With Author, Speaker, Drummer, and Music Therapist
Christine Stevens

A 7-Module Online Video Course
 
 

 

Feel the healing effects of playing the flute as you expand your awareness, open your heart, and create a new song for your life.

 

As you move through times of uncertainty and change, are you feeling called to step into a new story?

Do you long to seize this moment not only to heal, but to reignite your sense of aliveness, playfulness, and inspiration?

These days, many seekers are turning to beautiful wisdom systems and traditions from the past to bring healing during these challenging times.

The flute is the oldest known musical instrument, dating back 43,000 years, according to anthropological records. The earliest version, fashioned from a bird bone, was found in a cave in Germany.

And during these times, you can turn to the flute as a tool to help you expand your awareness, open your heart, and find inner peace.

As your life-breath moves through the flute, your grief, fears, and pain move through and out of you, too.

Join music therapist Christine Stevens on a 7-module journey to become empowered to play the flute — for spiritual practice, sound healing, prayer, connecting to Nature, personal transformation, and so much more...

You won’t need to know how to read music or play the flute — music is already written in your heart... and Christine will teach you in the oral tradition that’s been used for thousands of years. You also don’t need to purchase a flute. You’ll receive instructions on how to craft an inexpensive flute yourself.

Christine will guide you throughout the course to use the flute as a tool to become an open channel, removing your blocks so your soul’s music can finally come through.

Along the way you’ll come to embody the powerful truth that, when playing the flute, there are no wrong notes — and you can become empowered to move through life that way, too, as you realize your “missteps” and “negative” experiences all help you create the song only you can play.

You’ll connect to an ancient lineage of flute players dating back to Krishna and Kokopelli... discover the courting flute as a call to the Beloved... experience the sonic alchemy of breath and heart... and so much more.

Christine holds masters degrees in social work and music therapy — and inspires people all over the world with her message that music promotes holistic health, spirituality, and wellness.

She’s played her flute for healing in war zones and disaster areas, for battered women and witnesses of genocide, for surviviors of fires and hurricanes, and many more.

Now you can spend seven modules with Christine, experiencing for yourself how the flute can help you move stuck emotions, feel uplifted and relaxed, and connect with nature and Spirit. Get ready to discover how to use this magical instrument as a joyous vehicle for self-expression!

 
 

In this new 7-module course with Christine, you’ll discover:

 
  • The flute as a tool for moving stuck emotions and opening to your natural breath and the flow of the present moment
  • How many different cultures across the world play the flute
  • How the flute’s music connects us, uplifts us, and helps us heal and evolve
  • How to bless your flute, honoring its culture, spiritual lineage, and intention
  • Flute meditations and sound healing practices to connect with Nature, the Divine, and more
  • Basic techniques including holding position, air flow, finger placement, and note playing
  • A flute meditation as you listen to the sacred flute played by Sri Chimnoy, a master guru in the Hindu tradition, and by Nawang Khechog, a celebrated Tibetan flute player and composer
  • A daily practice of grounding and uplifting using flute and drum — also known as the Music Tree of Life
  • How to paint brushstrokes of colors with each note’s timbre
  • A proven formula of healing melodies
  • How to share your own heartsong and play the music of others’ hearts
  • Ways to craft melodies using leaps and spaces in the river of song
  • How to play your flute to the beat of a drum — a recording is included
 
 

What You’ll Discover in These 7 Modules

In this 7-module transformational intensive, Christine will guide you through the fundamental body-mind-spirit skills and competencies you’ll need to master the flute, one of the most accessible instruments to play for sound healing, self-expression, connection to Spirit, mindfulness, and more. (It's highly recommended that you have a flute to receive the most from this transformational course. Suggestions for how to craft an inexpensive flute on your own, or what kind of flute to purchase, as well as instructions, will be provided.)

This course will feature teachings, training sessions, and experiential practices with Christine. 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 access your flute-playing gifts.

 

Session 1: Befriending Your Flute — A Sacred Lineage

 

A 35,000-year-old flute — one of the world’s oldest known musical instruments — made from a vulture bone, was found in a cave in Germany. Nearby, archaeologists have found flutes dating to 43,000 years old.

The Kokopelli figure has been found in ruins dating to the year 200 CE. And from the Hindu deity Krishna to the mystical poetry of Rumi and Kabir, the flute holds an ancient sacred lineage of connection with the Divine.

In this opening module, Christine will explain how the space between the holes in ancient flutes matches the same scale we use today.

Christine will be joined by Martin Espino, whose native heritage is Yaqui (Sonora, Mexico) and Tepehuano (Durango, Mexico).

