EXTENDED GONG BATH
Nov
25
3:15 PM15:15

EXTENDED GONG BATH

THE EXTENDED GONG BATHS ARE HELD ON THE LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH.

THERE will be no 5pm GONG BATH as the extended gong bath will go straight through to this. Those wishing to come to 5pm gong bath please consider 7pm or book the following week.

We will begin with a restorative yoga session. This deeply relaxing and beneficial session begins to slow breathing down and opens the body through passive stretching. Every pose is supported - it is about listening to your body and adapting a position so that it is comfortable to be in for 4-5 minutes. During the long holds of restorative yoga, muscles begin to let go of tension and stretch and so the props, rather than the muscles, are used to support the body.

This is followed by singing mantra. Tim plays harmonium, flute, shruti and will lead the singing. Mantras are a wonderful introduction to the gong bath as they help block stress hormones and releases endorphins. Singing mantras enhance positive alpha, gamma, delta brainwaves—the brainwaves that are also induced during the gong bath and lead to deep relaxation. Chanting increases immune functions, and lower blood pressure. The sound of the mantra literally drowns out the negative voices in our heads.

A guided meditation follows before lying down for the gong bath at 5pm.

Benefits of these monthly extended gong bath: Enhances flexibility and helps to deeply relax the body. Through restorative yoga, mantra singing and a guided meditation the mind stills. This level of relaxation improves capacity for healing and helps balance the nervous system and the immune system. We develop qualities of compassion and understanding toward others and self. A wonderful way to enhances mood.

This is an optimum state in which to enter a gong bath. It isn’t always possible to have this degree of preparation and hence the extended gong bath is offered once a month. £20/session including gong bath and refreshments.


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OCTOBER DATES: 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th 5pm & 7pm.
Oct
28
5:00 PM17:00

OCTOBER DATES: 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th 5pm & 7pm.

THERE ARE 2 SESSIONS EVERY WEEK 5pm & 7pm

28th October:

THERE IS AN EXTENDED GONG BATH on the last Sunday of each month. For those who wish to come there are details below. If you are coming to the regular gong baths, the Studio is open from 4.45pm. on these Sundays.

EXTENDED GONG BATH ON 28TH:

We will begin with a guided meditation followed by a restorative yoga session. This practice is about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. During the long holds of restorative yoga, muscles are allowed to relax deeply and so the props, rather than the muscles, are used to support the body.

Benefits: Enhances flexibility. Deeply relaxes the body. Stills the mind. Improves capacity for healing and balancing. Balances the nervous system. Balances the immune system. Develops qualities of compassion and understanding toward others and self. Enhances mood states.

This is an optimum state in which to enter a gong bath. It isn’t always possible to have this degree of preparation and hence the extended gong bath is offered once a month. From the previous event, it was clear that a restorative rather than a Hatha yoga practice was preferred. £20/session including gong bath and refreshments.

21st October:

This Sunday we had the intention of friendship and used softer, gentler sounds before the start f the gong. Every gong bath is different both for those who are attending and for those playing because the gongs have their own unique characters and react to the vibrations in the room. Each week is different as the make up of people changes. Autumn is a time of harvesting and storing. We are getting ready for shorter days and this affects us on all levels. It is important to encourage the body to relax and heal in the run up to winter.

October 14th:

The four nights from October 14th –up to 17th, is a time to watch for the waxing moon to move from Saturn to Mars as we can see Saturn and Mars because they are bright planets. On the night of October 14th, we can differentiate between Saturn and Mars, because the moon is much closer to Saturn on this night.

Saturn is the farthest world that you can easily see with the eye alone. Although at the moment it’s more than 10 times the sun-Earth distance away from Earth. Saturn shines brilliantly and it is amazing to think that this huge planet has the volume of more than 750 Earth’s and its reflective rings are tilting nearly maximally toward Earth.

Saturn brings structure and meaning to our world. Saturn knows the limits of time and matter and reminds us of our boundaries, our responsibilities and our commitments. It brings definition to our lives. This Sunday’s gong bath is a time ponder upon the need for self-control, of boundaries and of defining our limits.

PAST GONG BATHS IN OCTOBER:

October 7th:

This is the day before the new moon so the night sky will be dark by the time you leave the gong bath.

When the moon is most nearly between the Earth and sun for any particular month, astronomers say it is new

We don’t see a new moon in the sky, unless there’s a solar eclipse, with the moon directly in front of the sun. Usually the new moon passes near the sun rather than in front of the sub in our sky. Either way – in front of the sun or just near it – on the day of new moon, the moon travels across the sky with the sun during the day, hidden in the sun’s glare. 

