Inspiring workshops this weekend

Gina Salá, Seattle-based singer of love, light and joy, returns to Courtenay to share her shining spirit, knowledge and skill.

POWER OF SOUND is something vocalist Gina Salá will teach in Courtenay this weekend.

POWER OF SOUND is something vocalist Gina Salá will teach in Courtenay this weekend.

Gina Salá, Seattle-based singer of love, light and joy, returns to Courtenay to share her shining spirit, knowledge and skill.

Salá, who has been chanting mantra and cross-cultural song for more than 35 years, is a vibrant bundle of song and energy, with a monumental voice and huge, loving heart.

Her performances and workshops are deep and transformative, as well as energetic, inspiring, infectious and uplifting. Salá’s known for facilitating even the most reticent folks to find joyful, embodied freedom in their voices.

Salá has followings all over the world, especially in Canada, the U.S., Japan and Mexico, for her tours, performances and workshops. Her River of Sound tour through some of India’s most sacred places has been reported to be “ecstatic,” “heart-filled” and “life-changing.”

Salá has been leading workshops, chants and tours and offering performances internationally for nearly 20 years. She was principal vocalist for Cirque de Soleil’s O.

She began devotional singing at the age of three at Swami Radha’s ashram in Nelson, B.C., and has deepened in the power of sound and awareness while living in a Tibetan monastery and with years of study with classical Indian voice and Hindu tantra masters in India.

 

Salá offers a Power of Sound workshop this Friday from 6-9:30 p.m., then Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

These workshops will focus on tools to deepen your experience of pleasure and power in your voice, as well as deepen (or begin) your experience and practice of chant. No experience needed, just you and your own unique voice.

 

To register, contact Heather Wilkinson at 250-334-3383.

 

A Kirtan, open to all, starts Friday at 7:30 p.m. at 1957 Arden Rd. in Courtenay.

Come as you are, participate as you like, as Salá leads us through powerful “call and response” divine chants from a few traditions to allow the mind to rest in the heart, along with her unique “singing satsang” offerings. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

 

— Gina Salá