Sara Auster is a New York City–based sound therapist and meditation teacher. Sara has traveled the world to facilitate immersive Sound Bath experiences using the transformative power of sound and deep listening. From the boardrooms of Google to the galleries of MoMA, from hotels to hospitals, grade schools to Madison Square Garden, her work has been a driving force in bringing Sound Baths to modern culture. Sara’s thoughtfully-crafted experiences allow sound to be used as a tool to invite meditative states, support self-inquiry and cultivate deep relaxation. She is a thought leader on how to inspire meaningful connection through listening.
Sara has curated and facilitated unique, site-specific Sound Bath experiences, from one-on-one sessions to 10,000 people at a time, at iconic venues and events such as the Mindful Music + Sound Series at Tibet House, Museum of Modern Art, Madison Square Garden, Palais de Tokyo, Lincoln Center, One World Observatory, The Rubin Museum and SummerStage in Central Park. She has been invited to speak about mindfulness and sound for companies such as Google, Microsoft and American Express, and she has led immersive workshops and certificate training at New York University, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, The New York Open Center, and MNDFL Meditation Studio.
Sara’s work was named a top meditation by Oprah Magazine in 2016, and she was chosen as a master meditation teacher by The Essential Guide to Meditation in 2019. Her first book, SOUND BATH: Meditate, Heal and Connect through Listening, an unprecedented and comprehensive guide to Sound Baths, will be published in November 2019.
Sound is an invitation.
It invites us to examine and understand the space around us, express and manifest thought, share our emotions and find equilibrium.
At age 23, I was working full-time as an artist and musician in my New York City studio when the floor collapsed, breaking my back in four places and leaving me temporarily paralyzed. My physicians at the time told me I would live a life of chronic pain, limited mobility, and prescription drugs. This diagnosis led me to embark on a journey of recovery from physical and emotional trauma through the therapeutic application of sound. By way of this healing process, I created a uniquely approachable method of sound therapy based on over a decade of study in psychoacoustics, yoga and meditation, and a lifetime of experience in music and art.
Led by a driving force to activate my senses, to feel and be present with the fullness and richness of being alive, I strive to create art that invites people to be fully immersed in the present. Sound has become my medium, not only as a form of creative express but most importantly as a way to hold space for others. I have witnessed, firsthand, the ability that sound has to transform individuals, relationships, and space, and I am guided by the notion of changing the way the world engages with sound and the act of listening. Facilitating Sound Baths combines my experience as an artist and survivor of trauma, and my diverse studies in complementary and alternative medicine practices.
We all have a desire to feel connected to ourselves and other people. A Sound Bath experience facilitates that in a simple, accessible, and powerful way. To me, this idea is exciting, and gives me hope for the future of humanity: that we can come together and get quiet, listen inward to connect to compassion and empathy, and express ourselves through our unique voices collectively to build with one another, to build community.
My first book is coming soon:
Through Sound Baths, sound meditation, community events, education and corporate training, I aim to facilitate mindful and immersive experiences that allow participants access to improved focus, expansive creativity, and deep human connection through listening. That said, the healing you experience in a Sound Bath is of your own making. You are the one who is nurturing and opening a path to your own state of wellness. You are the catalyst for your own change, and it’s you who creates the magic of the experience. I am simply creating the space for you to do so.