Courses, Workshops, Retreats and Private Sessions

 

Opening the Voice of the Soul

Designed to help students cultivate and master:

  • Connecting with your inherent birthright of pure, unlimited expression
  • Finding confidence and trust in voicing your truth
  • Freeing your speaking and singing voice
  • Cultivating pure, resonant tone- in any language or style
  • Gaining strength, confidence and ease in singing, speaking and Being
  • Nervous system regulation and breath work
  • Resiliency training
  • Supportive community and creative accountability
  • Honing and refining your relationship to singing and artistry
  • The art of mantra, vocal sound healing, embodiment and vital energy training
  • Ear training and modal music training
  • Imagination, synesthesia, clairvoyance and intuition training
  • Ancestral folk song repertoire
  • Knowing oneself as a creative being and artist in service in the world

Live Sessions:

Nov 10th, 17th, 24th, Dec 1st, 8th, 15th: 6-8pm PST

Replay Available 24/7

$279

Pay Forward Pricing: $333*

* A few scholarships are available at 50% off standard pricing. Please contact Sonja directly briefly stating your need and how you intend on utilizing this course. sonja@stellamara.com, or through the contact form on this page. 

This is a LIVE course, balanced with full content for replay only participants, and rich, interactive, live learning!

*2021 will be the conclusion of offering this intimate, live format and sliding scales. These offerings are in part to help offset isolation and financial hardships during quarantines. Join us for this unique opportunity!

Course includes participation in a private facebook group and exclusive what’s app thread for continued inspiration, support and Q&A 

Each class is recorded, therefore you will have access to every class to review, and if not available to be present with us each week. 

This is an opportunity to dive into vocal practice and somatic therapy within a safe, supportive container and immersive approach.

This is a space for healing, connecting and support though transformative artistic and personal development. 

You are muted in the group course, unless you opt in to share, so you will be able to sing along privately in your own space. 

Join our community as we dive deep into unveiling our authentic voice, our inner wellspring of health, and our vital life force.

Register Here



Voice and Ritual 


Academy of Oracle Arts:

We are absolutely thrilled to be releasing a new 8 week Voice and Ritual course with Sonja Drakulich on October 19th. 

In this course we will dive into the process of unveiling our essential power and freedom through the voice. We will implement vocal technique, meditation, qigong, visualization, ritual and toning. These teachings are based in esoteric Daoism, western mysticism, and yogic arts. 

Our speech and language greatly change our life- therefore, we will bring conscious awareness into our habits of internal and external dialogues, and implement transformational practices to ritualize our voices for conscious creation. We will unveil our pure, natural tone, discovering overtones and the full range of our voice. We will open ourselves to grace, and experience ourselves as a pure vessel for the creative force. 

In 8 Live Sessions You’ll discover:

  • The voice as our powerful instrument of creation   
  • Our connection to Logos through ancient sound technologies  
  • Unblocking and healing the relationship to one’s voice  
  • The medicinal use of the human voice
  • Prayer, Mantra and Dream Yoga
  • Sacred seed syllables and invocations
  • Imagination, synesthesia, clairvoyance and intuition training
  • Nervous system regulation and vagus nerve stimulation through the voice and the breath
  • Unveiling the voice and cultivating pure tone for sound, speech and song therapies 
  • Knowing oneself as a creative being and artist being of service in the world

Dates for the Live Sessions:

Starts October 19th and is then weekly each Tuesday from 6-7:30pm PDT

(Oct 19, 26, Nov 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, Dec 7th)

Register Here



*If you feel ready to dive into an intensive training by enrolling in BOTH courses, a special discount is offered as a commitment incentive!  You will receive $89 off the standard price for the Opening the Voice of the Soul (OVOS 1) course! A code will be given inside the Voice and Ritual Portal that you will use for signing up for the OVOS course. These courses are highly complementary. Voice and Ritual is a deeper dive in the consciousness, psychological and subtle body training which prepares us for the extensive vocal and singing practices in OVOS 1. You must sign up for both courses individually. Discount is applied to the OVOS course only. 

