On my visit, I spent a long time trying out the numerous Tibetan singing bowls deciding which sound I liked the best. It was something I'd always wanted to own but I hadn't realised before then just how much they vary both in their size and their 'ring'. In the end I realised that it was going to be a bowl choosing me rather than the other way around. Traditionally, the bowls are used in meditation and prayer and the sound - and the vibration from them - is mesmeric. The YouTube clip is of Tibetan bowls being played alongside Native American flutes. The method of generating the pulsating 'singing' is shown at about 10:30 into the video. The combination of sounds from two cultures is fascinating and memorable especially when wild birds start to sing in the background.
The visit ended with lunch at the Himalayan coffee house where a very good home grown salad - followed by a 'to die for' cake - was had at very modest cost. Recently treatment rooms have been added and there are also fund raising concerts - the next to be held is Songs and Arias with the mezzo-soprano, Cerys Jones accompanied by harpist, Tanya Houghton on Saturday 14th September, 7.30pm.