Audio Divina

Noele Bird

Registered Clinical Counselor

Audio Divina

Noele offers group workshops and retreats using AUDIO DIVINA (sacred listening), a music-assisted contemplative practice developed by Mary Rankin, Spiritual Director, Clinical Counselor and Fellow of the Association for Music & Imagery.


“I have observed that the psyche will let go more deeply into silent prayer if it knows the way back into everyday awareness. Appropriate music can be a trustworthy guide in this process.”

-Mary Terry Rankin         

AUDIO DIVINA music programs are approximately 20-30 minutes in length with 5-15 minutes of silence programmed into the sequence. Music selections are from Western classical and sacred music traditions.

The programs are designed to:

1. Engage the mind.

2. Provide gentle guidance toward silence, dropping off thoughts, words, and feelings.

3. Enhance the experience of silence.

4. Call the listener out of silence, giving time to gather what has been experienced there.

The Audio Divina programs can be created by purchasing and downloading individual pieces on iTunes, from Patricia Van Ness or from other online music sites. Simply download each piece of music to your device, create a playlist in the order directed, and insert the desired amount of silence* to create your own Audio Divina program.

Download here

AUDIO DIVINA has been used successfully by a variety of individuals and groups, including...

  1. Individuals, in a personal prayer or meditation practice.
  2. Clergy retreats and women’s spirituality gatherings, as a reflective prayer or meditation practice.
  3. Individuals, as part of spiritual direction.
  4. Pastors and spiritual directors, who suggest Audio Divina to their congregants or directees, especially those who are having difficulty entering silent prayer or contemplation.
  5. Retreat facilitators/leaders, for use in group silent prayer or meditation, or opening/closing prayer or meditation, followed by time for journaling or sharing.
  6. Seminaries, as a tool for teaching spiritual formation.
  7. Individuals, as part of psychotherapy.
  8. Hospice volunteers, as a method for soothing and calming clients.
  9. Labyrinth facilitators, as an accompaniment to a contemplative walk.

Copyright Noele Bird .

Noele Bird, MMT, MTA, RCC, FAMI

Registered Clinical Counselor


Noele’s Office

#215-2186 Oak Bay Ave Victoria BC

View on Google Map

Articles published by Mary Rankin: