Classes and Events

Conscious Breathing

with Gongs and other Instruments

The Power Of Breath Work


Conscious Breathing has been a part of Yoga and dates back as far as 5000 years. At the heart of yoga practice are various forms of breathing exercises known as pranayama or breathe control. In most ancient languages, Breath and Spirit meant the same thing.  Prana (vital or life force) circulates in the body, influencing mental and physical health, as well as the quality of our consciousness. If the circulation of life force is blocked due to past trauma, stress or injury, illness can result. If our life force is weak, we lose our ability to concentrate. We will feel fatigued and lack energy. If it is disturbed, our minds and emotions become disturbed.


Did you know:

The average person breathes between 18,000-20,000 breaths per day. This totals an average of 5,000 gallons of air.

           90% of the nutrition needed by the body comes from the oxygen we breathe. Only 10% comes from the food we eat and without sufficient oxygen, we will not get proper nutrition from our food. Oxygen is the fuel that burns our food.


           We can go 10 -14 days without food, 4 days without liquids, hours without heat but only 4 minutes without air before brain damage occurs.


           Air is the most quickly distributed element in the body. It immediately enters the blood stream as oxygen.


           Each breath nourishes and feeds the circulatory system. Deeper breathing enhances cellular activity and there fore strength.


           Only three percent of body waste is expelled through defecation and only a further seven percent through urination.  The skin is responsible for a further twenty percent of the discharge of body waste. 

          Seventy percent of bodily waste matter is breathed out.

            The rate of blood flow at the top of the lungs is less than a tenth of a litre per minute.                                      By contrast, the bottom of the lungs has a blood flow at a rate of over a litre per minute. With proper diaphragmatic breathing we can increase our capacity to discharge waste material ten times; our breathing rate can drop from 14-15 breaths per minutes to 8-12; we become more deeply oxygenated and our lungs and heart don’t have to work as hard.

According to one medical researcher, seventy-five percent of the ills people bring to their doctors are related to poor breathing. 

  Conscious Breathing allows us to release and resolve emotions, stresses and memories which are often inaccessible through the more conventional talking therapies. Breathing, beyond the basic need for survival, acts as a bridge between spirit, mind, and body; a bridge between the conscious and the subconscious. “Breath Integration” is one of the quickest ways to open our hearts to love and inner peace, and to fill our bodies with life and health. Connecting the inhale with the exhale consciously and continuously is one of the most effective ways of connecting us to our bodies, our thoughts and emotions, to each other, nature and existence itself. 

The effects of this transformational breath process can be identified on at least four levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

1)    Physically Conscious Breathing reduces stress and releases pain that may be held in the body.

2)    Mentally, it helps us become conscious of beliefs and patterns in our unconscious, which are preventing us from manifesting what we desire.

3)    Emotionally, breath-work allows us to release and integrate what we have suppressed.

4)    Spiritually, Conscious Breathing awakens our intuitive powers and our awareness of our essential innocence. In other words, we become fully conscious, conscious thinkers, conscious feelers, conscious breathers, and conscious participants in our own life experience.

“There is no single more powerful or simple daily practice to further your health and well-being than Breathwork.” Andrew Weil, MD




“One of the most profound spiritual experiences of my life. A dark cloud of anxiety was lifted and I saw, once again, that life was full of possibilities” Peter,


“Breathing is such a powerful tool to get in touch with what is really going on with my feelings” Dick,  


 “The Breath sessions were extremely powerful for moving energy (especially emotional energy) I felt very safe with your leadership and presence during the session. It was so respectfully done” Jan, Castlegar, B.C.,



Blanche Tanner, Master Breath Practitioner, Family and Human Systems Constellation Facilitation, Meditation Instructor, Blanche has been involved with personal growth, spiritual awareness and healing work for over 35 years. For more info or to book a session call 250-227-6877 or e-mail lifeshift@bluebell.ca Web site, www.lifeshiftseminars.com


Acutonics® Classes and Certification

Acutonics is a system of vibrational medicine using tuning forks tuned to the orbital properties of the Earth, Moon, Sun and planets. This methodology is applied to specific acupuncture points, meridian and chakra systems and as well as areas of pain and stagnation to help restore physical and emotional wellbeing.

Everything in the universe vibrates, from the smallest particle to the largest planet in our solar system, to the billions of stars in the galaxies. All of these vibrations create patterns of geometric waveforms, frequencies, musical intervals and sounds. Sound and vibration are used to re-harmonize and attune the human field.

This integrative approach helps both the practitioner and client to deepen their understanding of the profound universal connections of natural world, body, mind and spirit and the role that they each play in the journey toward wholeness.

Acutonics is a powerful, transformational healing system that can address a wide range of ailments from the physical such as gastrointestinal, gynecological, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and neurological to psycho-spiritual, emotional and psychological distress.

Will Morris Astrology

Astrology for Sound healers

Astrology for Soundhealers uses the meridian systems of Chinese medicine in conjunction with the sky and its patterns, with sound and frequency as tools for healing. Specific tools include the 12 meridians in relationship to the sky and body, the Eight Extraordinary Vessels on the same bases, the three treasures, and many other techniques that weave the sky, body, and practice. Participants will learn strategies for selecting planetary frequencies to heal others. Astrological methods include the processes of Cosmobiology, harmonics, and midpoints. Welcome to this fantastic program.

