Gong Master Training

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Gong Master Training with Don Conreaux
Fri 29Jul
Sun 07Aug

Facilitator: Don Conreaux & Aidan McIntyre

Gong Master Training is an immersion in the art and science of resonant sound as devised by world renowned Grand Gong Master and innovator Don Conreaux and Gong Master Aidan McIntyre.

Don and Aidan have been teaching together in the UK and around the word since 1994.

You will be guided on a 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 29th Jul 2022 at 6:30pm - Sun 7th Aug 2022 at 4:00pm

54 hours of scheduled training

9 hours of an all-night continuous playing Gong Puja

Up to 3 gong baths

Participation in a student-led group performance

8 hours of optional pre-breakfast Yoga

Access to gongs and singing bowls in free time

Course documentation

Total training of 85 hours over 10 days


“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?

The ten-day Gong Master Training is a comprehensive deep dive into the Art and Science of Sacred Sound. Through both hands on experiential learning and engaging theoretical sessions, beginning students and those that have already taken their first steps into this world, will gain the knowledge and experience to develop their own sound healing practice.

New students receive a wealth of teaching, and for returning ones, the process of understanding deepens – incorporating new dynamic levels of embodied practice. Like reading a good book, the first time it’s read, the story becomes familiar, the second time, the offering meets the reader differently, whereby the repetition enables the story to evolve. With this training, what is revealed to the student is similar to the Gong itself – always entirely new.

There is also a growing trend of combining the gong with other healing modalities. Students who have already studied other modalities such as Yoga, Psychotherapy, Reiki etc often attend to gain the skills necessary to enrich their practice.

There are 18 areas of gong mastery split into 7 regions:

All regions will be explored, however this is an organic training and the emphasis will be guided by the needs of the students.

Region 1: History and Philosopy
Region 2: Musical Science of Tone Combining
Region 3: How to Play
Region 4: Toning and Overtoning
Region 5: Design Science and Astrology
Region 6: The Chiometer
Region 7: Mem Gong Yoga of Holistic Resonance

Gong Master Training is a ten-day retreat set in the magical Cotswolds for those wishing to explore or to deepen their journey to Gong Mastery

Students will have the opportunity to play and experiment with master quality instruments (both modern and collectable antiques): gongs and singing bowls. They will also receive instruction on the shruti box, chanting, toning, singing and conch playing. All material and equipment will be made available to students so there is no need to own or bring anything in order to participate on this course. However students are welcome to bring their own Gong or other instruments, if they would like.

Participants will be guided in the use of the gong as a transformational tool weather used for personal practice, 1-1 therapy, Group Gong Baths, performance, or the all-night Gong Puja. Students will get the opportunity to experience the gong and other instruments in all of these contexts.

The Faculty will be joined by guest teachers who will share their expertise and practice in particular areas. These include:

– Rolf Nitsch, Master Gong Maker and CEO of Gongland. Rolf will lecture and answer questions on the art and craft of Gong Making

– Sophie Sterckx , Singer, Composer and performing Artist. Sophie Will work with us on both voice and performance.

– Liz Whiter, Chakra Dance Trainer and facilitator. Liz will lead a fun and creative healing workshop, exploring the Chakras through Music and Movement

Teaching Materials

Included in the course investment cost is a set of Don’s books ( Gongs of Our Solar System / Music of Wholeness / Magnum Opus Vol 1 & 2 ) – the result of a lifetime’s study into esoteric and sacred sound. You will also be given his unique Chiometer – his synthesis of differing esoteric and sacred divination systems unified into a comprehensive consultation tool plus an informative GMT Student Manual.

The Chiometer GMT Course Materials


Gong playing techniques including the 39 different strokes and their appropriate use in various settings combined with the use of all types of mallets

Don Conreaux

Gong History and Philosophy

Teachings on Gong Philosophy, its lineage and the theory of gong consciousness and its implications for humanity in this age

Aidan Gong Conch

Other Instruments

Practice with other instruments, both ancient and modern, whether man-made or sourced from Nature. These include Singing bowls, shruti box and conch shells amongst others

Who is Teaching?

This year’s training will be led by:

Don Conreaux
Lead Teacher
Aidan McIntyre
Lead Teacher
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Tim Byford
Assistant Teacher
Kevin Goulding
Assistant Teacher
Yaelle Gong
Yaelle E. Shaphir
Assistant Teacher
Rolf Nitsch
Guest Teacher
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Sophie Stercx
Guest Teacher
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Liz Whiter
Guest 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.

Additional Teaching Space: We have hired an extra-large marquee for additional teaching space and communal activities.

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

Further Information

Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments but exclude B&B. Please note that residential options are now sold out. If you would like to camp or register your interest in residential opportunities, please contact Cathy on +44 1453 759 034 / info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk.

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 eye pillow and a book and pen to take notes.

Please mark or tag your precious instruments, mallets etc. so that you can easily identify them. Coloured PVC tape works well (but not red or blue tape as Aidan and Kevin use those colours). Paiste Gongs have a unique serial number on the back between the gut holes which should be noted by you for safekeeping.

A Sneak Peek into the World of Gong Mastery

Led by Don Conreaux, Aidan McIntyre & special guest teachers


“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
“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

£1985 Residential Single
£1805 Residential Shared
£1535 Non-Residential
£1697 Camping


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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 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.

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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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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.

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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Elizabeth Whiter

Elizabeth, founder and teacher runs professional, insured Diploma courses in Chakra Dancing and Sound & Creative Meditation at her professional Healing Practice in Sussex. She regularly performs at the OM Yoga Show, Mind, Body Spirit, and Medicine Music festivals. She is an accredited gong player, animal healer and fundraiser for animal charities.

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.

Yaelle E. Shaphir

Yaelle was introduced to the gong in utero by her father Don Conreaux. After attending her first Gong Master Training UK in 2003 with Don Conreaux, Aidan McIntyre and Stephan Cartwright, Yaelle returned to Los Angeles CA and has incorporates Gong Sound Healing in her Holistic Family Wellness practice (Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kinesiology, Reiki, Bodywork and Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils). She is the creator of DIY De-Stressing Workshops and is passionate about Health and Healing. Since the pandemic, Yaelle has been assisting Don Conreaux with his Live/Online teachings.

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