In the language of astronomy – a day or two after each month’s new moon – a slim crescent moon always becomes visible in the west after sunset. Astronomers call this slim crescent a young moon

New moons are important in many cultures and also in permaculture - those who plant by the moon. It is seen as a time of new beginnings, of discarding the old and of starting new projects with renewed enthusiasm. Having a gong bath the day before a new moon can serve to focus our intentions. As Dr Joe Dispensa writes in Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, it is important though to have the corresponding emotions that go with that intention. It is the elevated emotions you feel when thinking about the fruition of your intention that are imperative to its manifestation. He writes: “If you ask, you are in lack because you are wanting—and wanting means you don’t have it’’. If, however, you get up as if your intention has already happened, “you’re no longer in lack because you’re feeling the emotions of your future in the present moment”. A gong Bath is a special time to do this as it is a time of relaxation where we can access a deeper consciousness.


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30th September 5pm & 7pm (previous 9th, 16th & 23rd)
Sep
30
5:00 PM17:00

30th September 5pm & 7pm (previous 9th, 16th & 23rd)

TWO SESSIONS EACH SUNDAY: 5pm and 7pm

23rd September: The Harvest Moon is the name given to the full moon closest to the autumn equinox, which will fall on 23 September 2018 in the UK. The Harvest Moon will shine in the night sky on the 24th September in 2018 (earlier than last year). The name relates to the way the moon's light helped famers. This is particularly relevant around the time of the full Harvest moon, when there's little darkness between sunset and moonrise.

16th September: The gong bath on Sunday marks the first quarter moon and this is often called a half moon because we can see exactly 50% of the moon's surface illuminated. The Moon does not radiate its own light, but its surface reflects the Sun’s rays. Half of the moon’s surface is always illuminated by direct sunlight, except during lunar eclipses when Earth casts its shadow on the Moon. .

Details of 9th September: Because the Earth, the sun, and the moon are all perfectly in line, the tides are at their highest and their lowest during both the full and new moon. Both of these moons are the most defining phases of the lunar cycle and water (the element that governs our emotions) is transformed by its energy. The full moon is all about completion and the new moon is just the beginning, always with our eternal spirit in mind.

We can see it a the new moon is a birth. As the waxing phase journeys on, the moon grows and matures until its reaches its ripest point: the full moon. The waning phase recedes the moon, turning it into a thin crescent, then dissolving it completely; the birth has become a death. Making goals, setting intention, sowing the seeds of future plans; a new moon gong bath is perfect time to set intention as it is symbolic of the second chance we are given over and over again.  

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MONTHLY EXTENDED GONG BATH
Sep
30
3:15 PM15:15

MONTHLY EXTENDED GONG BATH

This will be held once a month (last Sunday of every month) and will be before the 5pm session only. 

It will start at 3.15pm- 4.45pm and will include a meditation that will focus on a theme, followed by a gentle yoga session to stretch and relax the body to help release physical stress. There will be a short break for tea before the gong bath at 5pm. There is the option to stay on the mat and continue to relax/meditate to music, maintaining the sense of peace. This is an effective way to prepare for a more profound gong bath experience. Deep relaxation is a conduit to healing on all levels - be it a good nights sleep or a feeling of gentle bliss throughout the body. £25 for whole session i.e. 3.00pm - 6.15pm. 

NOTES: A passage from What is Sound Healing by Liz Cooper

Talking about how the human body begins to resonate in synchronisation with other vibrations: ‘The result may be stimulation or relaxation of the system and it happens through a process of ‘auditory driving’. This basically means that the sounds we hear and feel can move mind and body, alter consciousness and allow an individual to drift into a state of being similar to a trance or deep relaxation. This in turn creates a ‘space’ in which a therapeutic process can begin.


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August 5th & 12th
Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

August 5th & 12th

During August there will only be two gong baths as the Studio is partially closing for the summer holidys. These will be on 5th and 12th August and will be at 7pm as there will not be a 5pm session. The 5th will nearly be a half moon and 12th, the first day after the new moon so a 2% illumination and an opportune time to make intentions for the coming month.

Weekly sessions begin again on 9th September when the 5pm and 7pm sessions will run as usual. BOOKING: sarahemarten@gmail.com

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July 8th & 15th
Jul
8
5:00 PM17:00

July 8th & 15th

5PM AND 7PM SESSIONS

During the summer months the Gong Baths will no longer be weekly. In July there are just two gong baths 5pm and 7pm on each date. Weekly gong baths will resume again in September. Every gong bath is different because different instruments used and the gongs themselves react differently according to the energy in the room. We are changing constantly and so how we feel and react changes from hour to hour.  There will be some over toning at the beginning as well as various percussion sounds: flutes, shruti, rattles, Burma bells, ocean drums, kalimba, Tibetan bowls and many other native instruments.

