2020 International Crystal Sound Therapy (CST) retreat and course
with crystal singing bowls
6th – 20th November
“Path of the Heart”
We are in unusual times and moving forward with the Crystal Sound Therapy Certificate IV training program this year needed an unusual approach. An approach that met our values of kindness and service.

This year I will be presenting the retreat which is the beginning of the 12 – 18 month accredited training program, on the south coast of NSW in the beautiful seaside town of BERMAGUI.

I received a very clear guidance to bring the healing sounds of crystal singing bowls to one of the areas that has been impacted by the devastating bushfires earlier this year. I have friends in Bermagui and my colleague Carol Birrell and I had taught a Sacred Soundings in Nature workshop there a couple of years ago. I fell in love with the area. It is a very special place. My friends have been assisting me in organising this one of a kind retreat and I thank them very much for their enthusiasm and support.  

Whilst there we will visit areas where we can practise and play the crystal bowls for the land, the animals and for the resilient people of this land. We will have lunches in local cafes as often as we can to financially support the local businesses, purchase our other food locally, stay in the beautiful local accommodation I’ve arranged which is near the beach and perform a free Community Concert for all those who would like to attend.

Images of the accommodation

The accommodation this year will also be a little different too. We are 50 metres from the beach where we will be:

•  cleansing our crystal bowls in the ocean

•   swimming

•   watching for whales migrating back to the Antarctic with their babies

•   enjoying meditations with crystal bowls at sunrise and sunset.

There are 2 private bedrooms available; a twin share room and permission to set up a tent or park a camper van and use the inside facilities.  

I know it has been a year like no other and so many of us are feeling the impact of these uncommon times. I am very pleased to let you know I have been able to arrange reductions in the costs that make up the International CST retreat and course for this year as a way to support you to build a new career, to add a layer of pure vibration to your existing career and to offer you the tools, skill and knowledge to work in the world using crystal singing bowls as a healing modality.

What’s included in the retreat:

•    Professional accredited 12 month Crystal Sound Therapy (CST) training and study program
•    14 day once in a lifetime retreat experience
•    Comfortable accommodation in either a private room (on first booked basis), 1 twin share room, your own tent in the garden or in your own camper van parked on the land
•    Beachside activities and Mt Gulaga watching over us
•    All of our home cooked meals are organic, nutritious, divine vegetarian food prepared with love by our own cook
•    Regular visits to local restaurants and cafes for lunch
•    A collection of chakra healing crystals
•    Whale watching excursion where we will play our crystal bowls for the whales and their babies
•    A visit to Mt Gulaga to play our crystal singing bowls for the Mother Mountain

What's not included in the retreat:

•    Transport to and from our accommodation in Bermagui
•    Travel and medical Insurance if coming from overseas (highly recommended)
Sliding scale of costs for the retreat and 12 month International CST course for maximum of 8 students is:
2 X Private room  
1 X Twin share room
2 X Tent
2 X Camper Van

Payment plan

Under special circumstances, I can also offer an instalment plan. In this instance, the deposit of $1,000 is paid to secure your place and the balance of 3/4s of the total cost is due by September 6. The balance can be paid in fortnightly instalments beginning on the first day of the retreat. Please discuss with me.

To pay your deposit or the full amount if you live in Australia, please transfer direct into my bank account AND write CST and your initials or name:

Susie Nelson-Smith
BSB: 732038
ACC: 515409

If living overseas please use PayPal.

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What students have said about previous courses

“It was a truly amazing healing transformation for me. An excellent opportunity to gain a knowledge of crystal bowls and build the relationship with the bowls. The learning journey has given me so much insight. Together as a group, we learned from each other - the care and love we gathered in these 2 weeks. Through this training I recognised the purpose of my life. How to serve myself and others. Appreciation of the Universal Being, to bring us vitality in life. Thank you, Susie - her devotion to Crystal Bowls and Sound, in addition her spiritual knowledge and teaching to shine the world with the Crystal Bowls to whoever needs it. May our learning Journey be full of Light.Sandy Lam Ka Wai, Hong Kong

“What an AMAZING 2 weeks in COSTA RICA. The course was just divine, so much information, but when delivered, shown, and then practiced it became clear and easy. I can honestly say, I have never had such a profound healing as when I was a client in a practice session! I can’t wait to become proficient at this modality. Sound has been in my practices (Reiki and Heart Resonance and Tantra) for only a short while but blends seamlessly and enhances everything. I LOVE THIS COURSE!” Paul Cockram, Brisbane, Australia

“I have gotten so much out of Susie’s course. Not only is she angelic, her grace flows through every bit of the course. It gives one permission to grow, to stretch and believe in the infinite possibilities in the universe. I walk away with the support of all 11 women who participated. All my Sound Sisters. This course is a true blessing.” Linda Chambers, Montana, USA

All the details about the International Crystal Sound therapy (CST) training and study program

Professional accredited Certificate IV and Diploma certification is available

The course is accredited with the International Energetic Healing Association (IEHA) and the College, Crystal Sound and Light Institute, is an approved training provider with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT) and as a student and then graduate you will be able to insure your practise internationally with them.

Lifetime Impact

Transforming with crystal sound is a powerful life-changing and deeply balancing relaxing experience. As you progress through the study program your life will change forever and this is because you will be working very regularly with your crystal bowls. An inevitable outcome from this will be releasing and letting go of what no longer serves you and recalibrating your energy to be more aligned with your higher self-expression.

