Recent events

For photos of past events please see Gallery pages: Events 2014-16 , Events 2017 , Events 2018 

and Events 2019-2020

Chanting via Zoom  under Covid-19 restrictions
Singing bowls workshop  Elemental Sounds with Paula Bolton Durham UK
Chanting group for women


Witton Gilbert Community Centre, Sacriston Lane, Witton Gilbert, Durham DH7 6TF

Monthly on Saturday mornings from 10.30 to 12.30, cost £7.00. All welcome, no need to book in advance.

Recent gatherings:


Chanting via Zoom:

    2nd Saturday of each month from April 2020 onwards

14th March - Michelle Obama

8th February - Jane Goodall

11th January - Martin Luther King Jr.


7th December - 2019 retrospective 

9th November - 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

26th October - goddess workshop

14th September - Harvest Full Moon

10th August - National Lazy Day

6th July -International Day of Co-operatives

8th June - World Oceans Day

11th May - In honour of the goddess Maia

13th April - Walk on your wild side!

9th March - Singing for the Trees

9th February - our 10th birthday

12th January

Singing bowls workshops

Organic Pilates Studios, Co-op Buildings, Front Street, Langley Park, Durham DH7 9XE

Introduction to Himalayan singing bowls and how to play them.

Recent workshops:

Sunday 12th January 2020

1st October 2017

13th August 2017


Gong bath Witton Gilbert community centre, Durham, October 2017
Gong baths

Every 6-8 weeks from spring to autumn, most recently:

Sunday 22nd December 2019

Sunday 17th November 2019

Sunday 18th August 2019

Saturday 4th May 2019

Saturday 16th March 2019

Sunday 21st October 2018

Sunday 2nd September 2018

Saturday 17th March 2018 


Gong bath at Witton Gilbert Community Centre - October 2017

Weekend with Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino 1st-2nd April 2017

Saturday workshop in Witton Gilbert Community Centre and Sunday afternoon concert + sound journey in St Michael & All Angels church, Witton Gilbert.

This was a huge success and we had some fabulous feedback:

"It was fantastic! ... I couldn't believe I was chanting Hindu chants in a church!  brilliant!" - Deborah (Corbridge)

"Thanks so much for organising the weekend - it was a very inspiring and enlivening experience and I really appreciated the opportunity to participate." - Sarah (Durham)

"This is a very belated thank you to you and Tarquin for organising that amazing concert and sound journey on Sunday ... I didn’t expect to be so touched and deepened by it ... It really was special." - Tess (Hexham)

"This was a very special weekend. Thank you all so much xx" - Jackie (Newcastle)

*** For photos please see Gallery page: Events 2017 ***


Video recordings from this concert available on YouTube:

And from the sound journey:

Weekend with Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino

 Witton Gilbert Community Centre, Durham


Saturday October 5th 2014 - " A special sonic pilgrimage of transformational awakening"

2.30 to 4.40 p.m. £20, advance booking essential.

An invitation to participate in a harmonic choir led by Michael, Psychodynamic Qigong exercises with Candida, followed by a deep listening experience; Paula and Tarquin Bolton join Michael and Candida in presenting the sounds of gongs, singing bowls, percussion, undertone & overtone singing, the morin khuur, tenor viol, Native American flute and more.


Sunday October 6th 2014 - "An Introduction to Khoomii (Mongolian Overtone Singing) and Himalayan Singing Bowls, part two"

10.00 a.m. to 5.00p.m. £50.

A follow-up to Michael and Candida's first workshop in Witton Gilbert in March 2014. An opportunity to practise and develop Mongolian style harmonic singing and learn more advanced singing bowl playing techniques and how these may be used in giving a therapeutic sound treatment.

Events 2014-15

Workshop with Jana Runnalls


Sunday August 9th 2015 from 10.00 to 17.00 at Witton Gilbert Community Centre, Sacriston Lane, Witton Gilbert, Durham DH7 6TF.

This highly successful, enjoyable and inspiring workshop with Jana Runnalls from Glastonbury consisted of a morning of sacred Sanskrit mantra, followed by an afternoon of Shamanic drumming with Native American  / other chants.


Jana has been a huge inspiration to me for several years. She has a beautiful, powerful voice and she is a fine musician and composer. I use many of the chants she has composed and her arrangements of mantras and traditional chants in my monthly chanting group sessions. Her spiritual path reflects a lifetime of seeking and study. 


The workshop was fully booked with over twenty participants coming from far and wide. We all appreciated Jana's skill as a teacher, her music and her warm humour. Comments include: 


"Awesome!" - A. (Willington)

"... soooo good." - A. (Eyemouth) 

"What an amazing day!"  - M. (Newcastle)

"I found it a very positive experience and the chanting had a profound effect on me." - W. (Durham)

"Just to say a big thank you for a great workshop. I really enjoyed it."  - S. (Hull)



Please check out Jana's website for more about her work with mantra, chant and drumming: