Into the World; Singer & Ritualist
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Immerse yourself in the power of rituals and learn how to heighten the potency of your own — to help yourself and others move from grief, isolation, and disempowerment to personal agency, reconnection, sacred activism, and the constant presence of the Divine.
Is nothing sacred?
Watching the United States’ seat of democracy dishonored in recent events may have left some people wondering if anything is immune to the violation of what we find sacred.
And, without the symbols and places of solace people often turn to in difficult times, many feel numb, voiceless, isolated, violated, and disconnected from their usual points of grounding.
Maybe you’ve felt yourself shifting into survival mode for some time now, head down, trying to stay afloat and safe amidst the crises of our time.
What if there were experiences you could create, for yourself and others, to bring yourself into empowerment, and to reconnect with a sense of community and oneness?
For the founder of Voice of Change, Suzanne Sterling, an accomplished composer, singer, and ritualist, the most nourishing approach to re-entering the space of the Divine is ritual.
As you may know, practicing ritual can drop you into a profoundly sacred place — grounding you and elevating your consciousness down to the very cellular level.
As you may have experienced at times of loss and mourning, rituals and ceremonies can help you release stuck emotions, heal trauma, and offer you a sense of resilience and connection.
Join Suzanne in a powerful 7-week exploration of the vastly intricate elements of ritual for any circumstances in your life... using tools, sacred containers, and, most importantly, your voice.
You’ll develop a deeper, more comprehensive, and far-reaching understanding of what rituals really are and why they’re so important in this specific moment. You’ll create rituals for a variety of occasions — even everyday moments that mark the sacredness of ordinary experience.
You’ll also learn the subtle nuances of choosing which ritual components to use for cleansing, grounding, releasing trauma, reclaiming your expression, invoking the ancestors, and inspiring yourself and others toward action for change and healing.
The Transformative Power of Ritual
As Suzanne guides you through the features and experience of rituals — taking them outside the context of religion — you’ll see how adding them to your life can make any situation holy. She’ll show you many ways to incorporate rituals into your everyday life to help you appreciate and treasure the divinity and inherent joy in all things.
You’ll work with Suzanne’s own “ritual recipe” and dive deep into the various elements that can help you move through the wide range of emotions that may have arisen over the past, distinctly challenging year, and reconnect to hope and courage — with practices that recognize the sacred reality of life’s joys and sorrows and enhance the celebration of any win, big or small, and any rite of passage.
You’re sure to walk away from this 7-week journey with a more thorough understanding of the power of ritual and how to make your own rituals infinitely more robust to help you move beyond grief and find resilience — grounding yourself with the nourishing elements of this precious life.
Designing healing rituals for our times can help you step into the mythopoetic, allowing you to be an instrument of ritual and to connect with Source and the elements. If you’re ready to release feelings of separation and to liberate your consciousness, this is a powerful way of healing yourself, others, and our planet.
And... you’ll learn how to channel your sacred activism — which is so necessary for the healing of our species and our planet. Get ready to free up your creativity and self-expression, and to reconnect with your community and the world around you!
In this participatory 7-week program, you’ll discover:
- A more in-depth understanding of what a ritual is and why it’s so important as we walk the path of these historic times
- The “ritual recipe” that Suzanne uses as a framework for creating sacred practices
- The many ways to create a sacred container
- Rituals for cleansing, grounding, calling in the sacred, and amplifying your own energy and life force
- How to empower your own and others’ sense of spiritual authority
- Embodied ritual to release trauma and reclaim your expression
- How to incorporate the nature elements as practical and magical tools
- Ways to honor and invoke the ancestors and tap into the great stream of all beings
- How to reclaim your story and share it through the lens of myth and poetry
- The uses of and settings for specific rituals... such as healing, releasing, purging, honoring, celebrating, and more
- How to turn your own experience of the sacred into inspired action for change and healing
- The wide variety of rituals you can both practice and facilitate for a more sacred and just world — ways that are practical, inclusive, and engaged
What You’ll Discover in These 7 Weeks
In this 7-week transformational intensive, Suzanne will guide you through the fundamental body-mind-spirit skills you’ll need to create and perform rituals that move you into joy and empowerment.