Quartz has the amazing ability to magnify and amplify. This is why it is used in modern communication systems – computers, medical equipment, TV, mobile phones etc. With the sounds of the crystal singing bowls it is possible to release and heal deeply held emotional wounds, change energy patterns, find inspiration and increase creativity, heal the physical body and connect more deeply with the soul. We naturally entrain with the vibrations of the crystal singing bowls because our natural state of being and our desire is to be in balance. As we entrain, we bring ourselves back to ourselves.

Your passion and desire to activate the highest octave within is honoured and supported. The Crystal Sound Therapy course has been taught since 2000 and as an accredited professional program since 2004. 2020 is the seventeenth year it has been offered as a 12-month course and the 8th year it will be offered in the international format. Teaching the face-to-face component as a 14-night retreat has meant that students from all over the world can participate more easily in the professional program.

The benefits are infinite

Playing the crystal singing bowls for 22 years now has benefitted me in so many positive ways. At times the changes have not been easy. And at these times I had to make a choice to stay as I was or bring forward the warrior me. This has been a truth for all of us who have chosen to walk the path as a Crystal Sound Therapist with crystal singing bowls. You need courage to be a pioneer in a new field especially with the pure energy that activates every level of our being and creates an opportunity to look deeper inside.

The sound vibrations of the crystal bowls is like a truth serum that invites us to see our own truth and own it. Once chosen and embraced it is a pathway of infinite joy, creativity and fulfilment. Be prepared to find your true authentic self.

Why professional training?

Playing the crystal singing bowls is not difficult and most people can make a sound easily. Playing the bowls musically takes time and playing the bowls as a healing modality . . . well this is quite a journey.

I believe professional training is essential for the crystal sound therapist to have the knowledge, skills and experience to guide the client deep within the physical body, psyche and soul for healing. Indeed, it is the soul level connection that transforms a simple relaxing healing session into a life-changing experience because it is at this level that we can more easily connect to our essence – our higher self – our soul essence.

Do I need to be a musician to do the course?

It is not necessary to be a musician to become a Crystal Sound Therapist. It is, however necessary to be passionate about sound and music and to be inspired to use sound as a healing tool. The greatest skill and awareness I have found that will hold you in good stead with participating in the course, is to develop a sense of timing and space. This is taught in the training program and some of you will have this as an innate quality. A student echoed recently what many have thoughtfully said over the years:

“The CST training course is a rich and beautiful experience. I appreciated the depth of knowledge, wisdom and experience Susie offered us so gracefully and warmly. Being such a ‘new’ field, her work putting this certificate course together is pioneering and a huge achievement. It has given me everything I dreamed of to help me work with sound and crystals professionally.” Suzy Flowers, Sydney, Australia

During the retreat your experiences and training will include:

•   Creating sacred space
•   Cleansing, tuning and programming crystal bowls
•   Playing crystal and alchemy bowls
•   Yoga
•   Meditations
•   Energy connections and breath work
•   Detailed information on the chakra system with healing strategies
•   Experience giving and receiving Advanced Therapeutic Crystal
•   Sound sessions
•   Creating a business vision
•   Home and business blessings in the community
•   Silence and listening
•   Musicianship
•   Deepening unique abilities, senses and feelings
•   Singing with crystal bowls
•   Specific breath techniques
•   Heart service project
•   Gratitude Circle
•   Individual time with Susie on the retreat
•   Vibrational healing lifestyle and more . . .

Regular support while completing the Study Program

For the duration of your study program Susie requests regular contact via zoom, phone, email or personal visits. Personal contact at least once a month to discuss any aspect of the course is encouraged and communication via phone or email any time.

What you will need to complete the CST course

You will need a chakra set of crystal singing bowls + an F# bowl. This is so you can complete the Advanced Therapeutic Sound Session Techniques – C, D, E, F, G, A, B + a F#.

I have been importing crystal bowls for over twenty years and have developed an excellent working relationship and friendship with Crystal Tones, the creators of alchemy bowls. Crystal Tones continue to lead the way in creating the most sublime crystal singing bowls in alchemy, classic frosted and practitioner bowls as well as silk and ballistic heavy duty carry cases.

I have a finely tuned ear and heightened intuition with the crystal singing bowls and will work with you to find the bowls that resonate for you. I find a great deal of excitement and joy in my role to support you in finding the most gorgeous set of bowls to meet your needs and budget. Some of you may already own crystal singing bowls and I can support you in either completing your chakra set or finding the special bowl that talks to you.

You will need your chakra set of bowls when you arrive home from the Retreat so you can move ahead with your study program. You are not required to bring crystal bowls to the Retreat. However, one or two of you may want to purchase the special chakra bowls we use in the Retreat as they will be vibrating with energy of our group consciousness and the country where we hold the CST course as we play them for the duration of the retreat.

The Study Program is so worthwhile . . .

Practising Crystal Sound Therapy is an integral part of the training program. Several practise components are included in the Study Program where you will learn:

•   The nuances of your individual bowls
•   Sequencing Chords
•   Sounding with your voice
•   Working with healing strategies
•   Practising environmental clearing and cleansing
•   Developing personally and spiritually (whatever that means to you)
•   A series of case studies using the Crystal Sound Advanced Therapeutics
•   Developing special projects in your community
•   Group meditations
•   Creating visualisations
•   Sound research project
•   Business vision and more . . .

Final Assessment and Certification

Graduates will receive certification upon successful completion of all assignments, learning outcomes, research and assessments.

Becoming part of a network of Crystal Sound Therapists who support and serve their communities is a very positive way in which to serve humanity and ourselves. Understanding the vibrational resonance between Nature, Humanity and the Cosmos creates a deep appreciation for the wonder and joy of life.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

Love and peace

Susie Nelson-Smith
Director, Crystal Sound and Light Institute,
0412 348 463

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