Gong Master Training Course 2021

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Gong Mastery Aidan McIntyre
Fri 23Jul
Sun 01Aug

Facilitator: Aidan McIntyre

This year’s training will be led by Aidan McIntyre supported digitally by Don Conreaux, alongside the help of guest teachers Tabla Tom Simenauer, Rolf Nitsch, Sophie Sterckx, Charlie Merton, Kevin Goulding and Tim Byford.

It will be the road to Mastery in the use of Sacred Sound as a transformational tool and in the service to Humanity. Each day we will be working with different sacred instruments; to learn how to use them in performance and healing for others as well as ourselves.

Event time: Fri 23rd Jul 2021 at 6:30pm - Sun 1st Aug 2021 at 4:00pm

** If you would like to book a shared room with a partner, please see Practical Information

The ten-day full Gong Master Training comprises both theory and practice sessions. There will be optional pre-breakfast additional Yoga sessions for those who wish to continue their early morning Yoga practice.


The emphasis will be on all areas of Gong Mastership depending on the needs of the students. Topics will include:

  • Gong playing techniques, (including the different strokes and the use of all types of mallets)
  • New Rotogong techniques, using singing bowls, conch shells
  • Practice with other instruments, both ancient and modern, whether man-made or sourced from Nature

We will be teaching how to play the many different types of Gongs available. These include Singing Bowl, Shruti Box, Conch Shell, Feathers, Gong Therapy Practice, Giving the Gong Bath, Organisation and Performance of an all-night Gong Puja. The Gong will be used as a transformational tool for Personal and Group Healing Meditations, Gong Yoga exercises, Philosophy and Gong Consciousness.

Who’s Teaching?

This year we will be having:

  • This year’s training will be led by Aidan McIntyre –  Visit Website
  • Tim Byford – guest teacher – Visit Website
  • Charlie Merton – guest teacher – Visit Website
  • Kevin Goulding – guest teacher

We’ll also have the participation of:

​*Due to travel restrictions, Don Conreaux will be joining us digitally for four 90 minute live streamed sessions.

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Please contact info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk if you would like to share with a partner or would be interested in a non-residential place if we are able to increase numbers.

What to Bring

We invite you to bring a gong or two if you have them, in addition to any other instruments you like to use. Other items to bring include a yoga mat, a cover and a pillow if you are able, a blindfold and a book and pen to take notes.

There is adequate free time to process information and to have one’s own ‘me’ time. In unstructured time, you can experience the variety of amazing gongs and other instruments available. Students have time to interact with each other, forge friendships and share their particular skills. The course is intensive but not intense. We recognise that it is the quality, not quantity of the training that is most important. Having adequate time to understand and to relax and integrate new information and skills is crucial.

Price Options

£1635 Residential Single
£1131 Non-Residential
£1266 Camping with breakfast


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Practical Information


Student Numbers: The Course will be limited to around thirty students at present where it would usually be about fifty. If current Covid restrictions are eased a few more students may be able to join.

Teaching Space: Aidan has hired an extra-large marquee for additional teaching space and communal activities. The GMT has access to the Main Hall, the Blue Room, Sitting Room and the large Studio 1 for teaching as well as the Marquee.

Equipment: Each student will be allocated their own mallet station with a variety of mallets that need not be shared with others. Conches will be cleansed in an antiseptic water tank.

Sanitiser: there will be sanitisers at the entrance to each teaching room.

We invite you to bring a gong or two if you have them, in addition to any other instruments you like to use. Other items to bring include a yoga mat, a cover and a pillow if you are able, a blindfold and a book and pen to take notes.

Further Information
Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments but exclude B&B. If you would like to camp, please contact Cathy on +44 1453 759 034 / info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

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 and is now in its twenty-second year in 2018. They have taken this training around the world to Europe, Asia and both North and South America and Australia. The UK GMT is a rare opportunity to receive the training from both Don and Aidan teaching together. 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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Don Conreaux

Don Conreaux was drawn to Eastern mysticism and Philosophy from an early age. As a teenager in 1952, his first esoteric teacher was Paramahansa Yogananda with Don receiving his kriya Initiation in 1953. His formal education includes a Masters Degree in Theatre and from 1952 through to 1969 he became an Actor, Writer and Director working in Hollywood and New York.

In 1969 he studied with Yogi Bhajan the founder of 3HO and became one of the first five Kundalini Yoga Teachers trained by Yogi. Don established the Nanak Dwara Ashram for Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Phoenix Arizona in 1970 and ran it for six years. During that time Don discovered how the sound of the Gong could be a transformative, healing tool for Humanity. He also met with Dane Rudhyar and studied his work. As a result of Don’s studies into the sound and effect of the Gong, Don created:

The Gong Yoga of Holistic Resonance, the title of Gong Master, Gong Therapy, the Gong Bath, the Gong Puja, Spiritual Free Jazz, Songs And Concerts For Humanity and Gong Master Training (GMT).

His Way Of The Gong writings is the synthesis of a lifetime’s study and experience. They are Gongs of our Solar System, Magnum Opus Volumes 1,2 and 3, Music Of Wholeness, Gong Essays, The Sacred Geometry of Starhenge, The Universal Chiometer and The Kriya Kundalini Gong Yoga MEM Manual and Shruti Songs.

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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Charlie Merton

Psychotherapy and is certified in various yogic disciplines such as Sivananda, Yin and Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Kundalini and Tantra as well as being a certified Crystal and Sound Therapist. She runs her own Yoga and Sound Therapy Practice in London where she also plays her many gongs. She also leads Kirtan groups and has performed with Tabla Tom.

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Kevin Goulding

Kevin has two decades of singing bowl, gong playing and teaching experience. He has assisted Don Conreaux and Aidan at almost every GMT since 2008. He is also a Spiritualist Medium, Healer and Psychic Artist. He was founder of Soulnote the Sound Therapy Instrument supplier and also works with Paul Chalklin on bespoke gong and bowl mallet development.

Singing Tutor: Sophie Sterckx

Sophie is also an accomplished Theatre performer and Puppeteer. She will be teaching a couple of classes to bring out the inner you. No previous singing expertise required. Whether its singing in the shower or mantras, Sophie will assist you to release your inner voice.

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‘TABLA’ Tom Simenauer

Tom is a local musician and Bhatki Yoga Practitioner and Teacher who has played on many recordings by New Age artists such as Goma, Craig Pruess and Krishna Das to name but a few. He will lead a Kirtan evening that will be as much fun as it is spiritual whilst adding his own unique flavour to the musical mix.

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Rolf Nitsch

Master Gongmaker and owner of Gongland Gongs in Germany will give two presentations on Gongmaking and also introduce his new range of Planet Gongs that students will be able to play. Due to uncertainties regarding international travel and quarantine issues Rolf’s appearance is not guaranteed.