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Jill Purce

JILL PURCE  pioneered  the international sound healing movement through her rediscovery of ancient vocal techniques, the power of group chant, and the spiritual potential of the voice as a magical instrument for healing and meditation.  Through her workshops, Inner Sound and VoiceThe Healing VoiceRe-enchanting the World; and Ritual and Resonance- Healing the Family and Ancestors, she has taught internationally for forty years, teaching diverse forms of sacred, healing and transformative chant, and especially overtone chanting. She is the author of "The Mystic Spiral: journey of the Soul" 1974, a book about the evolution of consciousness in spiritual traditions, art and psychology. For fifteen years as General Editor of "Art and Imagination" she produced over thirty books on Sacred Traditions, Art and Cosmology. 

After receiving an Honours degree in Fine Art, she was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in King’s College Biophysics Department, University of London, where she initiated a dialogue between science and mysticism with Maurice Wilkins (Nobel prize for DNA). Between 1971-4 she worked and lived in Germany with the composer Karlheinz  Stockhausen collaborating and investigating the spiritual dimension of music.  Interested in the magical properties of the voice, she originally learnt overtone chanting (producing chords or simultaneous notes octaves apart) in the Himalayas with the chantmaster of the Gyutö Tibetan Monastery and Tantric  College.  This direct transmission of both the traditional sacred and modern classical art music led to her to initiate voice as a healing modality in Europe and North America and also re introduce it into Japan and India. 

She has been following the philosophy and practice of Dzogchen since 1978, when she first met the Tibetan Lama, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.  She has worked with American Indians and Shamans and healers from many different traditions. Some of her published articles include: Patterns of Growth in Nature and Consciousness; Time and the Music of Form; Creative Tension; Harmonics of Mind and Body;  Sound in Mind and Body; Healing Resonance;  Re-enchanting the World;  The Healing Voice;  Being In Tune.  She stayed in India in the early ‘80’s with Father Bede Griffiths, and taught at his ashram. She worked in a number of closed Anglican communities in order to re-establish the contemplative power of chant. She has taught the English Shakespeare Company and led seminars and workshops for English National Opera. As well giving lectures and workshops all over the world she teaches in hospitals, schools, monastic communities as well as the business sector. She lives in London with her husband, the biologist Rupert Sheldrake and their two sons.

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