Jill Purce

Jill Purce is recognized internationally as the pioneer of both the sound and the ancestral healing movements. In the1970's she introduced the teaching of overtone chanting throughout the world. After her postgraduate Fellowship in the Biophysics Department at Kings College London, working with Maurice Wilkins (nobel prize for DNA), she lived and worked with German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen exploring the spiritual dimension of music. She learned overtone chanting in the Himalayas with the chant master of the Gyutö Tibetan Monastery and Tantric College. Jill has been following the philosophy and practice of Dzogchen since 1978, when she started working with the Tibetan Lama, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. She lectures and conducts workshops internationally, especially The Healing Voice, and has taught the English National Opera and The English Shakespeare Company, as well as teaching in hospitals, schools, monastic communities, and businesses. In the last 20 years she pioneered her workshops, Healing the Family and Ancestors, a unique combination of Family constellations, chant and ceremony. Jill, is the author of The Mystic Spiral: Journey of the Soul. Her recordings include Overtone Chanting Meditations and The Healing Voice. She lives in London with her husband, the biologist Rupert Sheldrake and their two sons, biologist Merlin and musician Cosmo Sheldrake.