The setting sun floods the mountain range with its warm, golden glow. Inhale, Exhale… Our first evening together. Time to meet each other, to rest after the long journey, before we begin the next one, to which we will be invited by Abby and Tom. It will be a trek through the incredible world of sound – music, instruments and voices. A trip which over the next 9 days will be filled with memorable moments, moments that will remain within our hearts forever.
Intensive Gong & Sound Therapy Training – retreat 2018 – check details
Transformation, change, awakening, enlightenment – everyone describes what they discover within their hearts during the workshop in their own way, what they experience in the context of the current moment of their lives, naturally, organically, personally. Many people come to us with specific intentions, needs, but others discover them through our meetings, talks, exercises, sound baths, but also through the moments and silence, during peaceful walks in the mountains.
The proximity and richness of the nature that surrounds us, and the magnificent magnificent views are the source of strength that we will tap into. At night it’s enough to look up, and to admire the countless stars clearly visible in the sky, impossible to see in crowded cities.
Each and every day we spend a lot of time together. United, we create a space within which every one of us can experience themselves anew. A space within which there is room for all emotions, tears of happiness and pain, joyful excitement and quiet, peaceful singing, inspirational conversations and moments of casual relaxation, regeneration of the body, learning, rest, laughter…
We begin each day with yoga, meditation and sound baths. Awakened mind, nourished body, open heart. Time to start the classes – in a comfortable space, in atmosphere of mutual trust, this is the place to share your experience, hear your own words, feel your emotions, listen to your inner self, direct your attention to the part of you that needs it the most, open up to what is outside, what comes to you, see yourself as a reflection of another person – so different from you, and yet so similar…
Surrounded by hundreds of different instruments – modern and archaic – you can feel like in a museum of music, with a lot of interesting and beautifully unique instruments that originate from all over the world. The whole space is filled with various sounds. We get to know them, experience them, we absorb music, and try to play as well… Improvisations are a very interesting time of discovery, exploration, inspiration, but also of learning – how to stop trying to control everything that is happening around? How to feel the flow? How to communicate with each other using only sounds and singing? How to adapt to what is happening around? Training that can be translated into life… Into a life’s improvisation.
Working with sound naturally and gently brings us to being in contact with the here and now – a state of strong connection with your intuition, of being open to subtle experiences, being sensitive, attentive. Just like breath… To which we will devote our attention and energy, when during our workshops we will sing and play on many different wind instruments. We nourish our bodies, provide food for our minds, bring them to a state in which they are more creative, and connected to our spirits…
We discover and experience the power of transformation and healing that sound has on our lives. We reciprocate each other with sounds, voices and music that flows straight from our hearts – whether during improvisation, or sound baths made specifically for each group, during exercises, activities, during our long and creative evening jam sessions, and our overnight gong puja…
The chiming of the gongs grows, filling the area with a delicate, almost palpable sound that penetrates your skin all the way to your core, bringing deep relaxation and regeneration, soothing your mind, arousing your true emotions, taking you on a journey through all of our worlds.
With experience we grow to fully understand the potential of sound, feel its effects on ourselves, to stand face to face with our inner selves within the space created by it, to know our real state, to then recognize processes that happen within us. Many of the participants of our classes already do, or want to, work with sound, and during these workshops they can open up to new directions and inspirations, new ways, approaches…
We use sounds and voices as tools for our inner transformation, to meet our emotions, to grow, develop, free ourselves from old, unmerited patterns, to open up to what life wants to give us, what we actually need… In a safe, caring atmosphere, with other open, attentive, loving people, we strongly sense every moment, every experience, emotion, behaviour – such as they are…
And so, in this space, the consciousness grows, we see what has so far been invisible to us, and we feel what we have never felt before. We grow, healing that which only awaited our loving touch. Many people want to share their experiences. „I once heard from a loved one that I should stop singing, as I have no voice for it. Today, many years later, I came to the conclusion that at that moment I stopped not only singing, but also expressing my feelings and thoughts. Now I feel it very clearly, and know how much that changed in my life. Now I can decide what and how to change.”
Tom and Abby are great inspirations, sharing their experience and skills. Their approach is very novel for many people, different from that known hitherto. Abby and Tom don’t approach others from the position of teachers or gurus, who tell people how things should be, but they leave it to each and every participant to discover their personal truths about the experience they just had. One has to reflect on how school would look if our children could experience such an approach to education…
Is the 9-day intensive „Gong and sound in therapy” training for you?
music and/or singing are your passion, or if you want to have more sound, music, voice in your life
throughout your whole life you’ve heard how you have no voice or talent for music
you want to get to know various forms of working with voice and sound, and to experiment with music
you want to use sound and voice in your work, or you want to enrich your experience in this field
Through your own experience and practice, you want to know what the possibilities of working with sound are
you want to feel strongly resonating, holistic sounds that create space to work with the body, spirit, heart and mind
you feel the need to work with deep emotions, you want to open up to them
you need more flexibility, confidence, courage, and joy in your life
you are looking for new sources of inspiration
you feel the need for change
you need creative space to work on yourself, you want to develop your creativity
you want to relax, take a break from everyday life, get closer to nature, try something new
you want to meet interesting, inspirational people from different corners of the world, share your experience, and maybe bond, creating life-lasting friendships
you feel like you want to be here with us
What will joining the 9-day intensive “Gongs and sound in therapy” training give you?
you will learn to play gongs – and draw on Abby and Tom’s many years of experience, but above all…
during many activities, you will play on many different Tone of Life gongs – in different types and sizes, including one of the largest in the world (157cm): Cosmo Gong, Earth Gong, and Water Gong – to gain practical experience
you will experience many, many baths in the sound of gongs, bowls and a multitude of other instruments
you will learn how to prepare and conduct an individual sound bath
you will learn about many new instruments, and will have many opportunities to play them: flutes, hand-pans, shells, bells, shruti boxes, monochords, sansules, drums, rattles, water whistles, singing bowls, crystal bowls, drumles, and many, many others
you will experience singing bowl massages, and learn how to perform them
you will discover your musical and vocal talents! And not only those!
you will participate in transforming still and dynamic meditations…
you will give yourself space to work with your emotions
your body will be nourished, deeply relaxed, full of energy (among other things, thanks to delicious, healthy meals that our guests love)
each morning you will strengthen your body, mind and spirit through practising yoga, meditation and morning sound baths
you will inspired yourself, and others in our creative space