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Victory Hall

Summer Gong Puja

Summer Gong Puja - all night sound ceremony & gong workshop

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Summer Gong Puja
Summer Gong Puja

Time & Location

01 Jun 2024, 13:00 – 02 Jun 2024, 10:00

Victory Hall, Westfield Rd, Uphill, Weston-super-Mare, Uphill BS23 4XG, UK

About the event

The gong puja was envisioned by Don Conreaux, one of the original teachers of the way of the gong; he saw that putting 10 sound healings together in a ceremonial context created a powerful opportunity for energetic realignment. Ali Gunning, sound and yoga therapist, holder of sacred space and retreat facilitator has been facilitating sound healing for 14 years and brings a feminine light to holding the puja space as well as a passion for empowering people in their own healing by playing the gongs. Morven will be co-creating this event with Ali.

Receive healing sound for 8 hours from the comfort of your own ‘sound nest’. You can also join us for a daytime workshop to learn about and play the gongs, co-creating the ceremony.

Option 1/ Participate in the gong intro workshop + all night puja 

During the afternoon there will be a gong playing workshop where Ali teaches you simple playing techniques so that you can participate, with our support, during the all night puja. After a shared dinner we prepare the ceremonial space, practise for the puja, sip cacao and set our intentions. During the puja you will play one 45 slot in the ‘portal’ of 8 incredible gongs, giving you plenty of time to receive and rest as well. Many people find this opportunity to co-create the sound, to give and receive, brings them to a deeper layer of transformation. See below for more about the flow of the evening…

Option 2/ Places available for ‘receiving only’

For the puja you will bring your bedding into the space and spend the whole night in a cocoon of vibrations from 8 high quality planetary and symphonic gongs. Ali and Morven hold a sacred, safe space for your healing as they play the gongs continuously for 8+ hours along with those who have participated in the afternoon workshop. 

We gather for an opening circle with meditation, sharing and intention setting then move into silence as the gongs begin to play. Please note the level of sound remains continuous through the night allowing you to drift into a transformative sleep or state of rest like no other!

After the gongs finish in the morning there will be a deep silence, before guided integration through movement and breath. We create a grounding breakfast before the closing circle. Herbal teas and water are available through the night.

What to wear

Please dress warmly in layers and warm socks and be aware you will be laying still on the floor through the night.

What to bring 

A closed flask/cup for any drinks brought into the space

Something to lay on that is appropriate for your body’s needs (e.g. several layers of yoga mats, camping mat or inflatable mattress – nothing that squeaks please)

Covers such as duvet, sleeping bag, blankets, a hot water bottle if you need

A pillow or cushion for your head and a scarf or eye pillow to shade your eyes ( we will need to have some low lighting in the space)

Any sacred objects you wish to place on the altar relating to the season or your intentions

An offering for the altar such as flowers or object from nature

Suitability

Not suitable for those who are pregnant or have not experienced a sound bath before. We ask that you have attended a min 3 sound baths before stepping into the Puja space (see schedule for upcoming events).

If you have a pacemaker, tinnitus, epilepsy or metal implants from recent surgery please speak to me before booking. Please also contact me if you are experiencing mental health issues, need support for mobility issues or would like to talk through whether the puja is right for you at this time. We will require you to complete a health form upon booking and may contact you to talk through any health conditions.

The space will be kept meat, alcohol and drug free throughout. Please refrain from wearing strong perfumes or deodorants.

Flow of the event

1-5pm gong playing workshop

5.30-6.30pm shared supper

6.30pm setting up the ceremonial space & puja playing practise, cacao optional

9pm doors open for the puja only participants 

9.30pm opening ceremony

10.30pm gongs begin and play through the night

6.30am silence

7am guided grounding practise and chants 

7.45am breakfast, sharing & closing circle

You will need to clear your bedding etc by 10am

Please note that everyone is expected to stay for the closing ceremony as an integral part of the process

Please book the event through Ali's website:

https://www.resonantbeing.com/schedule/summer-all-night-gong-puja-2024-bristol-weston-super-mare

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