Thursday, 9 March 2017

Laughter Yoga and Gong Bath Meditation - Red Nose Day London 24th March

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Gong Bath Meditation North London Arts Depot Finchley

Gong Bath Meditation North London Arts Depot Finchley: Gong Bath with Odette Start your week with a Gong Feeling Stressed Cant Sleep Feeling out of balance These are just some problems that a Gong Bath Meditation can help with.Gong Bath Meditation - En

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Laughter Meditation at our London Laughter Club



Visit www.laughteryogawellness.co.uk for more information on our Laughter and Health and Wellbeing Workshops.

For Laughter Club please visit our eventbrite calendar http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/laughter-yoga-wellness-london-9871639126 to book a space. Our London Laughter Club is usually on a Saturday in North London, at least monthly and sometimes more often. Occasionally we will meet in a park in London.


Laughter Club North London with Laughter Yoga Wellness UK



Visit www.laughteryogawellness.co.uk for more information on our Laughter and Health and Wellbeing Workshops.

For Laughter Club please visit our eventbrite calendar http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/laughter-yoga-wellness-london-9871639126 to book a space. Our London Laughter Club is usually on a Saturday in North London, at least monthly and sometimes more often. Occasionally we will meet in a park in London.

Friday, 5 June 2015

My Sound Journey


I feel inspired to write this blog today about my personal sound journey as last night I found my gong wings! I facilitated my first SOLO! Group Gong bath. Have had so much help and support along the way and now I have flown the nest. I feel good and now the journey begins as I continue to learn each and every day. Looking forward to Gong master training in Poland in July!

I can't think of anything more beautiful than to literally see the stress lift from someone's face after a gong bath. It is like witnessing magic at work!
Photo taken from the Gong Workshop with Abby delSol, Tom Soltron and Don Conreaux in London May 2015
As a child I have always been mesmerised by sound although was never the musician. Did the usual, had a few piano lessons and a few guitar lessons but never connected with those instruments. As a very young child I even had a few cello lessons with an elderly German man who kicked me out for treading mud in to his home! LOL

If I visited any shop where something would make a sound I had to play with it and hear the sound even now as an adult which I suspect can be quite annoying for others!

My spiritual journey lead me to energy healing where I first trained as a spiritual healer in my local spiritualist church. I resisted this call to heal for so many years as for some reason unbeknown to me I didn’t really like using touch. I have surpassed that feeling although it has not been an easy one and now I am perfectly comfortable in making that connection when I work with healing. To bring sound in to my healing just seems so right and perfectly natural. Like a glove that fits perfectly.

I have always considered myself to have issues with rhythm and beat, always enjoying music but not letting myself go, never the dancer and I had a few lessons with that too!

Apparently as a very young child I was sent to ballet lessons and told the teacher that I thought it was a load of rubbish so she sat me out of the class until my mum came to pick me up! That was my last ballet lesson. I guess you could say I have always had a mind of my own.

Moving on now as an adult in the belief that I have no rhythm I never learnt to play an instrument although I loved the sound of the drum. Attended a djembe drumming circle whilst I was staying at Gaunts House and I gave it a go but never quite got it and still did not feel it! I was also privy to being introduced to the Gong at Gaunts where I had several gong baths which I loved. Never even contemplated that this would be something that I would do in any other capacity than being at the receiving end, still believing that playing an instrument was not me or within my capabilities.

Some years later at a weekend gathering called “rhythm of life” it got me! And you may be wondering why someone who believes they have no rhythm would go to a gathering called rhythm of life! That is another story in itself where I actually won the entrance ticket!  After many gong baths and being surrounded by the rhythm of life! It literally embraced my soul in a way that I could not understand or resist and I knew I had to enter the gong space.

After returning from a second gathering I knew I had to find my teacher. I found a few options including Sheila Whittaker who was holding a weekend intensive workshop in Devon not long after my return! I guess you could call that divine timing! I chose Sheila and found my first amazing teacher and headed off to Devon. The journey began.

I have only recently connected with the frame drum too and feel drawn to explore the shamanic path, something that I have felt drawn to for a long time although stepping back as I believed I needed to be a musician or needed to feel the beat or rhythm and thought that was not me! It’s incredible how we stick with these beliefs and hold ourselves back within them.

Although I never quite got djembe, the frame drum is a different story for me. When I pick up the frame drum, I am the drum and the drum is me. It’s like an old memory is surfacing, a space I have been in before like meeting myself again or resurfacing a part of me that has been long forgotten, dejavu!  Perhaps the sort of feeling one gets when they meet their soulmate or an old friend from a past life? Such a strange yet wonderful feeling and I feel a similar knowingness with the rattle although not quite as strong. I get lost in the drum and feel it’s healing energies so I now am exploring shamanism and have connected with the lovely Anthea who runs a Shamanic group in London.

