Vocal Toning is a Way. Using our voices to express what is inside, beyond words, beyond stories, is a simple practice that helps us come into stillness. Like meditation, tai chi, yoga, or any practice that takes a certain amount of effort and self-discipline, toning can help us feel more centered, more awake, more joyful, and more at peace.
Singing has a long list of health benefits. Toning is a form of singing anyone can do. When we tone with a group, something emerges from our coordinated breathing. We give what Hazrat Inayat Khan terms “vitalized breath” our full attention. We plant seeds in the heart of our being and water them with the vibrations of our creative voice. We express our Divinity.
Toning for Peace & Healing was founded by director Dielle Ciesco in 2009 at a beautiful geodesic dome with amazing acoustics in Black Mountain, North Carolina called the Light Center . Since that time, it has grown to include several local guest facilitators as well as circle hosts in places as far away as Florida and Ontario. Here in Western North Carolina, we meet every 2nd Sunday April through November at the Light Center. Together we explore our voices as means of expression and Divine communion.
Through our Outreach program, facilitators demonstrate Vocal Toning to hospitals, schools, veteran’s groups, men’s & women’s groups, senior homes, and more. And now, through the 10 Gates School of Sound, we offer e-courses to those wanting to learn more about toning, voice, and sound.
We welcome you to join or start a Toning for Peace circle in your area. You can get more information on doing that here. We provide safe opportunities through vocal toning to release what no longer serves us, expanding one’s presence, simultaneously individuating the human while unifying all of humanity. Vocal toning is a means of inoculating ourselves against negative influences, whether internal or external, that pull us out of alignment with our truth. We cultivate the peace within so that we may influence peace on the planet.