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Meet Misty Pennington

Today we’d like to introduce you to Misty Pennington.

Hi Misty, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am a sound alchemist – I own a business called The Garden of Common Ground. I create relaxing soundscapes using crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes, and other instruments. I retired from a financial secretarial position and went on a trip to hunt for crystals and found Crystal Tones singing bowls.

I bought 3 of them, began playing with them, and immediately felt a shift. I felt so light and focused. My creativity seemed to open up and expand. I bought more bowls, became a certified Reiki Master, and began playing as a guest at yoga studios around the area. This expanded and expanded until I realized I needed to create a studio of my own and begin offering sound healing sessions from there.

In 2017, I began renting space in an office building and have expanded twice since then! My current studio is about 900SF of space and it is dedicated to creating relaxing soundscapes. The sound studio has low-level lighting, comfortable stations to lay or sit upon, pillows, and eye pillows – all to facilitate deeper relaxation. All senses are delighted here – sound, sight, smell, taste, touch… This is a sensory experience.

Before I started working with sound, I was on a profound self-transformation journey. My connection to nature led the way. I now integrate sound within my nature work in my garden as well. I host retreats and sessions there, too.

I feel a deep connection to nature and have a pretty sizable garden, and it occurred to me that most folks I meet, and myself included, harbor a feeling or a thought that their unique needs to be hidden, or that it is weird. It’s my realization that it is this very thing – the uniqueness in each of us – is what we have in common. I call that ‘space ‘Common Ground’ – and that’s how the idea of the Garden of Common Ground came to be.

The Garden of Common Ground is a space where we come to illuminate the things that are weighing us down, transform them into more compassionate views of ourselves, and really blossom and bloom into the highest version of ourselves.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Oh my!

I started messily. I had so many creative ideas and they were all over the place. I didn’t want to limit myself and what it was I was trying to create, so I just started by jumping in.

I wouldn’t call it smooth – but also it didn’t feel like a struggle.

I managed, somehow wonderfully, to let myself be right where I was in my offerings. I did: make mistakes in sharing my ideas on social media, created things that no one wanted to attend, created things that were wildly popular…

In allowing myself to walk through the process that way, I really honed in on what it was I brought to the table, and what it is I wanted to help people resolve.

I have felt elation, frustration, beauty, and love beyond anything I could have possibly imagined. Every struggle or obstacle has been well-placed to bring a lesson that I needed to fine-tune what it is I am offering.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I think what sets me apart from others is my compassion and the ability to see value in others when they cannot see it in themself. I often hear that my warm demeanor helps make others comfortable enough to embrace this personal work.

I seem to have an ability to nurture clients in a way that they feel safe enough to express their vulnerabilities. In my use of sound, Reiki, and other energy work, something magical happens. A doorway opens for them to explore their inner worlds and navigate obstacles using self-compassion.

I feel that I bring my vulnerability to the forefront in a way that helps others to feel safe to do so, too.

I am most proud of the personal growth that has occurred for me while holding this space for others. I find that the ability to do this elevates my offering, and elevates the experiences of my clients.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
So many mentors!

My husband, who has been so open and flexible about the amount of financial investment this took to get started – along with his personal support and encouragement. He did not initially understand what was working through me and was even a bit afraid of it since it was something so foreign to how we were used to working. He still supported me through that.

My mom and my sisters and my children… every one of them encouraged me to follow my heart and find ways to reaffirm my commitment to this and how they see it.

Many friends have supported me by sharing my events on social media and also attending them. I have several friends who are consistent clients.

My sound training with other practitioners has also been a great resource for me in developing my message and my offerings.


  • $88 for a one-on-one sound/reiki session
  • $33 for regularly scheduled group events

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