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UK, HERTFORDSHIRE (HERTS AND ESSEX BORDERS) - Gong Master Practitioner Training - Harmony of the Spheres Programme, Sarah Gregg, Sawbridgeworth, East Herts, 13 Mar 2024

he Gong is one of the most ancient and important instruments, thought to have originated nearly six thousand years ago in Sumeria, it has been used for healing and ceremony ever since. It has experienced a renaissance in recent years here in the UK and throughout the World and has been adopted as part of their therapeutic or personal practice by many therapists, sound healers, yoga teachers, shamanic practitioners and those following a spiritual path. Gong Healing practitioners offer Gong Baths or Immersions either in a group setting or as a one on one. Recipients report very deep states of relaxation, along with a feeling of totally letting go, often going into a state of deep meditation where healing can more readily occur.

From our own varied experience with 16 years gong playing experience and 24 years healing experience, conducting many sound baths and attending a large number of different certified sound healing and gong trainings, we have developed what we feel is a unique and comprehensive training in the Gong.

Our Gong Master Practitioner Training is comprised of two parts. A practical training followed by a distant learning correspondence course. Firstly you will attend the Harmony of the Spheres training.
The Gong Master Practitioner Harmony of the Spheres Intensive is a mixed ability workshop. No musical experience or experience of the gong is required to attend. The workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as advanced, experienced players who wish to immerse themselves in the gong space.

A wide range of gongs will be available during the training for participants to use.
This intensive training will provide participants with enough knowledge and practical experience so they have the confidence and competence to practise in a healing environment or group performance situation. Participants will be taught everything they need to know about playing the gong, giving one on one treatment sessions and group gong baths/performances at a relaxed pace. It is a complete course on how to play the gong from basic to advanced playing techniques. The aim is to impart as much knowledge and teaching about the gong as possible within the timeframe. The Intensive is suitable for those who wish to use the gong for transformation and healing, both for themselves and others in a non-professional capacity. You may attend the Intensive only if you wish, or you can also proceed to Part Two to complete your professional qualification.

A wide range of gongs will be available for participants to use.

The emphasis of this training is on practical, hands-on experience mixed with relevant theory. Participants will truly be immersed in the gong for the entire length of the training.

•History & Background of the Gong
•Intention - Intuition - Meditation
•Mallets and Flumis
•Types of Gongs
•Choosing your Gong
•How to approach and play the Gong
•Taking care of your Gong
•Basic and Advanced Playing Techniques
•Conducting a one on one Gong healing session
•Giving a Group Gong Bath
•Hand held Gong
•Journeying with the Gong
•Other Instruments to accompany the Gong Bath
•The Universal Greeting
•Using the voice with the Gong - mantra and toning
•Gong Puja

Our non-residential trainings are held on the Herts/Essex borders about 40 minutes from Central London. The training is held over six days with five days in-house teaching and the sixth day is an all-day puja, also in-house. Fee for the non-residential training all-inclusive is £760 for the practical training (including the puja arrangements/attendance) and includes Part Two distant learning curriculum.

Places are limited to 8 students per class.

Should you wish to continue your training and receive the qualification as Gong Master Practitioner, you can continue to Part Two after you have attended the training. Part Two follows a distant learning syllabus separated into five modules which are based on both practical and theoretical study. The aim of Part Two is to provide practical and theoretical learning opportunities for students to really explore both their relationship with the gong and also experience working with "clients" on a one to one and group basis. The explorations are both interesting, developmental and fun and on completion the students will have extensive practical and theoretical knowledge and the confidence to practice professionally should they wish.

To complete this training, should you go on to Part Two, you will need to have your own gong or be able to use a gong to complete Modules One to Five. You will receive an introductory workbook during the training and a more comprehensive workbook at Part Two which will provide all the theoretical information you need to complete the training. On successful completion of each module, assessed and approved by your tutor, you will be able to move on to the next module. The modules must be completed within 12 months of attending the residential. (Part Two fee in included in the initial fee of £760).

