Tag : Music Events

  • Music – Life – Spirit – Love

    Posted Feb 9th, 2012 By in Blog With | No Comments Love

    A Guest Post by Russell Leak

    A note, a chord or a song can change your being. It can move you, lift you, make you cry…and even make you laugh out loud!

    Since ancient times music has been used to alter states and rouse nations. There’s something in music that goes way back in us, back to the shamans and the drums – back to the first person who worked out how to string a hollowed out log.

    Music has been a powerful and transformative part in my life and I used to believe it was the same for everyone. However, as I was vexing passionately to a friend about a new album from my favourite band he said “I’m not really into music…occasionally I just buy a tape for the car!” What???  I could hardly believe his total lack of interest in music. Then I remembered that he was also a football fan and that he used to sing his heart out every Saturday on the terraces!

    So I guess music really does touch us all – in one way or another…even if we are blissfully unaware of its powerful effects.

    Maybe because it’s wired in us in some way – woven into our DNA. Getting briefly technical; the Pentatonic scale consisting of 5 notes that can be heard in pretty much every culture of music including Chinese, Arabic, African, Blues…everywhere in fact. In those ancient caves, the ones with the animal paintings made by men from 20,000 years ago they found flutes made from a vulture’s wing bone, and low and behold; the scale is Pentatonic. Natures’ natural rhythms…the beat of the wing, the rhythm of the waves and the delicate chimes in the wind.

    Life itself has a natural rhythm too. It goes up and down. Sometimes we are happy, sometimes sad, and sometimes it throws us around so much we start to feel a kind of motion sickness. “I want to get off” or “I just want some stability,” we find ourselves saying. So we choose something quiet or gentle, we settle for less until the rhythm becomes a steady hum. At this point we might choose to get back on the ride and find a little excitement again. As one of my favorite song writers said “if their lives were exotic and strange, they would likely have gladly exchanged them for something a little more plain, maybe something a little more sane.”

    So through this chaos of life’s ups and downs, we start to look for a sign, a reason and a strategy for coping. We follow the wise words written by the ancients. We meditate knowing that we are searching to find ourselves. We remember those wise cracking gods who thought they’d have a laugh and store the secrets deep within us. How can we go looking inside for ourselves when the whole world is distracting us? It throws us daily emails, glowing lights and 3 minute videos! People start to say “With all this science and technology I don’t believe in God, I believe in matter, I want what’s solid, but I’m sure I have a soul somewhere…I have to have something more within me. Don’t I?”

    If you spoke to someone, just as they were turning off their bedside light at the end of a busy stressful day, and asked “What was your absolute best moment of the day?” I’m sure most would enthuse; “Well I had a real laugh working with my colleagues” or “I hugged my man as he realised he’d made a mistake” or “I kissed my sleepy child as she gave in and let the dreams take her” …or, some other wild and crazy act of love. Love is a mysterious and wonderful expression of our existence that makes us question, write, sing, express and confuse ourselves on a daily basis.

    With all these conflicting thoughts it’s sometimes hard to find calm in the chaos of our minds. Perhaps a song can transform us, maybe a book, a poem, or a smile.

    Or maybe a talk from a couple of crazy guys who have been around the block, learnt a bit about life – and want to share it with you!

    Russell Leak will be sharing the stage with Andy Dovey at Naked Dragon on Wed 15th Feb.

    For further details and to book your ticket, please click HERE

  • Finding Sanity In An Insane World?

    Posted Feb 1st, 2012 By in Mind Body Spirit Event Reviews With | No Comments nd banner

    A Guest Post by Andy Dovey

    Most of us would agree that we are living in incredibly challenging times, but how do we live through them successfully?

    What are the ‘impacts’ on us (emotionally, physically and socially) and what affect does this daily bombardment have on us?

    How can we mitigate the damage on ourselves from all these stimuli to our minds, bodies and souls?

    Russell Leak and I will be addressing all these questions (and much, much more!) at our Naked Dragon event on Wednesday 15th February – me through words in the form of a talk, and Russell through the medium of music in the form of his songs.

