Further Journeys in Gong Mastery

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Mon 06Nov
Fri 10Nov

Sacred Sound as a Transformational Tool with Gong Mastery

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

One-to-one sound healing, self-healing and group work

Gong techniques: How to play well with many different mallets

Singing Bowl techniques: How to play well with wands and mallets

Playing appropriately in a variety of settings for a variety of client groups

Listening with the entirety of your being on both the physical and energetic level


“[…]lots of healing, laughter and growth, a safe sacred space.”
Former GMT Student, 2022
“A new found appreciation of the gong as a gateway for humanity.”
Former GMT Student, 2022
“I can not recommend this experience highly enough. The combination of some of the very best gong masters and sound healers in the world, all gathered in one place, willing to share their expertise, wisdom and knowledge is an opportunity that should not be missed if you are looking for a truly immersive journey into gong and sound healing practices.”
Former GMT Student, 2021
“The course is packed full of fantastic workshops, inspiring talks, very thorough training sessions, practical ‘hands on’ classes and a few surprises along the way that everyone enjoyed so much. There is never a dull moment that’s for sure! The amount of knowledge and training that is packed into this course is just phenomenal.”
Former GMT Student, 2021

Who is this course for?

  • This course is for those who have already begun their gong journey
  • Those who wish to expand their gong and bowl playing skills
  • Those who wish to develop their strengths and work on their weaknesses in order to become more well-rounded practitioners
  • For those to be inspired to serve their community, through the use of sound, to the fullest

Further Journeys in the Mastery of the Gong is a four-day retreat set in the magical Cotswolds for those wishing to explore and deepen in your Gong technique and understanding.

Gong Master Aidan McIntyre

Master Quality Instruments

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.

Gong Master Aidan McIntyre

The Rhythm of the Course

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.

Aidan Gong Conch

The Way of the Gong

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.

Who is Teaching?


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:

Aidan McIntyre
Lead Teacher
Tim Byford
Tim Byford
Lead Teacher

The Global Gong Family

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.

Gong Master Training 2021


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.

What Is Included

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.

Additional Activities

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

What to Wear

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.

What to Bring

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).


“This course is everything I could have hoped for and more. This is without any doubt the ultimate investment for anyone wanting to learn or develop their journey into sound healing and gongs.”
Former GMT Student, 2021
“It was a beautiful and invaluable experience that will stay with me and allowed me to grow so much as a therapist. Aidan McIntyre and the rest of the team, I so highly recommended.”
Former GMT Student, 2021

Price Options

£710 Non-Residential
£830 Residential Shared
£910 Residential Single


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Aidan McIntyre

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’’

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Tim Byford

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.

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