Mona Ruijs

Mona Ruijs is a gong practitioner trained by The College of Sound Healing in Devon, UK. Inviting participants to close their eyes and open their ears, she curates a unique experience into sound and the senses, and an exploration of ‘the listening body’. Mona spent 12 years abroad in Berlin and London where she developed her craft, and facilitated sound baths, gong concerts and deep listening events. After completing her dissertation ‘Resonating Gongs: The Integration of Gongs into Sound Therapy’ with the music faculty at the London Metropolitan University, she studied with Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux.

Mona went on to train student sound practitioners at The Northern School of Soundsmiths in Manchester. In 2018, she was delighted to have returned to Australia to share her sound practice, where she presented her work at Melbourne Music Week and ABC National Radio. This year, she has exhibited a vibroacoustic sound bed at Linden New Art Gallery, which facilitates the composition and perception of intricate, spatio-temporal patterns of vibration on the surface of the body. Mona is continually exploring how the ear hears, the brain listens and the body senses vibrations.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.