I'm located in Sonoma County, an hour north of San Francisco, California.
It is my delight to create opportunities and experiences that inspire and encourage relatedness, communication,
creativity and collaboration. Intentional mindful listening is the connective thread that runs through all of my creative expressions as a quilt artist, musician, performer, facilitator, writer and business coach.
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A classically trained violinist, I transitioned to "fiddling around" in improv jam sessions with friends.
Drawn to the expression, freedom and energy of African drumming and drum circles, I started playing the Djembe
in 1995. Looking on line for a kalimba in 2012, I randomly clicked on a YouTube Video of a street performer.
Instantly captivated by the instrument he was playing, I was thrilled to get my first handpan three months later.
Now I count myself fortunate to be part of an international community of "handpan enthusiasts."
Traveling to handpan gatherings around the U.S., England & Australia, I perform and facilitate workshops
that encourage the delight of spontaneous musical conversations.
Inspired by the resonance of the “singing steel”,
I perform solo as well as improvise with an assortment of musical friends.
I bring a lifetime of musical self-expression and a passion for “delighting in exquisite exchange” to making music with,
on the sound track of an indie film, Angel in the Waiting Room.
In collaboration with two musician friends, I co-facilitate Magic of Music Workshops that provide a springboard
into musical improvisation, whatever the level of ones’ previous musical experience. On occasion,
I perform with the Occidental Community Choir as a guest percussionist.
Sharing the magic of the handpan, I offer Vibrational Resonance Sound Healing™
and take every opportunity to improvise, collaborate, and play with other musicians.
"Finding Your Voice" with Judith Lerner
A Podcast Interview by Sylvian
Interested in having handpan music at your event or venue? I perform solo and with friends
locally in restaurants, weddings, art shows, gallery & business openings, and yoga classes.
I have traveled to Hawaii and Mexico to play at yoga retreats.
I look forward to hearing how I might share the spirit-moving music of my heart with you.
Enamored with the handpan? I give lessons in person and online.
Please enjoy a taste of the Shop Sessions album, and other music videos.
VRSH is an "on body," heart opening, physical, mental,
emotional, and energetic experience accessing a deep level
of healing, relaxation, and release. The handpan is placed on either your stomach or back, and spontaneous compositions, unique to each individual, are channeled with intuitive mindfulness.
The vibrations and integrated overtones resonate internally, touching you on multiple levels: emotional, physical, energetic, and often spiritual. People report going into a meditative state.
Imagine your mind taking a mental journey to places deep within, your “chatter brain” going on holiday, and your body relaxing as stress and tension releases with ease.
With proper equipment, while not “on body,” virtual sessions may be possible remotely by phone or over the internet. Recordings of sessions available on request. Sessions are in 20 minute increments, up to an hour.
"My whole body resonated to the sounds she played and I immediately relaxed, letting go of all mental, emotional and physical tensions. It was a fully sensory, embodied and deeply healing massage."
Beryl Minkle October 3, 2016
"It was a new kind of relaxation I found myself drifting off into a new sphere of relaxed awareness.
Thank you Judith, for a unique experience that was truly transformative."
Mary Knysh April 28, 2016
"Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it.
Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot
help but get that reality. It can be no other way.
This is not philosophy. This is physics.
Referred to as sound sculptures by the original creators, handpans, a relative of the Steel Pan,
were invented in Switzerland in 2000. Played by hand, they have 7 or more outer notes,
a central tone field (DING), and come in a wide variety of exotically named scales.
With beautiful harmonics and overtones, the enchanting sound of these instruments
bewitches everyone who hears them. Hardcase Technologies has put together a
Google Handpan Makers World Map. Sound quality and cost varies with each maker.
If you are interested in acquiring a handpan, additional research is recommended.