Yoko Sen, a sound artist, will introduce "Sounds of Caring," a piece of music that features the voices of 21 healthcare workers as human beings sharing how they are feeling during the pandemic.
The session will begin with a guided meditation by Rick, and end with a small group breakouts of like-minded strangers to answer two simple questions. All times are Pacific.
Yoko K. Sen is an ambient electronic musician and the founder of Sen Sound, with a vision to transform the sound environment in hospitals. As a classically trained musician, sensitive to sound, she was disturbed by noise she had experienced in hospitals as a patient – especially the cacophony of medical alarms. Since then, she has embarked on the mission to humanize hospital experience by transforming the sound. Yoko is a former citizen artist fellow at Kennedy Center, a former artist-in-residence at Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub and Stanford Medicine X, and currently an artist-in-residence at KP Innovation at Kaiser Permanente. Sen Sound has helped healthcare organizations such as Northwell Health, UPMC, and Lurie Children’s Hospital, and device makers, such as Medtronic and Philips, and its initiatives have been featured in BBC, Fast Company, and STAT.
Born and raised in Japan, Yoko was classically trained in piano from age three. Yoko had produced the album, “012906,” which was nominated for “Best Album in Electronica” by the 6th Independent Awards. She then produced the album “Heaven’s Library,” for which she received the Washington Music Association Awards for “Best Electronica Artist.” As a self-proclaimed “sound alchemist,” Yoko aspires to create music, which is, to quote Beethoven, “the mediator between the spiritual and sensual life.”
Rick Hanson, PhD is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture – with 900,000 copies in English alone. His free weekly newsletter has 150,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial need. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He loves wilderness and taking a break from emails.