Deep Listening to Sounds, Silence, and In-between

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Deep Listening to Sounds, Silence, and In-between

Join Stacey Bliss, PhD, for a workshop including deep listening exercises (sonic meditations) and a 45-minute gong bath (sonic immersion).

By Gong Sound Space

When and where

Date and time

Fri, Apr 22, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT


University of Alberta Arts-based Research Studio 4-104 Education North Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3 Canada

About this event

This is the second event in the ‘Sound-Art Series’ by Stacey Bliss at the Arts-Based Research Studio at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Stacey will give a brief overview about the role and theme of "deep listening" (Oliveros, 2005) in her 2-year SSHRC Postdoctoral work, which documents the pedagogy and sonic curriculum of 2 international gong master-teachers in the India, the UK, and the US. For a preview of the research themes, see curated audio tours of the research: (Deep listening is audio tour #8).

After the brief overview, we will embark on a selection of interactive sonic meditations by Pauline Oliveros. Then, you will be immersed in a 45-minute gong bath. Stacey will play a mirror gong (8 Corners of Heaven gong).

Bring a yoga mat, blanket, cushions if you’d like to lay down for the gong bath. Chairs will be provided. The space is fully accessible. All welcome. This is a FREE event, which will only be offered live and in-person.

Note: The ABR studio space can accommodate 22 people maximum for distancing. Please wear a mask and refrain from attending if feeling unwell. See U of A site for more details:

NOTE: Because of the limited number of spots, please cancel your registration if you are unable to attend in order to free up the spot for another person - thank you.

Date: Friday, April 22, 2022

Time: 1-2:30pm

Location: Arts-based Research Studio, University of Alberta, 4-104 Education North

About the facilitator: Stacey Bliss, PhD, is an Appointed Academic Colleague in the Faculty of Education at the U of A, and a recipient of a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2021-2023) for her project: Toward a Sound Pedagogy: A Sonic and Performative Ethnography of ‘Sound Healers’ in Canada. Her scholarly interests include multiliteracies, sound studies in education, critical studies in improvisation, and ‘imaginative’ ethnographies, including sonic and performative ethnographies. Find out more at:

Photo above (main event image): Stacey with a mirror gong with Jess R. at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, Regina. Photo credit: Evie Ruddy.

Photos below: Stacey playing gongs at the Art Gallery of Regina, June 2021 (photo credit - Evie Ruddy); Sarian M. in the U.K. learning how to play gong with a flumie (resonant mallet) and listening deeply(photo by Stacey during her research, 2019).

About the organizer

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Gong Sound Space

Gong Sound Space events are curated by Stacey Bliss. She organizes and facilitates events featuring meditation, sound relaxation, and gong trainings in Canada and internationally. Stacey holds a doctorate in Language, Culture, and Teaching from the Faculty of Education at York University, Toronto, Canada. She has been an educator in Canada, Japan, and Korea for over 25 years. Since 2014, she has also taught yoga, meditation, and the art of gong playing. In 2017, she began ethnographically studying with yogis and gong players, and she continues to explore Sound Studies in Education and Critical Studies in Improvisation. Stacey is a SSHRC Insight Development Grant recipient (2021-2023) and she is thrilled to be conducting research for her project titled: Toward a Sound Pedagogy: A Sonic and Performative Ethnography of ‘Sound Healers’ in Canada.


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