Sound and Breath: The Sacred Medicine of Kirsten Kairos

by Maggie Rosek

Over the last year, I have had the profound pleasure of attending three different offerings of Kirsten Kairos’ (of The Spirited Mane) Candlelight Sound Sanctuary.


The first time I met Kirsten, I walked into a room with an altar of various musical instruments. I immediately felt moved; Before Kirsten even spoke, I was learning from her.

I have loved music for as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl, I would sprawl out on the living room floor, hugging the speaker box, feeling its vibrations throughout my whole body, singing loudly into the speaker and noting how my voice blended and faded into the sound of a full band. At my first Candlelight Sound Sanctuary, I was reminded of those earlier days. It was then that I realized sound has always been my greatest healer.

Kirsten’s soul-moving Candlelight Sound Sanctuary is Sound Medicine for one and all. Her instrumentation and vocals are sacred tools she uses to facilitate healing of the mind, body and soul. I imagine Kirsten’s lighthearted, sacred offerings of Sound Medicine have touched the lives of many, as she is currently traveling throughout the United States, weaving her sonic tapestry through bustling cities, quiet countryside, mountains and valleys. The Candlelight Sound Sanctuary in itself is a journey, one you won’t want to miss next time she rolls into town.

Kirsten will be back in Minneapolis for a series of classes at Adagio this Spring, including Candlelight Sound Sanctuary, Intro to Sound Medicine: Nourishing Self Through Sound, and Intro to Holotropic Breathwork: An Experiential Evening. Read on to learn more about Kirsten and her extraordinary classes and events.

Classes and Events with Kirsten Kairos


Candlelight Sound Sanctuary

Fall 2019 class date to be determined

Join us for a personal journey of sound medicine.This invitation to drop out of thinking mind and float into the feeling state of an internal subtle body experience often creates an inner sense of space and peace.

We enter in silence and relax on blankets with eyeshades.The community is transported into a spacious meditative state through sound, flute, bell and gong. A transformative offering of crystal and Tibetan bowls, bells, shakers, handpan, native flute, and heartful voice carries us into an expanded state of awareness. We will end with being served tea and enjoy time to silently journal by candlelight.

Intro to Sound Medicine: Nourishing Self through Sound

Fall 2019 Class date to be determined

In this 3-hour workshop, we will explore basics of using subtle sound from breath, voice and instrumentation, as well as using methodical rhythmic and arrhythmic fluctuations helping us to recognize somatic response to vibration within our own bodies. We will have the opportunity to play a variety of meditative instruments, learn about self-regulation and discover mindful ways to communicate through energy and sound.


Intro to Holotropic Breathwork: An Experiential Evening

with Kirsten Kairos & Dory Perry

Fall 2019 class date to be determined

Join Grof-certified facilitators, Kirsten Kairos and Dory Perry, for an in-depth conversation about Holotropic Breathwork and the use of expanded states of awareness for increased consciousness, healing and transformation.

Holotropic Breathwork, developed by world-renowned psychiatrist and psychedelic researcher, Stanislav Grof, invites the breather on a deep journey inward supported by accelerated breath, evocative music, requested focused energy release techniques, integrative process via mandala drawing and group sharing. It should also be noted the role of “sitter” used in this method is equally profound. This process is for those wanting to identify and release old patterns, to heighten creativity, to understand the importance of powerful transformation, to open to positive possibilities, to heal past traumas and benefit from clearing unprocessed life experience that may be cluttering the path to living authentically.

This event will last no more than 2 1/2 hours, and will include a discussion about Holotropic Breathwork: the elements of a typical session, the possibilities of personal experience and a little about the history of Stan Grof and why he felt the need to bring Holotropic Breathwork forward as a healing modality.

We will have a short experiential piece sitting up with eyeshades on to feel into what the breathing pattern might be for you, to deeply listen to brief examples of the type of evocative music that is played and to feel into the potential range of energetic release with body movement and sounding.

About Kirsten Kairos

Kirsten Kairos is a sound medicine guide, Grof-certified facilitator of Holotropic Breathwork, and Kundalini Teacher who continually enriches her life through the use of sound, body and breath practices. She is completing a two-year program in Equine Gestalt Coaching, partnering with horses to further hold space for the healing and transformation of others. In June 2017, Kirsten left city left behind and having hitched her cargo trailer to the back of her jeep, is currently on a “driveabout” meeting new people across the US, offering events and workshops and having meaningful conversations.


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