This training is certificated and evaluated and recognised by the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), the leading professional body in the field of complementary therapies. As a registered CMA college, we are recognised as one of the leading providers for gong training. We feel the two parts combined give students the best of both worlds; an intensive residential training to really immerse themselves in the teachings of the gong, and an extended course of study to assimilate the teachings over a longer period of time at a pace to suit yourself.
Complete Gong Master Practitioner Training Course Syllabus

•Course Introduction
•The Origins of Sound Healing
•How sound heals
•Intuition / Intention / Meditation
•The Role of the Gong in Sound Healing
•Origins of the Gong
•The Golden Mean
•The Sound of the Gong
•Benefits of the Gong
•Types of Gong
•How the Gong is made
•Paiste Planet Gongs
•Accompanying Equipment - Mallets, Flumis, Stands, Bags
•Taking Care of the Gong
•Cleaning the Gong
•Approaching & Playing the Gong
•Hung Gong Techniques
•Walking Gong Techniques
•Creating Sacred Space
•The Universal Greeting
•Healing with the Gong
•One on One
•Consent Form Filling
•Professional Boundaries
•Group Gong Bath / Performance
•Journeying with the Gong
•The Gong Puja
•Other Instruments within the Gong Bath
•Role of the Gong Master Practitioner
•Code of Ethics
•Good Business Practise including Insurance
•Continuous Development

Practical And Theory Modules Distant Learning

You will be enrolled on Module One of our online teaching platform within ten days of Part One so that you can start the distant learning programme. Once you have sent back your completed module via email, your homework will be assessed and you will be notified of your results within ten working days of receipt by your tutor. On successful completion, you will be enrolled on the subsequent module's exercises to complete. Upon successful completion of all of the modules within 12 months of the date of the training, you will be sent your Gong Master Practitioner Certificate (in PDF format) and will be able to gain insurance to practise professionally. Please ensure you leave enough time to complete each module within the twelve-month timeframe. Each module has its own deadline. Suggested time frames for completion are in brackets next to module details, and suggested times are generous in this aspect, with more time than is actually needed to complete the module. Should you complete each module in less time than the suggested timeframe, once assessed, you can move immediately on to the next module.

Module One - Introduction to Sound Healing & the Gong (3 months).
Module Two - Exploration with the Gong and other instruments - Deepening your relationship (one month)
Module Three - One on One and Group Gong Healing/Performance - You will be required to complete 36 one on one case studies and 2 group gong baths. (3-6 months).
Module Four - Shamanic Practise, Journeying with the Gong - 1 case study plus 1 group session. (One month).
Module Five - Voice Work, Mantra & Gong Mastership (one month).

The Gong Master Practitioner Intensive - Harmony of the Spheres Training is facilitated by Sarah Gregg, Sound Healer, Natural Therapy Practitioner and Reiki Master Teacher with twenty three years clinical and teaching experience. In 2007 she introduced Reiki Drumming into the UK and was instrumental in making it available on a wide scale throughout the country. She also developed the ever popular Usui Reiki Kotodama & Buddhist Chants workshop as well as the Ancestral Resonance Process™ Celtic New Year Residential which incorporates ancestral healing with sound healing techniques. She is the founder of The Akasha Process™. She has received extensive training with leaders in the field of Sound Healing and specialises in the gong, drums, crystal bowls and voice. She practices as a sound healer from her base in Sawbridgeworth and holds weekly community healing and sound events including Sonic Exploration evenings. As a qualified Reiki Master Teacher Sarah runs regular Usui, Reiki Drum and Karuna Reiki® Workshops. She holds residential retreats in beautiful places throughout the UK, as well as holding regular Sacred Sound & Light Immersion Workshops. Sarah is a fully qualified holistic therapist in a variety of different therapies. Her teaching reflects her interests in Sound Healing, Reiki, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Eastern Healing Arts, Buddhist Philosophy and Shamanism. She is a member of the International Sound Healers Association. Her organisation Reiki Drum & Sacred Sound Inspirations is a registered college with the Complementary Medical Association (CMA).
Duration of Course: 6 days and distant learning modules to be completed over 12 months.
Fee: £760 (includes all workshops activities, attendance at puja and distant learning programme).
Deposit: £250 (Monthly payment plan also available, please enquire).
Forthcoming Dates 2024: 13th-18th March
Venue: Herts/Essex borders

