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Sunday, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
September 15 – September 15, 2019

Sound Immersion with Mona Ruijs

Close your eyes and open your ears as you journey into sound and the senses. Mona Ruijs of Sound Interventions will facilitate a sound immersive experience with multiple gongs, quartz crystal bowls, Himalayan singing bowls and various other sound tools designed to induce states of profound physical relaxation, meditation and altered states of awareness.

Lying down, you will be saturated in live sounds as you enter inside the wonderful world of the sound bath. The joy of a sound bath is the opportunity for you to lie, listen deeply with your whole body and go inwards, as you may access a consciousness that lies between sleeping and waking. Here you may be transported to states of stillness, meditation, bliss and sensory awareness. Sound bath participants report powerful bodily sensations and brain states often accompanied by creative thought, rich imagery, insights, and feelings of rest and timelessness. This unique composition of frequencies and harmonics produces a soundscape that washes over you, with the intention to release bodily tension and produce a relaxation response lowering stress, cortisol and adrenaline levels. We invite you to explore new ways of listening and responding, as the ear hears, the brain listens and the body senses vibrations.
This program is an accompaniment to the exhibition Polar Convergence by Rohan Hutchison and Philip Samartzis.

No late admission, session starts at 6pm sharp. We advise participants to arrive 15 minutes early.
*Please bring a mat to lie on and a blanket (as your body temperature may shift during the session). Please also consider to bring with you an eye mask and a head rest. The idea is to create a nest where you are as comfortable as possible.
Please wear comfortable clothing.
Limited changing facilities available.
Limited capacity of 30.

Mona Ruijs is a gong practitioner trained in Devon, UK. Inviting participants to close their eyes and open their ears, she curates a unique experience into sound and the senses, and an exploration of ‘the listening body’. She has completed a dissertation Resonating Gongs: The Integration of Gongs into Sound Therapy with the Music faculty at the London Metropolitan University and two Post Graduate Film and Television degrees at The Victorian College of The Arts; Visual Effects and Documentary. After 12 years abroad developing her craft, Mona returned to Australia in 2018 to share her sound practice, where she has presented her work at Melbourne Music Week and ABC National Radio. In 2019 she has exhibited a vibroracoustic sound bed at Linden New Art Gallery, which facilitates the composition and perception of intricate, spatio-temporal patterns of vibration on the surface of the body.