Gongs have been used throughout history to signify awakening, arrivals, and important transitions. Gong baths provide a powerful sonic experience in which guests are immersed in the vibrations of these ancient instruments, creating space for a profound inward journey of meditation, exploration, and release.
Guests often ask about the difference between sound baths and gong baths. Typically, sound baths tend to be gentle, mellow, and melodic, whereas the gong is a more powerful experience: stronger vibrations and slightly louder sound. Neither is “better” or more “advanced” than the other. Just like genres of music, different people simply have different preferences. We encourage you to try both and see what each has to offer.
IMPORTANT! Please bring with you:
- a mat/blanket to lie on,
- a blanket for warmth, and
- a pillow for under your head
To prevent cross-contamination, these items WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO BORROW. Come prepared with whatever you need to feel comfortable lying on the floor!
Dress warmly and comfortably. MASKS covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times. Each person will need to register in order to attend, and fill out a waiver form, as well as a health screening questionnaire on the day of the class.
Rachel Elizabeth Maley is the creator of Still Life Meditation, a center for meditation and self-inquiry in downtown Elgin, IL. An artist and musician since a young age, Rachel has practiced meditation in various forms for more than 20 years. Particularly influenced by Zen and Cha Dao (the Way of Tea), Rachel’s sound practice is inspired in part by Western sacred music, Vedic chant, and the percussion of Zen monastic life. (StillLifeMeditation.net)