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June: 3rd, 10th, 17th only
Jun
17
5:00 PM17:00

June: 3rd, 10th, 17th only

There will be an all night gong puja on evening of 20th June into morning of 21st June. Details under workshops. As a result there will NOT BE A GONG BATH ON 24TH JUNE.

There is more information on the benefits of gong baths in previous listings. The main contribution that a gong bath makes is that a gong bath can help reduce stress as well as opening up emotional blockages. Scientific evidence suggests that sound therapy causes human DNA strands to auto-repair when they get damaged. Not only does playing certain tones promote vitality and healing, it may also enhance happiness. 

There are two sessions each Sunday: 5pm and 7pm. Refreshments afterwards.

 

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6th, 13th, 20th & 27th May
May
20
5:00 PM17:00

6th, 13th, 20th & 27th May

5PM AND 7PM SESSIONS

Every gong bath is different because we change every second of the day so how we feel physically, emotionally and spiritually is part of life. There is information on all the previous posts and this time I include a quote from Healing Sounds by Jonathan Goldman:

"......every organ, bone and tissue in your body has its own separate resonant frequency. Together they make up a composite frequency, a harmonic that is your own personal vibratory rate. Through resonance, it is possible for the vibrations of one vibrating body to reach out and set another body into motion. This can easily be observed, for example, when a singer breaks a glass with the voice. What happens is that the voice of the singer is able to match the resonant frequency of the glass and set that glass into vibration. Then, using too much sound energy and oversimplifying the glass, it breaks."

He goes on to say: "Let us conceive of the human body as a wonderful orchestra which is playing this marvellous symphony. When we are in a state of health, the entire orchestra is playing together. However, when disease sets in it is as though a player- the second violin for example - has lost its sheet music and begins to play in the wrong key and the wrong rhythm First this begins to affect the rest of the string section. Ultimately this person causes the entire orchestra to sound poorly."

During a gong bath we bathe in many frequencies - overtones and undertones and these recalibrate the body, helping to restore all of it to its natural unique composite frequency. 

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8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th April
Apr
29
5:00 PM17:00

8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th April

FULL MOON GONG BATHS ON 29TH APRIL

5PM AND 7PM SESSIONS

The Gong Baths are weekly and you will find that every gong bath is different because not only are different instruments used but the gongs themselves react differently according to the energy in the room. We are changing constantly and so how we feel and react changes from hour to hour.  There will be some over toning at the beginning as well as various percussion sounds: flutes, shruti, rattles, Burma bells, ocean drums, kalimba, Tibetan bowls and many other native instruments.

DATES IN APRIL - 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th

29th April:  The Sun is in Taurus; Mercury is in Aries; Venus is in Gemini; Mars is in Capricorn.

The Sun in Taurus is methodical, sensual, and receptive. The Sun in Taurus is most active when it is defending or resisting things! 

Mercury in Aries, we are less concerned with objective viewpoints and explanations, and more concerned with reaching a decision…quickly! 

Venus in Gemini we have a finger in every pie. 

Mars in Capricorn is deliberate, persistent energy. We consider the future and the consequences before taking action during this cycle. 

8th April: The Moon will be in a Third Quarter phase. Sometimes called a Last Quarter Moon, this phase occurs roughly 3 weeks after the New Moon when the earth is three quarter of the way through it’s orbit around the earth.  

15th April: The Moon will be in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon and is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated.

22nd April: The Moon will be in a First Quarter phase. This phase occurs roughly 7 days after the New Moon when the earth is one quarter of the way through its orbit around the earth. Exactly half the moon will be illuminated and half dark. 

 

There is more information on gong baths on the previous dates and on the Sound Therapy page. Please book by email: sarahemarten@gmail.com   £10/session. 

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Easter Sunday Blue Moon Gong Bath
Apr
1
5:00 PM17:00

Easter Sunday Blue Moon Gong Bath

THERE A 2 SESSIONS AS USUAL 5pm & 7pm

Spring has sprung and the Easter weekend is a time to be at home and relax. It is a period of rejuvenation, new energy and intention.
The full moon is on 31st March - it is a Blue Moon as there are two full moons in March and the final Blue Moon of the year. We also had one in January but two Blue Moons in one year is rare and it won’t happen again until 2037.
So come an bathe in the vibrational sound of gongs and other instruments and restore, relax and rejuvenate as we celebrate the first days of Spring. 
You don't need to bring anything except a cushion for your head. Afterwards there will be refreshments including chocolate. 

It is believed that gong baths help to reduce stress as well as opening up emotional blockages. Scientific evidence suggests that sound therapy causes human DNA strands to auto-repair when they get damaged. Not only does playing certain tones promote vitality and healing, it may also enhance happiness. 

