Amid the morning bustle of children being dropped off at summer camps while bikes and cars roll on by and people prepare for the day ahead of them, Rachel Holmes will be playing crystal sound bowls from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.
The goal? To produce deep, healing and relaxing tones for those lying on their yoga mats in the Center for the Arts’ Town Enclosure Pavilion.
The pavilion is a collaboration between the nonprofit center and Jackson Hole Public Art, which have been exploring ways to help the community use the Stonehenge-like structure.
Oona Doherty, creative initiatives director at the center, is interested in working with local artists and nonprofits to activate the space. In the process of experimenting, and with the rise of wellness rituals across the nation, Doherty saw the opportunity to host Holmes’ crystal sound bowl meditation in the creative space.
“The Center for the Arts campus adds a different twist to it,” Doherty said, “because typically, when you do a wellness experience, you’re going to a yoga studio or a wellness studio, and to have a wellness experience inside of a creative sculpture is a different experience.”
Holmes has spent her life learning about and connecting with her body as a dancer, artist, teacher and healer.
After realizing the benefits of yoga, she started her training in New York City and Sedona, Arizona, where she spent hours, days and months practicing and learning about yoga and meditation. Holmes has also trained in crystal sound bowls and taught classes on meditation, pranayama, yoga asana and sound healing with crystal bowls.
Doherty attended Holmes’ first crystal sound bowl session and found it to be a meditative and calming 45 minutes that got her day started on a good note.
Per sound bowl teachings, each crystal bowl and chime is linked to a different chakra and gland. Sounding them leads the body to a state of balance and tranquility.
“The pavilion is an outdoor public space, so there is traffic,” Doherty said, “but inside the pavilion during sound bowls there is a sense of calm amidst the noise of everyday life.”
Doherty encourages those who are interested in meditation and wellness to come to Holmes’ upcoming session.
The center is already a busy place that serves all ages, but in her position as creative initiatives director Doherty said she hopes to support and strengthen its programming while adding unique events to its schedule.
“Some of these programs are experimental by nature,” Doherty said. “We don’t know what will happen until we try it. It’s a learning process and a lesson in being open to trying out new things on campus to see what kind of reaction or response we elicit.”
Crystal Sound Bowls in the Pavilion is scheduled for each Tuesday through Sept. 10. A $5 donation is suggested.