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About Aimée Farrell Courtney MMus, BMus

Aimée’s musical journey started over 25 years ago when she became fascinated with the sound of the Irish frame drum. Since then she has dedicated her life to sharing music, exploring musical capabilities, collaborations and the benefits of sound. Since winning the World Bodhrán Championship in 2010, she has gone on to become one of the world’s most successful professional players performing extensively and teaching throughout the globe.

Through this sharing of music and sound, she saw first hand how beneficial and life changing musical experiences could be. Following her musical education in the Conservatoire of Music and Drama Dublin where she received First Class Honours in both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, she trained in the BAST Method of Sound Therapy and Voice Arts at the British Academy of Sound Therapy. 

Aimee Farrell Courtney



What other people say

The Boann Retreat was a wonderful experience. The setting at An Tobar was perfect for reflection and looking inward. Aimée skillfully guided us through each day with walks to special places, reflective exercises, drumming opportunities, and at the end of the day, a completely amazing sound bath. This has awakened an interest to explore further.

Sherry Kirkvold Canada

I found it a fantastic experience in which I looked forward to the sessions. It really helped me find the calmness and relaxation I needed to de-stress and just unwind and deal with how I was feeling. Helped me find clarity on emotions and areas that I was finding difficult in my daily life. A wonderful fulfilling experience.

Josephine Harrington Ireland

An enchanted moment of well-being, sorority, music, meeting the celtic soul in the middle of nature, sharing moments full of emotions in an idyllic and quiet place

Stéphanie Dubois France

Taking time away from our normal busy schedules is a gift to oneself. Put yourself into Aimée’s capable and gifted hands. Know the Boann Retreat has all the potential for transformative healing – you choose. Being with others along a similar journey is an added bonus of building new connections.

Diane Cooke USA

I feel like Aimée has a beautiful energy that enhances the process. The process after the drum session was very intriguing. I didn’t really know what it was about, now I know and have felt the benefits and have become more aware, I would greatly appreciate this form of therapy in the future.

Mary Lacy Ireland

I enjoyed and looked forward to my sessions with Aimée. She has taught me to look at things differently.

Bernadette Brady Ireland

Aimee has led workshops for my groups traveling to Ireland from the United States. I love watching everyone’s jaw drop when she begins to play. Her astounding talent is only outdone by her amazing hospitality, patience, and love for introducing people to this art form. The sound healing part of our session brought us into a surreal state of calm and beauty. What a truly wonderful experience from beginning to end.

Marcia McFee, PhD, USA

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About Sound Therapy

Sound Therapy uses music, sound and specialist instruments which are played in therapeutic ways combined with deep self-reflection techniques which are used to improve health and wellbeing.

The BAST method of sound therapy combines carefully considered therapeutic sound techniques which have been shown to affect physiology, neurology and psychology with a form of reflective enquiry (a kind of questioning).

This approach has been shown to be very effective at improving health and wellbeing. Specific techniques are delivered using rhythmic, tonal, vibrational instruments and voice. 

The BAST method specialises in combining instruments in a specific way to influence brainwave frequencies, enabling a person to enter an altered state of consciousness (ASC) similar to very deep relaxation or meditation. In this state many therapeutic processes occur.  


Raising your Vibrations

The Drum is one of the oldest instruments and can be found in every civilization in the world. It has played a significant role in communication, entertainment, music and therapeutic uses throughout time. Research has shown that community or group drumming can have immense health and wellbeing benefits for those who participate. A 2016 study from the UK demonstrates that group drumming can reduce depression and anxiety while also increasing anti-inflammatory activity.

Drumming can also release endorphins, boost mood, reduce pain and boost social connection. The Bodhrán (Irish frame drum) is one of the most accessible instruments with some of our students ranging from age 4 to 84! As the vibrations softly penetrate the body, participants have described feelings of “calmness”, “bliss”, “peace”, “joy” and “contentment” amongst many others. 

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