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Led by Dr. Tamisha J. Ponder and Shawn J. Moore, the Sankofa Yoga Energy and Sound Healing Practitioner Training Program (EST) encourages the art for holding space as a theory and a practice. Our approach to energy healing and sound healing explores how these practices cultivate balance and can be healing to the nervous system.

50 Hour Energy & Sound Healing
Facilitator Program

Feb. 2024 - April 2024

Unlock your innate healing gifts and learn to facilitate transformation through energy and sound healing. Sankofa Yoga’s comprehensive virtual training modules and experiential in-person weekend will provide you with a strong foundation to share your innate talents with your community.


With five live virtual modules concluding in an in-person weekend led by our expert teachers, Dr. Tamisha Ponder and Shawn Moore, you'll gain proficiency in techniques like sound healing, bodywork, Reiki, and chakra balancing. Additional topics cover holding space, structuring sound healing sessions, discovering your style, and embodying the principles of energy healing in order to create safe, impactful sessions that align your community and clients with their unique inner resonance.

As you progress through the training, you will cultivate a deeper understanding of your own practice and gain the skills and confidence to lead both energy and sound healing sessions. This training weaves time-honored techniques with trauma-sensitive frameworks for safe, resonant spaces of care.


By investing in the training, participants will:

  • Explore the foundational principles of energy and sound healing, fostering a deeper connection to their personal practice and well-being.

  • Develop the skills and confidence to lead embodied energy and sound healing sessions, utilizing a variety of techniques and instruments to create powerful and healing experiences for themselves and others.

  • Gain insights into creating safe and trauma-sensitive spaces during healing sessions, fostering an environment of trust, belonging, and compassion for optimal healing experiences.


In addition to bi-weekly training sessions, students are also required to commit to a daily healing practice, complete reading assignments, meet asynchronously with fellow trainees, and attend meditation and yoga classes at Sankofa Yoga; there are no additional fees. 

Upon completion of the coursework and evaluation, participants will receive a certification of completion. For those that are Yoga teachers this will then enable you to register with Yoga Alliance for Continuing Education Credits (YACEP).


The training course is taught in five virtual sessions, with a required in-studio closing weekend. This format supports students having time to integrate the material, meet independently with cohort-members between live virtual sessions, complete homework assignments, and prepare for assigned practice sessions. All content will be housed within Thinkific, an online learning platform.




Virtual Synchronous Dates

Training Orientation & Compliance Meeting 

Sunday, February 4: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

(Mandatory for all trainees, non-negotiable)


Module 1 | Introduction to Energy Healing

Monday, February 5: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST 


Module 2 | Introduction to Sound Healing

Monday, February 19: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST 


Module 3 | How to Hold Space for Ourselves and Others

Monday, March 4: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST 


Module 4 | Instrument Exploration and Structuring Healing Sessions

Monday, March 18: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST 


Module 5 | Chakra Balancing Techniques; Honing In On Your Preferred Niche and Healing Modalities

Monday, April 1: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST 


Optional Office Hours via Zoom (Dates are tentative and subject to change)

  • Monday, February 26: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. EST 

  • Monday, March 25: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. EST



  • Friday, April 19: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Practice Clinics and Feedback

  • Saturday, April 20: 10: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Group Community Class, Closing Ceremony + Attunement


Additional Coursework Hours: coaching, reading, homework assignments, journaling, meditation practice

*See Course Details for guidelines on in-studio participation, attendance policy and schedule conflicts.



Q: Who is this training for?


The training is open to anyone who has an ongoing personal healing practice of at least one year, with at least a commitment of three to four self-healing practices a week.  With a consistent healing practice, this training welcomes those who wish to become certified energy and sound healing teachers, as well as for those who simply wish to deepen their own personal practice. Our program is perfect for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, body workers, reiki practitioners, therapists, or anyone who is interested in incorporating energy and sound healing practices into their work or personal life. Our training program is not an immersion or workshop; rather, a training course for those with the intention to complete all requirements for certification.


The in-studio closing weekend will be held in-person at our studio, 302 Main Street, Laurel, MD, if health and safety conditions permit. We are in accordance with Prince George's County Executive Orders. In the event we must pivot, livestream/online learning will be set in place via Zoom. To view our training facility, click here.

*See Course Details for information on attendance policy.


The cost of our Energy and Sound Healing Facilitator Training (EST) is $1099 and is payable as follows:

  • The early bird investment of $999 is available for those that pay in full by Friday, January 5, 2024.

  • Payment Plan Option: $300 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit; followed by 3 equal monthly payments of $270 due on February 1, $270 March 1, $270 on April 1.

*See Course Details for information on tuition/refund policy.


Interested but have questions or need more information? Find out more at our virtual info sessions and learn how our EST program can help you on the path to holding space for self-inquiry and exploration. Join us at our virtual info sessions on Tuesday, January 2nd at 6:00 PM EST. RSVP here. Please note that spaces may fill up before this information session takes place. 




If you are interested in joining our EST, please complete the following steps. Applicants will be required to review the attached course details in entirety, submit an information form and pay the non-refundable and non-transferable $300 deposit to gain entry into our program. Once all three steps are completed, you're in! See steps below:

1) Download "Course Details"

2) Submit Information Form

3) Enroll with $300 deposit

If you have any questions about any of this material, please email here or call 240-786-7182.


Dr. Tamisha J. Ponder found yoga at a time when her years as a community organizer had taken a toll on her well-being. Learning how to navigate stress and anxiety through her own yoga practice, Tamisha decided to become a yoga teacher in 2012 to share with her community. She is an E-RYT 500, RPYT, Reiki Master Teacher, Thai Massage Specialist, Fertility Doula, Birth Doula, Death Doula and the founder/owner of Sankofa Yoga and Wellness Center. Dr. Ponder holds a PhD, and interviewed Black Lives Matter activist women about legacies of 21st century organizing revealing that radical self-care and mental wellness practices became unintended byproducts; and holds a master's degree in Women's and Gender Studies: Health and Sexuality, and a bachelor's degree in journalism with minors in History and Black Women's Studies. Tamisha is rooted in community healing and community advocacy. For more details, click here.

Shawn J. Moore is a career educator, yoga teacher (E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®), sound and reiki practitioner, meditation teacher, Yoga Nidra facilitator, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, all focused through a Buddhist lens and 17 years of personal practice. Residing at the intersection of leadership and mindfulness, Shawn creates sacred spaces for stillness and self-inquiry to help changemakers align their strengths, intention, and impact. Through his integrative approach, he holds transformative containers for self-renewal, personal discovery, and capacity-building that ease clients on their journey towards peace, clarity, and freedom. In addition to holding community space through classes, he provides training in leadership and strengths-based development, and workshops in mindfulness, meditation and sound healing.  He has contributed workshops, practices, and educational opportunities for celebrities like Questlove, and various yoga studios and colleges, Yoga International, Omstars, Melanin Moves Project, the Human Rights Campaign, Spotify and Lululemon. He currently serves as the Community Engagement Specialist for Muse®, the neuro-technology, brain health, and meditation company. To learn more, click here.

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