My wild spirit taps into the unknown.
I dig my toes into the dirt
and let my hair whip into the wind.
I am wild and I am free.
~Barefoot Freedom Yogi
GongLab, a nomadic laboratory dedicated to community ritual and healing, is best known for its deeply transporting blend of guided visualization, healing sound, hypnotic percussion, and otherworldly vocals.. Mentored in the Medicine Buddha Sound Healing Mandala by Lama Lobsang Palden, 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 4 years GongLab has been the featured guest at the Medicine Buddha Retreat co-lead 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 graduate of the Clinical Training Program in Analytic Psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute in Chicago. She is a vocalist, musician and the former Artistic Director of the renown Jellyeye Drum Theatre, which she co-founded with Seay 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.