The Power of Live Streaming Video
You’ll connect with Suzanne and experience her teachings through live streaming video. This connection is easy to use and will enhance the impact of Suzanne’s transmissions. Or you can easily connect just via audio if you choose — through any connected device.
(Can’t make it live? No worries! After each class, the video and audio recordings will be available for you to download or stream in high-quality format at your convenience.)
Weekly Sessions Tuesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
This course will feature LIVE teachings, interactive training sessions, and experiential practices with Suzanne. Each session will build harmoniously upon the previous ones, so you’ll develop a complete holistic understanding of the practices, tools, and principles you’ll need to create your own rituals to help yourself and others move from grief, isolation, and disempowerment to personal agency, reconnection, and the constant presence of the sacred.
Suzanne will be available for LIVE Q&A at the end of every class to engage with your emerging inquiries about the course material.
Module 1: Why Ritual & Why Now? — Heal the Impact of These Trying Times by Reconnecting With Yourself, Others & the Sacred (February 9)
These are intense times filled with loss, confusion and a growing need for sacred connection with yourself, others, and Source.
This opening session begins by acknowledging the impact of the current dramatic circumstances we’re living in and exploring ritual as a healing force in our own lives and in the world. You’ll explore how many of us have been separated from a sense of the Sacred... and ways to counter that separation with rituals of connection.
You’ll discover simple tools designed for cleansing, grounding, and opening to experience a more regulated nervous system... so you can begin to access your inspired and creative soul.
You’ll also learn how to:
- Release grief, fatigue, and overwhelm and support a more resourced nervous system
- Apply cleansing and grounding tools to clear and amplify your own energy and life force
- Develop a grounding and centering personal practice
- Become your own spiritual authority, able to connect with the Sacred
- Tap into your innate health, creativity, and intelligence
Module 2: Explore the History & Elements of Ritual as a Sacred Practice (February 16)
What is ritual? How do we craft containers for transformation that are both effective and participatory?
In this second module, Suzanne will offer numerous definitions of ritual and how to cultivate the presence of the Sacred in your everyday life. You’ll explore the history of ritual and how it has evolved. Suzanne will present the common elements of rituals worldwide, and discuss the important topic of respecting but not appropriating the sacred practices of the world.
She’ll also guide you in a step-by-step method for creating rituals that are practical, nourishing, and authentic.
In this class, you’ll:
- Learn how to build a ritual from start to finish by following Suzanne’s “ritual recipe” — and understand why ritual is so important
- Experience your own felt sense and enhance your empathic abilities and self-awareness
- Create powerful containers for transformation
- Practice creating a container, sensing yourself and the space around you
Module 3: Reclaim Your Voice & Your Life Force Through Trauma-Healing Ritual (February 23)
In this session, you’ll learn how trauma and stress impact your body and our world.
Suzanne will show you how to use simple trauma healing tools to release and shift trauma into resilience. You’ll explore how to access, move, and amplify your own life force and your self-expression as the main tools for building rituals of healing.
You’ll call your voice back from whenever you’ve relinquished it, or where it’s been taken from you — and learn to use your own sensitivity and resilience to catalyze personal and collective healing.
During this session you’ll:
- Use embodied ritual to release trauma and reclaim your expression
- Discover how to run your own energy in healing and potent ways
- Experience using simple trauma tools as magical helpers
- Start to awaken, strengthen, and reclaim your voice as your power
- Practice raising, changing, and containing energy and reclaiming your voice
Module 4: Use the Power of the Word to Invoke Ancestors & Elemental Energies as Sacred Allies (March 2)
In this module, Suzanne will guide you to explore the power of the word to create and change us. She’ll show you how to use your words to deepen and support the intention of your ritual.
