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Facilitator: Aidan McIntyre & Tim Byford
Join us for a full and stimulating immersion into the Way of The Gong, an extensive introduction into working with the gong, singing bowls, and other sound healing instruments as transformational tools for the self and others.
This course is facilitated by renowned Gong Master Trainer Aidan McIntyre and Tim Byford. It is their firm intention to share their wealth of experience gained over the years playing for themselves, for individuals and for groups. Participants will gain the foundational knowledge and experience to begin their gong journey with confidence.
Early Bird pricing available until 5pm on Monday 11th December 2023.
Event time: Mon 11th Mar 2024 at 4:00pm - Thu 14th Mar 2024 at 2:00pm
Aidan and Tim will illuminate the mysterious blend of technique, artistry, deep listening and care that makes for beautiful and transformative sound experiences. The course will weave together essential practical knowledge, gong philosophy and a heartfelt approach to playing the gong in the service of the greater whole.
Students will have the opportunity to experiment with a beautiful collection of master quality instruments (both modern and collectable antiques). Ranging from gongs and singing bowls, receive instruction on the shruti box, chanting, toning and singing. All materials and equipment will be made available to students so there is no need to own or bring anything in order to participate in this course. However, students are welcome to bring their own Gong or other instruments, if they wish.
To make the most of the course, the days will be full and long. They will begin with pre-breakfast yoga/meditation/chanting to set the tone of the work. Instruction will be given throughout the day in the form of lectures, demonstrations and experiential learning, and after dinner, students will have the opportunity to both receive and participate in group sessions.
The course is a wonderful opportunity to start your Gong journey in a small group setting. There will be plenty of opportunities for feedback and question time with our expert teachers in the beautiful and supportive environment of Hawkwood.
By the end of the course, participants will know how to work with the gong with confidence. This could be gong healing with friends and family, deliver full 1:1 gong sessions, personal gong healing, and group healing gong baths.
The aim is for participants to leave the training inspired, refreshed and imbued with a passion to continue in their Journey in sound.
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, and prices are listed per person. 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, ie. 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