1. GongLab

    GongLab is a nomadic laboratory dedicated to community ritual and healing. Shu Shubat and Oliver Seay combine practices and teachings of spiritual Wisdom Traditions, Jungian therapeutic modalities, and Mindfulness techniques to create powerfully harmonic community experiences. For the past 4 years GongLab has been the featured guest at the Medicine Buddha Retreat co-lead by Lama Lobsang Palden and Indo-Tibetan Buddhist scholar Dr. Robert Thurman at Tibet House’s Menla Mountain Conference Center in upstate New York. Oliver is a critically acclaimed percussionist and composer, a Reiki Master and a Vortex Healing practitioner. Shu is a graduate of the Clinical Training Program in Analytic Psychology at Chicago’s Jung Institute, a vocalist, musician, and the former Artistic Director of the renown Jellyeye Drum Theatre, which she co-founded with Seay in 1992. The instrument most central to GongLab‘s work is a 38″ gong tuned to the frequency of the Earth as it transits around the Sun. This same vibrational signature is attributed to the seed sound OM, thought to be the Primordial Sound, and the very ground of our Being. In their ongoing exploration of holistic, earth based teachings, the Earth Gong serves as an actively resonant metaphor for the encircling reparative energy of the “Great Mother,” – the eternal life force that fuels all life.


    GongLab is best known for its deeply transporting blend of guided visualization, healing sound, hypnotic percussion, and otherworldly vocals. Each session carefully creates a protected space to disengage from stress and pain, so that that deep relief, bliss, and nurturance of reconnecting with the body’s innate revitalizing energies can be experienced. 

    The evening begins by candlelight with a direction of intention and guided meditation as participants, reclining comfortably on the floor, are ushered into a spiraling cocoon of luminous sound created by gongs, cello, Tibetan bowls, drums, bells and chimes. The shimmering reverberations of the Earth Gong create sound pressure waves that travel through the connective tissues which form one continuous network into all parts and systems of the body down to a cellular level. These multi-tonal frequencies facilitate the movement of “chi” or “prana” in the body and initiate the release of blocked energy that can often manifest as fear, fatigue, depression or illness. As this energetic recalibration takes place, a kind of reorganization of inner resources occurs which can help us transcend the challenging situations in our daily lives and access new templates for being.

    Participants will lay comfortably on the floor for most of the experience. Please bring a mat, blanket, pillow, and any items in support of your deepest clearing and relaxation.

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