You’ll discover the importance of engaging with elemental energies, directions, seasons, and other cycles — to align with the natural forces that can amplify our healing rituals.
You’ll learn how to honor and invoke ancestors as your sacred allies, and create powerful and specific invocations and prayers that support the shifts you’re seeking.
Suzanne will help you:
- Incorporate the nature elements as practical and magical tools
- Honor and invoke ancestors and tap into the great stream of all beings
- Align with the directions, seasons, and cycles of the year
- Cultivate a connection between personal will and Divine will
- Craft short, beautiful, and effective invocations
Module 5: Examine Myth, Poetry & Your Stories to Transform Pain Into Resilience (March 9)
This class was created to explore the history of myth, story, and Deity as a way to understand the human experience. You’ll experience how ritual can lead you into mythopoetic realms of consciousness.
You’ll have the opportunity to tell your own story — working with your pain, resilience, tipping points, and course corrections — and begin to view your life as mythical and powerful. And as you reclaim the narrative from the modern entertainment industry, you’ll learn to perceive your own life as a story worth living and telling.
You’ll also explore the many kinds of transformations that can occur within ritual spaces, and how to work with myth and story as a way to understand and transform your own human experience.
This session will offer you the opportunity to:
- Reclaim your story and share it through the lens of myth and poetry
- Work with one myth to investigate and catalyze your own growth
- Learn about the many uses of ritual... such as healing, release, purging, honoring, celebrating, and more
- Cultivate relationship with Deity and your inner guidance
Module 6: Become an Empowered & Sacred Vehicle for Healing & Liberation (March 16)
At this point in the journey, you’ll be ready to engage with a radical analysis of power — including power over, power under, power within, and power with.
You’ll practice using ritual as a way to refute the oppression of life force and eros. You’ll examine systemic oppression and how to create rituals that are inclusive and evolutionary...
... and you’ll discover how a true empirical experience of the Sacred inspires a sacred responsibility for all life.
Suzanne will show you how to infuse your actions with relational and connective skills... and help you liberate your creative imagination from colonization and conformity and step boldly into collective purpose.
In this module you’ll explore how to:
- Remove blocks and recognize your true power from within and with others
- Embrace your wildness and aliveness
- Empower your own and others’ sense of spiritual authority
- Engage in a practice that helps you find your pathway to purpose and action
- Turn your own experience of the Sacred into inspired action for change and healing
- Create rituals for change that are practical, inclusive, and engaged
Module 7: Design Rituals & Bring Them Into the World To Create Joy, Nourishment, Connection & Justice (March 23)
As this course comes to a close, you’ll examine the process of designing different rituals for numerous settings and occasions. Suzanne will guide you to create rituals to bring forth a sense of the Sacred in subtle and seamless ways.
You’ll come to understand the need for and power of collective joy in these times... and engage your own innate creative abilities to vision a world of justice, connection, nourishment, and joy.
In this final session, you’ll learn how to:
- Design rituals for many different settings
- Create stealth rituals that bring connection and healing to the most unlikely of situations
- Ignite the power of collective joy
- Trust your own creative abilities
- Create a ritual to vision the co-creation of a more sacred and just world
The Healing Rituals Bonus Collection
In addition to Suzanne’s transformative 7-week virtual course, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions with leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions complement the course and promise to take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
Becoming a Voice of Change: Healing Trauma & Reclaiming Self-Expression
Video Dialogue With Suzanne Sterling and Alec Sims
In this powerful conversation with Sound Healing Summit host Alec Sims, you’ll discover how embodying your truth can lead you to a more joyful life, and help in your work as an agent of both personal and systemic change. As you’ll discover, the foundation of the Voice of Change journey is understanding that we are all hardwired for self-expression — and that we can heal our personal, collective, and ancestral trauma through art, creativity, and community building. Get ready to feel inspired as Suzanne gives you effective tools and daily practices to awaken your power and creativity.
