Gong Camp 2017
Coombe Farm Cove Tiverton Devon EX16 7QJ
7th - 9th July 2017 2.00pm Friday - 2.00pm Sunday. £130 per person
Gong Camp is a sound therapy once a year weekend retreat held in the middle of a 100 acres of steep sided semi wild Devon countryside
for gong practitioners, gong enthusiasts, sound therapists and anyone interested in the gong, sound therapy, yoga, tai chi or dance to come together for the weekend of 7th - 9th of July 2017 for lots of sound and movement related activities.
We will be serving wholesome and nutritious vegetarian/vegan meals throughout the weekend, this is real food and will be mostly organic, some special diets will be catered for if requested at time of booking.
Coombe Farm, where the gong camp is set, offers peaceful, traditional, back to nature, off grid camping in the beautiful Mid Devon countryside. This is eco camping amongst 100 acres of fields, woodlands, camping terraces, walking tracks and a small acreage of nettles grown to make leafcurd. Wildlife abounds with the land supporting both creatures of the forest such as deer, badgers, and foxes, and birds of prey including owls, buzzards, and ravens.
During the three days there will be:-
- A freestyle drum circle around the camp fire on the Friday evening.
- entertainment to complement the Friday evening drumming.
- an all night gong bath on Saturday evening/Sunday morning
- A sound related workshop on the Sunday morning
- a variety of workshops - sound therapy, yoga, dance, tai chi and gong baths
- A guided tour around Coombe Farm is also scheduled on Friday afternoon
One fee of £130 per person covers everything for the three days: camping facilities, meals, snacks, teas, coffee, spring water, and entertainment. There are no ‘hidden’ extras and nothing is for sale at gong camp.
Payment/bookings are being taken from the 6th April 2017, the last day for bookings are on the 16th June 2017.( I need to be very strict with closing the bookings from the 16th June as meals need planning for special diets and time is needed for the cooks to prepare for this)
5.oopm: A guided tour of Coombe farm; a nice gentle stroll in the countryside and a great start to Gong Camp 2017!
7.00pm: Will be an exciting time of drumming, dancing and singing, belly dancers will be joining us to help build a party atmosphere. There will also be an additional entertainment on the Friday evening.
Drums and other percussion instruments will be supplied; all the drums that I supply are vegan friendly.
During the morning, there will be two workshop sessions of between 1-1.5 hours. You will be able to choose from a number of different workshops that will be running - mainly sound therapy based workshops but also dance, yoga, and tai chi. There will be a further two workshop sessions in the afternoon and since all the morning workshops will be repeated then, you will be able to attend up to four different workshops during the day. Workshop leaders will have the opportunity to attend two workshops during the day.
There will also be a gong bath tent where you are welcome to give or receive gong baths throughout the weekend (except during the puja time). Please avoid starting a gong bath near mealtimes as meals cannot be reserved.
Saturday all night Gong Bath
The gong bath will commence at 8pm and be 12 hours of unbroken gong sound. Anyone who wishes to play the gongs may do so, each player completing 30 minutes.
The first four hours will be designated for beginners and those who have never played; they will be able to pair up with experienced players.
Twelve hours is a long time to be lying down. Therefore the first four hours will be very casual; people can lie down for as long as they wish and have the freedom to get up and join others near the campfire, drink tea etc but keeping a silence so as to not disturb those who are lying down.
At midnight everyone attending will settle down for the night. We will arrange ourselves in order of playing such that when the next person gets up to play, they will gently nudge the person beside them to warn that their turn is very soon.
Maintaining silence throughout the gong bath is essential.
After breakfast - gentle activities, meditation and morning workshops.
Afternoon: After lunch brings Gong camp to a close.
By car – From M5 motorway, junction 27, take the A361 to Tiverton (7 miles). At the roundabout, take the A396 towards Bampton. Turn right at Cove (signed village hall/Huntsham). Go up the hill to the crossroads (Van Post) at the top (1.5 miles). Turn left (towards Bampton) and Coombe Farm is the first entrance on the left (0.3 miles).
Parking - is at the bottom and to the sides of the steep concrete track. Park at right angles to the track, leaving plenty of space between each car, and try not to obstruct the turning circle. The camping field is a car free zone. It has level camping terraces and access to them is by foot.
By Train – Tiverton Parkway is the nearest station from where there are occasional busses to Tiverton and from Tiverton bus station to Cove.
Collection From Tiverton Parkway or Bus Station - We are happy to collect anyone arriving from Tiverton Parkway train station or Tiverton bus station.
Address: Coombe Farm, Cove, Tiverton Devon EX16 7RU. Sat navs and the above google map will lead you about 4 miles out of your way, please follow the direction written above which starts from juntion 27 of the M5 and you will get to Coombe Farm in about 15 minutes. The picture below is Coombe Farm, the google map marker on the map above is incorrect (a shared postcode)
By car– Using the google link below you can find direction from your location.
coordinates: 50.965787, -3.461503
Unnamed Rd, Tiverton EX16 7QJ, UK
The directions on the above google maps link will lead you to the entrance of Coombe Farm when using EX16 7QJ, however a sat nav will get you to about 50 metres before throwing you off route. To avoid this ignore the turning off when you reach Van Post and continue on 50 metres and Coombe Farm is the next turning on the left.
The address is Coombe Farm, Cove, Tiverton Devon EX16 7RU (please dont use this post code in your sat nav)
If you are interested in attending gong camp please add your email address to the mailing list below. You will then be kept updated as to what’s happening at Gong Camp via a once a month newsletter starting in April 2017.