Mona Ruijs, operating under the pseudonym of ‘Sound Interventions’ in her Gong practice, is a certified Gong Practitioner trained by The College of Sound Healing in Devon, UK. In her studies she extensively trained with high quality gongs, mallets, associated tools and instruments, completed case studies, gained an understanding of Sound Healing practices and codes of conduct, gained rudimentary knowledge of anatomy and physiology and passed an exam.
In 2015 she completed a dissertation with the Music, Technology and Culture department at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art in London. This dissertation entitled Resonating Gongs: The Integration of Gongs into Sound Therapy attempted to locate evidence into the following enquiries; what sounds do a gong produce?, how is a gong used in Sound Therapy, why is a gong used in Sound Therapy, and how would a gong’s application in Sound Therapy promote health?
Mona is also apart of the collective LiveButoh, a Live Art House based in London supporting works, performances, events and workshops inspired by Butoh dance and philosophy of Change and Transformation. Within this collaboration, Mona adds live gong soundscapes to their performances and presents a unique combination of movement and sound.
In 2016 she is thrilled to be joining The Northern School of Soundsmiths as a college tutor.
Mona currently facilitates Gong Baths in London, as she is experiments with the acoustics of each space, creating gong-surround-sound for those who may experience her Gong Baths. She is currently working with a 36-inch Paiste Symphonic Gong, a 32-inch Paiste Mercury Gong and a 22-inch Chinese Sun Gong within her Gong practice. Mona’s Gong practise is embodied through Gong Baths, Sound Massages, Gong Concerts, Sound Meditations, Gong Yoga, live Butoh-Gong performances and collaborations.