Group Sound Therapy Sessions & Workshops
For one-to-one treatments with sound, see the Sound Therapy page.
Soundbath or Gongbath - highly recommended for destressingParticipants are bathed in a cocoon of healing sounds using an array of 8 Gongs as well as Himalayan and Crystal Bowls. The intention is to promote a state of deep relaxation (an optimum state for our innate healing powers to take effect), while allowing the body to pick up the vibrations it needs to help shift blocked energy and restore the body's natural frequencies. Towards the end of the session I use a selection of other therapeutic sound tools to help ground people before leaving. These also add to the magic of the event. The term "Gongbath" implies an even greater focus on the use of gongs within the session. Some refer to such sessions as sound journeys.
Participants lie on comfortable recliners with a covering blanket to ensure they stay warm. It's advisable to avoid stimulants (alcohol, coffee, etc.) or a heavy meal before-hand and ideally to avoid or limit alcohol afterwards. After a brief introduction and settling time, the sound/gongbath lasts an hour. Time is also allowed afterwards for coming to.
I no longer do open sessions but ask that people arrange their own group of up to 3 persons arranged with me at a date and time to suit. The cost for the group is £42 with payment by cheque, cash or bank transfer. One-to-one sessions are still £40. To book, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Richness of the Gong and the gongs I use, see the 26th October 2012 post on the Sound Waves page.
Sanskrit Mantra WorkshopThese are arranged for private groups (up to 4 people) on request and last 3 hours (£120 for the group with payment by cheque, cash or bank transfer) and include:
- Background to the power of chanting Sanskrit mantras
- How to unleash the power of Om through correct pronunciation
- How to calm or invigorate the chakras with Sanskrit bijas
- Simple mantras that can be used as salves
- How to chant (as opposed to melodious singing of) the beautiful and all-powerful Gayatri mantra
Valuable feedback from a participant at a previous one-day Mantra Workshop: "This is a fantastic workshop with far-reaching benefits. Helen is a clear and patient teacher. Try it out - it may just change your life!"
Using the Drum and Voice for Improved Well-being
These sessions are arranged for private groups (up to 4 people) on request and last 2 hours (£80 for the group with payment by cheque, cash or bank transfer). We use N. American Buffalo drums (provided for those who don't have one). Drumming is one of the oldest therapeutic rituals and works on the premise that we are truly rhythmical beings. Group drumming works on a number of levels - it creates a sense of community, mutual support, personal empowerment, self-expression and connection to each other and to our bodies. Sessions also generate moments of laughter and light heartedness. We explore simple rhythms related to the seasons, directions and our spiritual being. At times I introduce simple chants (English). We end with a Shamanic drum journey to still the mind and generate healing energy for the self and the group. For those interested in the I-Ching the session can focus on learning to drum the I-Ching. No previous drumming or chanting experience is necessary. To discuss and arrange a session, please email me at email@example.com.
Sound Exploration - working creatively with othersThese sessions are arranged for private groups (4 people). They are about learning to appreciate and find resonances with sound healing tools through working with gongs, Himalayan and crystal bowls, drums, rainsticks, shakers etc. to create a soundscape (an auditory picture). Absolutely no previous experience is necessary – after a brief demonstration of standard ways of using these tools it’s about experimenting and working as a group in a fun and creative way – there’s no right or wrong. The benefits derive from the pleasures of creating the sounds for yourself, the process of working creatively within a group, and observing and reflecting on any resistances that might surface. If you’ve discovered some interesting sound-making effects from objects at home, you can bring them. The sessions are arranged on request and last 2½ hours. The cost is £80 for the group with payment by cheque, cash or bank transfer. To discuss and arrange a session, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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