Now gong is somewhat different, I don’t feel like I have known gong previously like I do drum or perhaps that feeling will come. Feels more like a new friend. One that will be a lifetime friendship and we will work at connecting with one another and our relationship will build from strength to strength. The more we meet, the more we will connect and get to know one another. With very brief moments when we feel as one. This I feel will become stronger and those moments longer.

So now the journey continues and I find myself deep in the world of gong and sound, meeting wonderful and amazing people along the way. Finding myself in situations that come from nowhere such as being involved in organising London events for Tone of Life (Abby delSol and Tom Soltron)  and Don Conreaux! Such an honour! Where did that come from? All such wonderful people, teachers and musicians. It just makes me laugh inside at how my life is flowing, I guess this is the “Rhythm of Life” I have entered the rhythm of life and it is wonderful.

I guess the moral of this story is to not get stuck in negative beliefs and sometimes those beliefs come from others and the box they have decided to put you in! Before we know it, we play up to this and become the box! These beliefs quickly turn in to fear and hold us back. If you want to try something go for it, like you have never embraced it before, like it is completely new to you! You may be pleasantly surprised, I was!

Friday, 13 March 2015

London Gong Training Course and Gong Concert

Justin and I are in full swing organising the fabulous London gong events in May.

We have our venue for the London Gong Training Course (Workshop) which is just one stop away from Liverpool Street within easy walking distance from Bethnal Green Tube (Zone 2) which is perfect.

We already have  quite a few bookings for the workshop coming from far and wide with a few ladies travelling in from Ireland which is awesome. If you feel the workshop calling we have extended the earlybird spaces until 5th April.

The London Gong Workshop is suitable for all levels from Beginners to those who have played a little. Perhaps you have been playing for some time and  just want to experience the teachings of Don , Tom and Abby. There will be something for everyone. The London Gong teachers are Don Conreaux , Abby delSol and Tom Soltron. Don Conreaux is actually the creator of the Gong Bath, which is gaining popularity worldwide. 

For our Gong Concert we have an awesome church with acoustics that will literally blow you away! Justin took his drum along when we were last at the venue and it was awesome to hear there. We are literally just a few doors away from The Royal Albert Hall in Kensington so there should be no trouble finding us on the night. Bring friends, your mum, your granny, your cousins and your aunt as I am sure most people will really enjoy the concert. 

If you feel the calling of the Gong, perhaps you are a holistic practitioner and wish to add gong to your work or like my friend Lisa who had her first ever gong bath last month and she just can't wait for the concert and workshop to come around. It is such an amazing journey, it really is. Musicians, Healers, Artists and those who work with meditation or other spiritual fields alike often feel the gong call! with several of my artist friends having been drawn to working with the Gong just recently. Once you experience a good gong bath I think it just gets you when you see and feel the benefits.

One of the beautiful aspect of Gong that I love is the creativity that you can bring in to the sound bath, the layering of sounds and to enter that space, that healing space where you connect with your gong. This is a serious healing tool and you really do not need to be a musician at all although there is not doubt at all this is a beautiful musical instrument too.  I am so not musical and when I did my training with Sheila Whittaker in Devon I was a little worried that would be a problem especially when I heard that Sheila is a violinist and she assured me that she more or less had to forget her music training when learning gong. I now completely understand what she meant as this is really a healing tool, a vessel for channeling healing. The space you enter and connect to when playing is so beautiful and one of healing. It is also incredible to watch people leaving a gong bath, looking and feeling lighter and brighter more often than not, having relieved themselves of stress which is something we are all too familiar with. 

The workshop will really be different for everyone, some of you may come away, get exactly what you need and just fly with it whilst others may feel they want more depending on your own specific needs and what you wish to accomplish.  If you are thinking of more training in the future this will be an ideal immersion in the gong space for you to experience and feel if this is the path for you before heading for long term and more expensive training options of which there are several. I personally will be heading to Poland for 10 days for the Gong Master Training this year and I hope to do the Sound Healer training the year after. I really feel my future work will be in Sound Healing. The Sound Healing Training is a 1 year accredited course over 5 weekends. I would recommend my teacher Sheila Whittaker for that option. 

So that's my update for now. Do come along to the fabulous concert. It is going to be awesome and if you feel the call to play, come along to the gong training workshop.

Full info and Bookings over at www.londongong.co.uk


Full info and booking for the Weekend Gong Training in London with Gong Teachers Don Conreaux , Tom Soltron , and Abby delSol  http://www.londongong.co.uk/event/gong-workshop-may-2015