Purdie Wood’s most recent work in the field of sound medicine, is strongly influenced by her experiential connection to the Curanderismo (healing arts) of Peru where she spent extensive periods of time, living and training under a number of Curanderos in the Western desert and Amazon basin regions. During this time Purdie’s understanding of the profoundly healing impact of sound and her capacity to embody the use of medicinal song was imparted through a deep engagement with a broad range of plant allies. Much of this learning took place during many months of participation in dieta, a traditional process that assists in developing relationship to specific plant and tree spirits and the vast wisdom that they possess.
Purdie has been engaged in the field of therapeutic arts for over 18 years training both formally and informally with many renowned teachers in a broad cross section of modalities. The content of Purdie’s one on one work is based in the use of sound and body focused processes that offer an entry point into deep places of altered experiencing. Once that place of deepening has been accessed, a combination of medicinal song and specific dialogue techniques guide and assist the therapeutic outcomes of the work.
As a director and co-founder of the Australian Sound Institute, Purdie teaches one on one “Sound as Medicine” courses, facilitates group classes in intuitive voice practices and co-facilitates the “Bridgeweavers”, a not for profit community group, working with the therapeutic use of sound and voice to support and nurture those touched by the profound experiences connected to new life and death.
Purdie Wood will be speaking at Somara, together with Dan Schreiber, on the significance of sound within ceremony.
Purdie will also be exhibiting images at Somara from her series “La virgin y la serpiente” a project derived from her desire to understand the relationship commonly found between catholicism and shamanism in Peruvian Curanderismo. Through the use of symbolic imagery her photographic stills, which capture a live Anaconda strategically placed inside a catholic church, articulate the interweaving of these two vastly different belief systems.