    As a practising clinical hypnotherapist, I have seen an growing number of clients of the past 5 years or so, who are experiencing increasing levels of stress and anxiety, the root cause of which is often fear – fear of losing a job, fear of not having enough money, fear of losing a home, etc. We are also subject to an environment of fear that may (or may not) be real – terrorism, war, pandemics, etc.

    The net result of all this is an almost constant stimulus of our adrenal systems (the flight-or-fight response) which has a number of profound effects on the individual, everything from compromised immune systems to chronic fatigue, and much more.

    My hypothesis is that we are not able to evolve fast enough as a species to cope with the world we live in, and this is placing us under more and more pressure that we are not designed to endure.

    So, what can we do about this? Come along on 15th February and find out!

    During the evening I will also look at how the world really works, taking a peek behind the veil that is projected to us via the media and government, to see how it really works and how we can maintain our sanity in an increasingly insane world.

    There will also be a demonstration of how everyone can use self-hypnosis to benefit themselves and reduce stress and anxiety.

    The event will be in 2 halves…

    My talk will be first, starting at 7.30pm. When everyone has had enough of me (☺) there will be an interval of about 15 minutes, and then Russell will start his Music/Life/Spirit/Love section, linking with some of the themes I will have been talking about.

    Russell is an incredibly talented songwriter and musician and, using modern technology, is able to be a true one-man-band. As a musician myself, I will join him occasionally on drums and percussion. Before playing each song, he will talk about the theme of the song, where his inspiration came from and the meaning of the song, so giving each piece a unique context that many listeners never experience.

    If all this sounds a bit ‘heavy’, yes it is in parts, but we guarantee there also will be a lot of fun and laughter as both of us don’t take ourselves too seriously! Amongst the sober facts there will be many lighter moments of banter, self-deprecation and audience participation.

    So, come along for some enlightenment, some fun and be prepared to get involved!

    For full details of this exciting event, please click HERE

  • Barbara Meiklejohn-Free – Journey to the Shaman Within

    Posted Jan 26th, 2012 By in Archives With | No Comments Barbarawebsitebanner

    Talk & Sacred Sounds
    Wednesday 30th May 2012
    7.30pm-10pm

    Discover your authentic self; at one with Nature, with Spirit and with the infinite joy that is the journey of your soul – Your Shaman Within.

    Spend the evening walking your timelines as you journey side-by-side with the UK’s best-loved, wise-woman.

    Through the gift of storytelling and music you will learn to reconnect to the ‘heart of all knowing’ by tuning into the rhythm of the beat of the Cosmos.

    Set flight as you travel the timelines, rekindling your relationship with your ancestors – moving forward to reconnect with your soul’s purpose in this life and the guardians that are ready to help healing old wounds before exploring the wonders of tomorrow.

    In sharing her journey – her story thus far – Barbara will demonstrate using ancient tools and techniques to open up all the worlds in which we walk in order that we can make the most of this world and our time now – and help to create a future of infinite possibilities.

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    The evening’s experience will include:

    Healing Drum Demonstration
    Psychic & Mediumship Demonstration
    Meditations to meet and contact your spirit ancestors and power animal

    *All drum, smudging tools and music will be provided.
    Just  bring an open heart, inquisitive mind and a free spirit!

    Ticket Prices

    £20.00 – Save £5.00 by booking online
    £25.00 – on the door

    ***Our First Anniversary***

    This May we are celebrating our first anniversary with two very special events.

    We are are delighted to be hosting Shaman & Musician Barbara Meikle-John Free on 3oth May followed by The Angel Whisperer – Kyle Gray on 31st May.

    We hope that you will come and celebrate with us at one – or both – of these great events.

    Special Offer – Book both events online for just £30.00 – a saving of £10.00!

    For details of Kyle’s event on 31st May – please click HERE

    Venue

    The Crown Hotel
    (Windsor Suite)
    7 London Street, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8AP United Kingdom

    Our venue offers great dining at reasonable prices.
    Please call the hotel direct to reserve your table: 01932 564657

    Free parking is available – after 6pm – at Sainsburys (almost opposite the venue.) Chertsey train station is just a few minutes drive away.