A performer, soundworker, meditation leader, and traditional flute maker from the Mexika tradition, Martin specializes in crafting traditional flutes, rattles, and drums.

 

In this module, you’ll:

  • Be welcomed with a flute meditation played by Christine
  • Learn about the Native history of the flute with Martin — he’ll share flutes made of clay, bamboo, and cedar, as well as rattles and drums
  • Bless your flute, honoring its culture, spiritual lineage, and intention
  • Learn basic techniques including holding position, air flow, finger placement, and note playing
  • Discover the difference between smooth and tongued sounds, creating rhythm with a single note
  • Practice a mindfulness meditation through sound
 

Session 2: Ascending the Ladder of Bliss — No Wrong Notes

 
I am a hole in the flute
that the Christ breath moves through,
listen to this music.
— Hafiz

Can you imagine living your life as though there were no wrong notes? What kind of music would you feel free to create?

Many music lovers find freedom in the 5-note pentatonic scale — echoing worldwide in Asian, Pacific-Island, Native American, South American, and African cultures.

You’ll explore the origin story of the cedar flute — how it comes from the branch of the tree, carved by the woodpecker and played by the wind.

As you’ll discover, the powerful combination of the melodic flute and the driving rhythms of the drum is found all over the world. The symbolic roots and branches of this combination create a tree that reaches upward to the light, illuminating the spiritual path.

In this module, you’ll discover:

  • How the 5-note pentatonic scale is said to come from the potoo birdsong — according to Bernie Kraus, author of The Great Animal Orchestra
  • Ways to craft melodies using leaps and spaces in the river of song
  • How to paint brushstrokes of colors with each note’s timbre
  • A formula of healing melodies
  • How to play your flute to the beat of a drum — a recording is included
  • The magic of the 5-note pentatonic scale with no wrong notes
 

Session 3: As It Is in Nature — The Music of Birds, Mountains & Trees

 

According to Mexican tradition, the voice of creation includes drum, rattle, and flute. But how do you play duets with nature? How do you sound the inspiration of wind, water, and sky?

In this session, you’ll learn to decorate notes using vibrato of the breath and ornamentation inspired by birdsong and the sacred lineage of flute playing.

You’ll explore how long tones are used to quiet the mind, while jumping between wide intervals can create excitement and adventure.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Decorate notes inspired by birdsong, trill, toss, flutter-tongue, and vibrato
  • Play the music of landscapes — from mountain peaks to river-drone
  • Participate in a live improvised call-and-response session
  • Learn to travel and visualize nature while playing
  • Play a soundscape song of nature sounds
  • Learn a daily practice of grounding and uplifting using flute and drum — also known as the Music Tree of Life
 

Session 4: Exploring the Lunar & Solar Scales

 
I’m your flute.
I only drink from your lips.
Unless you play me,
I have no sound of my own.
If you see me silent,
I’m treasuring your sweetness within.
— Rumi

Throughout time, major and minor tonalities have been associated with emotions, mood states, and the dynamics of life.

You’ll explore the magic of the pentatonic scale — and how it combines two different energies Christine calls lunar and solar, representing the minor and major modes.

You’ll engage in the brightness of each note as a ray of light from the sun. Christine will guide you to engage in the mystery of each note as a phase of the moon — and discover where feminine and masculine meet, the joining of day and night, sound and silence, spirit and soul...

In this module, you’ll:

  • Explore solar and lunar scales as tools of emotional expression
  • Discover how different drone notes change the sound of your flute playing
  • Learn partner games to practice in class
  • Use your voice to connect with the lunar and solar notes of the flute
  • Practice call and response in the oral tradition of learning without music
 

Session 5: Sonic Alchemy — Healing, Mindfulness & Transformation

 
The pains and the sorrows
the soul experiences in life
are like holes made in a reed flute.
— Rumi

When Christine was working in the war zone of Iraq, she found the flute to be the sound that reached the hearts of survivors in a battered women’s shelter...

Once she played the flute, the women picked up the drums and joined. Within an hour, all the women were dancing together, finding freedom in the music.

She asked them through the translator — when was the last time they danced? One woman held up nine fingers, indicating it had been nine years.

You’ll discover how, in the sound healing tradition, you use intuition to play notes and melodies that are healing to others. You’ll explore how this all applies to yourself too — and you’ll transform the wounds of your life into music, just like the holes in the flute.

In this session you’ll:

  • Begin with a flute meditation to set a healing intention
  • Learn to use your sonic intuition to play healing sound
  • Discover how to turn the intentions of others into music in ceremony and healing
  • Integrate breathwork and energy work while playing your flute
  • Honor the space between the notes, balancing giving and receiving
 

Session 6: The Magic of Improvisation — Free Your Note & Be in the Moment

 
Improvisation is the courage to move from one note to the next.
— Bobby McFerrin

Neuroscience has found that improvising music in the moment — without trying to read musical notation — brings many neurological benefits.

A study by Charles Limb, MD showed that improvisation deactivates the areas in the brain involved in self-judgment, criticism, and self-monitoring.

Meanwhile, the medial prefrontal cortex activates the parts of the brain involved in meditation, telling your personal story, and experiencing the moment.

You’ll discover how improvisation helps build your creativity. You’ll explore the many ways it’s a daring practice of self-expression — a tool that changes your brain from the default network to the presence or mindfulness network.

Everyone can be inspired by prompts and partners. playing solo or in duets and ensembles. It’s a powerful way to create poetry as you learn simple structures of beauty that sculpt your songwriting freedom.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Learn to play a flute haiku, inspired by Japanese poetry
  • Discover the universal keys to improvisation from one quality note to simple repetition
  • Discover compelling research on the brain benefits of improvisation and playing from your heart
  • Learn how to use play-along tracks and apps for creative prompts and expression
  • Experience tools for online jamming with others
 

Session 7: Courting the Beloved — A Heartsong Practice

 
The flute of the Infinite is played without ceasing, and its sound is love.
— Kabir

Beginning with its origins as a “courting flute” in the Native American tradition, the flute plays the heart of love and longing.

You’ll move through the flute’s connection to love throughout many different traditions and times. You’ll discover how, in Hindu tradition, there’s a shabda, a sonic current of love that encircles the universe forever.

In the Zen temples of Japan, shakuhachi flute players wore barrels over their heads to avoid the ego of being performers, and to allow their playing to be an offering to Buddha.

What music did Krishna play that drew the gopis to follow? What song did Kokopelli play that brought rain to the thirsty earth? What response do you hear when you play your flute as a question to the Divine?

This session will feature Guillermo Martinez demonstrating his heartsong practice — and sharing tools of playing the voice of creation using drum, rattle, and flute.

 

In this final module, you’ll:

  • Experience a flute meditation as you listen to the sacred flute played by Sri Chimnoy, a master guru in the Hindu tradition, and by Nawang Khechog, a celebrated Tibetan flute player and composer
  • Discover 3 parameters for finding your own heartsong — and expressing it on the flute
  • Be inspired by Guillermo’s teachings on reaching inward to create outward music
  • Explore sound and silence in the practice of connecting with the divine current of sound
 
 
 

The Flute as Sound Medicine Bonus Collection

In addition to Christine’s transformative 7-module online video 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.

 

Healing Flute Play-Along Compilation
Audio Compilation From Various Artists, Exclusively Curated by Christine Stevens

Enjoy over an hour of play-along tracks to inspire your own improvisational flute playing. From pulsing rhythms to nature soundscapes to ethnic beats, these tracks can be used solo or in flute duets and dialogues. Features award-winning UK composer James Asher and drum circle master Arthur Hull.

 

The Zen of Flute
3 Play-Along Nature Videos From Christine Stevens and Haruki Niyekawa

Filmed in a Japanese forest, these videos demonstrate the Sparrow Hawk High Spirits cedar flute key of A. Join Christine and her colleague Haruki Niyekawa, the founder of Inner Silence Retreat, near a rice-field pond with the sounds of frogs and birds as your orchestra. These videos feature the oral tradition of call and response, or question and answer. Christine plays and leaves space for you to copy or improvise your own song. A great prompt to listen to, or to watch and travel into the zen of the Japanese landscape with the melodies and pulse of healing sound.

You’ll receive:

  • Call and Response With Drum Playing 4/4 Beat
  • Call and Response With Drum Playing 6/8 Beat
  • Birdsong Call and Response
 

Flute Handbook
10-Page PDF Handbook From Christine Stevens

Filled with inspiring quotes, deepening practices, and recommended listening suggestions, as well as apps to use for creative prompts, this handbook is an organized and artistic reference guide for your sound journey with the flute. From fingering charts to essential scales, this handbook empowers you to paint your canvas of sound through Christine’s experience using the flute for sound healing and inspiring people worldwide to create and play their own songs. 

 
 
 

What Graduates of Christine’s Courses Are Saying...

 
“Christine is a vessel for the transmission of the spirit of flute.”