Apart from gongs, there’s a variety of other instruments used during the bath. They include Tibetan singing bowls, Burmese bells, ocean drums and kalimbas. It is a very mediative and relaxing experience and because the body is in this state it has the opportunity to return to homeostasis -the ability of the body or a cell to seek and maintain a condition of equilibrium or stability within its internal environment when dealing with external changes. The vibrations of the gongs, their overtones and undertones can help maintain and regulate the body's function.

£10/session. Please book. 

 

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4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March - double full moon
Mar
25
5:00 PM17:00

4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March - double full moon

 

The gong baths are weekly and each week will be different as indeed is every gong bath but we will be using more or less of certain percussion instruments before and after the bath - shruty, native rattles, flute, ocean drums, Burmese bells, Tibetan bowls, Kalimba, Koshi wind chimes, handpan and others. We had no full moon in February which is rare and as a result there are two in March. The first on March 2nd and the second on March 31st. As we saw in January, this is not a common event and is referred to as a Blue Moon. 

WHAT IS A BLUE MOON?

The modern day definition of a Blue Moon is when there are 2 full moons in one month. A full moon occurs roughly every 29.5 days and on the rare occasions when the full moon falls at the beginning of a month there is a good chance a Blue Moon will occur at the end of the month. The next blue moons in January and March will be in 2037.

DATES IN MARCH - 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

4th March - the Moon will be in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs which was 2 days ago. It is a good time to reset your intentions and link back with nature.

11th March -  Mothering Sunday. The Moon will be in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. 2 days after the last quarter. 

18th March - the Moon will be in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the new moon which was yesterday and is a great time to see the features of the moon's surface.

25th March - the Moon will be in a Waxing Gibbous phase. The first quarter was yesterday and this phase is when the moon is not yet a full moon (in this case a Blue Moon) which will occur on 31st so there is that build up of expectancy and it is a good time to reflect. 

There is more information on gong baths on the previous dates and on the Sound Therapy page. Please book by email: sarahemarten@gmail.com   £10/session. 

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FEBRUARY GONG BATH DATES
Feb
25
5:00 PM17:00

FEBRUARY GONG BATH DATES

These weekly gong baths are at 5pm and 7pm

The gong baths are now weekly. February doesn't have a full moon this year as we had two full moons in January. This month the Moon is new and lined up with the Sun on the 15th. The early months of the year favour views of the evening waxing crescent Moon which appear just after the new phase. This is because the Moon’s path in the sky tilts steeply against the western horizon after sunset during the spring.

The challenge of seeing a very thin lunar crescent can become addictive but it’s important to wait for the Sun to have set properly before looking. Failure to do so could lead to eye damage. In order to spot a thin Moon, you need to know where to look and to make sure that the horizon in that direction is unobstructed. The weather also needs to be kind.

Gong Baths: 11th, 18th & 25th February

£10 per session. Please book. Refreshments afterwards. 

 

 

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BLUE MOON GONG BATH
Jan
28
5:00 PM17:00

BLUE MOON GONG BATH

5pm and 7pm sessions.

January has two full moons. The first Full Moon was on January 2 and the second will be on Jan 31st a few days after the gong bath. Both are SUPERMOONS with the Moon being at it’s closest point to the earth making the Full Moon appear brighter and larger. The second full moon to occur in a single calendar month is known as a Blue Moon. Thanks to what is called the Metonic cycle, the next Blue Moons in January and March will be 19 years from now, in 2037. 

The moon affects us in the days before and after a full moon. The moon and the sun combine to create tides in Earth's oceans (in fact the gravitational effect is so strong that our planet's crust is stretched daily by these same tidal effects).

The ocean on the side of Earth facing the moon gets pulled in greater force toward the moon than the center of the planet. This creates a high tide. On the other side of the Earth, another high tide occurs, because the center of Earth is being pulled toward the moon more than the ocean on the far side. The result essentially pulls the planet away from the ocean (a negative force that effectively lifts the ocean away from the planet).

We are 75% water. The full moon is the high tide mark of the psyche. We feel the pull upward; the emotions & psychic waters rise. The full moon illuminates what the high tide brings in. What is not needed? What is treasure? A time to release & clear out.

£10/session. Please book - sarahemarten@gmail.com.

Mats, bolsters, balnkets and eye masks provided but please bring a cushion for your head. There are refreshments afterwards.

 

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NEW MOON, NEW YEAR GONG BATH
Jan
14
5:00 PM17:00

NEW MOON, NEW YEAR GONG BATH

The first gong baths of the New Year, resuming with two gong bath sessions:

5-6.30pm and 7-8.30pm.