Some quotes from past gong residential and sound healing retreat participants:

“I attended the Harmony of the Spheres Gong training retreat in Oct 2016. Sarah is a warm and welcoming beautiful soul and an amazing teacher, the whole weekend was quite life transforming. We not only learnt how to play the gong but also we were introduced to many other musical instruments that complement the gong during a gong bath meditation. By the end of the course I was totally hooked and I had already ordered my gong on line by the second day. I am a Reiki master so I'm used to working with energies but the healing vibrational frequencies of the gong are limitless. A gathering of like minded people is a beautiful experience and we all attended and contributed an hour of playing the gong in an all night "Puja" or gong bath meditation, this really gave us an opportunity to immerse ourselves fully in the beautiful vibrations, it was truly a magical experience. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in music, healing and well-being. We had the option of going on to do an accredited distant learning syllabus which I did. This involved continuous assessments on 5 modules that had to be completed in 12 months. I had to document all my experiences with the gong. 36 one on one case studies had to be documented. I received my certificate in July 2017. It was an amazing experience and I learnt so much about myself and my gong during this time, hidden emotions were released, issues were dealt with and released, it was quite a journey. I now hold sound bath meditations in the Brighton area, it started off slowly but I've build up a clientele and next week I have 25 people attending. Sarah is so open to sharing her passion with anyone and everyone and she holds Reiki drumming courses which I completed with her and now include this in my sound bath meditations”. - Ruth Mougharbel.

“When I was first introduced to Sarah’s Gongs and sound healing I became completely in awe of the Gong. At that time I never thought that I would be in a position to play or own one, today I do. Having enjoyed Reiki drum, I also took my Reiki Master with Sarah, so when I saw the Gong Master Practitioner training I enrolled. In one word the whole experience was ‘Amazing’. During the training Sarah encouraged us to try all the Gongs and other sound Instruments. We were given an in depth easy to read manual which helped to under pin the course information being taught, too which I still refer to on occasion. Any course work can seem daunting, especially if you have been out of education for a while as I had been. However I found the modules to be very well explained and easy to read, we had a year to complete. During this time Sarah was very encouraging and supportive. The modules are made up off practical work and theory. The contents of the modules taught me a lot but myself and the dynamics of how sound heals. On completion I had learnt to become a proficient gong player with the opportunity to become CMA registered. Thanks to Sarah’s Gong practitioner training it has enabled me to have the confidence and knowledge to stand up in public and facilitate my own gong baths.” - Anita Panayiotis.

“I’m writing to thank you for the magical 5 days in just spent on the Gong Master course. It was an amazing experience and far exceeded any expectations I may have had. I thought you were brilliant, and the house, and the group together made the whole experience unforgettable.
After all my indecision about which gong to buy I woke up the morning after reaching home suddenly clear, and I ordered it that morning. I’m missing the gong a lot. Looking back it seems to me that it helped me find solutions to what felt like intractable problems. It seemed to introduce a line of thought that I could accept. I wasn’t going to do Part 2 for example, but my mind was changed, and it now feels obvious that it’s the right thing to do. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness, intuition and wisdom that made the 5 days a life-enhancing experience.”

“Firstly, sincere apologies for not being in touch sooner to say thank you for the whole experience - and what an experience! Have found myself using the word ‘beautiful’ frequently since returning"
"The people I met were all beautiful souls in their truly unique characters. The gongs needless to say were beautiful - even more than I could have ever imagined. The course was beautiful - so well thought out and structured, informative and practical and lastly you Sarah - a beautiful soul through and through - you enthralled us with your passion for the gong and sound, whilst keeping us all on track.

Beautiful - definitely; life-changing - without a doubt. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul.”

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