An occasional series in which we talk with some of those people who have forged instruments with Resounding Earth workshops. These conversations are not so much testimonials but inspirational meetings with many of the ways in which the instruments create enrichment in each person's life and often for others. Each bowl unique and each maker in a living relationship with sound that is neither taught nor imposed.
When is a bowl
not just a bowl?
When it is forged by your own hands and lived with in a way that opens untold possibilities for you and for those that experience it!
Since 2011 literally hundreds of new sounding instruments such as singing bowls and tubular bells, singular bells and the delightfully dancing ting-sha bells come through the portable forge and the Forge Your Own Singing Bowl workshop.
What we find especially enriching about these conversations is that although we appear to be talking about a very simple sounding instrument - the way in which each person speaks shows us that there are so many ways that a singing bowl, created by or for a person in a very unique way, is impacting the well being of each in ways beyond our reckoning.
Meet the Makers: In Conversation with Marie Evans
Marie Evans speaks about how two instruments she forged herself – singing bowl and tubular bell – are directly influencing her own life and those of her clients. "To watch the transformation happen … is so powerful.”
Working closely with people, the land, ancestral environments Marie has a deep love of the unfolding possibilities emerging through the instruments themselves.
Meet the Makers: In Conversation with Janine Greaves
Janine is one of the ongoing co-creators that make up the team of Resounding Earth. An adventurer in sound, in frequencies and a dynamic, skilled and sensitive energy worker. Janine speaks of the vast array of ways that she is often called to bring an instrument towards a situation that may ask for assistance. Through a quite detailed inquiry with energetic and conscious awareness and body sensing we hear of situations where Janine plays her instruments to contribute to the Earth and any area that may be out of coherence.
We also hear of how the years of honing her own senses with sound and energetic awareness have assisted the development of her own perceptual gifts.
Meet the Makers: In Conversation with Daniela Francia
Daniela speaks about having crafted instruments has impacted her life. As a maker of nine instruments - bells of various sizes and metals and singing bowls that have taken her into richly transformational processes for herself and others. When asked what she experiences through living with the bowls and of one in particular she says quite simply -
"It keeps me sane."
An Italian living on the Scottish isle of Iona, Daniela has been meeting people from every nation as they day trip or spend quiet retreat on this island famed for its many years of pilgrimage. Both Gabriella and Heather of Resounding Earth have been fortunate to have forged their work of crafting bowls and instruments as well as Weaving Sound on the island for more than twelve years. This interview speaks to the love for the Inner Hebridean islands as much as it does the bowls and Daniela herself.
In a conversation with Ton Akkermans and Carolina Schomper, Gabriella and Heather invite Ton to say what inspires the making of the instruments with a particular emphasis on the making of Gongs. Ton has developed a particular style of gong forging ... one that draws from the metals a central tone from which a universal chorus resounds...
For more about Ton's work and the influence that he has played in our work with Resounding Earth see Gabriella's site Peace-Trails