Gong Initiation Course

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Mon 11Mar
Thu 14Mar

Journey into Gong Magic

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.

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If you would like to attend on a non-residential basis, please contact Cathy for our local accommodation list on info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

Event time: Mon 11th Mar 2024 at 4:00pm - Thu 14th Mar 2024 at 2:00pm

Healing the self: developing your spiritual journey with the Gong

Healing others: creating a tailored therapy session for an individual and group (Gong bath)

Developing a dialogue with the Gong (playing and listening)

Certified by the Complementary Medical Association

At a Glance

  • Selecting your Gong & basics of handling, care and maintenance
  • Use of accessories and instruments: flumes, mallets, wands, feathers, tingsha, drums, rattles and chimes
  • Gong techniques: a complete exploration of the landscape of strokes
  • Singing Bowl techniques and Conch Shells (practical use and integration to the therapy session)
  • The shruti box, voice, toning and chanting

Who is this course for?

  • This course is for complete beginners who are drawn to working with the gong and sound
  • For those who have perhaps done some initial sound healing training with other trainers and wish to deepen their knowledge of working with the gong
  • It is also ideal for therapists who are totally new to sound healing or those who might want to combine sound healing with other modalities
  • Returning students and those who might know a little already but want to reinforce foundations for their practice also have an opportunity to review and improve on all basics and core elements for a professional approach
“Extremely generous tutors whose wisdom, kindness and good humour created an exceptional training programme and an enjoyable week.”
Former Student, 2023
“The course was held fantastically and professionally by Aidan and Tim, their humanity and ability to give people space to free themselves in expression and thoughts/feelings sharing is a rare gift that always guarantees success in learning and personal enrichment.”
Former Student, 2023

The Learning Approach

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.

"There is no better way to learn and understand the exceptional healing capacity of the gong than to experience a shift in one's own healing and consciousness, and to witness the same in others."


Gong Master Aidan McIntyre

Master Quality Instruments

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.

Gong Initiation

The Rhythm of the Course

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

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.

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.

"Tim and Aidan are excellent teachers with an international reputation"

- Student 2023

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.


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, 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.

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, 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.

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.

“Such a valuable experience – I would do it again – the experiences will stay with me”
Former GMT Student, 2023
“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

Price Options

£548 Early Bird Non-Residential
£637 Early Bird Residential Shared
£701 Early Bird Residential Single
£645 Non-Residential
£750 Residential Shared
£825 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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