Join us for the winter Solstice and spend the night bathed in the sound of the gongs. The winter Solstice is the death point of the year, the deepest night and the point of most stillness, and with each death there is the opportunity to create anew. This year’s Solstice also coincides with a full moon in cancer on the morning of the 22nd so it is also a time for going inside and resting in your emotional landscape and nurturing your innermost desires and dreams. This will be our theme. One of stillness and gentle nurturing and as we do this for ourselves we will also be playing for the gentle nurturing of our community, country and all humanity beyond.
This year we offer two ways for you to join us.
Simply as a gong puja participant you will arrive at 9.30pm and be lead in very gentle restorative yoga for half an hour to prepare your body to receive the sound of the gong. There will be a short opening ceremony followed by 7.5 hours of gong playing. Extra blankets and pillows will be provided and the room will be kept warm. There will then be a closing ceremony followed by some gentle chanting, for those who wish to join, and a cooked breakfast together.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play the gong and play the gong for others? Before the Puja we will be offering an afternoon’s training on gong playing for the puja that will begin at 2pm. This provides an opportunity to play a slot for the other attendees during the night and is a rare opportunity to have a basic introduction to gong playing where you will be fully guided throughout, followed by the experience of playing at a solstice celebration.
Playing the gong, unlike other instruments, has very little technique so it is possible to learn the basics in a short time. However the afternoons training will also focus on playing the gong with an intention and there will be an opportunity to play for another. You will then assist in preparing the space for the evening to come. It is our wish that you will find playing for others during the puja an honour and a rewarding experience. There will be a light supper before the puja begins and refreshmens during the training.