OVOS 1 registration: Here

Voice and Ritual registration:  Here 



Private session packages- sliding scale offered through 2021: 

All sessions are 60 minutes
1 introductory session- 60 mins: $75
4 sessions: $320-$400
6 sessions: $450-$550
8 sessions: $560-$760

Ear training and Musicality Course:

Each session is 30 mins, designed specifically for you if you feel you cannot “carry a tune” and would love to begin your singing path. This is a proven somatic based method that has been so astonishingly effective and rewarding, I am now officially offering it to the public.
12 session course: $420- 450 ( may be divided into 2 payments)
 

In Person Sessions:

(Limited available upon request, honoring health and safety guidelines)

Privates and Semi-Privates:

House calls in the SF Bay, LA and other locations are available. Rates vary depending on location.

Please contact me directly for more information.


Registrations and payments for Private Packages:

*Please indicate which course you are signing up for, and PM me at sonja@stellamara.com to schedule your privates*

 PayPal.Me/sonjadrakulich

*Only Friends/Family payments accepted via paypal

Venmo: @Sonja-Drakulich



Creativity, Focus and Improvisation

Vocal improvisation can be the most artful and rewarding form of expression for both the singer and listener. A supportive space and guidance is provided while navigating and letting go of inhibitions. The mind has the most profound influence on our voice, therefore we will learn techniques of awareness in order to excel in our ability to focus, and allowing ourselves to open to creative inspiration. In each session, there is the opportunity to release blockages, fears, insecurities, doubts, worries and tensions, while experiencing our true voice, our new potentials and new freedom of expression.

Style Coaching

A singer of any style who is looking to broaden their vocal palette and find solid technique are encouraged. Eastern European technique focuses on bridging the gap between the head and chest voice, widening the range of the chest voice. This is excellent technique for any type of singing. In each style, placement of tone varies, we will learn to identity where each placement of tone is vibrating, and how it influences the sound produced, further increasing body and mind awareness. Once we learn how to utilize the various colors of the voice, we then can consciously utilize our full palette for our expression and creative choices, rather than being limited by habit.

Folk Songs / Ancestral Songs

The ancient and hauntingly beautiful songs of the Balkans and the Near East, along with many other ancestral lineages, with their powerful and delicate vocal ornamentation are offered in these workshops. Collected over two decades of personal field research, they speak to a time of open communication between humans, animals, plants and minerals. In singing these ancient songs, we immerse ourselves into the wisdom and animistic ways of our great ancestors. We have the ability through song to not only to transform grief and blockages, but as well the unsung emotions of our ancestors, allowing this energy to be liberated into it’s essential quality of beauty. In immersing ourselves in these songs we can experience the unity within seemingly disparate lineages and cultures, and in turn, the unity within ourselves. The creative process of art, and specifically song, has the power to transform unlike anything else in this world. We only need to show up for this process and learn to open, while increasing our own consciousness. 

Eastern Devotional Songs and Modal Systems

Modes are not simply scales, but complete environments in which both the musician and listener experience, each carrying their unique coherence, healing qualities and power. Before the western tuning system became firmly established, worlds of modal systems were utilized for emotional, physical, psychological and sociological wellness.  In these sessions, we will immerse ourselves in the ancient modes Turkish, Arab, Greek, Near Eastern and Central Asian traditions, as well as the Pythagorean and Harmonic Resonance series. Near Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures carry a vast knowledge of modal systems called Maqams. Steeped in traditionally nomadic cultures, these modal systems contained the ornate artistry that preserve and evolve culture as ornate forms of storytelling, community building and healing. Sound healing was inherent in these cultures through Maqam itself, as each mode carries unique vibrational properties used for specific phycological, emotional, spiritual and physical healing. We will discover the characteristics and healing qualities of Maqams, learn the fundamentals of singing in these modes, train our bodies and minds to identify and sense their qualities and characteristics, and receive sound healing in immersion sessions with traditional instruments and songs.

