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CANCELLED -Open Air Gong Sound Meditation


Saturday 5th September 2020 | 10:00am - 12:30am

CANCELLED -Open Air Gong Sound Meditation

CANCELLED 3 gong players coming together with their 21 gongs for a 2 hour outdoor relaxation  in the beautiful Sussex Prairie Garden




Alison, Allan and Xenia invite you to join them for a unique sound experience at this stunning prairie garden – the biggest naturalistic garden in the UK, right in the heart of Sussex.

This is an opportunity for a slow Sunday morning relaxation in nature – right at the start of our Summer – connecting with the beauty of the garden whilst you are bathed in the sound waves of multiple Gongs, singing bowls and other related instruments.

There is nothing for you do except make a cosy nest with a yoga mat and blankets on the soft green lawns. Drop into the beauty of nature that surrounds you – smell the flowers, hear the birdsong and feel the breeze on your face. The Gongs will do the rest………enveloping you in a stunning cocoon of sound vibration.

It is pure ‘me time’. 

Often when we play – we notice that the birds come and join in and you may notice very quickly that you are surrounded by an orchestra of gongs and birdsong.

The sound meditation will begin with a short meditation to help you to relax and preparing you for a soundscape of singing bowls and gongs. As you receive the unique gong vibrations via your ears and every cell of your body, your body is guided back into balance. Your brainwaves are lowered and you are invited into a deep state of relaxation.

After the gongs – you will be left in a period of complete silence where you are given a few minutes to enjoy the empty and full space that has been created before being guided back with other small instruments and our voice.



Early Bird tickets available until 31st March 2020 

There is a reduced rate for children between ages 10 -16 and seniors over 60.

~ Early Bird – £18 / £20 plus EventBrite fee

~ From 1st April – £23 / £25 plus EventBrite fee

~ At the gate all tickets – £30


you can book here


~ All are welcome including young people over the age of 10 providing they are happy to lie still for 2 hours

~ The ticket includes entry to the Open Air Gong Sound Meditation in the gardens of Sussex Prairie’s. You are welcome to stay on after the event and enjoy the gardens – maybe bring a picnic or have lunch in the Tea Room/Art Gallery. 

~ As a precaution – Gongs are not recommended for pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy, if you experience sound induced epilepsy, epilepsy or have recently had an operation. If you have any mental health concerns or experience tinnitus – please feel free to contact one of us to discuss of the Gongs are suitable for you.


~ this is a fair-weather event! We will be praying for a fine dry and mild early summer morning. In the event that we are forced to cancel due to inclement weather – you will be issued with a full refund



~ wear loose comfortable clothing – hats/jumpers/coats etc depending on the weather!!!

~ bring a yoga mat and any extra bedding that will help you to be super comfy. Hopefully the ground will be dry.

~ a pillow/head cushion and eye pillow

~ a blanket/s or duvet as your body temperature is likely to drop

~ a re-useable bottle of water for hydration


~ arrive in good time to get organised and settled – the gate will be open from 10am and we will aim to begin at 10.30. 

~ drink plenty of water for 24-48 hours after the gongs to flush away any toxins that have been released

~ have a gentle afternoon and look after yourselves post gongs

~ heavy meals and alcohol are not recommended before or after a gong session. If you are picnicking after this event we strongly recommend that you avoid alcohol. We cannot be held responsible if you do not follow this advice. 

~ being under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs is not permitted at this event.


Alison, Allan and Xenia met 4 years ago in Devon where they studied the Gong Practitioner course with Sheila Whittaker of the College of Sound Healing.

Xenia Dieroff:lives in Brighton/ Hove where she offers regular group gongbaths at her local community owned hall and offers sound collaborations with friends at other venues. Currently she holds Allan’s gongbaths in Hurstpierpoint and Ardingly while he is travelling in India for 3 months. Xenia has also studied with Gong Masters Don Conreaux and Aiden McIntryre in the UK, Tom Soltron in Poland and Jens Zygar in Germany. Further training – Singing Bowl Massage with Peter Hess in Germany, which she gives at her treatment room in Hove , as well as one to one gong treatments. fb SoundCalling

Allan fb Goodvibrations Sound Therapy

Alison Russell:has family near Sussex Prairies but lives in Wallingford near Oxford where she offers regular group gong baths at her Studio – ‘Studio Fields’ – also collaborating with friends and playing at retreats. She has studied with Gong Masters Mark Swan, Don Conreaux and Aiden McIntryre. 07917 015951 fb Studio Fields Wallingford


Sussex Prairie Garden (Open from 1/6/2020)

Morlands Farm

Wheatsheaf Road



01273 495902

Sussex Prairie Garden is owned and run by Pauline and Paul McBride. They have been creating gardens for over 30 years. They own and have created together this beautiful Sussex Prairie Garden – a British twist of the Dutch New Wave perennial planting style. It is an RHS partner garden.

This eight-acre garden consists of a series of interlocking arcs of large planted borders in a naturalistic style. Visitors are able to explore the huge beds and walk close up amongst the free-flowing perennial planting.

The Tea Room/Art Gallery offers a selection of sandwiches, homemade cakes and Caroline’s Dairy ice cream (gluten-free and vegan options)

The nursery sells a fantastic selection of plants as well as local art and garden sculpture.

Huge thanks to Pauline and Paul for giving us permission to bring this Open Air Gong event to you in their stunning gardens. We are very excited to be playing for you in such beautiful surroundings.

For further information on the venue and for directions – please visit Sussex Prairie’s website

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Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116),
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, West Sussex, BN5 9AT

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    1. Sussex Prairie Garden
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      Fraser BishopFraser Bishop
      10:50 11 Jul 22
      Wonderful garden well worth a visit. Great variety of plants showing so many ways of portraying a garden layout. Must comment on the great tea and cakes selection, our dog loved the doggy ice cream!
      Joan DaniellJoan Daniell
      15:13 06 Jul 22
      Beautifully planted area, in which you are encouraged to walk along paths between the plants so can be completely surrounded by foliage - a lovely effect.
      Peter WardPeter Ward
      08:40 28 Jun 22
      Beautiful garden, very relaxing, and bigger than you might think. Cafe is nice too
      Mike CleggMike Clegg
      16:07 08 Jun 22
      Tea room not brilliant nice cake but coffee in paper cup. No other options other then tea coffee and cake. Opening times short 1 to 5 but gardens beautiful