Welcome to Joya

A 21st Century approach to improving the way we live, learn and listen.

What is Listening Training?
Listening Training uses music and sound to influence and eventually strengthen our brain functions with specific and repeated stimulation, based on
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Who is it for?
In a way we all could benefit, yet Listening Training is especially effective for children and adults with an auditory processing disorder, and communication or learning difficulties.
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How does it work?
The natural development of the human brain begins with an auditory nerve. This means that from very early on our ears and nervous system are intricately connected. Problems related to
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Joya is a residential centre dedicated to Listening Training, a gentle yet profound breakthrough method of auditory stimulation of the brain. Based close to the heart of sunny Nelson, the Joya Centre is the only residential facility in New Zealand to offer this unique non-medical alternative to mainstream intervention in a holiday setting.

Throughout world history and in all cultures, we’ve used music to literally set the tone in our rituals and celebrations. Music and sound are powerful forces, something we have accepted intuitively, but without really knowing why this is. However, over the last few decades and especially since we are able to create ‘real time’ brain scans, we have become more scientific in our approach.

One of the pioneers in this area was Prof. Dr. Alfred Tomatis (1920-2001) who laid the groundwork for a multi-disciplinary science. There are various centres across the world dedicated to further developing his work; centres directed by specialists from the fields of education, psychology, medicine, theatre and music. Some are more corporate and join forces with regards to research, education and advertising and others are independent.

There is still a long way to go but it is getting clearer why it is that sound can have such an impact, not just by ‘lighting up’ specific areas in our brains as can be witnessed in such scans, but by affecting our being as a whole.

Listening Training has benefited children and adults with concentration, memorisation and learning problems; those who, like Tomatis’ celebrity clients like Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti and Sting, want to boost their creative skills as musicians and performers; those who feel depleted through illness or a stroke; as well as those who simply want to improve their hearing, or energy levels and general sense of wellbeing.

Listening Training is about thinking more clearly, learning more easily, and enhancing the quality of your life in ways that right now you may still consider impossible.