Creative Wellbeing Day at the Round Tower
Led by Janet Ayers, Alice McGarvie and Justin Hansen
Saturday 28th September 2019
The Round Tower, Broad Street, Old Portsmouth PO1 2JE
10.30am-5.45pm Arrivals for first class 10am
A wonderful opportunity to be part of a relaxing yet energising day of holistic practice. Classes are designed to promote good health and well-being and include singing, dance, meditation and relaxation.
Book online for early bird rate and to guarantee your place, or pay on the door, but space is limited.
Circle Dance 10.30am-12noon with Janet Ayers Maximum number participants 25
Learn simple dance steps to move to music from around the world. Circle Dance is a tradition of dancing that has been practiced by many cultures throughout human history. It’s meditative, soulful, energising and calming.Beginners welcome. Wear flat comfortable shoes. You will need to be able to stand and move for the duration of the workshop.
Singing Circle 1-2pm with Janet Ayers Maximum number participants 30
Sing simple chants and rounds plus opportunities to improvise as we use the unique space of the round tower to create soundscapes with our voices. The class will start with vocal and physical warm up, tone and pitch exploration followed by learning simple songs in harmony. We will then sing the songs in various parts of the Round Tower and enjoy the sounds created by just the human voice.
Singing Bowl Meditation 2.30pm-3.30pm with Alice McGarvie and Justin Hansen Maximum number participants 30.
Relaxing guided mindfulness meditation with crystal bowls, Himalayan singing
bowls, harp and other instruments. With guided meditation, you don’t need to know how to meditate – simply relax while sounds and voice will transport you into a relaxed state. Please bring camping / yoga mat, blanket and pillow to make yourself warm and comfortable.
Gong Bath 4.15pm-5.45pm with Alice McGarvie and Justin Hansen
Maximum number participants 30.
Sound shower in the round tower! A sound bath for relaxation with gongs, singing bowls and a wide variety of therapeutic instruments. Experience the magic of gongs and other instruments in this iconic venue. No prior experience or special knowledge required. All you need to do is bring a camping / yoga mat, blanket and pillow, and an open mind. Then lie down, get comfy, relax and let the sound waves wash over you.
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Book for one, two, three or all four classes. Advance tickets £12* per class or £15 per class on the day.
Advanced booking is advised as some classes have a maximum number of participants. (*plus booking fee)
Bring water to drink and packed lunch or snacks. There are a couple of local cafes and pubs serving lunches. Parking is on street meters or car park by the Bridge Tavern. The Round Tower is a ten min walk from Portsmouth Harbour Station
Janet Ayers is a community artist, musician & natural voice practitioner specialising in vocal work, community choirs, singing & movement for health and wellbeing, and circle dance.
Alice McGarvie is an occupational therapist, harp therapist and sound therapist. She uses a range of instruments therapeutically and to promote relaxation. Alice has practiced Mindfulness meditation for eight years.
Justin Hansen is a retired occupational therapist, and gong master, and specialises in creating soundscapes to sooth body and soul.
Alice has trained in group sound therapy with the British Academy of Sound, both Alice and Justin have completed intensive Gong Master Training, and advanced Gong Master Training with Don Conreaux, originator of the gong bath, and world famous gong player and teacher Aidan McIntyre.
Gong baths 2019
You can see some research about gongs and singing bowls on our Sound Research page.
Regular gong baths are in Southsea in Portsmouth in Hampshire, we are currently looking for more venues in and around Portsmouth.
Havelock Community Centre, 324 Fawcett Road, Southsea, PO4 0LQ.
Fourth Sunday of the month 4:00pm – 5:00pm £10 per person payable on the door. With time for tea, reflection and discussion afterwards.
- Sunday 24th March
- Sunday 28th April
- Sunday 26th May
- Sunday 23rd June
- Summer gong break
- Sunday 22nd September
- Sunday 27th October
- Sunday 24th November
- Sunday 22nd December
We are currently looking for more suitable venues in and around Portsmouth for more gong baths. Watch this space
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Gong baths are not recommended during the first three months of pregnancy. Gong baths may not be appropriate if you have any metal implants, or experience seizures. If you have questions about these sessions please contact us.
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Sound Power in the Round Tower
2pm – 4:30pm: 10 minute individual sound journey taster sessions, £5 on the door. Broad St, Portsmouth PO1 2JE
On 17th May 2019 Southsea Gong Baths visit the round tower for the first time! Join us and experience the magic of gongs and other instruments in this iconic venue, with the sound of waves gently lapping outside, and the birds up above.
