By Chloe Goodchild, who will be presenting The Naked Voice Wisdom School: Journey into the Secret Heart of Sound at Hollyhock in September.
Ever in my life have I sought thee with my songs. It was they who led me from door to door, and with them have I felt about me, searching and touching my world. It was my songs that taught me all the lessons I ever learnt; they showed me secret paths, they brought before my sight many a star on the horizon of my heart.
They guided me all the day long to the mysteries of the country of pleasure and pain, and, at last, to what palace gate have they brought me in these years of my fulfillment & disappearance ?
– Rabindranath Tagore
I love this message from the great Indian musician poet visionary Rabindranath Tagore. It encapsulates all that I love about the profound role vocal sound has played in my life, as a gateway into deep listening, and the deepest vibration of oneness within, sourced from silence.
Both science and spirituality agree that every particle of matter, every phenomenon we experience, is a form of resonance or vibration. The human voice is quite literally a mouthpiece of this truth; there is no form of expression more personal, more tied to our identities, than our voices.
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We are excited to welcome Chloë Goodchild back to Hollyhock in 2016!
Chloë has a new book recently published “The Naked Voice- Transform Your Life through the Power of Sound.” Be sure to check it out!
Chloë Goodchild is an international singer and innovatory educator. She is the founder of The Naked Voice (1990) and its UK Charitable Foundation (2004), dedicated to the transforming practice of self-awareness and conscious communication skills, through spoken and sung voice. Deafness in childhood catalysed Chloë’s discovery of inner sound and silence. This deep encounter with her inner self, catalysed a life time’s experiential research of the voice as one of humanity’s most untapped resources for personal and global evolution and transformation.
Chloë studied Music, English and Education at Cambridge and Norwich universities (1972 – 76) where she graduated as a Music-English teacher with a B.Ed Hons degree. From the late 70’s she evolved her own East-West vocal research, influenced by travels through Africa, India, Turkey, Europe, USA and Canada. Chloë’s encounters there with indigenous wisdom teachers, spiritual and classical Indian music masters, ultimately led to a transformative ‘no-mind’ experience in Northern India, inspired by the great luminary and saint, Anandamayi (1896-1982) This gave birth to the unique method of sound and voice, which Chloë eventually named, The Naked Voice in 1990. Her autobiography, The Naked Voice – Journey to the Spirit of Sound tells the story of these formative early years. (Originally Rider Books 1993; Amazon)
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