Altered States, Sound, Ritual and Healing Today: Both in Traditional Cultures and Non-Traditional

SAC 37th Annual Conference
March 22th –25th
Palo Alto, CA

Healing is one function attributed to shamanic practice and is fundamental to many of the esoteric principals of ritual and spiritual healing beliefs that have been part of our world’s cultures. Sound weather chanting, sacred sounds, and instruments of varying types are also used to form the vessel of healing.  Exploring the various uses and meaning of ritual, sound, and alter states invites a deeper understanding of way these elements are conflated into the healing arts of many cultures ancient and newly forming sub-cultures around the world.  The theme of the 2018 conference concerns the diverse ways in which these healing practices are used and being transformed by technology and modern world philosophy; and how these modalities of sound and ritual have significance in healing practices around the world today.


Abstract Submissions: Proposals for individual papers, panels, workshops and special events should be submitted by Dec 30th, 2017 to

HOTEL REGISTRATION: The 2018 conference will be held at the Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA.  (on the San Francisco Peninsula) Conference participants can stay at the nearby Dinah’s Garden Hotel Palo Alto 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Please contact the reservation desk and mention that you are with SAC to receive a special room rate: Phone(650) 493-2844

Questions? Please contact Program Coordinator Sean Hinton at

 Please feel free to share this CFP. The PDF can be found below:


SAC 2018 Call for Papers


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