Christine is a gently powerful, down-to-earth and humble teacher/mentor. Christine opens many doors as an invitation for each of us to walk through, dance through, sing through, breathe through... I received the gift of healing here and there throughout the course. Quite simply, Christine is a vessel for the transmission of the spirit of flute. I am grateful.
— Jocelyne, Ontario, Canada

“My flute is now a daily companion and reminds me how much I enjoy playing with sound!”

I absolutely loved this class! Christine is a gem of love and light and returns us to sacred space in the midst of the chaos of these troubled times. I’m sure this is the FIRST class I’ve ever taken where I attended every session — no resistance, no loss of focus, no procrastination — just sheer pleasure at the thought of, and experience of, each class. My flute is now a daily companion and reminds me how much I enjoy playing with sound! I love playing the flute in the forest, reminding her of her origins and showing the trees what they’ve birthed. Just lovely. Much gratitude for bringing the sacred space, the wonder in getting to know “Flora,” my flute, the encouragement to improvise — a good practice with music and life in general — and helping me rediscover my absolute love of music/sound and partnering with it. Many thanks.
— Carole, Benicia, California

“... a safe space to explore not only a new instrument, but a completely new way of experiencing music.”

The Flute as Sound Medicine opened up a whole new musical world for me. I have been a musician all my life and can sight-read most any piece of music put in front of me. I’ve never felt comfortable improvising, though. Christine’s wonderful instruction and warm, welcoming nature really created a safe space to explore not only a new instrument, but a completely new way of experiencing music. I’m so grateful to The Shift Network for offering this course and am looking forward to many future courses.
— Patricia, Alameda, California

“... the freedom I needed to be more myself, embrace my voice, and embrace my spiritual connection to Source and the Earth.”

Christine’s flute course has transformed my heart. It has awakened my inner child and allowed her to come out to heal. This course gave me the freedom I needed to be more myself, embrace my voice, and embrace my spiritual connection to Source and the Earth. The flute drops me down into my heart space and I can play what I feel, without the need for words that pull me back into my head. Christine was a supportive and gentle guide, birthing the expression of my soul. She is so real and authentic. I can feel her energy across the technology... and really CARING about us, was very supportive. It was a profoundly moving and healing course.
— Barbara, Quintana Roo, Mexico

“I am more connected through this course of the Native American flutes’ healing sound...”

My goal of taking this course, which I highly recommend, was to get more inspired to play my Native American flutes. I am a flute collector and had neglected to play my Native American flutes more frequently, spending more time with the Shakuhachi and other side blown flutes. I certainly got inspiration from this course to pick up my Native American flutes and play them from my heart... I am more connected through this course of the Native American flutes’ healing sound and to use this wonderful instrument as sound medicine for self and others.
— Laura Gutierrez Kiley, Bradenton, Florida

“... I can use the flute as a tool to help me along that path.”

This flute course has made me feel more spiritually grounded in that I can use the flute as a tool to help me along that path. Before this course, I had no understanding of that concept. This is of great importance and value to me. I am very grateful to Christine for teaching this course.
— Jane Reagan, Pasadena, California

“With the flute I feel like I’ve regained a singing voice!”

Christine’s teaching method is so amazing and personable. It’s like she’s right there with you making a connection directly. I used to love to sing and started losing my voice back in the 90s. With the flute I feel like I’ve regained a singing voice!
— Sadie, Hawai’i

“... you cannot help but be transformed by [Christine’s] presence and knowledge.”

I have been teaching myself to play the flute and had been asking for a teacher to come into my life, but I had no idea how amazing this course with Christine Stevens would be! Christine is one of the most gifted teachers — of any subject — with whom I have ever had the honor of studying. She guides her students from such a heartfelt place that you cannot help but be transformed by her presence and knowledge. I could not recommend this class more!
— Karen, Asheville, North Carolina

“... this course will awaken you to the realization that music moves in us and through us...”

If you love music but have thought it to be something outside of you, this course will awaken you to the realization that music moves in us and through us, as well as around us. I learned that I AM music, and that music is more varied, more alive, and a more intrinsic part of my life than I ever dreamed. This course was pure JOY!
— Rebecca, Las Cruces, New Mexico

“... this course far surpassed my expectations.”

I have told all my friends and family that even though I was very excited about this course, and to finally get a course in Native American Flute playing, this course far surpassed my expectations. I was astounded by the format, the additional materials, the teacher, the content, and that we receive downloads as well as a transcript... This is the best online course I have ever had, and I take many.
— Lynn, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Here’s What You’ll Receive

 
 
 
Seven 90-Minute Pre-Recorded Class Modules With Christine Stevens
 

Experience a unique opportunity to learn from author, speaker, drummer, and music therapist Christine Stevens — from the comfort of your own home. Each module includes a live streaming video option and guides you to discover specific skills and abilities to feel the healing effects of playing the flute as you expand your awareness, open your heart, and play a new song for your life.