  • Aidan McIntyre – The Magic of The Gong

    Posted Jul 25th, 2011 By in Archives With | No Comments more gongs and singing bowls
    Gong Bath Experience
    Wednesday 14th December 2011
    7.30pm-9.30pm

    A Special Festive Event with Gong Master Aidan McIntyre

    If you have yet to experience the Magic of a Gong Bath -  you are in for a very special festive treat!

    Bathing us in waves of beautiful and timeless vibrations; the Gong Bath has been likened to a mini-vacation, in which we become both the bubble and the sea as we experience a sense of disappearing and reappearing, leading us to new beginnings and a fresh place of self-healing and self revelation.

    The powerful vibrations of the gong transport us to another level of being; a place where healing naturally occurs and the stresses of every day life are gently washed away.

    Enjoy feeling immersed in an unlimited, infinite sound space, bathed by fluid, ever-changing melodies and harmonies blended with grace and lightness. Relax and let go as the sounds and vibrations deepen your feelings of connection to Source.

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    Begin the festive season in a perfect state of joy and bliss with a sense of increased vitality, calmness, balanced emotions and feelings of self-empowerment

    Please bring a rug and/or cushion for maximum relaxation and enjoyment of the experience.

    Ticket Prices

    £25.00 – On the door
    £20.00
    Advance Booking (no booking fees – save £5.00 per ticket by booking in advance )

    To ensure your place -  please book your ticket by using the booking form below the venue details.

    Venue

    The Crown Hotel (Windsor Suite)
    7 London Street,
    Chertsey, Surrey
    KT16 8AP
    United Kingdom

    A special £10.00 supper menu is available at the venue for all Naked Dragon guests
    Please call the hotel direct to reserve your table: 01932 564657

    Free parking is available – after 6pm – at Sainsburys (almost opposite the venue.)
    Chertsey train station is about 10 minutes walk from the venue.

  • Tim Wheater – Circle of Sound Experience

    Posted Jun 20th, 2011 By in Archives With | 2 Comments OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
    Music
    Wednesday 12th October 2011
    7.30pm-9.30pm

    A Circle of Sound with Tim Wheater is a memorable moment.

    Radiant showers of soothing healing sounds bewitching the ears and hearts of the listener. Deep sound meditations, mantras and sacred sounds touching the stillness and bliss.

    During this very special evening of sound, Tim will be working with the breath, the voice (safely and easily) and chanting mantras for peace and wellbeing. He will also explore working with:

    •       Simple Vocal Tones
    •       Chant
    •       Mantra
    •       Flutes
    •       Tibetan Bowls
    •       Sound Chair
    •       Sacred Sol Feggio Chimes
    •       Gongs tuned to The Planet
    •       Drum and more………..

    Tim will perform on voice and flute, as well as inviting us into a deep sound meditation through the wonderful Planet Gongs tuned to the Cosmos via Phythagurus scientific discovery.

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    Come and discover the Circle of Sound Experience for yourself – and bathe in the Sounds of The Universe.

    No Experience is required. It is all easy, safe, rewarding and fun!

    This is a great opportunity to work with the legendary Tim Wheater and to experience his exquisitely sensitive music.

    *** This will be an intimate evening of sound. To enhance your experience, you might like to bring some cushions and/or a rug to sit on. There will also be chairs available if you would prefer to be seated ***

    Ticket Prices

    £20.00 (no booking fee) – Advance On-line Booking Only

    There may be a limited number of tickets available on the door at a cost of £25.00.
    However – to ensure your place, please book your ticket online using the booking form below

    Venue

    The Crown Hotel (Windsor Suite)
    7 London Street,
    Chertsey, Surrey
    KT16 8AP
    United Kingdom

    A special £10.00 supper menu is available at the venue for all Naked Dragon guests
    Please call the hotel direct to reserve your table: 01932 564657

    Free parking is available – after 6pm – at Sainsburys (almost opposite the venue.)
    Chertsey train station is about 10 minutes walk from the venue.

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