How to Build an Altar for Personal Ritual
Video Teaching from Suzanne Sterling
Do you have what Suzanne calls “a portable temple” — your own private space where you can contemplate, pray, meditate… and remind yourself of the preciousness of life? In this video, Suzanne walks you step by step through the process of altar building — sharing the tools, elements, and offerings you can incorporate to create a personal connection with the sacred. She’ll show you profound ways to create a space where you can gather your energy, perform your devotional practices and rituals, express your gratitude or ask for divine assistance, and immerse yourself in the mythopoetic realms, knowing you’re not alone because you’re held by Spirit.
Wings: Simple Chants for Everyday Rituals
Audio Compilation of 4 Chants for Ritual from Suzanne Sterling
We’re very excited that Suzanne is including for you four of her original chants — specifically created for ritual and ceremony. These short songs have been sung in many settings around the world to invoke the sacred. You can integrate them for personal use or more public gatherings. Listen to them, learn them, use them, and experience their power.
What People Are Saying About Suzanne Sterling...
— Angie Greenfield: “A Deep Bow of Gratitude
and Love for Suzanne and Her Work in This World”
— Nicky West: “You Can’t Help But Be Transformed in Some Way for the Better”
“[Suzanne is] the living embodiment of the reawakened goddess...”
Suzanne Sterling is a priestess extraordinaire, a true spiritual leader who combines voice, ritual, dance, movement, inspiration, and activism, in each and every breath. She’s the living embodiment of the reawakened goddess, taking us from the moment of now into an ecstatic future.
— Anodea Judith, PhD, Founder and director of Sacred Centers
“... entrances us to discover the sacred song within our own heart.”
A musical priestess, Suzanne brilliantly weaves lyric, melody, and rhythm into a magical spell that entrances us to discover the sacred song within our own heart.
— Seane Corn, yoga teacher, public speaker, and activist
“Suzanne is a revolutionary love ninja!”
— Monica Blossom, Founder of Ecstatic cOMmUnity
“... an amazing ability to inspire a deep sense of the sacred for all who experience her work.”
Suzanne is an incredible artist. From large group gatherings to intimate private settings, she has an amazing ability to inspire a deep sense of the sacred for all who experience her work.
— Chris Deckker, Founder of Earthdance Intl.
“Suzanne is one of the most inspiring humans I’ve ever met.”
Suzanne is one of the most inspiring humans I’ve ever met. She embodies an authentic way of being that is depthful, creative, transformative, and courageous. This comes through in her art and in her teaching.
— Hala Khouri, Therapist, yoga teacher, and somatic experiencing practitioner
“... the voice of a blues-angel, the soul of a she-lion and the mind of a modern mystic.”
Suzanne Sterling has the voice of a blues-angel, the soul of a she-lion, and the mind of a modern mystic. She teaches and shares her healing gifts with consummate grace, kindness, humor, and professionalism. I am proud to call her my friend and glad for us all that her magnificent heart beats in this world.
— Julian Walker, Author, yoga teacher, and bodyworker
“[Suzanne] has the rare gift of bringing out creativity and excellence in others...”
Suzanne Sterling’s beautiful voice resounds with the passion and compassion she brings to all her spiritual and creative work. She’s a stellar talent who also has the rare gift of bringing out creativity and excellence in others, an inventive and supportive teacher, and a magical leader in ritual and trance.
— Starhawk, Writer, teacher, and activist
Join the Global Community
Create Healing Rituals to Release Trauma & Invoke Joy, Empowerment & the Sacred offers some of the most advanced online teachings available, within a thriving, global community of learning and practice.
Join fellow students and practitioners to support and inspire each other as you integrate the teachings and practices Suzanne Sterling will share in this powerful training.
You’ll be part of an international community that’s on the leading edge of a global movement of people manifesting a world grounded in principles of cooperation, harmony, and reverence for all of life.