Nearly new moon- the new moon is a few hours into 15th. This waning crescent is 6% visible on Sunday evening. A tiny fingernail in the sky. The new moon is the perfect time to create what you want to manifest in your life. Lunar cycles are very significant in energetic terms. New Moon energy is the time to sow new projects & intentions. We will start with some relaxation beforehand and some breathing to fully relax.

Refreshments afterwards. 

Next Gong Bath is 28th January. 5pm and 7pm sessions.

Please book: sarahemarten@gmail.com   £10/session

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Between Gong Bath - festive relaxation
Dec
27
5:00 PM17:00

Between Gong Bath - festive relaxation

This is an opportunity to restore, rebalance and re-energise after Christmas; to take some downtime for yourself and reconnect with your mind, body and spirit. Christmas can be taxing and occasionally stressful and sometimes we can be disconnected from ourselves as we focus on others. We all need a break and this is an opportune time before the New Year to feel our connection with the earth and its vibrational force.

The moon is in it's Waxing Gibbous phase- this phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. 

In the spirit of the season, we will be serving, after several glasses of water, mulled wine and mince pies. There will only be one bath at 5pm. 

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Super moon Gong Bath
Dec
3
5:00 PM17:00

Super moon Gong Bath

There will only be one gong bath this weekend as we have a gong puja on 2nd/3rd

This Sunday is a super moon. When a full moon coincides with its closest approach to Earth, it is called a Super Full Moon. Because it's so close to Earth, a Super Full Moon looks about 7% bigger than an average Full Moon. 

It is biggest during winter. Supermoons during Northern Hemisphere winter months tend to look larger than Supermoons that occur during the rest of the year. At this time of the year, Earth is closer to the Sun. Because of this, the Sun's gravity pulls the Moon closer to Earth, making any winter Super Full Moons look bigger than summer Super Full Moons.

The best time to enjoy a Super Full Moon is after moonrise when the Moon is just above the horizon, weather permitting. At this position, a Super Full Moon will look bigger and brighter than when it's higher up in the sky because you can compare the apparent size of the Moon with elements in the landscape like hills, foliage, and buildings.

The greatest difference between high and low tide is around Full Moon and New Moon. During these Moon phases, the gravitational forces of the Moon and the Sun combine to pull the ocean’s water in the same direction. These tides are known as spring tides or king tides.

This is a wonderful time to have a gong bath as our bodies are very receptive to the vibrations and energy of the gongs and can have a very positve effect espeially during this time when the stress of Christmas can begin to play into our lives.

Please book: sarahemarten@gmail.com   £10  Mats, balnkets, bolsters and eye masks provided. There are refreshements afterwards.

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All night gong puja
Dec
2
to Dec 3

All night gong puja

Join us for an all-night Gong Puja. This is another opportunity to bath all night in the resonant fullness of the gongs.

The Gong Puja is a Ceremony, Celebration and Sound Meditation, originated by Grand Gongmaster, Don Conreaux. The Gong Puja experience lasts about 7 ½ hours which is the equivalent of 10 x 45 minute Gong Baths. The normal length for a sound journey being 45 minutes.

Immersed in the sound of the gong and in the subtle ether’s of the sound bath the Innate Intelligence inherent in us all can more easily restore, rejuvenate, regenerate, cleanse, and re-establish holistic resonance between the mind/emotion/body.

All gong masters around the world are working towards peace, the creation of a compassionate world without violence or abuse for all the children of today and tomorrow, and a healthy planet. This puja will be dedicated towards this aim and you are also invited to create a personal intention for yourself and your loved ones.    

Timings and practical information

9.30-9.45pm – Arrival and settle in.

9.45-10.15pm – restorative yoga

10.15-10.30pm – opening ceremony

10.30-06.00am – All night gong puja

6.00-6.15am – Closing ceremony.

6.15am – there will then be a time to wake in your own way, either staying in the gong space or sitting round an open fire before breakfast at around 7am.

Breakfast is provided. On booking, please let us know of any dietary requirements.

Wear practical loose fitting clothing. Yoga mats and blankets are provided but please bring with you anything you wish to make yourself comfortable. E.g. extra mattress/roll mat, pillow, sleeping bag, duvet, blanket.

£50 incluidng full cooked breakfast on Sunday morning and refreshments available before and through the night if needed.

 

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Gong Bath- new moon
Nov
19
5:00 PM17:00

Gong Bath- new moon

There will be two gong baths as usual: 5-6.30pm and 7-8.30pm.

When new, the moon is traveling between the Earth and the sun. Sunlight is only reaching the side of the moon that is turned away from us, and the moon is in the same region of the sky where the sun is, so it cannot be seen. The 19th is the day after the new moon, so look low above the western horizon after sunset for the slender sliver of the waxing crescent moon.

