Healing at the Hippie


May 13, 2023


Instructor Shanan Harrell demonstrates the healing powers of sound, on May 21 at Healthy Hippie Trading Co.

Healthy Hippie Trading Co. in Old Town, Tehachapi is hosting their first ever sound bath healing session taught by former Tehachapi resident, Shanan Harrell.

Shanan is a decades long student and teacher of yoga and meditation. She calls herself a "Sacred Gongster" and is looking forward to sharing the healing powers of sound.

Sound baths are exactly what they sound like: you are "bathed" in sound for the purpose of healing. The sounds generally come from gongs and singing bowls. Attendees get into a comfortable position, either sitting or reclining on mats and simply absorb the sound that is being generated for them.

The intentional use of sound for healing and relaxation is nothing new. If you are a music lover you have already experienced the healing and restorative power of sound. In a sound bath session, gongs and bowls that vibrate at specific frequencies are used to facilitate healing. Those two instruments are not the only ones used in sound healing. The human voice, drums, tuning forks, harmony balls, shakers and more can be used, but Shanan has chosen to work with gongs and bowls.

The session will be held at the Hippie on Sunday, May 21 from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $20 and space is limited to 25 people. Hippie owner, Sarah Rose, expects the event to sell out, so do not wait to sign up. You can call the store at (661) 822-9797 or visit them at 20418 Brian Way.

Another form of healing that is taking place at the Hippie is kitten therapy. On Saturday, June 3, the folks from Fixin' Feral Felines will be present along with kittens and cats available for adoption. The last event held on May 6 resulted in four families being blessed with a new furry healer. If you don't want to wait that long to get your own healing fur baby, reach out to the ladies at Fixin' Feral Felines at fixinferalfelines@gmail.com and they will get you hooked up right away.


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