A Sound Meditation with GongLab & Special Guests

Activate your dreams for the coming year with a guided meditation of elemental renewal, set to the powerfully resonating sounds of gongs, otherworldly vocals and orchestral instruments. Join us at the beautiful South Shore Cultural Center and set your intention for the New Year during a 90 minute guided sound journey, followed by light bites, aromatic teas, and conversation. Before the meditation, explore the world of wellness at our opening reception featuring mindful local partners and unique sensory experiences. 

Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the Chicago Parks Foundation's work to spread positive, productive energy throughout all of our parks! $45 includes guided sound meditation, light bites and teas, and a mindful gift.

3PM - 4:30PM

Opening reception of wellbeing partners
Set up of personal spaces
4:30PM - 6PM
Sound Meditation (feat. GongLab & Special Guests) 
6PM - 7PM
Light bites, teas & conversation

Free parking available. This event is suggested for guests age 16 and older. Guests are requested to dress comfortably and bring blankets, pillows, mats or other items to create a cozy personal space. Volunteers will be on hand to assist as needed. 

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Special thanks to our 2018 Event Sponsors!

Interested in partnering with us? Contact events@chicagoparksfoundation.org


What is a Sound Meditation? 

Sound Meditation is the practice of deepening meditation with the use of sound and music. The beautiful sounds bring balance and harmony to the body, promote positive energy, and are a powerful way to cultivate a sense of well being.

More about GongLab

GongLab is a nomadic laboratory dedicated to community ritual and healing. Shu Shubat and Oliver Seay combine practices and teachings of spiritual Wisdom Traditions, Jungian therapeutic modalities, and Mindfulness techniques to create powerfully harmonic community experiences. For the past four years, GongLab has been the featured guest at the Medicine Buddha Retreat co-led by Lama Lobsang Palden and Indo-Tibetan Buddhist scholar Dr. Robert Thurman at Tibet House's Menla Mountain Conference Center in upstate New York. Oliver is a critically acclaimed percussionist and composer, a Reiki Master and a Vortex Healing practitioner. Shu is a certified instructor of the Realization Process (body centered meditation), a graduate of the Clinical Training Program in Analytic Psychology at Chicago's Jung Institute, a vocalist, musician, and the former Artistic Director of the renowned Jellyeye Drum Theater, which she co-founded with Oliver in 1992. The instrument most central to GongLab's work is a 38" gong tuned to the frequency of the Earth as it transits around the Sun. This same vibrational signature is attributed to the seed sound "OM," thought to be the Primordial Sound and the very ground of our Being. In their ongoing exploration of holistic, earth-based teachings, the Earth Gong serves as an actively resonant metaphor for the encircling reparative energy of the "Great Mother," the eternal life force that fuels all life.

Read our interview with Shu Shubat on our Seeing Green Blog!