Alice Miyagawa

Alice Miyagawa runs Harmonium Australia, Shrine River Soundscapes and the Harmonium Choir. She is a teacher of harmonium, chanting, mantra meditation, and vocal techniques for singing and meditation. She is also a sound healer who uses harmoniums, crystal singing bowls, vocals, and other beautiful instruments to share sound-vibrational medicine for festivals, private retreats, and personal sessions.

Alice facilitates regular kirtan in Byron and beyond. As a harmonium specialist and professional teacher, she sells top quality instruments, offers Harmonium Workshops and Courses, organises various events, and has run private cultural tours to Japan for many years. She is also the wings behind The Harmonium Choir – a wonderful group of harmonium players who offer a unique sound healing modality for health and wellbeing.

Visiting India and Nepal as a child, travelling throughout South-East Asia for 6 years in her twenties, then living in Japan for 12 years, Alice has always loved being present in the Hindu and Buddhist temple chants, bells ringing, sacred syllables resounding, so much peace pervading all. Cathedrals, caves, mountaintops, and acoustic chambers also bring out Alice’s vocal expression in beautiful ways. Immersed in sacred sounds, her heart is home.

As a facilitator, Alice shares and practices Sacred Chanting that emanates from traditions all over the world. Chanting, singing, dancing, twirling, crying, laughing, meditating, hugging, and “be-ing” in the bliss of kirtan and sacred sound. All this is a core part of Alice’s life.

For those joining Alice’s chanting sessions, they find the mantra medicine of kirtan and modern mantra pop music to be an easy-to-join-with group singing. For beginner as well as experienced singers and chanters. It touches our hearts.

“I have witnessed so much healing and empowerment through sound medicine, and known it within myself too. For me this path is the answer to a prayer I once used to wish all the time: “Beings of light, please show me the modality that I can practice that will help me self-heal, as well as hone to share with others for their healing journeys too.”

In October 2010, the answer came clearly to me in southern Japan after a great typhoon had struck, an answer which reached me via the wisdom and support of The Thirteen Grandmothers. I must use my voice, to chant and sing songs of the ancients, to channel from the angelic realms and from spirit, and to create new sounds and songs for healing in these times. Since then I have only looked back in gratitude. I move in the present with purpose. I look to the future with hope.”

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