Nada Yoga / Sound Healing

Not only is music and sound perhaps the most powerful tool for emotional healing, it is also an optimal way to re-wire neural pathways for healthy brain / body function. Singing is the most powerful tool in the realm of music which transforms ourselves in this process. By cultivating specific overtones and learning seed syllables and mantras from both the Vedic and Taoist traditions in both which correlate with the physical and energetic centers of our body, we reconnect with our capacity to heal oneself through sound and the power of our voice. Through chanting seed syllables and mantra, we create a circuit of attention to anchor ourselves in the present moment, where all healing occurs. Prayer and chant has been utilized since the dawn of humanity to connect one with the unseen forces and the divine into the present time and place for optimal health and wellness.

Somatic Therapy

The foundation for our work lies in the increased ability and practice of sensate awareness and embodiment. In these times of being more isolated from natural world than ever before, many of us have unconsciously learned to survive slightly outside the body, and with gaps of presence of the form and function of the body. Practices for heightened presence, focus and expanding ones awareness are practiced along with the art of deep listening, refining our instruments as artists and humans thriving in creative potential. Our art is simply the end result of deep listening and acute sensing. Through learning these attention dynamics, we are able to bring awareness into the organization of the natural geometric coherence of our body through sound and movement. Embodiment, and the skill of locating psycho-emotional sensory awareness within our field of awareness is fundamental to all aspects of this method of somatic therapy in the expressive arts.


Services:

Private sessions
 
Online sessions
 
Semi-private sessions
 
Master class training
 
Workshops
 
Retreats
 
Lecture demonstrations
 
Vocal recording production
 
Creativity Coaching
 
Intuitive and Somatic Coaching
 

Testimonials

Exploring the realms of vocal expression, ancestral song and polyphonic harmony with Sonja has been so deeply nourishing and inspiring both on a personal soul level and on an artistic, professional level. Her teachings have informed my own spiritual and creative practices with their nuance and grace, and the songs I have learned from her have become integral offerings made again and again throughout my days and nights.

Eve BradfordPoet / Singer / Producer

Sonja has always been a source of deep inspiration as an artist and as a teacher. She believes in me and my voice (far more than I do), and her unconditional acceptance, support, and patience have encouraged me to further build my confidence and trust my expression. Sonja is a warm, kind, wildly talented (yet unpretentious), profound (yet lighthearted), authentic and divine being – qualities that reverberate through her teaching and performance offerings.

Goyo ArangaMusician / Designer / Performance Artist

I have never felt so much energy in my chest and heart as I have after working with Sonja. Her sessions taught me to forever think of sound as alive and having shape - shape I am making with this body and chest and heart.

Jade RaybinScreenwriter / Consultant

Sonja is a gifted teacher with a deep knowledge of techniques that improve vocal quality and foster the connection between body, breath, heart, and voice. She makes her students feel at ease and is attuned to their individual needs. Working with Sonja has been fundamental to my growth as a professional singer.

Jeannette FerberSinger

Sonja's teaching is one of a kind. It is what I have been missing since I moved here to the States. In my childhood in Germany our music teacher would teach us songs and their harmonies from all over the world. It gave us an understanding and feel for all the cultures in this world. It was an amazing feeling when we are able to sing a song in three harmonies after she patiently taught us. The sound of our voices gave me shivers down my back. I am a repeat student whenever she comes from a distance to teach.

Marion WeaverSustainable Landscape Architect and Dancer

I have always had self consciousness about my voice. When I took Sonja’s class for a couple of months, I was so thrilled to find myself singing in the car and the shower, and eventually in front of friends with such ease. She is not only an inspiring singer but a very skilled teacher. She’s brings everyone’s voice alive like magic. She brings the universal resonance in her singing into her singing circles.

Hiromi VardiQi Gong instructor / Shiatsu therapist

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