& Event Participant Testimonials:
years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease.
Since Im in the early stage of the disease, my symptoms
are well managed with a combination of medications. I am
studying Qigong, which has been extremely helpful, and is
what brought me to Omega. Having said this, when one has
PD, at any stage, he or she no longer feels normal.
The disease severely disrupts the nervous system, the muscular
system, and has psychological ramifications.
While I was at Omega, I chanced to attend a sound healing
session offered by Rich Goodhart. The experience was
nothing short of profound. I had no expectations going
in, but during the half-hour session I had a mind-body change
that was extraordinary. He seems to use instrumentation,
using various primitive instruments (Tibetan bowls, flutes,
drum, an African stringed instrument, etc) to create a foundation
on which to build the healing experience. This alone is
remarkable to feel. But then he begins to use his voice
in a series of what can only be called healing sounds.
For me, his amazing vocalizations penetrated into the
core of my being and then throughout my body. It is
hard to describe the experience, but it is real and deep.
I was particularly aware of a slight pressure (almost a
headache) at the back of my head. Interestingly, this is
where the substantia nigra and striatum are situated and
where dopaminergic cells begin to die off in PD. But something
was shifting. Most importantly, after the session, and
for the rest of the day, I felt normal, perhaps
for the first time in a number of years. My energy felt
balanced, feeling relaxed and energized, with
a sense of grounded ease. My movements were somewhat more
fluid and I had the feeling of buoyancy. I am grateful to
Rich for this remarkable experience. I would hope further
research on this could be done to see what happens in the
mind-body inter-play to make such phenomena happen.
Thank you Rich, Thank you Omega
Goodharts Shamanic Healing music transcended the ordinary
Gong bath and spoke directly to my spirit.
have done Gong baths before but this was at
another level. Not a bliss out, but connecting to spirit
within. Your music touched my soul grounding and
centering me in my body and taking my spirit on an adventure.
David Sklarew, September 24, 2015
was an amazing event allowing for a sound journey through
emotional, mental and spiritual terrain. I have gone
to sound healings before but have never accessed the imagery
that arises inside of me from Rich Goodhart's work.
He is a master musician as well as a knower of the needs
of the soul. His music is both beautiful and quieting and
then energetic and dynamic in perfect interval. The retreat
setting created the luxury of staying with your experience
without having to re-enter the traffic of the everyday world
so quickly. Qigong in the morning was the red ribbon on
the perfect gift. Healing was had.
~ Dineen Carta, June 2015
(participant at SRV Retreat Center Summer Solstice
Shamanic Sound Medicine event.)
I wanted to pass along one of my experiences from the Shamanic
Healing Sounds concert last week at the Yoga Spa. Years
ago (somewhere around 25) I developed a back pain on the
right side next to my spine above the kidney. It plagued
me especially when standing for long periods and when I
did yoga postures which required being on my back - back
rolls were the toughest. I would just stretch it out or
work through it, but it never really went away. Last Saturday
at the concert while meditating and listening to your music
the pain became very intense and it was difficult to sit
still or even meditate. I tried some stretching but it just
got worse. Then during one of your flute solos you hit a
praticular note and it was like a bullet had been fired
right from the flute directly into the pain and the spot
vibrated in resonance with the note. I then heard a popping
sound and felt a phsyical snapping at the point of the pain.
The pain got very sharp and then disappeared. A sense of
relief come over me and it truly felt like the pain was
gone. I have been free of that pain for the past week and
have been able to do back rolls daily without any of the
pain I used to experience.
Thank you - Harold Francis, March 2014. (Update: A month
later and still pain free!)
I went to the concert at Omega on Sept. 6. A friend brought
me to your show after dinner, I was just planning to go
read and chill out. I had not heard about the concert or
Shamanic sounds or anything like that. Ive never done
any Shamanic journeying or anything like that. I was at
Omega for a conference on mindfulness.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I had a profound
experience during the healing sounds portion of the evening.
I took a soaring journey through a series of spaces, and
ended up meeting face to face with a great love of mine
who died many years ago in a fire when he was 46. We were
in a sort of dark, round chamber, and we were smiling ear
to ear, grinning, and dancing and spinning together in a
beautiful dance. I was so surprised and honored by this,
and I feel like he and I had a beautiful visit together
between worlds. Thanks so much for providing the sound healing!!
P.S. You are welcome to use my testimonial, but without
my real name, thanks! ~JH
had a shoulder injury and for a couple of months now, even
though the wound has supposed to have healed, I still have
limited mobility with it. I've been seeing a physical therapist
for weeks but no success. She tells me my shoulder needs
to "drop" but it's stuck and we can't get it to
move. At first your music brought me into a very peaceful
meditative trance. When you began drumming I started to
notice the energy of the sound focusing in on my shoulder.
As the rhythm increased in intensity the vibration focused
more narrowly into the center of my shoulder where the injury
was. With my eyes closed I was seeing and feeling the sound
of the drum like a laser beam aimed right into the stuck
place in my shoulder. And then guess what? My shoulder dropped!
