A while ago I attended a full moon meditation with my husband at the Pomona Healing Centre. When Paul first asked me to go I was expecting an open field, moonlight eerily streaming down upon white robed maidens chanting. The actuality was quite an eye-opener but not in the way I expected. I turned up at the above renovated hall....
...and what greeted me inside was nothing short of breathtaking. The hall has been painted with murals inside and you feel like you are stepping into a Greek or Egyptian palace, with white pillars and intricate 'brickwork'.
Every corner has some sort of display with appropriate looking artefacts and musical instruments, such as this beautiful drum.
Ishtarlia welcomes you to her full moon sound bath, and when you lie back and close your eyes, you are taken away by the sound of her voice (yes, the chanting but so beautiful and pitch perfect it takes your breath away). She used the above glass bowls to create different vibration sounds and matches it perfectly with her voice. You literally feel the waves of sound and vibration running through your body...which is very relaxing once you get used to it. And the acoustics of the hall...amazing.
Ishtarlia creates a magical mandala for her full moon sounds baths, an example of which is above. Before we even walked into the hall we were given a piece of paper to write something on that we wanted to let go of. Then we sat down on the mats and set fire to our papers in the middle of the mandala...a very spiritual experience.
So, if you are like me, and a little sceptical of something different...just jump in head first. I left the sound bath feeling invigorated and relaxed and will definitely be back again...when the weather warms up a little.