First time in Bristol! Join us in celebrating World Healing Day with a special All Night gonging session.
We invite you to the Gong Puja, followed by a rejuvenating Qi Gong session in the morning.
When? This spring, on Saturday, the 27th of April at Shirehampton Public Hall.
HEAL YOURSELF WITH SOUND
On the 27th of April this year, World Healing Day—which traditionally falls on the last Saturday of April—commemorates 25 years since its inception. Initially celebrated as World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, it has since transformed into World Healing Day.
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WHAT IS GONG PUJA?
In Buddhism, Puja (Sanskrit & Pali: pūjā) represents expressions of honour and devotional attention. A Gong Puja goes beyond mere reverence; it creates a sacred space for our being’s innate ability to heal—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is a profound act of honouring oneself, embracing the essence of self-care and inner restoration.
According to Grand Gong Master and its creator, Don Conreaux, a Gong Puja is a devotional ritual which allows space for participants to heal in mind, body and spirit. The gong, in itself, facilitates self-healing. It helps us get into a place of divine connection.
Gong Puja is a unique experience lasting 7 and a half hours, which is equivalent to 10 x 45 minute baths in the sounds of the gong.
Gongs are very powerful sound tools and their effects are vast. Their sonic depths and washing overtones surround us and work through us to help us to reach a truly relaxed state. Henceforth, they can also bring about true transformation and remove any blockages.
Read more about gong puja and brain waves here.
WHAT TO EXPECT
On the evening of the 27th of April, everybody is welcomed to gather together in the village hall, starting at 9PM, where we set up our sleeping areas, ready for the night ahead. This extraordinary event will begin with a sacred circle and the heart opening tea ceremony, creating safe and supportive space for all participants. We will then embark on a guided meditation led by Maria, helping to calm the mind and prepare for the journey ahead.
For a mesmerising 7.5 hours, Magdalena, Maria and Marta will gently play a variety of gongs, following the traditional Gong Puja format. This format involves continuous playing of the gongs throughout the night, creating a symphony of healing vibrations that will wash over you, promoting deep relaxation, restful sleep, stress relief, and inner harmony.
As you surrender to the soothing sounds, you may find yourself entering a state of profound meditation or experiencing a profound sleep like no other, where you are awake in a dream.
Just after the Gongs cease their resonant symphony, a profound silence envelops the space—a sacred pause known as the assimilation time. During this pregnant silence (Shunya), time seems to stretch, and the echoes of the Gongs linger in the air. It is a moment of integration, where the vibrations settle within us, touching the depths of our being.
In this Shunya, this void of sound, we find stillness and presence. It may last for several minutes, allowing us to absorb the healing frequencies that have danced through our cells. And then, like a gentle rebirth, the ceremony may continue.
In this sacred interlude, we’ll honour the silence, the sound, and the spaces in between.
The Ceremony then will continue after this “Shunya”, or Pregnant Silence with the re-birthing sounds of the Wind Chimes, shruti, singing bowls and chanting.
Before breakfast there will be a balancing Qigong session that will re-set us in the body after a deep journey in sounds.
Finally, we’ll gather up in the morning for a light breakfast, snack together, ready and rested, feeling renewed for the days ahead.
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN A GONG PUJA
During a gong puja, the benefits of a regular gong bath are amplified. By immersing yourself in the sound vibrations of a gong, you have the opportunity to heal, rebuild, unlock, and address mental, emotional, and physical issues.
Being in a theta state of deep relaxation and mental clarity, you may experience a profound sense of tranquillity and good health.
Additionally, a gong puja can boost energy and vitality. Participants have reported feeling refreshed and prepared to tackle the day, even if they didn’t sleep well during the puja night.
Shirehampton Public Hall,
32 Station Road, Shirehampton
BRISTOL, BS11 9TX
Shirehampton Public Hall is in Station Road close to local shops, services and cafes. The number 13 (weekdays only) bus stops outside the door, routes 11, 3 and 4 are five minutes walk away at the village green and the Portway Park and Ride bus stops at Station Road five minutes walk away. It is 10 minutes walk to Shirehampton Railway Station (Trainline – www.trainline.com).
Also, Gocompare will provide a petrol/fuel usage calculation for your travel if you wish at https://www.gocompare.com/car-insurance/fuel-price-calculator/
There is a public car park in Waverley Road 5 minutes walk away.
If you travel from outside of Bristol be aware of Bristol’s low emission zone charges in the city centre. Read more here: Bristol’s Clean Air Zone charges and vehicle checker. The venue is located at the northwestern edge of the city, so you may want to avoid driving through the city centre and paying for ULEZ. If you come off the M5 at junction 18a you will avoid paying tolls.
You will bring anything that will help you to be comfortable, as you will be sleeping on the floor. Yoga mat, inflatable camping mat or a mattress (single size per 1 person; make sure you have an air pump), pillows, sleeping bag, throws, few blankets, warm, comfortable clothing, etc. Ear plugs just in case you cannot sleep through the puja, eye mask, and water bottle. We ask you kindly to bring your own mug for tea, and a bowl and spoon for your breakfast of cereal or granola, to avoid using disposable items.
We would have heaters in the hall, but please be sure to bring warm clothes i.e. socks/slippers/jumpers/gowns & anything you will need to ensure you’re nice and warm throughout the night.
FACILITIES & PRACTICAL INFO
There are toilets available in the centre and no showers. Tea, coffee and hot water will be provided all night. On street parking.
Limited spaces available. Due to the nature of event we suggest no children below 18 years old.
To register your interest or if you have any questions regarding the event – please email Magdalena on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can offer a payment plan if requested.
- Host Cancellation:
- The hosts reserve the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances.
- In the event of host cancellation, a full refund will be provided to all registered guests.
- Guest Cancellation:
- Guests can cancel their attendance up to 1 week before the event date.
- If a guest cancels within this timeframe, they will receive a full refund.
- However, no refunds will be issued for cancellations made after the 1-week window.
- Tickets are transferrable. Hosts must be informed about any transfers made.
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