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VSM Workshop, Lincoln, Nebraska May 15-20, 2016


Vibrational Sound Massage(VSM) Singing Bowl Certification Course

Tuition cost covers six days of intensive practice, under the supervision of Vibrational Sound Association(VSA) accredited instructors. Course comes with a detailed 300-page full color manual ($350), the Therapeutic grade ZT900 singing bowl and all of its tools and accessories ($235), and a pair of our premium grade Tingsha chimes ($35). The ZT900 is the foundation bowl, used throughout the Vibrational Sound Massage training along with the ZT2000 and ZT1300H.  The procedures in the class are limited to the 1-3 bowls at a time which keeps the method both simple and cost effective.  Additional bowls are added to the procedure and are also available for purchase throughout the class.  All bowls and tools used in the classroom will be provided for use during the class. 


Certification in Vibrational Sound Massage(VSM) allows the practitioner to not only preform the VSM treatment. In addition the practitioner becomes an affiliate of the VSA gaining not only a discount on the bowls, but bowl credit by referring more future practitioners.  In addition the VSA becomes a pillar of support for the practitioner that will continue to provide new information and course opportunities as the the association expands.

Each day, the intensive program starts with a short sound meditation followed with an incredible balance of community, communications, learning, live demonstration and hands on practice. In addition, every day each student both receives and preforms a VSM procedure designed to help the student learn and be able to preform the VSM in any number of real world situations.

Participants in the course are introduced to all of the modern variations of metal singing bowls in unprecedented number and variation, a limited number of antique Himalayan bowls, Tingsha chimes, hand chimes, and our exclusive line of Therapeutic grade singing bowls that are featured throughout the course. Gongs and crystal bowls are touched upon and used during brief parts of practice, yet are not the focus of the course. Unique to the Lincoln course is the inclusion of the worlds largest hand hammered singing bowl and largest quartz crystal singing bowl, access to over 500 bowls during the class and irreplaceable access to our warehouse, containing over 10,000 metal and crystal singing bowls.

The bowls featured in the class are the perfect costars to our highly trained practitioners. All hand hammered singing bowls have some therapeutic qualities to the sound. The distinction that we draw with our bowls, is that we are the only singing bowl school in the USA today using and promoting, engineered Therapeutic grade singing bowls.

Therapeutic grade singing bowls may have a similar look to traditional hand hammered bowls, but that is where the similarities end. The bowls used in the course are world-class instruments, specifically engineered to provide vibration over sound. The sizes and vibrational characteristics are matched to appropriate body zones in the course. We don’t have to create an elaborate cover story to justify the presence of toxic metals in the bowls that we use. Our Therapeutic series bowls were designed for use in hospitals and are the safest singing bowls on the market today. Using pure metals in the construction of the bowls has allowed us control over their content. Our bowls are a perfect bell metal mixture, free of impurities and possibly toxic metals found in traditional cottage industry bowls or antique bowls due to lack of regulation.

Practitioners are introduced to the Measured Strike Technique. The MST has revolutionized the way we use and “play” singing bowls across the board, and will become the singing bowl practitioners’ most powerful tool. Developed at the same time as the engineering of the Therapeutic singing bowls, the MST provides the cleanest activation of the bowls available today, and is the most efficient and effective method for use in the treatment. The MST is more than just the style of strike that we use during the VSM procedure, it can be used with any hand hammered bowl with a very similar end result. We have designed the measured strike technique around specific weighted mallets to provide a very predictable result each strike. The techniques are honed in each practitioner through demonstrations and live practice throughout the course.

Our future practitioners enjoy learning and discussing the fundamental ideas behind the VSM practice, the history of Himalayan singing bowls, the physics of sound, and psychoacoustics. These subjects provide the practitioner with a solid knowledge base from which to confidently practice the method. These ideas are reinforced through live demonstration, and the practice of the method itself. Practitioners are attuned to sound in wholly new ways through the intensive program. Many of our past students have made note of this, gaining a new understanding of sound itself through the course, and forever changing the way we hear the world around us.

Attracting practitioners from the widest scope of backgrounds provides each class with a unique perspective on the treatment. Each day finds students from different backgrounds interacting with one another, all in the scope of learning and applying this powerful modality. Students are paired with new partners everyday, insuring that the practice sessions are as varied and diverse as the class itself. Limiting our class size to fourteen students allows direct interaction between students and instructors. It also limits the amount of distraction and allows us to deliver a massive amount of information in the time that we share.