Refreshments afterwards.

Please book: sarahemarten@gmail.com   £10/session

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Just past full moon and on Guy Fawkes evening
Nov
5
5:00 PM17:00

Just past full moon and on Guy Fawkes evening

There will be two gong baths as usual: 5-6.30pm and 7-8.30pm.

The November full moon is often called Frost moon as it is usually when the first frosts fall. The full moon falls early morning on the day before the bath (4th November) but will still be very bright. We hope to have a few fireworks before each bath so we can send up our intentions up with them!

This is a time of self care. A time to become truly concious of who we are: 

In a nutshell, consciousness is vibrations in the structure of the universe that our brain can decode.

Sir Roger Penrose. 

During a gong bath we experience many vibrations that re callibrate our bodies but also open our minds which is why we can find this a deeply relaxing experience and on occasions may see colours and make journeys in our mind. This is a wonderful way to de-stress, to iron out the dents and creases that this modern life causes and to just spend an hour with yourself. Only you. 

£10/session. Refreshments afterwards. Please bring a cushion for your head.

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New Moon Gong Bath
Oct
22
5:00 PM17:00

New Moon Gong Bath

Sun enters Scorpio       Mars enters Libra

 Today the Sun moves into the sign of Scorpio. The sun shines light on all life and illuminates your personality and ego identity. Scorpio is the sign of depth and intensity. Now we start the season of Scorpio. The sun shines light on the darker side of life.  The planet of the masculine within us all, Mars enters the sign of relationship, harmony and balance, Libra.

The moon is in a waxing crescent phase -the first phase after the new moon. The beginning of a cycle represents a clearing or release. The new moon is considered a growth phase and is an ideal time to plant seeds in our gardens as well as our hearts for the future. This is an invitation to start afresh, call in intentions, and set the tone for the next cycle. Mats, blankets and eye masks provided and refreshments afterwards. £10/session. Please bring a cushion for your head.

The gong bath's vibrational sound and frequency can help reduce stress, alter consciousness, creating a deep sense of peace and well-being for better health. The mind begins to empty and as J Krishnamurti once observed: "To be empty, completely empty is not a fearsome thing: it is absolutely essential for the mind to be unoccupied; to be empty, unenforced, for only then can it move into the unknown".

 

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Just past a full moon Gong Bath 8th Oct and Harvest Moon 10th September.
Oct
8
5:00 PM17:00

Just past a full moon Gong Bath 8th Oct and Harvest Moon 10th September.

There will be two sessions as usual: 5pm-6.30pm and 7pm-8.30pm.

The full moon fell on 5th October.  The moon on Sunday has 94% visibility so will still light our night. These autumn moons are a time to recalibrate and to return to ourselves. Often we are so busy we forget the connection with our body as we rush ahead in our minds, constantly reacting to outside stimuli. This is a wonderful time to Release, Renew, Re-energise, Repair, Restore and Relax

Everything around us is vibrating at a frequency, whether we hear it or not. It is rare that a full moon falls on a Sunday and the gravitational pull of the moon has a greater effect on the tides and within our bodies (we are 70% water). Sound frequencies can affect us on a cellular level, even influencing how we feel and function. 

The gong bath's vibrational sound and frequency can help reduce stress, alter consciousness, creating a deep sense of peace and well-being for better health. To greater amplify the healing effectiveness of this Gong Bath all you need to add is intention and the energy of a large moon. 

£10/session. Refreshments afterwards. Please bring a cushion for your head.

Please book by e-mail: sarahemarten@gmail.com

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10th September

Autumn is the season of the metal element and the time of the year for gathering and consolidating energy. Nature is slowing down after a productive summer in preparation for winter’s long sleep and our bodies have the tendency to do the same. Just as the leaves begin to turn colour as nature’s energy slows, our bodies begin to wind down in preparation for the long months ahead.

Everything around us is vibrating at a frequency, whether we hear it or not. Sound frequencies can affect us on a cellular level, influence how we feel and function. Sound healing practices like a Gong Bath uses vibrational sound and frequency to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace and well being for better health.

As summer ends, this is time to experience feeling nurtured in a state of deep relaxation. This is when healing take place as you are bathed by gentle sound waves, after which you will feel like you have had hours of sleep. 

To greater amplify the healing effectiveness of a Gong Bath you can add an intention before a session. Once you start to opening yourself up to this way of thinking and visualise a positive outcome for anything in your life the success of the outcome is intensified because the energy of intention is a powerful tool.

Mats, blankets and eye masks are provided. Please book. £10/session.  Refreshments.

