I have never considered myself a teacher in any way or have ever had the calling to teach. But one evening this summer at the mountain Smolnik in Slovenia my perspective changed totally. I got a call to teach to play Gong.
My meeting with 3 fantastic girls
It was the evening before we started the in-house training before going on the “Gong-Caravane of Peace 2018“. I had brought my 3 Gongs, my Ocean Drum and my Rainstick to the training and started setting up the stands and the Gongs. In the room 3 girls of 6, 8 and 9 years old were playing but when they saw the Gongs they approached me with BIG eyes. “WHAT IS THAT?” one of them asked me. And I told them to wait a minute.
I finished setting up the Gongs and started playing for them. And they were just amazed. Then as guided from above I started to teach them to play the Gongs with mallets and flumies and the Ocean Drum and the Rainstick. It was fantastic. They just picked it up right away.
It was SO wonderful for me to share my Gongs with the girls..feel their enthusiasm and joy. The played as a team for nearly 3 hours that night switching the different instruments.
I got a call to teach to play Gong
The next day at breakfast they were waiting for me and had one of the parents read the handwritten note to me in English..WAUW it meant a lot to me and had me thinking!!! I felt like I got a call to teach to play Gong.
The joy of teaching to play Gong
No I had never thought of myself as a teacher. But I actually HAD been a teacher for most of my grown up years in many aspects of life and I realized that it just meant SO much to me to be able to give and enrich the life of others by playing the Gong.
Since the night in Slovenia I have shared my Gongs with a lot of people new to the playing. Children, young and older men and women and people from all walks of life. And the response is always the same…amazement, joy and connection.
I have taken my call to teach to play the Gong very seriously and would just love SO much to share the experience with you as well. Please check “Do you want to play Gongs?” for more info.
Dear Mrs. Lone
Thank you for being here and for teaching us to play Gong and other instruments.
After attending the Advanced Gong Master Training in Italy July 2017 I just HAD to have my first Gongland Gong. I decided on a 36″ Universe Gong as my first Gong and it has definitely been a great joy for me to play it ever since.
I still remember the night I returned home very late and looked at it. MY Gong. I had been driving for 10 hours and nearly 1000 km forth and back to the workshop that day. But I felt NO tiredness at all. Just pure joy.
Getting your first Gong
I think getting your first Gong is always something special. It will always mean something special to you. And as my Gongland Gongs are some of the very first Gongs Rolf made in his own label to me that makes it even more special.
I decided on a 36” Gong as it big enough to make that deep sound I really love. The sound that really just “fills the room” and touches something in everybody. It is a fine size for me to easily take to teachings and Gong Baths and share it with whoever wants to listen or try to play. One thing is playing for yourself but sharing just fills me with joy.
But I admit it I LOVE big Gongs and the day I went to pick up this Gong I fell in Love. REALLY love at first sight. I saw it the moment I entered the room and could immediately feel the vibrations even though it was only hanging on the stand. A fantastic 42” Old Wise Earth Gong. Not for sale that day…but after half a year I bought it. Read the story here.
The sound of the Gong
I had the great joy of having Aidan McIntyre being in Germany with Rolf that day. I persuaded him to play a little and I just want to share it here with you. A VERY special day for me indeed. Hope you enjoy and get inspired 🙂
I have always felt deeply connected to the Ocean. Ever since I was a little girl I just loved to go swimming in the Ocean. No matter how cold the water was. And the bigger the waves the better it was for me. And so it still is. And I guess it always will be and that is why I prioritize to live by the Ocean. As an adult I have even started winter bathing going into the water even though the temperature is below freezing point.
The effect of the Sound of the Ocean
But being in the water is not the only important thing for me. The sound of the Ocean is so very, very calming for me. The sound of the waves rolling onto the shore just calmes my mind and nerveous system. It is an easy way to get this effect into your daily life. This way I can have the calming effect every day and that is why I just love my Ocean Drum.
Ocean Drum in my Sessions
As I feel so deeply impacted by the sound of the ocean, I always incorporate the drum in my work. It is so funny to experience that even though people lie or sit with closed eyes, they open their eyes just a bit to see what is going on when I start to play the Ocean Drum. I can feel that the participants in the Sessions just wait for me to come and play close to them. And that they feel kind of hmmm when I move on to play for the next person.
Scientific proof in progress
In past years a lot of studies has been done to prove scientifically that sounds really do impact us as humans. The studies really intensifies these years even in the established Health Care Systems and the Universities around the world. I have read over and over again in the articles that sound will play a major role in our health care in the future.
So yes I really enjoy studying this topic. To make it easy for you to get access to some of my findings I have included the page “Scientific studies” on this website. This page will be updated on a regular basis and please feel free to send me your own findings.
Meeting with Don, Aidan, Christof and “Rolf” the 5th of July 2017 made that evening a very special evening . For two days I had been attending the intro course for the Advanced GMT in Italy led by Christof Bernhard. It was late night and I was on my way from the venue to the hotel when I met Don and Aidan in the hall. I felt it was too embarrassing to turn around and stay so I left the building.
But walking on the other side of the road I could hear Dons voice SO clearly even though I was 100m away from the building and all the windows were closed. I stopped, stood for a little while and then decided to go back.
Looking back at this not very good video, my future with the Gong is all incapsulated in it. My three wonderful teachers Don, Aidan and Christof and not in person but represented by a prototype Gong also my fantastic Gong maker Rolf Nitsch from Gongland. I actually bought the Universe gong in the video as my very first Gong.
Before I left for the training I just KNEW it would change my life. Not knowing exactly how but I just knew. And for sure it has. I have got so many gongfriends from all over the world. People I have met at my two Gong Master Trainings in Italy and the Gongcaravane travelling Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia.
I look so much forward to share my passion of the Gongs with you and hope to see you soon.