Class Schedule


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An updated 2015-2016 schedule coming soon




Tuesdays (6:15pm - 9:15pm)
September 16 & 23, & 30
October 7, 14, 28
November 4 & 18
December 2

Sound Voice and Music Technique: Core Classes

Silvia Nakkach and Guest Teachers

Saturday & Sunday
September 20-21
(10:00am - 5:30pm)

The Art of Improvisation

Vernon Bush and Silvia Nakkach


Saturday & Sunday
October 4-5

The Tomatis Method, Auditory Stimulation Programs, and Cross-cultural Healing Music

Pat Moffitt Cook

Tuesdays (6:15pm - 9:15pm)
October 7 & 14
*Guest teacher

The Therapeutic Power of the Harp

*Portia Diwa

Saturday & Sunday
October 25-26
(10am - 5:30pm)

Sound Science and Sound Therapies

John Beaulieu


Saturday & Sunday
November 1-2
(10am - 5:30pm)

Medicine Melodies: The Use of Music in Shamanic and Psychotherapy Practice

Silvia Nakkach

Tuesday (6:15pm - 9:15pm)
November 4
*Guest teacher

Tibetan Sound Healing: The Five Seed Syllables of the Warrior Mind

*Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Silvia Nakkach

November 9
(10am - 12:30pm & 2:00pm - 4:30pm)

Body Mind Centering

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Saturday & Sunday
November 15-16
(10am - 5:30pm)

Sound Healing Clinic and Practicum

John Beaulieu


Saturday & Sunday
December 6-7
(10am - 5:30pm)

Drumming, Overtone Singing, and Mind-Body Synchronization

Glen Velez

Saturday & Sunday
December 13-14
(10am - 5:30pm)

Healing Potential of Non-Ordinary States od Consciousness as Mediated by Breath and Sound

Mid Term Integration

Diane Haug &

Silvia Nakkach



Saturday & Sunday
February 7-8
(10am - 5pm)

The Practice of Nada Yoga and Harmonic Singing

Baird Hersey

Tuesdays (6:15pm - 9:15pm)
February 10 & 17
March 3, & 24
April 7, 14 & 28

Sound, Voice, and Music Techniques and Expression:
Core Classes Part II

Silvia Nakkach and Guest Teachers

Friday, (7pm-9pm)
February 20

Saturday & Sunday (10am - 5:30pm)
February 21 & 22

Nature, Ritual and Community Healing

Malidoma Some


Tuesday (6:15pm - 9:15pm)
March 3
*Guest teacher

Sounds Clears Mind

*A. Thubten Rinpoche

March 14
(10am - 5:30pm)

Deep Listening and Didjeridu Instruction

Stuart Dempster

March 15
(10am - 5:30pm)

The Sound of Yoga: Music Production and Wellness

Rara Avos, Dj


Saturday & Sunday
April 4-5 
(10am - 5:30pm) in Namaste Hall

Creative Music Therapy and Clinical Improvisation

Alan Turry

Saturday & Sunday
April 18-19
(10am - 5:30pm)

Building A Vocal Community

Ysaye Barnwell


Saturday & Sunday
May 30-31
(10am - 5:30pm)

Final Students Presentations and Graduation

Silvia Nakkach and Val Serrant

Please note that students must complete the entire curriculum, which meets at predetermined times throughout the year, in order to receive the certificate of completion. Should a participant miss one or two classes, he or she will have the option of either attending another class offered by CIIS Public Programs & Performances or completing a special project at an additional cost.

Policy for Missed Classes and Students from Out of Town
If a student misses a class, he or she must make up the class by taking another class that is equivalent of the content in the missed class. The student may take a non-certificate class through Public Programs & Performances at a 15-25 percent discount. In certain cases, the student may find a class elsewhere to fulfill the requirement. All make-up classes must be approved by Silvia Nakkach and the director of Public Programs & Performances. We do everything we can to create solutions for unavoidable schedule conflics, but out of town students must attend most classes locally. It is not possible to complete the program online or remotely.If you live outside of the Bay Area, please contact the Public Programs & Performances office at (415) 575-6175 to address the details of your particular situation.Students can accrue 20 hours for an individual project at an extra cost (to cover advisor and other administrative fees).