Research (2019-2021)

In order to disseminate the research from her SSHRC Postdoctoral Study, Stacey curated an online museum/gallery of audio tours with the themes from research with 2 gong master teachers.

10 Nights of Gong / Sonic Performances / 10 Gong Research Themes

Online Audio Museum with 10 Themes – Gallery of Sonic Arts

Click Here to Explore – Headphones Recommended – Each Audio Tour from 4 to 19 minutes

Gong Master-Teachers:
Don Conreaux teaching in India and Sheila Whittaker giving a gong bath in the UK

A Sonic and Performative Ethnography of Gong Master-Teachers

Stacey also curated curated a 10-day outdoor, live event for the courtyard of the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Regina.

From JUNE 17 – 26, 2021 in Regina, Canada, Stacey presented the 10 main themes from her research with 2 gong master-teachers, Don Conreaux and Sheila Whittaker. Each of the nights, she gave a 15-minute research talk followed by a 45-minute improvised gong sound immersion. Some days included special collaborative guests such as vocalist Helen Pridmore, flutist Tara Semple, and crystal bowl player, Dami Egbeyemi. Registration required – click here for detailed information. Each night was fully booked with wait list. As weather permits, we were outdoors and could accommodate 6 more attendees.

Stacey presenting her research at Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, Regina, SK, Canada, June 2021

Below is a sample of the the first theme – listen to all 10 themes via the online audio museum link at top of this page —

Theme 1: Holistic Resonance

“Total gong sound is truly pure holistic resonance. … The experiencer is wrapped in a cocoon or womb that is so charged with powerful wholesome tone that at some point the person seems to disappear completely into the sound field. This is a phenomena that can be called conscious dematerialization through sensorial sound saturation.” – Don Conreaux, Magnum Opus of the Gong, Vol I

Holistic Resonance

Gong baths are offered as a sound immersion or sound meditation for groups, small or large. Gong baths are also offered as sound treatments for individuals in one-to-one session. The client lies on the ground or a massage table, and gongs are placed around the client. In this audio, gong master-teacher Sheila Whittaker is giving a gong bath to her assistant, Pauline, as an example for the gong trainees. This was recorded in a community space in Buckerell, UK. You may hear the sound of the wooden floorboards creaking while Sheila walks around the client to use different and multiple gongs. Enjoy this sampler of a one-on-one session given by Sheila.

Sheila first explains to the gong trainees: “Now this treatment is going to be shorter than I would normally do, of course, I am going to kind of condense it. So, I would normally do treatments between 40 and 50 minutes. Occasionally we run over. For this demonstration, I’m just going to do about 15 minutes or so, so what I’m doing will be condensed. I would normally take a lot longer. For a one-to-one session in this sort of scenario, I do the Universal Greeting at the beginning. … [Gently speaking to the practice-client laying on the ground]… Just focus on your breathing, Pauline. Allow the breath to take you deeply inside, to the still space. [Begin Universal Greeting to the client] I offer you peace. I offer you friendship. I offer you love. I hear your needs. I see your beauty. I feel your feelings. All wisdom flows from the highest source. I honour that source in you. Let us work together. For you are my own true self…”

——— Gong bath ———

——— Silence ———

Client (Pauline): “Um, yah, beautiful, thank you.”

Sheila: “So you are in this kind of cocoon. Whether you are on the floor or on the couch; you know you are in your sort of own cocoon. … I always have to say, my bottom line is always, if it feels right, go that way. If it doesn’t then no. You must use instinct, intuition. Do what feels right … [while playing gong for a client…or in life].”

Image below: Gong master-teacher, Sheila Whittaker, giving a sample one-on-one gong bath to a client (Pauline) during a gong training in Buckerell, UK, January 2020.

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For more info or to say hello, contact Stacey via email: blissresearch@icloud.com