A Musical Approach to Well-Being

Evelyn Ward de Roo is a contemplative musician and soundwork practitioner in the Sarnia area of Ontario, Canada. Soundwork offers a non-invasive and meditative way to promote well-being. In a nurturing space, music supports the healing journey, opening us to new personal insights and helping us gain new prespectives towards spiritual growth.

Soundwork originated in the ancient healing modalities of tribal cultures. Music and sound have enabled people of all backgrounds to raise awareness and increase wellness throughout recorded history.

In its modern context, a sound practitioner engages people in receptive and interactive forms of sound making with the intent of fostering wellness. Soundwork, when it is tethered to meaning and depth, includes soulwork.

Soundwork As Soulwork can:

• Open up a dialogue with our inner selves that reaches beyond words.
• Allow us to express a range of feelings, images, issues and memories that may lay hidden within.
• Increase imaginative responses to real life challenges.
• Engage our inquisitive or inventive nature, like a child.
• Cultivate spiritual depth.
• Provide a ritual container to grieve, release our shadow, or express the sacred.
• Relieve stress and tension.
• Help us become less self conscious and self-critical and encourage creative freedom.
• Access and deepen our own inner artistry and self-expression.
• Improve our listening and communication skills.
• Connect us to inner wisdom and compassion.
• Help manage and transform emotional stress during challenging life transitions, loss or grief.
• Offer grief, bereavement and palliative care support.

Evelyn uses a wide variety of user-friendly musical instruments from around the world in her sessions and workshops. These include the East Indian Shruti Box, Native Aboriginal Buffalo Drum, African djembe, Australian Didgeridoo, African kalimba, Oscar© steel drum, crystal bowls, tongue drum, ocean drum, spring drum, Tibetan bowls, tingshaws, rain sticks, gongs, crystal bowls, wooden crickets and frogs, rattles, chimes, and much more. Both instruments and voice are used to create live and unique improvisational soundscapes. View some of these instruments here.

Private sessions are recommended for a client who would like to drop down into an inner journey while being supported by live soundscapes generating a quiet and supportive atmosphere, one filled with peace, calm and comfort.

What to expect during a personal soundwork session?

A treatment is a simple yet profound experience. After a brief verbal ‘check in’ you will lie on a treatment table, close your eyes and be surrounded by a blanket of instrumental and vocal sound. You are invited to listen deeply and intentionally.

Ev uses a variety of vocal sounds and instruments to create a live improvisational soundscape. The music happens around and over you with the sole intent of having you experience a personal and significant response. Think of it as a sonic tonic that helps you connect deeply and soulfully with your inner, healing resources and which allows you to explore your personal life journey through the presence and beauty of sound. Often you will enter a deep state of awareness during which you may be able to discern key patterns and clues to impact decision-making.

After the session you are invited to debrief either verbally or by journalling.

Something special happens when a soundwork practitioner interacts with a client, something that doesn’t happen when simply listening to recorded music.  Firstly, the vibrations are present and fuller and secondly, a practitioner can be responsive to the changing moods of the listener, can adapt to an individual’s needs in the moment and, most importantly, can create an atmosphere of loving kindness.

Sessions may take on an active energy if the client decides to move towards vocalizing their unlived passions or drumming up their unrealized power.

Common Effects:

A relaxed state of peace, calm and comfort, decreased anxiety and grief. Clients report relief of stress, release of tension, awakened creativity and deep insight. Consider a session as deep meditation, like a “sound” massage or a visioning experience. The latest research indicates that sound vibration helps to synchronize the right and left brain hemispheres producing relaxation responses such as lower heart rate, deep breathing and lower blood pressure.

Sometimes it provides a therapeutic context to befriend inner conflicts, wounds or energies that have been exiled. At times, soundwork can help you manage psychological or spiritual challenges during an illness. Clients report that they feel ‘fully present’ for the first time in their lives. Testimonials.

Price Range:
$80 per session (approx 1.5 – 2.5 hours)

Listen to Ev here.


DSC_0030_3Group facilitation events include Sonic Journeying, vocal sounding, Sonica Sanctus Circles, Sonic Ceremonies.

Facilitation of sonic journeys, drumming and soundscapes is available to groups for specific events, such as yoga relaxation, ceremonies for retreats, workshops, wellness seminars or other community building opportunities.

Evelyn fashioned a “Soundwork as Soulwork” philosophy into her practice as a result of studying with Gary Diggins, Ann-Marie Boudreau and David Darling – Music for People. She has also been influenced by the work of Kay Gardner, Laurel E. Keyes, Karina Schelde, Chloe Goodchild and Laurel Murphy.

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