The Institute of Light and Joy

A place for divine sonic play


“Yesterday I attended Joy’s Music, Movement, Mantra, Meditation (MMMM) circle. I’m still buzzing with some kind of internal light. Joy opened the door to a ceremonial space-time with natural ease, creating a sense of comfort and a spirit of supportive friendliness as we prepared to explore our own voices. Gradually we moved from toning and scales to devotional mantras, all the while stirring up gentle and dynamic forms of expression as individual and group vibrations flowed out of us. After many crescendos and rhythmic vocal adventures through sweet and glorious soundscapes, we settled into a rich, meditative stillness. Joy created a beautiful container by inviting one of our most powerful sources of healing – the voice – to spread its wings and shine.” ~ Christopher Colocho

“Joy is, simply, a joy to play and work with!  She has cultivated such a depth of personal and creative practice that she shares in the collective field of meditation, sound, healing and inquiry.  Her lifetime of being an eclectic musician informs her use of sacred sound, always with heart, and always with humor.  As they say, if humor is missing that’s a sign that soul is missing in a collective.  Joy brings a certainty that reverence, wonder and humor are always present in equal measure.  I had the pleasure to benefit from her generous establishment and hosting of an on-going meditation and sound healing circle that thrived for many years and offered deep healing to all connected to it (even those who did not know they were connected to it!)  She is a blessing, and a whole lot of fun!” ~ Eilish Nagle, counselor and threshold guide ~

“Joy is an amazing, beautiful, kind, intuitive, warm, wise, healing and magical person!!! Just being around her is enlightening and healing. Her knowledge and depth of life, music, sound, and people in general, is unprecedented.  Working with Joy is pure bliss ~ she intuitively knows how to work with you ~ be it through singing, chanting, toning, listening, talking, dancing, or laughing. When I first met Joy I was dealing with major life transitions. Through her counsel, and great knowledge & practice of sound, I am now a completely different person, who has little to no anxiety, fear, or depression.  Joy opened up my being through her various techniques, and taught me how to access my own inner wisdom & healing abilities.  I highly, highly recommend working with Joy!!!  She is a diamond in the rough, a true healer, empath, and beautiful person.  You will be over-joyed with the amazing life changes that will unfold for you by working with her. Absolutely amazing!!!!” ~ Kristina Bennett, Professional Vocal Instructor, Beginner Guitar Teacher, Musician, Voice-Over Actress ~

“Joy’s Sound Sanghas are revelatory, fun, awakening whilst also deeply calming and healing. She brings creative twists to singing, sounding, communing with others and guiding each person to a more ‘joy-full’ and freeing place. Joy creates a sacred and comforting safe space. I always feel ‘held’ while nudged to let loose a bit and explore the radiant realm of sound & music. Joy’s gathering is always unique, always special, and it inspired me to continue on my personal path of singing and healing with sound. It’s a rare and special treat and completely unto itself.” ~ Valentine L. Falcon, Attune-ist, Healing Artist , Singer/Musician

“Joy embodies the heart centered gift of inspiring people to surrender to the beauty of singing and playing with sound.  Every group I have had the pleasure to be in with Joy has been a delight with layers of release and rejuvenation. The Institute of Light and Joy will connect you with your authentic voice, vision and the magic of community. ”  ~ Yalila Espinoza, Sexuality Coach & Educator ~

Dressed as a "Joy Clown" MC-ing a show in Berkeley

Dressed as a “Joy Clown” MC-ing a show in Berkeley

“I have known Joy for several years and been to many of her meditation/ music events. She is very knowledgeable and holds impeccable space for participants of different experience levels, to benefit from the depth of her expertise. It may seem simple but the effects of “freeing your voice” has brought positive healing in so many different areas of my life including, walking my talk. I recommend Joy Hutchinson highly.  ~ Alan Waugh, Shamanic Healer, Ceremonialist, Sound Healer ~

“Joy Hutchinson was the first person to introduce me to the term, “wounded healer,” which opened a window for me to learn more about this archetype and its meaning in my own life.  Joy’s intuition combined with her humor and art make the kind of readings she offers stand out.  She has helped me numerous times see new perspectives when I thought there were none.  Joy is centered within her own self and it shows in the way interacts with people.  I’d trust sending any client to her and highly recommend her work.” ~ Lisa Huftel, MA

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