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StreetCornerTalking

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Hello,
  
  The sounds of the bowls are simply magical to me and have been an important part of my experiences since about 2014.  In 2015 I attended the Tibetan Bowl School in San Diego for some formal training.  Residing at the time on the southern coast of Oregon I found a handful of people who enjoyed the benefits of the bowls and attended regular group sessions and a periodic individual sessions.  The population there was approximately 2500 people!

  Residing now near Boston Massachusetts and connecting with a local wellness center I anticipated the interest would be higher than in Oregon -more people, more stress, more desire.  Four events were marketed and promoted by the wellness center - two were canceled for no attendees and other two had 2 attendees!  I realize there are many factors in place - time of year, location, day of week, etc., however it seems bewildering to me such low interest.  There is another Tibetan bowl practitioner approximately an 60 miles away trained by 9Ways who has canceled several events as well because of lack of interest!

  What has been your experience in holding live sessions with Tibetan bowls, be it for relaxation in a group or individual healing/therapy sessions?  

  Do you have regular individual sessions or group sessions?  Are group sessions welcomed and attended well?  Are individual sessions more than a one time visit?

  What are your observations and opinions and suggestions?!

Thank you,
Rick
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Putting up flyers at yoga studios or any New Agey place can help.  Health food stores are another place to advertise.  Yoga studios can also make good sonic venues, as care has already been taken to soften the energy of the space, and yoga folks seem to be attracted to bowls.

Welcome to the forum, StreetCornerTalking.  I look forward to hearing about your experience with the online bowl seller that you mentioned in your other post.

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There's probably many reasons for the lack of attendance. 
For some people, the whole bowl/gong "sound bath" thing may be a fad and that fad is already beginning to wear thin.
For others, there has been so much marketing of bowls and gongs in recent years that many people now have their own.
Then there's the reality that many of these new "practitioners" are really novices without much depth of experience,
skill or insight into what they are doing, thus rendering the experience shallow and leaving many people with a limited
view of what the experience has to offer.

And then there's all of the other experiences of contemporary life that seems to have so many people commited to
an endless string of activities of all sorts with little time to breathe and rest. As you said, "more people, more stress"
which may translate into "less time" for bowl meditations.

I've been involved in this work for several decades... long before it became a fashionable trend, and what I do is far
more than a bowl meditation or a sound bath. Sometimes I get 30 - 50 people attending and sometimes events are
cancelled for lack of interest. Usually interest falls somewhere between those extremes. (And there's a certain setting
where I've been getting 80 - 100 people several times a year.)

We must remember that even as a currently "fashionable trend", it remains so for a relatively small percentage of the greater population.

And then, who knows.... my reasons stated above are just a few ideas - I hardly have all of the answers!


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PS - as Bob said, welcome to the forum! I'm also curious about the experience you mentioned in your other post.
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Welcome to the forum.

We have been providing gong meditations for about 7 years now and here too, it is a hit or miss kind of a thing. Due to the logistics involved in schlepping gongs and bowls etc. we have implemented a policy about 2 years ago, which states that we require a minimum of "about 15 people" to hold the event when we book with a venue. In most cases we surpass that and in some we have had to cancel the event.

Yet we view it as part of determining which of the venues is serious about hosting our event, and consequently marketing it properly to their community, and which one is not and instead views it more as something "cool and different" to have on their schedule. Or is too busy promoting it properly etc. We have had events with 100 + people and (before implementing the policy) events with 2 and even 1 person. The typical range is somewhere between 25 - 45 though. Like Rich said, there is a myriad of possible reasons why the turnout is the way it is, over time though, one gets a good idea which of the (business) partners carry the weight. That is where it lies for me as part of a business strategy to have, knowing who you are dealing with.  

Hope this helps.
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I am in the midwest and have been doing sound meditations and sound massages for some 4+ years. As a yogi as well, one of the sessions I offer is yoga nidra with Tibetan singing bowls. This has been hit and miss offered twice monthly until this summer when we cut back to once a month. Strangely enough we are getting better attendance on this. As I share space with two others in a small office, my maximum is 10 participants and we have recently been getting 6 and 8 easily. It remains to be seen what happens in the fall if/when we increase the offering.

I also provide noon meditations at a medical system cancer center; typical attendance would range 2-4 people. We have added more sessions (now twice weekly instead of once) and are getting 6, 8, 14 attendees. Attendees are staff, patients, caregivers, and the sessions are open to the public at no charge. Monthly sessions at a behavioral health facility in the same medical system see attendance of 20-45 individuals, but that is a targeted community where attendance is required.
 
I am also seeing more interest in senior communities and in a local salt room setting where I play bimonthly, as well as getting some limited exposure to individuals on the autism spectrum. 

I realize all of that sounds like I am "tooting my own horn" so to speak and that is not my intent; what I have realized in the last 4 years is that it takes time, and effort, to make the connections and make known the service I provide. 

And I still have venues where I play that never seem to grow; a Sunday morning meditation rarely brings in more than 2-3 so there is always the question, "is it worth it?" So perhaps the answer is: know what you want to do (what is your purpose?) and who is your target audience (who do you want to serve and why?) and then explore and network to find how to reach them. 

Good luck!
Deb Yoder
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Oops! I just realized, I neglected to say that I work primarily with the Tibetan/Himalayan singing bowls. I have only one gong and little experience with it. So what I am doing/saying may not be wholly applicable.

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Originally Posted by delamora sound&evolution
......We have had events with 100 + people........


How can 100 people hear and feel your gongs fully?  Do you have multiple gong players stationed at various places in the room?  Are you using amplification?  Thank you.

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