Here’s What You’ll Receive
Seven 90-Minute Class Sessions With Suzanne Sterling
Experience a unique opportunity to be mentored by and learn from musician, ritualist, and activist Suzanne Sterling — from the comfort of your own home. Each class session includes a live streaming video option and guides you to discover specific skills to enhance your commitment to sacred activism as you deepen your capacity to create rituals for healing, connection, and joy. Course sessions are on Tuesdays at 5:00pm Pacific
Seven Video Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the video will be available for you to download or stream in high-quality format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can watch anytime and anywhere — on any connected device and at your convenience.
Seven Audio Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere — on any connected device and at your convenience.
Seven PDF Transcripts of Class Sessions
In addition to the high-quality videos and MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. You can then review, print, and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.
Seven 30-Minute Interactive Group Practice Sessions
With live class attendance, there will be a 30-minute optional interactive practice session directly following each class. You’ll be placed in an intimate group with several other participants on the conference call to interact, share, and do additional practices with, to help further integrate the weekly lessons. Practice sessions are available for live attendance only, not recorded for playback. If you're unable to attend the calls live, the Facebook online community group allows you to connect with each other and find alternative times to interact.
Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
Between class sessions, you’ll have the option of completing related exercises, practicing new tools, and answering questions to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.
Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can continue the discussion about your course materials and interact with your fellow students to take your exploration to an even deeper level.
The Healing Rituals Bonus Collection
- Becoming a Voice of Change: Healing Trauma & Reclaiming Self-Expression
Video Dialogue With Suzanne Sterling and Alec Sims
- How to Build an Altar for Personal Ritual
Video Teaching from Suzanne Sterling
- Wings: Simple Chants for Everyday Rituals
Audio Compilation of 4 Chants for Ritual from Suzanne Sterling
An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join the Create Healing Rituals to Release Trauma & Invoke Joy, Empowerment & the Sacred Online Training
We feel honored that Suzanne Sterling has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive LIVE online training. This is a unique opportunity to interact directly with the founder of Voice of Change; co-founder of Off The Mat, Into the World; singer and ritualist whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal and awaken ourselves and our world.
If you’re serious about diving more deeply into the power of rituals to help yourself and others move from grief, isolation, and disempowerment to personal agency, reconnection, and sacred activism, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones, and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training.
If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.
About Suzanne Sterling
Suzanne Sterling, a dedicated musician, ritualist, activist, and social innovator, has been performing and teaching transformational workshops for over 20 years. She’s the founder of Voice of Change, which offers programs dedicated to inspiring others to find their unique voice and use self-expression as a tool for community building and conscious evolution.
Suzanne has been a featured artist/teacher at numerous festivals and conferences, including Wanderlust, Omega, Esalen, Kripalu, Yoga Journal, Hanuman, Burning Man, Symbiosis, Ecstatic Dance, Bhaktifest, Boomfest, LIB, IONS, Bioneers, Earthdance (where she led the world’s largest Spiral Dance for 5,000 people), and many more. She is part of the nationwide faculty for YogaWorks Teacher Trainings.
Since 2007 she has been training leaders of conscious activism through her co-founded (with Seane Corn and Hala Khouri) organization Off The Mat, Into the World. As director of the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, which have raised over $4 million since 2007, she has spent time in the U.S., India, Cambodia, Haiti, Ecuador, and Africa working with communities in need and getting the yoga community involved in fundraising and awareness-raising efforts across the globe.
For nearly 30 years, she has worked with the International Reclaiming Community, creating ritual and training teachers in eco feminist spirituality. She offers year-long immersions into the art of creating ritual for the modern world. An award-winning musician, she has released five solo albums and numerous DVD soundtracks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What’s a virtual course?
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I had never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion, and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon within which to participate. I’ve never seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
— Claudia F., Medford, Massachusetts
Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private online community group.
Q: Can you tell me about the private online community group?
A: We’ll have a private online community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, and completing homework assignments that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects, and growth throughout the course.
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