I don't know what you did but it worked!" ~ David J.,
days later, Thursday: "Yes, it is so much better, I've
got my movement back! I have a triathalon scheduled for
this weekend and I was expecting I'd have to cancel but
now I feel I can do it - thank you again!")
I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I enjoyed
your Shamanic Sound Medicine that I attended in Main Hall
at Omega. I could not believe there was only one person
up there playing - it sounded like there were a bunch of
Shaman's on stage. Your music was incredibly healing.
I actually felt like I dropped deep in the heart Chakra
and was healed with overwhelming love and a brilliance from
somewhere beyond. I have been in the presence of Shamans
in Peru and other locations and your music brought me right
back into those experiences. I recognize the healing power
of sound. I hope that someday you do a workshop at Omega
so we can all just lay around and receive more healing from
your music. Keep up the great work and keep me posted if
you should ever do a workshop! Thank you!
Love and Light,
been suffering from extreme insomnia and have barely slept
at all in three months. I'm taking prescription sleep meds
and have tried other strategies but nothing has worked.
During the introductory sound session I went completely
out and when you brought us back it felt like I had slept
for eight hours - but it was only about ten minutes!"
~ Professional Psychologist, 62 years old, name witheld,
"...it is the spirit of a teacher that magnifies the
depth of knowledge. Good teachers will do just that. Not
every teacher can transmit. I only had a handful of them.
Transmitting happens in silence even though there is commotion
around. The most power you have is when sharing your presence
with the audience. You (Rich Goodhart) can transmit. The
value is huge!"
~ E.G., CNHP, EEMCP
Certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner and Teacher
The pain is gone from my shoulder! It had been very annoying
when I drove, etc.
The shoulder will never be right, though, and I need to
be somewhat careful. The condition is "separated shoulder",
which happened when I had an auto accident. It's not worth
the very complex surgery that it requires. So even though
it will never be healed, eliminating the pain is a blessing.
I still think having sessions for insomnia would help a
lot of people, as long as you don't mind playing music to
sleeping people! Sleeping is a precious gift.
Evelyn Bender, July 2014
had a vision where I saw my Mom riding on a train. Then
the train crashed and I got very worried. She then came
to me in the vision and told me not to worry, that she was
ok. What does this mean? I find it disturbing!"
~ 15 year old Omega Teen Camp participant.
day: "So I called home last night. My Mom was in a
car accident yesterday near a railroad track. Her car was
totalled and an ambulance came and checked her out but she
was ok. And guess what - we figured out that it happened
at the exact same time we were doing the sound journey and
I had that vision!"
"By consenting and allowing yourself to let go to where
you are visiting in that altered state is a big step for
some people.Once you allow and trust yourself there is no
end to where you might go. Everyone I know who has been
to your live events has been totally blown away and felt
~ Kristi Marcus, December, 2013
you Rich Goodhart for last night's magical trip! I really
enjoyed every second of it." ~ Jody Newman Sinclair,
Rich Goodhart flow takes you where you need to go, within
yourself there is a place, no time, no body just perfect
space." ~ Kathy Mcc, July, 2013
an awesome night this was with the amazing Rich Goodhart!"
~ Karo Tak, May 2013
"I am ready for another round! Rich's vibrational music
will take you where ever your spirit/soul needs to be while
in the experience. Don't miss this gentle man's music."
~ Kathy Mcc, March 2013
first experience with sound healing was introduced to me
by Rich Goodhart at the Omega Institute. I had done several
different types of healing over many years but I can say,
by far, this was the most powerful experience I ever had.
wasn't sure what to expect, but as I was lying on the table
I felt as though I was part of a symphony orchestra. Rich
was playing unique instruments (and using his voice) and
through the energy channeled through him, myself and his
music I felt an incredibly powerful healing in my body.
(Prior to beginning the treatment) I had mentioned to Rich
that I had some 2nd chakra issues. During my session I saw
colors so vibrant I could feel their healing power inside.
Without a doubt I highly recommend a sound healing with
Nancy Chernoff, Omega Teen Camp Office Manager, 2005
it was clear to me that my throat chakra had shut down.
I had the feeling of tingling, and a feeling of my skin
crawling at the base of my neck. The sound energy rays were
trying to get in but I was experiencing a shut down of my
normal functioning throat chakra due to my broken shoulder.
I had to massage the back of my neck as the sound healing
continued the intensity of the skin crawling grew greater.
This lasted through more than half of your sound healing.
Suddenly the tingling and skin crawling sensation stopped.
I believe the sound vibrations began to align and penetrate
my shoulder. Blockage cleared and the easy flow of energy
returned. Thank you for the exchange of good vibrations
as I continue to heal my broken shoulder - today my shoulder
is the best it's been since the accident.
~ Janice Carter Young, March, 2014
contact me by email (below) to schedule events or private
sessions or if you have further questions. I hope you are
inspired to attend an upcoming Shamanic Sound experience!
Please feel free to say hello and introduce yourself if
you do attend.