Working with the bowls directly on the body strengthens the effect of the powerful vibrations that come from the specially engineered Therapeutic singing bowls. Practitioners are able to see and understand the results of the method the very first day when they preform their first Vibrational Sound Massage.

The VSM modality is the first of it’s kind, eschewing cultural appropriation and seeking instead a common ground based on scientific principles and effective techniques. This is another reason the VSM modality is so powerful. We are able to adapt the techniques to interface with any existing modality. This is evident when you look at a cross section of who is taking our classes.

Why study the VSM modality with us?

Work with singing bowl massage as a stand-alone practice. Add a sound based modality to your current technique repertoire. VSM is the perfect companion to massage therapy, reiki, and chiropractic services, psychotherapy, music therapy, acupressure, and acupuncture, dental and medical services. The practitioner is able to work within an established institution, providing complimentary services, which increases the market share of spas, healing centers, yoga centers, or retreat centers. We currently have practitioners providing relaxation therapy in professional medical settings where the profound effect has presented incredible results. Now we want you to join us!

We are nearing our 100th certification in the VSM modality. You will find certified practitioners with an incredible range of backgrounds, working in a broad variety of fields. From elementary school teachers to light workers, yoga teachers and kirtan leaders, we see our influence spreading. Retailers of singing bowls gain an incredible amount of knowledge during the course, helping them to better cater to the needs of their customers. Therapists and counselors are using our modality to introduce a new way of life to people who are suffering. The Therapeutic series bowls are being used in the offices of psychologists and in the homes of retired individuals with equal benefit. The modality is universally effective and our practitioners emerge from our program ready to provide the techniques to the public.

Acupuncturists and Acupressure therapists find direct correlation between the healing points and meridians they have already learned, and the basic positions and movements of the procedure.

Massage therapists are finding the VSM to be the perfect addition to the knowledge base they are already working with. The procedure has been designed to be done on a massage table, so the equipment is very similar as well, but that is where the comparison ends. The VSM modality allows the busy massage professional to provide a treatment that is as gentle to the practitioner as it is to the client.

For energy workers, Reiki Masters and practitioners of Qi-gong we find a synchronous harmony with the VSM modality blending seamlessly with almost all forms of energy work and healing. Most of you are already using singing bowls to some degree. For those of you already experienced in the use of the bowls the modality will flow smoothly. For the beginner we have provided a structure that is simple and easy to follow, yet unanimously effective.

In addition to the VSM method taught with a handful of variations, several other techniques are taught and explained in the class such as using the bowls, or combinations of the bowls in grounding or energizing techniques. These expanded techniques provide more physical demonstrations of the power of the Therapeutic grade singing bowls. This helps to give clients both existing and prospective a great introduction to the power of the bowls.

As the VSM intensive workshop progresses, the discussions delve deeper and deeper into the concepts behind both the modality itself and live performance of sound meditations and sound concerts. Basic principles of music theory are presented in the manner that they relate to the sound of the bowls. Because of unique sonic characteristics found in hand hammered singing bowls, some adaptation is required and investigated, and the use of hand hammered singing bowls as meditative sonic instruments is revealed.

Who is the Vibrational Sound Association (VSA)

A committee of instructors with valuable experience handles course instruction. The well of knowledge offered at the class is filled with combined wisdom coming from the backgrounds of musicians, recording engineers, sound healers, and sonic visionaries. This potent combination is coupled with the founder of the organization that is the largest importer of singing bowls in the USA, Jeff Howard.

Jeff Howard with over fifteen years of experience with singing bowls, traveling the world and learning about sound therapy in many cultures including Tibet, Nepal, India, Thailand, USA, and China. Jeff created the Vibrational Sound Association (VSA) to offer singing bowl therapy designed with the professional and practitioner in mind. Our course which is now used in Spas, Hospitals, Massage Therapy Clinics, Reiki Practices and many other organizations. The VSA is dedicated to the continued evolution of the Vibrational Sound Massage (VSM) modality. VSM is a method of professionally using singing bowls and other instruments on and around the body for therapy and relaxation.  The VSA seeks to further the use of these ancient tools in a professional modern and structured modality that is an efficient relaxation and therapy system. This is a secular course with no need for any specific spiritual or religious beliefs and relies on proven methods of using sound and vibration for therapy.


