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Advanced Gong Playing – Seattle, WA
Advanced Gong Playing
A Journey of Gong Exploration
July 21-24, 2022
with Mehtab Benton, Laura Benton, Wayne Marto, and Roger Tjoelker
Join us for 4 days of intermediate and advanced gong training in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other gong players and further develop your gong practice. We’ll explore gongs, discover new ways to play and use them, and gain some insight on growing as a gong player. There will be a variety of gongs at this training along with plenty of hands-on exercises allowing you to play and practice what you are learning. You’ll also have some time to experience the dynamic and vibrant city of Seattle, also known as the Emerald City.
Day 1: The Gongs – July 21st 12:00-6:00 pm
Topics include: the story and mystery of the gong, types of gongs, planetary gongs, gong sound science, benefits of gong sound energy, how gongs are made, types of mallets, and choosing and buying a gong.
Day 2: Playing Techniques – July 22nd 9:00-6:00 pm
Topics include: Intermediate and advanced playing techniques with practice exercises related to using mallets, using areas of the gong, gong maps, rhythm, and volume.
Day 3: Gong Applications – July 23rd 9:00-6:00 pm
Topics include: putting together a session, sequences, modifying a session for various applications, preparing to play, playing multiple gongs, playing with others, and the optimal setting/acoustics for various applications.
Day 4: The Player – July 24th 9:00-4:00 pm
Topics include: Your journey with gongs, tools to enhance your playing, intuition, business, and marketing. You’ll also have an opportunity to practice what you’ve learned in a group gong sound session.
Is this Training for Me?
This training is for anyone who wishes to explore the gong at a deeper level. To receive the maximum benefit from this course you should have some experience with playing the gong or have taken a basic level gong training course. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact one of the instructors.
The instructors will provide several gongs for the training, so you don’t need to bring a gong. However, if you would like to bring your gong(s), stand(s) and mallet(s), you are very welcome to do so. Use the registration form to indicate the gong(s) you can bring if any.
Upon completion of this course, you will be certified in Advanced Gong Playing by the International Gong Yoga Association.
Transformative Sound Studio
12549 28th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125
About the Instructors
Mehtab Benton has played the gong since 1994 and has trained students, yoga teachers, therapists, and musicians in the art of playing the gong throughout Europe, Australia, Asia, North and South America. He is the originator and author of Gong Yoga, the first book on using the gong in the practice of yoga and two additional books on the gong; Teaching Gong Yoga: Theory and Practice and Gong Therapy: Sound Healing & Yoga. A practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga for nearly 50 years, Mehtab has trained yoga teachers in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga.
Laura (Guru Karam) Benton has played the Gong for over 25 years. She is a certified Level 1 and Level 2 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer with certifications in Yoga Therapy and Advanced Yoga Therapy. She is an advanced practice nurse and has played the gong in her work with hospice patients. Laura brings her experience as a clinical hypnotherapist and medical Ayurvedic practitioner into playing the gong for healing and relaxation.
Wayne Marto is a life-long musician who has performed over 400 group Gong Meditations. His authentic style of playing, infused with passion and intention, promotes deep relaxation and transformation. Wayne is the Founder and Executive Director of Beneficial Sound, a 501(c)3 public charity committed to bringing wellness to the mind, body and soul through sound and vibration. He has a degree in Psychology, is a Certified Gong Practitioner and is a member of the American Sound Healers Association.
Roger Tjoelker, founder of Transformative Sound LLC, is a professional gong player based in Seattle, Washington. Formerly a corporate CFO, he first heard the gong played well at a Transformational Breath® Seminar and instantly knew that he had to learn to play and bring this amazing sound energy to others. He now offers Gong Sound Immersion group events, private sessions, and training in the Seattle area, and occasionally tours the west coast. Roger uses several gongs and a variety of mallets to provide a full spectrum of transformative sound energy.
Thu, Jul 21: 12pm – 6pm
Fri, Jul 22: 9am – 6pm
Sat, Jul 23: 9am – 6pm
Sun, Jul 24: 9am – 4pm
Registration by 6/1/2022: $695
Registration after 6/1/2022: $795