BIRDSONG PEACE CHAMBER - - - Set
among the woods of
County, Pennsylvania, Birdsong is surrounded by the Drum Dance and Sun-Moon Dance fields and is
adjacent to the Sweat Lodge. Construction began January 1, 1995, when the first
bladeful of dirt was scooped from the Earth. The cost and labor to build the
22 x 27 oval shaped chamber was born by donations from community and
friends around the U.S. Birdsong was fully operational by late 1996 and since
that time, Birdsong has hosted Chanting and Fire Ceremonies, Vision Quests,
Drumming and Healing Workshops, Story Telling, and other special events.
of peace sound chambers grew out of a vision Beautiful Painted Arrow, Joseph
Rael, received in 1984. He was instructed to build a chamber for the chanting of
sounds to effect world peace. The Birdsong Peace Chamber is part of a unique
network of forty plus chambers existing in the
chambers are our caretakers, helping us to access wisdom from an ancient source.
They act as a mouthpiece for the higher mind to amplify that which we need at
this time on the earth and to help all who walk upon her. By building chambers
on the surface of the earth, a web of light is created so that a person making
sound inside a chamber sets up a continuous resonance around the earth.
Beautiful Painted Arrow
STATEMENT - - - Birdsong
Peace Chamber is dedicated to promoting peace through chanting, meditation, and
ceremonies. It is non-denominational, and open to all.
RAEL - - - Joseph
Rael, whose Indian name is Beautiful Painted Arrow, is an internationally
respected visionary, shaman, artist and master storyteller of the Southern Ute
and Picuris Pueblo Indian tradition. He holds a BA from the
and a MA in Political Science from the
. He has been active for many years in educational, religious, cultural, social
welfare, health care, and economic development programs for Native American
people. Since childhood, Joseph has been interested in sound, and has, in
his six books and his teaching, tracked sound in his native Tiwa language and
later in English and Spanish, always with the belief that in these vibrations he
would find the presence of the great Mystery. From human breath and heartbeat to
the pulsating energies of subatomic particles, to expansion and contraction of
stars and of the universe itself, there is pulsation- vibration-inherent in all
that exists. All of Joseph's books are for sale at Birdsong Peace Chamber
as well as a new poster of his painting Mountain Lion.
Kristen and Tom Bissinger are the Caretakers of Birdsong Peace Chamber. They began
studying and dancing with Beautiful Painted Arrow in 1987 and began hosting
dances on their land in 1988, when Joseph brought the Drum Dance to
. In 1997 Joseph passed the chiefing of the Drum Dance on to Tom, and
Kristen is the chief the Sun-Moon Dance which was first danced at Birdsong in
2002. They can be reached by phone at 610-469-9029 or click here to
email Kristen, click here to email
Kristen is co-director of Feet First Center for
Dance and the author of Leap
Teaching Curriculum through Creative Drama and Dance.
is a long time theatre director, and author of numerous plays and books of short
stories and poetry. He founded Big Game Theatre Company in 2003.