Katy Gaughan offers day-long and weekend retreats that weave the holy vibrations of drumming, chant, mindful movement and nature with silence. The drum connects us to our heart beat and the heart beat of God. Chanting and mindful movement are forms of body prayer that connect us with our breath and the wisdom of our bodies. As we experience these forms of prayer and self care in the beauty of nature, we open ourselves to God’s vibration within, we are guided into a deeper relationship with the Holy One.
After hearing Katy drum at an event, I was eager to experience her magic, first-hand. Knowing of her interest in spirituality and silence, we began a dialogue to craft a wilderness retreat that would incorporate both sound and silence. Katy is a performer and amazing drummer who can bring everyone into her circles, regardless of past experience. At “Sound and Silence” retreats, Katy has shared the deeper power and gift of drumming as meditative art, spiritual grounding, and builder of contemplative community. I’m grateful for the simple gift and profound reverberations of “Sound and Silence.” I’m grateful, too, for Katy’s vision, skills, and leadership.
Mary Ann Welter, Still Point Mountain Retreat Manager
Just a short note to express my gratitude for such a wonderful retreat. It truly was beyond my expectation of the retreat but also of my own personal expectation which proved “I can drum!” It was an impressive time for me…and silence was such a gift…just to be away from the maddening crowd…and to spend time in Rolling Ridge, a sacred space…sacred place. Thank you for your work…above all for your energy. Have your ears been buzzing? I have not stop talking about my Sound and Silence Retreat. Extending the retreat for three days added to the beauty and silence that renewed my spirit. Thanks a million!
Sr. Patti Rossi