Contact: sarahemarten@gmail.com

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New Moon Gong Bath
Jul
23
5:00 PM17:00

New Moon Gong Bath

There will be 2 sessions as usual on Sunday:  5 -6.30pm and 7-8.30pm. This is the last gong bath until September 10th.

A new moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new 28 day cycle. This is an excellent time for making a fresh start, turning over a new leaf or starting any new project.

Bringing an intention to a gong bath is a good way to focus on all the possibilities that lie before you. You don't have to do this but it can be a way to look at habits, behaviours and beliefs and to question if there are new and inventive ways to change things. The gong bath's vibrational sound and frequency can help reduce stress, alter consciousness, creating a deep sense of peace and well-being for better health. This is a deeply relaxing experience and it is also a time for you to focus on yourself becoming aware of any niggles, pains or stiffness that are present, allowing the vibrations of the gongs and other instruments to flow through you. 

The gong bath lasts for around 50 mins each session. There are other instruments such as shuti, flute, frame drums, Burmese bells, rattles and Tibetan bowls that are part of this experience. 

Blankets, mats and eye masks are provided so just bring a cushion for your head.£10/session. Refreshments afterwards. Please bring a cushion for your head.

Please book by e-mail: sarahemarten@gmail.com 

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Gong Bath- Full Moon or Thunder Moon
Jul
9
5:00 PM17:00

Gong Bath- Full Moon or Thunder Moon

There will be two sessions as usual: 5pm-6.30pm and 7pm-8.30pm.

This full moon rises in the late afternoon on Sunday. The Thunder Moon is named due to the prevalence of summer thunder storms. It's sometimes referred to as the Full Buck Moon because at this time of the year, a buck's antlers are fully grown. 

Release, Renew, Re-energise, Repair, Restore and Relax

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Everything around us is vibrating at a frequency, whether we hear it or not. It is rare that a full moon falls on a Sunday and the gravitational pull of the moon has a greater effect on the tides and within our bodies (we are 70% water). Sound frequencies can affect us on a cellular level, even influencing how we feel and function.

The gong bath's vibrational sound and frequency can help reduce stress, alter consciousness, creating a deep sense of peace and well-being for better health. To greater amplify the healing effectiveness of this Gong Bath all you need to add is intention and the energy of the full moon.

£10/session. Refreshments afterwards. Please bring a cushion for your head.

Please book by e-mail: sarahemarten@gmail.com

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Gong Bath- new moon
Jun
25
5:00 PM17:00

Gong Bath- new moon

There are two sessions as usual:

5-6.30pm and 7-8.30pm

The moon is so powerful, it is responsible for moving oceans, the ocean tides and for the growth of plants and we as humans are also affected by this powerful energy. The meaning of a new moon is the opportunity to start anew and refresh your dreams and desires. On 24th June, this New Moon is in Cancer (Sun conjunct Moon in Cancer) – we may feel highly sensitive easily and this is an excellent time to focus on our emotionla intelligence during the bath and feel a deep connection with our body. 

£10/ session. Please bring a cushion for your head Refreshments afterwards.

 

 

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Summer Solstice Gongs and Drums
Jun
20
to Jun 21

Summer Solstice Gongs and Drums

This year, the summer solstice will take place on Wednesday, June 21. Celebrating  the solstice can remind us of the preciousness of each day and season because the truth of its passing away is also acknowledged. It is important to move with the cycles of nature and actually feel them. Here is an opportunity watch the sunset and to rise early in the following morning and witness and be part of this special sunrise. The rest of the year is shaped by this and many feel this is a healthy and vital connection for the body, mind and spirit.

There are two options for this evening/morning:

Sunset Gong Bath, 20th June - 9.30pm -10.30pm                                                  

The sun will set at 9.21pm on 20th June. The following morning heralds the summer solstice at 4.25am. If you would like a Gong Bath but cannot stay the entire night then this will be a time to connect with the solstice. £10 with refreshments afterwards.

All night gong bath. 9.30pm - 5.15am.                                                                  

The sun rises at 4.25am. The evening begins at 9.30pm on 20th June and the gong bath will move into softer instruments while those coming for just an hour will leave. It will then continue through the night with 3 gong players in rotation until 5.15am when we will watch the sun rise whilst sitting around the fire pit.                                                                         There will be a drumming session led by Tim Byford which we can all join (drums and percussion instruments provided but bring your own instruments if you would like). The morning will end with a cooked breakfast at 6.30am.                                                                                   If you are planning to go to work afterwards this gives enough time for you to return home. The gong bath will allow for very deep relaxation and possibly deep sleep so the plan is that you will feel fully rejuvenated, revived and fully rested the following morning with a spring and a hop in you step. 

£50/person with snacks in the evening and cooked breakfast the following morning.

