Rhythmic Healing

healing through music | 8.15.16

Music and Sound link us with our bodies, our intellect and our hearts – to our pains and our joys. Music has the potential to move our deepest feelings, our inner world out into the external world, expressing who we are in the moment, connecting us to our memories, our loved ones and moving the grieving process. Music can be a powerful instrument for transformation and change. Through gentle and playful techniques, we will explore song, movement and rhythm, listening to ourselves and others. We will have the opportunity to hear the sounds and voices of our inner world. We may even uncover layers of sound and music (and feelings) inside our physical tensions and blocks. In this workshop, we will use the power of rhythm, breath, chanting, song and improvisation as well as the power of play. There will be rhythm instruments and group singing as well as movement and dance. For singers and non-singers, musicians and those who consider themselves non-musicians.

About our facilitator: Jill Teltser Kimelman, MA is a music therapist and teacher who has worked in schools and hospitals, community centers and workshop settings in America and abroad.  Her clinical experience includes work with children, adolescents, adults and the elderly with a variety of special needs.  Jill originated a curriculum for Vocal Music Therapy in Levinsky Teacher’s College in Tel Aviv.  She worked with oncology patients and their families in Morristown Memorial Hospital.  Currently, she is a music educator in three early childhood centers in New Jersey.  Her workshops are aimed at awakening each person’s inner music, vocal potential, creativity and healing process. 

Writing Through Grief 


In this writing workshop we will introduce the concept of writing as a way of healing. As research has shown,translating traumatic experiences into words can help to organize and structure these events and heal both mind and body. Writing about grief and loss can be a powerful means to discover strength, wisdom, depth, energy and wholeness. Most importantly, writing is a means to claim your own voice, to tell your story and to share the gift of your work with others to enrich and deepen our understanding of grief. In this workshop we will read, write and share to transform our losses into language in a safe community. Please bring a journal or notebook and a writing utensil.

About our facilitator: Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Yaffa Vinikoor currently works as a public health nurse at Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She works primarily with geriatric patients, their families and caregivers. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Community and Public Health Nursing at Hunter College. She feels privileged to bear witness to, and participate in, her patients’ lives, homes and stories, and has used her own writing to explore and reflect on some of these relationships. Yaffa was a participant at this year’s annual “Bedside Confessional” an interdisciplinary storytelling series about health care. In her spare time, Yaffa’s one-and-½-year-old daughter Orly keeps her busy having tea parties, and frolicking around the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.


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