About Sheila

BACKGROUND
Sheila’s professional working history : she was originally a classically trained professional violinist and musician from a musical lineage, having studied at the Royal College of Music and graduating with a GRSM degree and ARCM diploma. For nearly twenty years she had a thriving career in the mainstream classical music world, freelancing with many orchestras and chamber groups including the Royal Ballet and the Castalian Duo, and running a teaching practice alongside her performing work. Some years ago she felt drawn to use her musical abilities in a more holistic way; she did the basic Sound Healing training with Simon Heather, principal of the College of Sound Healing, and studied Gong with Don Conreaux. 

SPIRITUAL/SELF DEVELOPMENT WORK
Sheila is no spiritual novice, nor a stranger to self development work. Emerging from an abusive marriage some 20 years ago, she has spent many years doing her own deep emotional healing, clearing and inner self development work, with both Sound Healing and the Gongs as well as other Holistic healing modalities. So she is well prepared to provide support and guidance to help others on their own inner healing journey. The higher your energy vibration is, the more effective you are as a therapist and teacher! Having always felt that there was a deeper meaning to life, and having a burning desire for self realisation, Sheila has spent a good deal of time with self realised spiritual teachers including 12 years closely connected with her own spiritual master Sri Vasudeva, which included running his organisation in the UK for over 7 years.
Several years ago she discovered the teachings of non-duality – said to be the most direct route to self realisation – and has explored this path, attending meetings and Retreats with eminent teachers including Sri Mooji, Richard Sylvester, Roger Linden and James Eaton. Following a 9-day silent Retreat in 2013 with Mooji she had “a light bulb moment” that was life-changing. The best way to describe it is that everything she had previously known and believed about her identity fell away and left her in a state of freedom – knowing herself to be both nothing and everything simultaneously. Settling into this state of pure Presence – which is our true nature and a totally normal, natural way of being available to all - she discovered that realisation is not a destination. That the arrival in a space of knowing oneself to be pure Awareness or Beingness is in fact both the beginning and the continuation of the ever deepening and endlessly miraculous adventure of Life unfolding.
 

TEACHING WORK
Sheila is a course tutor for the UK College of Sound Healing and runs one of the main training courses for the College – the Gong Practitioner Training. She also teaches other Gong, Chant/Mantra and Harmonium workshops under the College umbrella. She is an experienced Holistic therapist, musician and teacher, having taught and performed music in one form or another for over forty years. She is a member of the UK Sound Healers Association, and a member of the Complimentary Medical Association. She is also a traditionally trained Reiki Master/Teacher/Practitioner. Sheila has specialised in the use of the Gong and other related instruments for her Sound Healing work.  

PUBLICATIONS
In 2010 Sheila published her first book : “Sound Healing with Gongs”, which was the first book of its kind on this specialist subject, and has become a classic reference book for those wishing to begin their journey with the gongs. Her second book on the gong – “In the Heart of the Gong Space” – was published in October 2012. This is a more extensive book on the gong and it's effects for healing on all levels, and more or less continues where Book 1 left off. Sheila has also recorded three Gong CD's - "Transcendence", "Quantum Transformations" and "Sounds of Stillness".
All books and CD's are available to buy from the Online shop on this website.  

LOCATION
Sheila’s Gong workshops are held in a super rural workshop space in East Devon near Honiton in the South West of the UK, within easy access of the M5 and a mainline railway station. However, Sheila does travel to different areas of the UK and occasionally abroad to give workshops when invited and if there is a demand. Please contact her if you would like to arrange a Gong Intensive Weekend workshop in your area. The high price of venue hire in London and the South East means that Sheila rarely teaches there as it is impossible to keep workshop prices affordable when we have to pay such high rents. However, if you can offer a reasonably priced venue in the South East, and would like Sheila to run a Gong Weekend there, do contact us.

