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Facilitator: Aidan McIntyre & Tim Byford
This is a fantastic opportunity to deepen your Gong technique and understanding. Exploring the uses of the gong in a therapeutic setting and group work, Master Trainer Aidan McIntyre and Tim Byford will guide you towards creating a deeper connection between the gong and your clients. The importance of intention, clear communication, and telepathic resonance will be explored, for further development of your practice.
Event time: Mon 6th Nov 2023 at 4:00pm - Fri 10th Nov 2023 at 2:00pm
Students will have the opportunity to experiment with a beautiful collection of master quality instruments. Ranging from gongs, singing bowls, and receiving instruction on the shruti box, chanting, toning and singing. There will be an opportunity to learn or deepen your conch shell playing and the use of a wide selection of other instruments within the context of deep immersive sound journeys.
We will explore different playing techniques with the gongs and singing bowls building on your existing skills to take your playing to the next level. Through demonstration, experiential learning and deep listening, students will expand their knowledge, understanding, and awareness.
The application of new skills will be explored during short one-to-one therapeutic sessions gradually expanding towards the giving and receiving of a full in-depth one-to-one with gongs bowls and other instruments.
So that we can make the most of our time together, the days will be full and long. The days will begin with pre-breakfast yoga/meditation/chanting to set the tone of the work. Instruction will be given throughout the day, ending with group sessions after dinner.
All of this will be set within the context of the broader Way of the Gong, the growing of Gong Consciousness, and the role of the gong player as a world servant.
It is our heartfelt intention to meet you wherever you are on your journey in sound so that you leave with the confidence and skills to take your practice to the next level.
The course should be approached both as a valuable resource for deepening one’s own therapeutic practice, and also in the spirit of reciprocal learning, the call to everyone entering the way of the gong.
With nearly forty years of accumulated gong and bowl playing experience, Aidan and Tim will endeavour to illuminate the mysterious blend of technique, artistry, deep listening and care that makes for beautiful and transformative sound experiences in whatever setting you, as a practitioner are invited to play.
The training will be led by:
The culture created during these trainings is held by the equaliser of the gong itself. Friendships are made and reunited. New people are welcomed into the global gong community. It is a lively and stimulating process, whereby the community itself is united through the gong.
Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts.
Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.
Mindful walking through our woodland trails
Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
Discover surrounding charming market towns
Please wear loose and comfortable clothing, i.e. light stretchy clothing, perhaps yoga pants, and socks to keep your feet warm. The temperature in the room will be warm. Please note that you will never be asked to share personal information with the group if you don’t want to, though there will be processes involving one-to-one sharing.
If you have a gong, please feel free to bring it along (no stand necessary). Please bring a yoga mat, a small cushion for your head, and light blanket/covering (no pillows or heavy blankets please), an A4-sized notebook and a good writing pen, eye covering (dark sock, glove or scarf).
Aidan McIntyre met the gong in 1993 and it was a transformational experience, to say the least. From that moment on he has dedicated his life to sharing his experience and research with the World at large. The Singing Bowls came into his life at that same time and they became an integral addition to his work with the Gong.
Aidan is a generous teacher sharing his acquired wisdom. He also likes sharing his large collection of Gongs, Antique Singing Bowls and Conch shells, sharing their origins and uses in Sound Therapy. Don Conreaux and Aidan together created the Gong Master Training Course which came to fruition in the UK. They have taken this training around the world to Europe, Asia and both North and South America and Australia. When not on the road teaching, Aidan has a practice teaching individual students personally or via Skype and offers one-to-one gong therapy from his home in Gloucestershire.
Aidan is also the creator of the ‘Rotogong’ which is an attachment to the gong stand which enables one to rotate any gong 360 degrees whilst playing. ‘’I believe that this creation will change the way the Gong is presented by the gong playing community and that it completely revolutionises the whole Gong bath experience both sonically and emotionally’’Visit Tutor's Website
Tim Byford has a BA (Hons) in Music and Visual Arts. He is a versatile musician, singer and accomplished gong player, proficient and certified in gong teachings, pujas, gong yoga, kirtan, shamanic trance dance, chant and drumming. Tim has taught on many GMT’s. He will bring his own extensive drum collection for students to play.Visit Tutor's Website