Joule L’Adara, MFA, is an experimental vocalist, holistic vocal coach, and sound therapy practitioner based in New York City.
Joule founded Sounding Circles LLC in 2009, through which she produces vocal empowerment and sound meditation play-shops for adults. She created a unique group facilitation method which accesses the voice as a transformational tool, bypassing language in order to connect to pure emotional expression. In addition to being the US representative for German-based Therapeutic Instrument maker Feeltone, Joule trains sound healing practitioners internationally through live workshops, retreats, and an online certificate course. Her programs have been featured at the New York Open Center, Integral Yoga Institute, Bread & Yoga, The Green Spa, Naturopathica Spa, The Dorot Institute, New York City’s Community Healthcare Network, The WOOM Center, Denver’s Samadhi Center for Yoga and Meditation, San Francisco’s Globe Institute, Community Arts Partnership (CAP) of Los Angeles, and Kalani Oceanside Retreat in Hawaii. Joule has been producing her monthly series The Sound Soak - an immersive meditative live concert and “sound bath” - since the Fall of 2012. Most recently, she collaborated with Sound Meditation San Francisco, to launch the New York premiere of the Sound Healing Symphony: a large scale sound bath which 600 people were able to experience at Judson Memorial Church in June 2018. More large-scale events are in the works for the coming year.
Joule recently launched her workplace branch Sounding Wellness which helps busy professionals access calm, increase their energy, and find balance through sound meditation. Sounding Wellness also offers team-building, leadership training, and vocal empowerment practices, focusing on the voice as a tool of influence, creativity, and authentic power. Joule’s team has worked with global firms including Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP, non-profits such as Planned Parenthood, and the start-up community through a partnership with WeWork Wellness.
As a professional singer who has performed with The Metropolitan Opera and as a soloist in Carnegie Hall, Joule is now Artistic Director of The Guided Imagery Opera: a classical vocal ensemble that performs experimental music-theater works incorporating elements of sound therapy and Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). Joule’s original opera, Birth of the Wild Heart gave its premiere workshop production at New York City’s National Opera Centerin 2016 and received a developmental grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in a co-production with Stone Mason Projects in the spring of 2017. Joule’s prior compositions include the electronic opera Das Inanna Project produced in Berlin, Germany. As a recording artist Joule has been featured on several albums including the platinum-selling German group E Nomine released on Universal Music Germany. She has performed her original music in clubs and festivals across the US, Europe, and Australia.
Joule has invested many years in intensive training, developing a diverse skill set in various aspects of sound, voice, and self-expression. She holds a Masters of Music in Multi-Focus Voice and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), a BFA in Theater from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, and a diploma in Acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Joule developed her technical knowledge of the physics of sound through a diploma in Audio Engineering from SAE Australia. She holds multiple certifications as a sound practitioner from many institutions including: The Sound and Music Institute Integrative Practitioner Training at the New York Open Center, The Globe Institute for Sound and Consciousness in San Francisco, Vickie Dodd’s Sacred Sound School in the Pacific Northwest, Jonathan Goldman’s Healing Sounds Intensive Training in Loveland, Colorado, Acutonics Tuning Fork Practitioner Training: Levels I-V, Facial Soundscapes: Training Levels I-IV, Harmonic Healing with Elfen Energy Chimes in Australia: Practitioner and Teacher Training, Feeltone Monochord Level I-II and Teacher Training. She is a candidate for Fellow in the Bonney Method for Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), a multi-year training from the Atlantis Institute of Consciousness and Music., and she is a Master-Level Reiki Practitioner.
In September 2015 Joule gave a keynote speech at the Globe Sound Healing Conference in Oakland, California sharing the stage with top leaders in the sound healing community. In 2017 she was a speaker at the Emerging Women Live Conference in Denver and is currently a facilitator of Emerging Women Power Circles: an online intense group supporting women to grow their capacity for leadership, consciousness, and authenticity. Joule is currently working on Sounding Circles, the book: a guide for empowering communities through co-created sound.
Why I practice meditation:
I practice meditation to come back to the deepest, sweetest, fullest, yummiest version of myself: the place inside where there is no separation, only wholeness; where I feel complete within and without. It's a tremendous relief and a glorious wonder to suspend all the doing and enjoy simply being.
Why I teach meditation:
It’s part of my life’s work to help people reconnect to themselves, their personal power, their body awareness, and access inner stillness where they can learn to receive unconditional support at any time!