BLOG
Sheila has a Blog site where she writes about current happenings in her work, 
and various other topics. See Sheila's Blog site at this link 

CURRENT WORK AND EVENTS
Workshops : Please see Workshops and Events page for details of Sheila's Gong and other Sound Healing workshops

Gong Training Course : Please see Gong Practitioner Course page for details

Private Gong Therapy Sessions : Sheila sees private clients and has a private Therapy practice in south Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor. A private treatment session using the gongs costs £40. Sheila works in varying ways with different clients according to what they need. Some clients just want to experience a gongbath/sound journey especially tailored for them, and that is what is offered here. At your first session, Sheila will use the gongs and other instruments to relax and de-stress you, and bring your whole being back into a state of harmony on all levels - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This is a deep sonic, meditational, healing experience which usually leaves people very relaxed, refreshed and invigorated, and ready to face the world anew. The gong sounds may clear blockages in the subtle energy body, and enable deep issues to be resolved. Occasionally a client may feel worse for a short while before they start to feel better, while any clearing is happening. This is part of the healing process, and is an indication that the gongs are doing their work.
Clients who visit Sheila for a gongbath or an Assemblage Point session in Devon will have the opportunity to experience the majestic healing power of the 60" Universal gong first-hand, as well as some of the other superb gongs she uses in her work.


Assemblage Point :
At subsequent sessions Sheila may suggest checking the alignment of your Assemblage Point - the centre of the human subtle energy field, and the basis of the whole human experience. If it needs adjusting, she will carry out the re-alignment before following up with some gentle gongs, singing bowls and other harmonious sounds to re-balance and harmonise you. 
The Assemblage Point (AP) is the centre of the energy system of the human body. Everyone has one, but it is a fact that many people have not even heard of the AP, which is crucial to our physical and psychological health, wellbeing and happiness. It affects everything about us - our health, emotions, brain power, ability to interact with others and the world, our beliefs and decisions, our confidence and enthusiasm, our spirituality, and crucially, our feelings about ourselves. If it is out of alignment it can cause unnecessary suffering and ill-health.
The human body is a complex electrical system and the Assemblage Point in the centre of the chest is the very centre of that system. When it is in the right place we feel happy and positive, and interact well with others and our world. If it is out of alignment we may feel unwell, lacking in energy, depressed and anxious, and that life is a struggle. The Assemblage Point can shift out of alignment due to increased stress, a traumatic incident, physical and emotional abuse, a road accident which jolts the whole energy field, a prolonged illness, an operation, a change in relationship or divorce, a bereavement, a bad fall, or any such serious life situation which knocks us "off balance". Then we may well find that we no longer "feel ourselves" and that something is different - that we just cannot function as we used to. Then it is quite likely that the Assemblage Point has shifted out of alignment and caused this change for the worse.

For further information on the Human Assemblage Point please see Simon Heather's website here, and the Whale Medical website here. Please contact Sheila for further details or appointments. An initial Assemblage Point re-alignment costs £40, and to subsequently check and re-align the AP at further sessions is £20 per session. It is useful to re-check the alignment of the AP at one or more subsequent sessions as it may not "hold" after one session if it has been out of place for some time.

Private Reiki Treatments : A private Reiki session costs £40. To book a one-to-one session with Sheila please contact her here : Contact


Private Lessons : Private gong lessons are also held in south Devon. Private lessons are £40 per hour. To book a private lesson with Sheila please contact her.

N.B. Sheila's charges for all one-to-one treatment sessions and private lessons will be rising to £50 from January 2018. Sheila's prices have remained the same for nearly eight years, and in that time expenses have risen considerably (electricity for instance has nearly doubled in price), and treatment fees now need to reflect the increased costs involved. 

Evening Chanting Session : Please see Workshops & Events page for details of any planned evening Chanting sessions.

Group Gongbath Session : Please see Workshops & Events page for details of any planned group gongbath sessions. 

Advance online payment for all Workshops, Courses, Therapy sessions, lessons and events is available here : Online Shop & Bookings N.B. It has been brought to our attention that occasionally people experience hiccups in the Paypal payment software. If you have problems when trying to book for a workshop or buying Sheila's CD's or books, just email Sheila the details using the Contact form, and she will send you a Paypal invoice directly.   

Pandia Duo
A recent development is the musical collaboration between Sheila and Robin Andrews - a talented young bagpiper and recorder player from South Devon. This happened quite unexpectedly in April 2014, and after playing music together experimentally for a few months, the Pandia Duo was formed. Pandia give concerts mainly comprising early and folk music, and are available to hire for various occasions such as gallery openings, wedding receptions, etc - anywhere that music would add to the ambience and enjoyment of the occasion. The new Pandia page on Robin's website can be accessed here. Please see Workshops & Events page for further details of our forthcoming events and links to video and audio clips.
Here is a clip from a recent concert : Jellyfish Studio