Herbs and Astrology

The Sun, Moon, and Day cycles explain the connections between the plant world, humans, and the sky. These divisions serve as tools to organize thought relative to plant parts, functions, and life cycles. This course explores practice cultures at the discipline’s peak during the Renaissance.

An essential tool for plants and astrology is the concept of hot-cold-moist-dry. From here, dietary, herbal, and lifestyle approaches can be developed.

Substance and Astrology

This course is an introduction to both astrology and homeopathy. Astrology
can be used to enhance the discipline of homeopathy. This course blends the two methods to improve intake and thought.

This course also addresses related fields of cell salts and flower essences as tools for expanding homeopathic practice.

Gong Mentorships

Please contact the centre for private and semi-private Gong mentorship training with Theresa Lee and Will Morris.

Sound Journey Workshops

For the Love of Gongs



For the Love of Gongs is a two-day class designed to inspire new and experienced players to expand their practice and skill set. 


We will begin by discussing the gong and gong culture throughout history. We will explore the physics of sound and what happens when we strike a gong. Techniques are taught that expand our perceptions on how we hold a mallet, and how we approach striking a gong. We will learn how our choice of mallet affects the quality of tone expressed. Most importantly, learners will study how to play the gong therapeutically and in an aesthetic way.


Learning the techniques will build confidence while encouraging play and exploration. 


This class will help to take our relationship with the gong to another dimension.



It is essential (but not mandatory) to have a gong, a variety of mallets and a microphone for the best experience for this class. 



Mallet options include: a soft mallet (my favourite: Dragonfly Fuzz Bucket), heavy soft mallet (Paiste Mallets, M5, M6), harder soft mallet (Dragonfly Baby Bucket), Friction mallet (E-wand, B-Love), Marimba mallets (Yarn head on wood handle: Mike Balter 85B or Paiste M10)



Therapeutic Sound Journeys

with gongs, bowls, chimes, and more


In this class, we introduce all of the sound healing instruments we use to create a therapeutic sound journey. We look at how we can weave our tools together. How to listen to our inner knowing to help guide our choices of when to add an instrument. 



How we can use drumming to invoke trance states and deep journey work.


We introduce the Acutonics® planetary hand chimes and how they provide powerful ways to invoke planetary archetypes and their intervallic personalities. They are a great way to set an intention with the repeated focus of the journey theme.


Together we will collaborate and create a sound journey. We discuss the beginning, the middle, and the end. Students will be creating and presenting their sound journeys to the group.   


A microphone is recommended to get the best experience from this class.



Acutonics® Planetary Hand Chimes: In Ceremony, Ritual and Sound Journeys


This class will introduce the hand chimes and their location in the Acutonics® system. We will address the importance of choosing the right mallet, and methods for holding two or three at a time. We will further explore the use of Planetary Hand Chimes in both private and group ritual and sound journeys.


Our inquiry includes chime combinations and intervals, focusing on thirds, fifths, and octaves. We will discuss how to use the chimes in ceremonies and for ritual celebrations, including ones honouring the cycles of the Earth, Sun, Moon, and other planet alignments.


We will discuss creating a therapeutic sound journey and how the chimes fit in the soundscape.



To register and see the upcoming dates for these classes, visit Acutonics Canada. 





Self Care Workshops

 Self Care Workshops are run ONLINE via Zoom and also offered LIVE at the Centre here in BC, Canada when possible.

Half Day Self Care Workshop

12:30 am to 3:30 pm

We will be working with the Acutonics® Ohm Unison Mid TF Set.  Simple techniques are taught to help maintain more ease, harmony and balance in our daily lives


Full Day Self Care Workshop

9:30 am to 4:30 pm

We will be working with the Acutonics® Self Care Mid TF Set, adding to the Ohm Unison set, a mid Zodiac, Chiron, Mars and Venus tuning fork. A simple 11 step protocol is taught to help reduce stress and trauma and restore balance, harmony and wellbeing. 


Dates to be determined, please contact us if you are interested

Introduction to Acutonics Sound Healing

Acutonics® is a system of vibrational healing that is energy-based, non-invasive and similar to acupuncture. Tuning forks are applied to acupuncture and acupressure points to access the body’s meridian and chakra energy systems. Forks can be used both on and off the body.

For this half day workshop we will be working with the Acutonics OHM tuning forks. This frequency is deeply grounding, and nourishing, and promotes a feeling of serenity and peace.

Students will have an opportunity to work with these tuning forks and apply them to acupuncture points, chakras and other areas of pain or dis-ease.

Ohm is very beneficial for support in times of stress, anxiety, irritability, tension  and insomnia. Ohm is our home tone.

Acutonics draws on oriental medicine, astrology, indigenous wisdom, and music theory to create an innovative approach to vibrational medicine that has many clinical applications.

Blanche Tanner from Lifeshift Seminars will lead this workshop accompanied by the magical sounds of Will and Theresa.

Please register with Theresa at theresa@kshc.ca

$75 + 5% GST = $78.75 per person per workshop

12:30 pm to 3:00 pm PACIFIC Time