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Advanced Gong Playing – Chappell Hill, TX

March 16, 2018 - March 18, 2018


Yoga and Sound Retreat

with Mehtab and Friends

Margaret Austin Retreat Center

Chapel Hill, Texas

Come immerse yourself in meditation, yoga and the transformational sound of the GONG with international teacher Mehtab Benton, the creator of Gong Yoga, in a series of retreats at the beautifully serene Margaret Austin Center located between Austin and Houston Texas. Enjoy consciously prepared delicious vegetarian Ayurvedic meals created for the season to balance your energy and heal your body. Experience the sound of of many Gongs and sound healing instruments expertly played for your meditation, yoga and deep relaxation in a natural environment and sonically designed meditation hall.

March 16-18

Advanced Gong Playing

Take your gong playing to the next level in this advanced training with Mehtab!

In this special course offered for the first time in the United States, you will learn how to construct playing sequences from a place of intuition and elevation. You will discover how to use the three components of gong playing – rhythm, volume, and placement – to create a journey and tell a story through your gong playing.

You will learn how to play with multiple mallets in a gong session and experience the joy and accomplishment of playing with two mallets to create new and different playing techniques. You will also learn to play two gongs at once and how to complement and play with other gong players in concert and relaxation.

We will explore playing hand-held gongs and how to position gongs in circles, labyrinths and gong chambers. You will also learn how to use “rubbing” and friction mallets, along with other sacred sound instruments, to create gong soundscapes and deep relaxation.

Graduates receive a certificate of completion as a Gong Master Practitioner.


Course Requirements

In order to enroll, you must have taken an in-person or online gong training (www.gongdharma) with Mehtab by March 15.


  • Or you may enroll in the Gong Playing Fundamentals class held Friday afternoon (1 to 4 pm) before the training course begins.


GONG Shopping Is Fun!

We will have a few new gongs and mallets at the training for you to try out and purchase if you like.

We can also special order a gong in advance to take home with you. What do you want?!

Retreat Location

Margaret Austin Retreat Center is located in a peaceful rural area near the town of Chapel Hill, Texas. It is a non-profit center that has hosted regional and national retreats for over 40 years with such presenters as Ram Das (Richard Alpert). The only people on-site during the retreat are the teachers, retreat participants, and cooks in order to create a personal, friendly and quiet environment.


Yogic Meals

Meals are vegan (with dairy options) and are organically and seasonally based and locally sourced whenever possible. The principles of Ayurveda are observed in the menu design and preparation to create meals that are both energetically balanced and absolutely delicious. Special dietary needs are graciously accommodated. Meals begin Friday evening and end with Sunday lunch. Breakfast is 7:30, lunch is 12:30, and dinner is 6:30.


Advanced Gong Training Course

Friday March 16 • 5pm to Sunday March 18 • 3pm

Gong Playing Fundamentals

Friday March 16 • 1-4 pm


Prices and Registration

Course prices (includes six gourmet meals and bunkhouse lodging or camping):

Advanced Gong Training Course


Registration for Retreat

Gong Playing Fundamentals


Registration for Fundamentals

Early registration discount $50 (by February 1st) All meals and dormitory-style accommodations included. Camping is available for those who want to be under the starry skies.

Early Registration Discount Code: SAVE50 (must be entered at time of purchase to apply)


March 16, 2018
March 18, 2018
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Mehtab Benton
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Margaret Austin Center
6650 Trackside Rd
Chappell Hill, TX 77426 United States
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