May 15-20 2016 at the Shawnee Porter Care Conference Center at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The Shawnee-Porter Care Conference Center is located in the Ortner Center at 3800 South 48th Street Lincoln, Nebraska 68506 USA

Discounted guest rooms are available for the workshop, for $55 per night plus tax at the Ortner Center.  Discounted rooms can be booked through us or directly through the Center by May of, 2016.  Reservations can be made by calling the Ortner direct at 402-486-2600 or just call Silver Sky Imports at 800-494-1369.


A special early registration offer is in effect

The normal cost of the intensive workshop is $1400.00 (which is a $550 savings from taking the individual courses)

This course does not include breakfast or lunch.  Breakfast and lunch is available in the cafeteria at an additional charge
Early Bird Special until February 1, 2016 $1300 if paid in full

Limited spaces available.


What is included

- The cost of the class covers the 6-day class and all course materials with singing bowls provided for practice (therapy grade and other singing bowls will also be available for sale). We will even bring a pen so you can take notes. Just bring yourself.

- Free products included are a pair of premium grade Tingshas ($35.00 value) and the main singing bowl (ZT900) used during all VSM sessions ($250.00 value).  (These free tools are only available as a bonus for the Lincoln Nebraska class and not available at other class locations)

-  Breakfast and Lunch are available in the Ortner Center at a very reasonable cost. All meals prepared at the Union Market are Vegetarian, with many vegan options available to suit all dietary needs.


You may fly directly into Lincoln Nebraska (airport code LNK) only a 20-minute drive from the Ortner Center.  You may also fly into Omaha Nebraska (airport code OMA), which is a 70-minute drive from the Center.  If you are flying into Lincoln there will be cabs available or you can schedule one ahead of time.

If you are flying into Omaha you can use the Omalink shuttle.

Rental cars are also available at both airports.

The Ortner Center is located away from downtown, though there are dining and hotel options located within a 10-minute drive.

Details of the Intensive Course Including VSM Level 1-4 with practitioneer certificate

Full 50 hour course includes instruction from the history and use of sound therapy and massage, the effect of the vibration on the body, the different types of bowls and how they are used, Methods of play, which tools to use with each technique to practitioner client relationship, basic business and beyond. The VSM technique is broken down into both basic and advanced levels and live demonstrations and actual VSM sessions provide the student with hands on knowledge and practice in using this relaxation technique. Basic levels cover the sound massage itself while advanced levels delve deep into topics like binaural beats, brain entrainment, aura energy, and the Chakra systems. Further techniques are also illustrated in sound meditation and live concert performance, which expand the abilities and knowledge of the practitioner. A certificate of completion will be provided to those who complete the course.

VSM Registration and Workshop Cancellation Policy

Since singing bowl VSM workshops fill quickly, it is advisable to sign up as soon as possible. In order to reserve a space in any workshop, we require full payment or the minimum deposit amount of $500 to reserve your space in the class.  If you pay the minimum deposit then the balance is due before the scheduled course.    
We rely on an accurate attendance count to make important arrangements for our workshops. If an attendee needs to withdraw from a workshop, they must inform us in writing via email or fax no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the scheduled workshop.

For any cancellations that are made more than 30 days prior the workshop, you will be charged a non-refundable administrative fee of $500 for the 6 day level 1-4 course.  A full refund or credit toward a future workshop will be made if cancelled 30 days or more prior to the class.  

Cancellation requests made between 7 and 30 days prior to the start of the workshop will be charged 50% of the original workshop fee.  No refunds will be available for cancellations within one week or 7 days of the workshop. Please take this into consideration when you sign up for a workshop. 


Hotel Options


Union College Ortner Center

This is the onsite option for our May 15-20th course. Dorm style rooms on the Union college campus in the same building as the course. A great location with avery relaxed ambiance. It is very affordable at only $50 a night. The cafeteria in the same building offers convenient and cheap vegetarian meals. Several miles from the airport and downtown with limited dining options in the area.


3800 South 48th Street,
Lincoln, NE 68506

$50 a night.

(402) 486-2545


Super 8

Very affordable at only $50 a night this hotel has great reviews. It several miles from the class and airport but transportation would be necessary.

2635 West O Street
I-80 Ext 395 or 396 to Hwy 6,
Lincoln, NE 68528 US

(402) 476-8887



Red Roof Inn & Suites Lincoln

Mid-level hotel for $75 a night, it has great amenities and is near several restaurants. The hotel is several miles from the class so transport would be necessary.

3939 N 26th St.

Lincoln, Ne 68521




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