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May Gong Baths - nearly a full moon (7th) and waning moon (21st).
May
21
5:00 PM17:00

May Gong Baths - nearly a full moon (7th) and waning moon (21st).

There are two sessions as usual one from 5-6.30pm and the second from 7-8.30pm.

  • May 21st- waning moon couples with Venus

Venus is at it’s brightest in the morning sky in late April and early May, but … Venus is always brilliant and beautiful, the brightest celestial body to light up our sky besides the sun and moon. In the very early morning before sunrise after this gong bath it will be possible to see the picturesque coupling of the waning crescent moon and Venus in the eastern sky.  

Venus (Greek: Aphrodite; Babylonian: Ishtar) is the goddes of love and beauty. The planet is so named probably because it is the brightest of the planets known to the ancients and has been known since pre-historic times. This is a time to connect to ourselves - to the love and beauty within each of us that we often ignore.

Please bring  cushion for your head. Refreshments afterwards. £10/session.

  • May, 7th - nearly a full moon

On this day the Moon will be in a Waxing Gibbous phase. The moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon and this lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has it’s roots in the Latin word "gibbosus" meaning humpbacked.

Please bring  cushion for your head. Refreshments afterwards. £10/session.

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Gong Bath, waning moon
May
8
3:00 PM15:00

Gong Bath, waning moon

There are two sessions as usual one from 5-6.30pm and the second from 7-8.30pm.

Venus is at it’s brightest in the morning sky in late April and early May, but … Venus is always brilliant and beautiful, the brightest celestial body to light up our sky besides the sun and moon. In the very early morning before sunrise after this gong bath it will be possible to see the picturesque coupling of the waning crescent moon and Venus in the eastern sky.  

Venus (Greek: Aphrodite; Babylonian: Ishtar) is the goddes of love and beauty. The planet is so named probably because it is the brightest of the planets known to the ancients and has been known since pre-historic times. This is a time to connect to yourself- to love and beauty within.

 

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Gong Bath -  nearly full and waning moons on 9th & 23rd April
Apr
9
5:00 PM17:00

Gong Bath - nearly full and waning moons on 9th & 23rd April

There are two sessions as usual one from 5-6.30pm and the second from 7-8.30pm.

  • 9th April:

Although a day and a half off the full moon, we will still feel its effects and see its luminosity.

What are the phases of the moon? It takes the Moon 29.53 days to orbit completely around the Earth in a full lunar cycle. During this time, the Moon will go through each phase. Since the Moon’s orbital journey takes a little less than a full month, we cannot always have a specific moon phase on a Sunday and a Full Moon occurs a day or two earlier each month.

It’s the Moon’s journey as it orbits around Earth that creates the predictable dance between light and shadow. And while the changes may seem slow, on any given day the amount of Moon illuminated by the Sun can vary by as much as 10-percent. 

The four main Moon phases are the New Moon, First Quarter Moon, Full Moon and Last Quarter Moon. These phases occur at very specific times and are measured by both the Moon’s luminosity and how far along the Moon is in its orbit around Earth. We will always be on or near one of these phases duirng a gong bath. The remaining four Moon phases occur at halfway points between the main phases. They have wonderful names -Waxing Crescent Moon, Waxing Gibbous Moon, Waning Gibbous Moon and Waning Crescent Moon.

  • 23rd April:

On this day the Moon will be in a Waning Crescent phase. The Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This is a good time to make a new intention and to feel the energy of the earth as Spring is now in full flow. 

Please book and bring a cushion for your head and anything else you need to be comfortable. Refreshments afterwards. £10/session.

 

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Gong Bath on Mothering Sunday
Mar
26
5:00 PM17:00

Gong Bath on Mothering Sunday

A lovely way to unwind and celebrate that extra hour of light and make intentions that will nurture heart, body and soul. This is also the start of British Summer time.

Two sessions as usual one from 5-6.30pm and the second from 7-8.30pm

Please book and bring a cushion for your head and anything else you need to be comfortable. Refreshments afterwards. £10/session. There will be some bubbly at the end (after drinking lots of water!) to celebrate Mothering Sunday and my significant birthday!

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Gong Bath March 12th Full Moon
Mar
12
5:00 PM17:00

Gong Bath March 12th Full Moon

The human body is about 75 percent water, and so people often ask whether tides are at work inside us. The moon and the sun combine to create tides in Earth's oceans (in fact the gravitational effect is so strong that our planet's crust is stretched daily by these same tidal effects). 

There will be 2 sessions on each day as usual -one at 5pm- 6.30pm and one at 7pm- 8.30pm. Please book in advance by emailing: sarahemarten@gmail.com. £10/session. Mineral water, herb tea, dates and chocolate   afterwards. Please bring a cushion for your head. 

 

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