‘Sacred sound experience’ Thursday

AGNEW — It’s like a tuneup for the body, while it relies on an open mind.

A “sacred sound experience,” aka an evening of meditation, drumming, chanting and focusing on the chakras — the body’s energy system, according to ancient Indian tradition — is open to the public Thursday.

The gathering is part of the monthly Intuitive Circle at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 73 Howe Road, off North Barr Road just east of Port Angeles.

Admission is free, though a “gratitude offering” is welcome.

Sophia Engkvist, a singer and songwriter, and Geraldine Lesser, a drummer and student of the chakra system, will lead the proceedings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Together, they will use quartz-crystal singing bowls, drums, gongs, chimes — and the participants’ voices — to “take us on a journey,” Engkvist said.

This two-hour trip “will be awakening, revealing, revitalizing and life-affirming,” she said.

“I will be singing some of my music, but I am not a performer. This is not a performance; it’s an opportunity. Geraldine and I are just facilitating the flow,” Engkvist added.

“We will simply focus our attention on seven areas of the body [the chakras], starting at the base of the spine, and sing specific notes and vowel sounds for each. In between, we will chant or hear special music.”

‘Relax, recharge’

“Our hope is that you can relax and recharge while having some fun,” Engkvist said.

Lesser, for her part, will offer a drumming meditation and a few chants in hopes of helping participants get in touch with their natural inner energy.

This is an evening to open the mind, she said, “a little further, to the possibility of having a good time and a little fun learning some new things about the world as we go round and round.”

Engkvist acknowledged that this is an especially busy time to be inviting people to stop and chant for a couple of hours.

“It’s only going to get busier, and you need rest and revitalization to keep going,” she said.

“Oh, and we are going to have cookies and tea.”

To find out more about the event and about Engkvist’s music, which includes an album titled “What If a Day,” e-mail [email protected]

For information about the Intuitive Circle, a gathering held every third Thursday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist hall, phone facilitator Marie-Claire Bernards at 360-681-4411 or visit www.TheWillowPond.com.

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Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3550 or at [email protected]

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