PORTVILLE, N.Y. – The Pfeiffer Nature Center invites people to unwind, relieve stress and gain inner peace during its meditation program Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The program, facilitated by certified music practitioner and songwriter Mary Kay Sturdevant, will feature the soothing tones of calming live music and give participants the chance to soak up relaxing vibes from the great outdoors, explained Vicki Schmidt, the center’s interim director.

Sturdevant stressed that live music can be the key to solving numerous health issues, adding it “can relieve anxiety, mental tension, body tension and pain. It also supports the grieving process.”

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She said she believes live music resonates with body cells – something that recorded music does not have the power to do.

In Sturdevant’s field, sound therapy “is used as a healing modality form … a unique offering of the comforting power of music,” she said.

During Saturday's program, Sturdevant plans to play the rain sticks she makes and a flute and to use her voice to create a relaxed ambience.

“In today’s world, people have so much going on and they’re stressed out,” she said. “The program will help lower blood pressure and focus on relaxing in order to create inner joy.”

The founder of HTML, Health Through Music and Laughter, Sturdevant said she uses laugh therapy and music to aid in reducing pain.

Sturdevant said that the event will be a treat for all the senses.

The meditation program will be at the center’s Lillibridge Preserve,1974 Lillibridge Road, and is best suited for adults and for youths ages 12 and above. An adult must accompany a minor. Those who wish to take part in the program must register by Thursday at 4 p.m., either online or by calling 716-933-0187. There will be a $15 charge for non-members and a $10 charge for members. Participants should bring their own chairs.