“Gong SoundSmith” (full length certified course) – Chesham, Buckinghamshire

Gong SoundSmith (full length certified course) – held in Chesham, Buckinghamshire 2017-2018

Graduates of this course will be fully qualified (internationally) to give gong baths to individuals and groups, and will be able to acquire insurance as sound therapists.  The School of SoundSmiths is pleased to be recognised as approved training providers with the IPHM Accreditation Board (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine). Our students may also apply for membership with the IPHM, and for discounted insurance (student or qualified) with Westminister Indemnity (details below).

The course involves 20 case studies and 5 training weekends.  You will also carry out an investigation into a gong-related topic of your choice (the results of which you will share by informal presentation with the rest of the group before the end of the course); give the rest of the group a short gong bath such that you have the opportunity to benefit from their feedback; take part in a mini-puja; have the opportunity to experience and try many complimentary instruments and see how they might fit into a gong bath structure.

The date of the weekends are as follows:

  • Part 1: November 25-26, 2017
  • Part 2: January 13-14, 2018 
  • Part 3: March 10-11, 2018 
  • Part 4: May 13-14, 2018 
  • Part 5: September 15-16, 2018 
  • Each of the weekends will follow these timings:
    • Saturday: teaching from 2pm-6pm, with an hour of free play from 6pm-7pm
    • Sunday: teaching from 10am-6pm including one hour for lunch – it would be great if everyone brought some vegetarian food to share 🙂
  • The case studies are to be arranged by you, in your own time,  but the qualification will not be awarded until all case studies are complete and all sessions have been attended.
  • The case studies are an important part of the course as they are an opportunity for you to encounter many different real life scenarios, work with many different people, and to be personally affected by the gongs over an extended period of time, thus developing a good understanding of the effects they may have on your clients.  If you have not completed the case studies by the end date, but have attended all other parts of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance at the end date, followed by your full certificate of qualification once the case studies have been completed.
  • It is recommended that (if you don’t already own a gong) you wait until after Part 1 of the course before buying one.  There you will have the opportunity to try many gongs, and also to learn a lot about them, their manufacturers, different styles, different uses, etc.

Who is the course suitable for?

This course is suitable for beginners or for those with previous experience playing gongs who would like to broaden their skill sets, deepen their relationship with the gongs, form a network with other players and become fully qualified to work in the field.

Where will it be held?

  • All of the group weekends will be held at The Guide Hut, Bury Lane, Lowndes Park, Chesham, HP5 1HL
  • Here are some useful landmarks for directions….. Bury Lane is just off of Church Street once you turn onto Bury Lane (which is next to St Mary’s Church), drive to the end of Bury Lane and turn left into the park, drive up just past the Church and the Guide Hut is on the right hand side, (if you reach the bowling green you have gone too far).  There is a limited amount of parking available at the venue, either directly outside, or in the gated car park area.

The course is non-residential but for those who need somewhere to stay, please contact Sam on sam_hyder@hotmail.co.uk or 07787 291529 – she can provide you with some suggestions.

Course Outline, Dates and Costs


A non-refundable deposit of £175 is required to secure your place on the training and this is to accompany your booking form. This deposit will be held until the last weekend, and will subsequently be used to pay for that session.  If it has been used prior to the last session for any reason, a new deposit of £175 will be required before you can continue with the course.

Part 1 – History and manufacture of gongs; equipment, manufacturers, suppliers; initial skills development; effects of gongs

November 25-26, 2017 – £175 (please complete the payment at least two weeks before the event date – or if you need to pay on the day, please arrange this with Sam at least two weeks in advance).

Action Point after completion of Part 1- If you don’t yet have one, you should now buy a gong and become familiar with it before Part 2, and begin reading suitable online material or books (suggested during Part 1). Also consider a topic you’d like to investigate throughout the duration of the course and clear it with your tutor.  You will then share your findings  with the group before the end of the course by means of an informal presentation.  In order to make this interesting for yourself and the rest of the group, you should choose a topic that is of interest to you.  This must include research that you have done yourself….. not just information gathered from the Internet.

Part 2 – Preparing for case studies; one to one gong baths; intermediate skills development; client positions; roles of a gong player; self-assessment; related topics (harmonics, brain waves, etc); the significance of the body in playing; complimentary instruments part 1 – bowls and chimes

January 14-15, 2017 – £175 (please complete the payment at least two weeks before the event date – or if you need to pay on the day, please arrange this with Sam at least two weeks in advance).

Action Point after completion of Part 2 – Begin case studies and write-ups and continue reading suitable online material or books and working on own topic

Part 3 – Advanced skills development; skills and tips for group gong baths; working with yoga classes; meditation and playing; fluency in the language of music; habits of mind and the application of intelligences; bookings, payments, advertising, promotion, websites, flyers, social networking, etc

March 11-12, 2017 – £175 (please complete the payment at least two weeks before the event date – or if you need to pay on the day, please arrange this with Sam at least two weeks in advance).

Action Point – Continue with case studies, continue with investigation into own topic and if you haven’t already, arrange and give a group gong bath (at least 3 people attending)

Part 4 – Individual gong baths (20 mins per person) for observation and feedback by group; skills sharing; sharing of flyers and other promotion ideas; informal topic presentations (not more than 15 mins per person)

May 13-14, 2017 – £175 (please complete the payment at least two weeks before the event date – or if you need to pay on the day, please arrange this with Sam at least two weeks in advance).

Action Point – If not already finished, complete case studies.

Part 5 – Complimentary instruments (such as crystal bowls, singing bowls, harmonium, rattles, shakers, bells, wah-wah tubes, shamanic drums, etc); drum circle; toning and mantra;  also mini-puja, pairs gong bath, group playing; observed one to one session by each student; Q&A and final graduation.

16-17 September, 2017 – £175 (please complete the payment at least two weeks before the event date – or if you need to pay on the day, please arrange this with Sam at least two weeks in advance).

Action Point – If not already finished, complete the case studies (note: if you have not yet completed all aspects of the course, you will receive only a certificate of completion at the is point, and you will receive your certificate of qualification only upon completion of the entire contents of the course.

Making Payments

Click the link below for the booking form.  Once completed, please send to Sam Hyder with non-refundable deposit of £175 as per details on the form. Please understand that running the course has various costs attached such as room hire, travel, etc, and it is for this reason that we need to ensure full commitment from students.

Gong SoundSmith Training Booking Form 2017-2018


  • If eventualities should arise such that you cannot avoid missing one of the group weekends you will have two options:
    • Option 1 – you can attend its equivalent the next time the course is run (your qualification can only be given to you once that session has been completed). You will pay for the session you missed, but there is no extra charge for coming to the equivalent session the next time the course is run.
    • Option 2 – you may be able to arrange a one to one catch up with Sam at your mutual convenience. The cost of this one to one session will be charged on top of the group session that you could not attend.
    • In either case, the entire course must be paid for including the session you miss. This is vital as our ability to meet the costs of the course depend upon your commitment to pay for all sessions. If you have very serious difficulties that are likely to affect your attendance or ability to carry out the work, please let us know as soon as you can.  We want to support you and give you every chance of success and we may be able to work something out with you even if it means postponing your studies until the following year.


Click the link below to make arrangements for insurance whether you’re still studying or you’ve already gained your SoundSmith qualification.

Insurance with Westminster Indemnity



MOB: 07787 291529

EMAIL: sam_hyder@hotmail.co.uk