through a series of hilariously playful laughter-cises. All leading into deep relaxation and meditation.
Gong with the wind: a tone journey. Laraaji invites gong tones to carry us into light and sound immersion
Guided relaxation with spoken word and live musical accompanyment - guided deep relaxation for body, heart, and soul
Nada Yoga: hearing inner music as a yogic practice. It's about identifying your inner cosmic sound current and focusing upon it, cultivating a lighter personal energy field and an expanded cosmic self-integration.
I Am Dance: a 2 hour movement meditation with love and live music.
The sessions will be accompanied by optional outdoors activities led by CAMP crew, including guided mountaineering, sound recording walks, visits to local beauty points, and downtime to hang out, relax, enjoy the local food and wine, and learn informally from Laraaji, the CAMP crew, and your fellow students.