Group Sound Relaxation Therapy Training

Soundbath and Gongbath Training – Professional Diploma

Group Sound Relaxation Therapy Training (Professional Diploma)

This course is perfect for anyone wanting to deliver relaxation sessions in the form of soundbaths and/or gongbaths only. During the course we will be working with Himalayan singing bowls, crystal bowls and gong. Therapeutic percussion will be used to bring people gently back from a meditative state.

This course is particularly suited to anyone dipping into therapeutic sound for the first time.

A distance learning option is available for this course.

  • No previous experience needed

  • Easy to use online learning platform

  • Case study 'test' sessions

  • Video recordings & further study materials

  • Recorded learning sessions for case study period

  • Supported by on-going scientific research

  • Work With

    Groups Only

  • Where?

    A blend of home study & 1 class-room based module held at the University of Chichester Bognor Regis Campus, Upper Bognor Rd, Bognor Regis, PO21 1HR. A full distance learning option of this course is available, see our prospectus for more information.

  • When?

    Course starts 2nd March 2022

  • Course Fees

    £985 Earlybird Fee – Ends 30th Nov 21
    £1059 Full Course Fee
    Instalment Plan Available

  • Qualification

    Dip. GSRT (BAST)

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Course Contents

  • Exploring our growing body of research as well as neuroscience and the psychology of sound
  • Exploring the ‘sound signature’ of each different instrument and how and why it affects us in certain ways
  • Discovering the application of sound to maximise relaxation Playing techniques for the Himalayan and crystal singing bowls and gong
  • How to write a ‘gongscore’ (a composition for your gongbath)
  • Creating stillness and emotion with your crystal bowls – how each interval affects mind, body and emotions in different ways
  • Transitioning between instruments – enjoying the ‘bridging’ places
  • Musicality, ebb and flow – making your session ‘live’
  • Reflective practice – the 5Rs method of experiential processing – a way to understand ourselves more deeply

Course Modules & Timeline
Blended Learning Option

Equipment Webinar – Launches 1st December 2021

  • Videos and presentations introduce the instruments (Himalayan bowls, gong, crystal singing bowls and therapeutic percussion)
  • Choose the best instruments to suit your needs – help will be provided
  • Playing technique tutorials will get you started and practising at home

Foundation Module – Launches 7th January 2022

  • An online course to take before the virtual classroom
  • Explore current research in sound and music psychology and neuroscience to support how and why sound can be so effective at improving health and wellbeing

Virtual Classroom 1 – 2nd – 4th March

  • We will unpack the BAST Method of Sound Relaxation Therapy in more depth in the comfort of your home
  • Take part in experiential exercises and small group sessions
  • Practise playing techniques and experience sound-bath sessions
  • Understand how different instruments affect mind, body and emotions in different ways
  • Discuss the application of the instruments and techniques in more depth
  • Quizzes and interactive exercises help you check your understanding and deepen your knowledge
  • Explore current research in sound and music psychology and neuroscience to support how and why sound can be so effective at improving health and wellbeing

Coursework & Home Study – 5th March 2022 for 12 – 14 weeks

  • Embark on a wonderful journey with your instruments
  • Articles, quizzes, coursework exercises and training videos deepen your learning
  • Coursework is estimated to take between 2 – 3 hours a week
  • Practise different types of soundbath and gongbath session ready for the intensive

Virtual Classroom 2 – Tutorial – 8th April 2022

  • During this session we will check all is well with your coursework and answer any questions you may have.
  • We will check playing techniques
  • There will be a Q&A session with your tutors

In-class Intensive – 28th & 29th May 2022

  • Exploring the practical sessions in more depth
  • Hypothetical case studies are explored and discussed
  • Learn how to transition between your instruments and create ebb and flow
  • Put together what you’ve learned with your peers
  • Get in-class support from the tutor team
  • Gain confidence and hands-on experience with your instruments Day 1: 9.30am – 6.30pm
  • Day 2: 9.30am – 6pm

Case studies & research project

  • Take 6 – 9 months to complete your case studies
  • Gain valuable experience whilst being supported by BAST
  • 2 of your 9 sessions will contribute to a research project which aims to further the field and provide work/business opportunities

Virtual Classroom 3 – Tutorial – 25th November 2022

  • Check in with your peers and tutors
  • Discuss your case studies and practical techniques in more depth
  • Discuss research and ongoing business/professional development


On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Professional Diploma in Group Sound Relaxation Therapy

You can achieve a ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’


Earlybird Fee: £985 – Deadline 30th November 2021

Full Course Fee: £1059

Payment plans are available on request

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