Suitable for individuals, couples, and families, children welcome. First come first served. Don’t worry if there’s a short wait, this is historic Old Portsmouth and there’s plenty to keep you entertained nearby, including the city’s brightest creative talent in the Hotwalls Studios (https://hotwallsstudios.co.uk/) and The Canteen for quality refreshments, and of course the beach.
Come along and enjoy your own private sound journey. This is a unique opportunity to have time to yourself in a stunning venue with our incredible transformational instruments.
A gong taster is a great way to de-stress or experience deep relaxation leaving you feeling calm, at peace, energised and in-tune with yourself. Focusing on the sounds help you to move into a meditative state, often bringing about bliss, which can be felt for days. The vibrations from the gongs are felt in the body as a deeply relaxing sensation, which aids aches and pains, healing and releasing any tension.
Singing bowls, harp, shruti box, conch horn, crystal bowls, chimes, rattles and rainsticks may be used to compliment the transformational vibrations from the gongs and create a therapeutic soundscape.
As with most complementary therapies, the gongs are not recommended during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Gong baths may not be appropriate if you have any metal implants, or experience seizures. If you have questions about these sessions please contact us.
Alice is an occupational therapist, a harp therapist and has trained in group sound therapy with the British Academy of Sound, both Alice and Justin have completed intensive Gong Master Training, and advanced Gong Master Training with Don Conreaux, originator of the gong bath, and world famous gong player and teacher Aidan McIntyre.
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Southsea Greenfingers Project
Garden Mindfulness, harp taster 16th June 1:00-2:00pm, 28th July 2:00 – 3:00pm, 16th August 2:00 – 3:00pm at Southsea Green Community Garden, Canoe Lake, Southsea, PO4 9RF
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The Greatest Showman outdoor cinema
Saturday 14 July, 9:30pm, Canoe Lake, Southsea.
As part of Portsmouth Film Society’s sunset screenings we will be playing the gongs before the film from about 8:45pm. Film starts at 9:30pm. Tickets available from Portsmouth Film Society.
Portsmouth Festivities – Gong Bath, learn about the instruments and try them out!
Sunday 24th June 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Havelock Community Centre, Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0LQ
For Portsmouth Festivities we have extended our session from the usual length of one hour, to two hours. After the hour long Gong Bath itself has completed, participants will be given the opportunity to try out the instruments themselves, under our supervision.
We ask all participants to remain quiet throughout the performance. We do not have any age restrictions and well behaved children are welcome.
A gong bath is a form of sound therapy used for deep meditation. You will be bathed in sound waves, no water is involved.
Bring a yoga mat, blanket and pillow, lie comfortably, close your eyes and relax.
We have chairs available for those who do not want to lie down for the Gong Bath.
Tea and biscuits are also included. Places are limited.
Or buy from Portsmouth Festivities: Portsmouth Festivities Website
The Lord Mayor’s Rural and Seaside Show
Family harp workshops on Saturday 5th May at Southsea Castle from 11am – 12:30pm.
Learn to Play Day
Sunday 18th March 10am – 5pm FREE harp taster lessons, and drop in session.
Havelock Community Centre, 324 Albert Road, Southsea PO4 0LQ
Part of the national charity Learn to play day.
30 minute lessons are limited to 8 people.
Free drop in session
Drop in session, a queueing system may operate depending on demand. Just turn up and have a go on a harp.
2:15 – 4:45pm
Tea and coffee available throughout the day.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Come and try the harp!
At the Christmas market and pamper day for Portsmouth Hospitals Rocky Appeal.
Fratton Park, Frogmore Road, Portsmouth, Saturday 11th November 10am – 4pm. £2 Entry.
Exciting stalls and luxury treatments.
Alice from From the Harp will be at the event with her eight small harps.
Have you always wanted to try the harp? Now is your chance to have a go!
You can have a go on the harp or have a personalised tune played for you by Alice for a donation to the Portsmouth Hospitals Rocky Appeal.
All ages welcome, no musical experience needed.
Gong in the new year on Southsea Common
1st January 3:45 – 4:15pm. Donation for the Breast Cancer Haven
Take time to be in nature and reflect on the year left behind and look forward to the new year to come with the soothing sound from the gongs and the great outdoors.
Between the crazy golf and the war memorial at a tree by the path. Listen out for the Conch shell trumpet to guide you to the gongs from 3:30pm.
THIS EVENT IS WEATHER DEPENDENT PLEASE CHECK FROM THE HARP ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER BEFORE SETTING OFF.
Please be prepared to stand for half an hour or bring a camping chair to sit on. If you prefer to lie down, bring a camping / yoga mat to lie on and a sleeping bag or blanket to keep yourself warm. Wrap up warm either way!
Please leave a donation if you are able to that will be donated to Breast Cancer Haven in Titchfield. Registered Charity No 1061726.