 
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. You can then review, print, and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.

 
 
Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
 

Between modules, you’ll have the option of completing related exercises, practicing new tools, and answering questions to accelerate your learning and integrate each lesson.

 
 
The Flute as Sound Medicine Bonus Collection
 
  • Healing Flute Play-Along Compilation
    Audio Compilation From Various Artists, Exclusively Curated by Christine Stevens
  • The Zen of Flute
    3 Play-Along Nature Videos From Christine Stevens and Haruki Niyekawa
  • Flute Handbook
    10-Page PDF Handbook From Christine Stevens
 

An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join The Flute as Sound Medicine Virtual Training

 

We feel honored that Christine Stevens has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive online training. This is a unique opportunity to learn from an author, speaker, drummer, and music therapist whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal and awaken ourselves and our world.

If you’re serious about expanding your awareness, opening your heart, and playing a new song for your life, 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.

 
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More Praise for Christine Stevens...

“Christine guides groups to the secret world of the rhythmic arts.”

— Mickey Hart, Grammy award-winning drummer for the Grateful Dead, and author of Drumming at the Edge of Magic

 
“The power of her work is reflected in the brightness of her spirit.”

Christine Stevens’ work is truly brilliant. I love how she teaches drumming rhythms. The power of her work is reflected in the brightness of her spirit.
— Sandra Ingerman, author of 12 books, including The Book of Ceremony

 
“She is an instrument of global peace on the planet.”

Christine’s work is anointed with the kiss of heaven’s inspiration, celebration, and joy. She is an instrument of global peace on the planet.
— Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation and Founder of Agape International Spiritual Center

 
“Christine Stevens is a magical sage of sound healing.”

Christine Stevens is a magical sage of sound healing. She is a “bridger of worlds” with a deep sense of what matters most. She brings healing home for the Soul.
— Dr. Sue Morter, founder of the Morter Institute for BioEnergetics and Author of The Energy Codes

 
“With deep wisdom and connection, Christine Stevens is a master of the heart and healing rhythm.”

— Master Mingtong Gu, Qigong master, speaker, healer, and founder of The Chi Center

 
“Christine can show you how music and drumming can become part of your daily routine for spirituality and health.”

— Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

 
“Christine Stevens can introduce you to the magic, fun, and healing power of drumming. I recommend it.”

— Dr. Andrew Weil, author of Healthy Aging

 

About Christine Stevens

Christine Stevens is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, drummer, and music therapist. Holding master’s degrees in both social work and music therapy, Christine inspires people all over the world with her message that music promotes holistic health, spirituality, and wellness. Christine is the author of Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit, and The Art and Heart of Drum Circles book and DVD. She’s recorded three play-along albums: Reviving Rhythms, Drumming Up Spirit, and Drumming Up Diva. A leader in the music and wellness movement, Christine also serves on the editorial board of Explore: A Journal of Science and Healing.

Christine is the founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, offering training programs and global online courses. She’s trained facilitators and led workshops around the world, from Iraq, Hong Kong, and Brazil to South Africa, Japan, and Western Europe. Through Remo, the world’s largest drum company, Chrsitine co-created the HealthRHYTHMS evidence-based group drumming protocol, used in schools, medical centers, and veterans hospitals worldwide.

Christine’s work in Iraq was featured in the book and DVD Discover the Gift. Televised media credits include PBS, NBC, KABC-Los Angeles, KTLA Los Angeles, Tournament of Roses Parade, London Tonight, Living Better TV, Discovery Health, and Hong Kong News. As a contributing writer, Christine’s work has been featured in Fitness magazine, Spirituality & Health, Body & Soul, Fast Company, First for Women magazine, The Oriental News, The Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News & World Report, Yogi Times, and Natural Beauty and Health.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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A: Your satisfaction with The Shift Network and this course is our highest priority! We offer a satisfaction guarantee for a full two weeks so that you can try out the course risk free. The deadline to receive a refund is two weeks from your date of purchase. To request a refund, please click here to submit your Refund Application Form. Your refund will be processed within five business days and we will send you an email confirmation when your refund has been completed. However, we’d love to have a chance to address and resolve your concerns first. If there’s something we can assist you with, please email us at support@theshiftnetwork.com, and we’ll be happy to help!

 

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