In my journey to learn to play the Gongs, playing a lot of other exiting instruments as the Shruti and the Ocean Drum and start singing and composing again I have met a lot of beautiful teacher. I am happy to introduce you to them all.
DON CONREAUX was drawn to Eastern mysticism and Philosophy from an early age. As a teenager in 1952, his first esoteric teacher was Paramahansa Yogananda with Don receiving his kriya Initiation in 1953. His formal education includes a Masters Degree in Theatre and from 1952 through to 1969 he became an Actor, Writer and Director working in Hollywood and New York.
In 1969 he studied with Yogi Bhajan the founder of 3HO and became one of the first five Kundalini Yoga Teachers trained by Yogi. Don established the Nanak Dwara Ashram for Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Phoenix Arizona in 1970 and ran it for six years. During that time Don discovered how the sound of the Gong could be a transformative, healing tool for Humanity. He also met with Dane Rudhyar and studied his work. As a result of Don’s studies into the sound and effect of the Gong, Don created:
The Gong Yoga of Holistic Resonance, the title of Gong Master, Gong Therapy, the Gong Bath, the Gong Puja, Spiritual Free Jazz, Songs And Concerts For Humanity and Gong Master Training (GMT).
His Way Of The Gong writings are the synthesis of a lifetime’s study and experience. They are: Gongs of our Solar System, Magnum Opus Volumes 1,2 and 3, Music Of Wholeness, Gong Essays, The Sacred Geometry of Starhenge, The Universal Chiometer and The Kriya Kundalini Gong Yoga MEM Manual and Shruti Songs.
Now in his 84th year, Don continues to teach globally GMT, the art and science of Sacred Geometry, Divination and designs World Peace Gong and Bell Gardens. He has established globally over a dozen such gardens. All are dedicated to the coming first day of World Peace and Planetary Co-operation in a world without violence for our children of the New Millenium.
AIDAN McINTYRE met the gong in 1993 and it was a transformational experience, to say the least. From that moment on he has dedicated his life to sharing his experience and research with the World at large. The Singing Bowls came into his life at that same time and they became an integral addition to his work with the Gong. From that first meeting, he and Don have become life-long friends and have travelled and worked together ever since.
Around that time Singing Bowls also entered Aidan’s life and became an integral part of his work with the Gong. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area he was able to hone his skills whilst researching and experimenting with the effect of Therapeutic Sound. This he shared working with children, those with Autism, retirees and many others. He has brought the Gong to retirement homes, hospitals, hospices, funerals and memorial services. On a lighter note, he has even played with a Bay Area Jazz Band.
Aidan is a generous teacher sharing his acquired wisdom. He also likes sharing his large collection of Gongs, Antique Singing Bowls and Conch shells, sharing their origins and uses in Sound Therapy. Don and Aidan together created the Gong Master Training Course which came to fruition in the UK and is now in its twenty-second year in 2018. They have taken this training around the world to Europe, Asia and both North and South America and Australia.. The UK GMT is a rare opportunity to receive the training from both Don and Aidan teaching together. When not on the road teaching, Aidan has a practice teaching individual students personally or via Skype and offers one-to-one gong therapy from his home in Gloucestershire.
Aidan is also the creator of the ‘Rotogong’ which is an attachment to the gong stand which enables one to rotate any gong 360 degrees whilst playing. ‘’ I believe that this creation will change the way the Gong is presented by the gong playing community and that it completely revolutionises the whole Gongbath experience both sonically and emotionally’’….