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Echoes: Gonging - Sound Meditation Centre

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by K Jackson (subscribe)
Freelance writer by night, digital strategist by day - London lady living and loving life in the beautiful Perth.
Published March 26th 2017
Step into the unknown realm of sound meditation… with Dorothy by your side, there's nothing to fear!

The founder and owner of the Echo Sound Meditation Centre, Dorothy, clearly has a strong passion for sound meditation, in both the experience itself and benefits. She's travelled and been trained in the martial art of gong across the globe, with years of experience and a strong belief in the art, you'll instantly feel in safe hands.

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The entire experience takes about two and half hours and all starts in what seems to be a secret Japanese garden located in the heart of Canning Vale – a beautiful, relaxing bubble tucked away from the outside world – the perfect place for the experience you are about to undergo.

Before you delve into the deep darkness of the sound chamber, you'll be introduced to the other members of the team. Dorothy took our session along with another experienced and talented gong player and an impressive didgeridoo player. Again, their passion behind this martial art form was clear and you knew they really believed in their performance.

The entire experience has an extremely professional approach, with no stone left unturned. You were walked through the two hours, what was to come, what to expect and what not to be alarmed by, meaning you could embrace the experience without any fear.

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Upon entering the impressive chamber you're welcomed by a ceiling that beautifully replicates the night sky – cleverly designed to reduce claustrophobia with the use of mirrors and twinkling lights, you'll instantly feel at one with nature.

The specially designed chamber looks rather like a metal tipi, the walls and ceiling allow sound to sit in the main chamber, echoing around the walls and surrounding you with the incredible vibrations. The traditional style and approach is met by modern amenities, with fully working air con and dimmer lighting.

You'll receive a silk scented with sandalwood essence to inhale at the beginning of the process and a pea sized blob of a 'magic 'mixture said to cure all manner of aches and pains, but in this instance… reduce your ability to snore. With everyone's reactions to the meditation being different and some experiencing levels of deep sleep, apparently this state of mind can often have people drifting off – and the additional sound of snores echoing the chamber is not the ideal atmosphere. But on a side note, if you have a partner that snores, they bottle up this 'magic' mixture and you can purchase it from their on-grounds gift shop, which if I am going on anything else Dorothy has taught me, I would swear by!

Next it's time to get comfy – each individual is provided with a bed and cushions to get into the perfect position for complete relaxation. They have additional supports for those who need it on their lower back and blankets to lie underneath, forming a little cocoon ready for your transformation!

The lights are then dimmed and the meditation session begins. You're to lay with the bottoms of your feet facing the centre of the chamber, so the gong's vibrations can enter the soles - forming a gateway for the vibrations through your body.

During the hour of gong and didgeridoo playing you'll find thoughts and feelings entering your mind that you didn't realise were so strong – I lost all sense of time… I could have been laying there for five minutes of five hours, the deep trance like state had me shattered – I am not good at switching off my brain, but the experience allowed me to do so for a significant amount of time, leaving me with a strong sense of calm.

At the final stage of the meditation process, there was a change-up to a more 'earthy' didgeridoo to slowly awaken, then the sounds of birds began to play and you were encouraged to slowly come back to present. With safety being followed 100%, we all sat up and our brains switched back on and be were brought back to reality.

At the end of the session everyone was encouraged to share their experience, and it was wonderful to see how each individual had unique results within the space of those few hours.

Afterwards you'll be left feeling both hungry and thirsty, so if you're hankering for something to crave your hunger, you don't have to look far, the Ramon's At Willow Pond café on the same grounds serves a delicious selection of main meals, desserts, coffee's or alcoholic beverages. So why not spend the rest of the afternoon soaking up the gardens and grabbing a bite?

Dorothy has big plans for the business and I have no doubt that it will go far – a unique experience that leaves you feeling an interesting combination of ready to take on the world, while being ready to get tucked up in bed!

You'll find all the technical information you need on their website, or give the team a call and I'm sure they'd be happy to talk you through the process, but I believe the best way to get an understanding is to do, so why not give it a go – you never know, it could change your life, and if not, sessions start from $55, which I think is well worth a try.

Sound meditation is said to help with both mental and physical illnesses, with many patients going through chemotherapy finding great relief from the experience.

According to Dorothy, it takes ten sessions of sound meditation to gain full body alignment… so just nine more to go – I'll let you know when I get there.
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Where: 459 Nicholson Road, Canning Vale, Western Australia, 6155
Cost: $65
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