The Sounds of Being Mersey River Sessions ~ April 27 & 28, 2013

Mersey River Sounds of Being

Event Details

Date: April 27 &28, 2013
Location: Mersey River Chalets
and Nature Retreat,
RR#2 Caledonia,
NS B0T 1B0

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Mersey River Chalets and Nature Retreat, where SOUNDBEINGS blend Sounds of Nature with sounds of self. Join us for a harmonic and inspiring journey through the cosmos; to the inner core of self.

Earth is shifting frequencies, as are we. Through harmonic transformation, discover aspects of the ‘I AM’ and access deep core knowing.

This event is designed for transformation and awakening and is a journey of beauty and power. It is a journey for the being who is open to remembering, re awaken self, and reconnecting with their personal purpose within the cosmos at this amazing time.

Through the ancient and limitless power of SOUND, utilizing Planet Gongs, Tibetan Singing Bowls, crystal bowls and other ancient instruments, we will combine with the Cosmic Harmony; rediscovering our own tone, the sound of Being and connection to purpose.

This event is set in the transcendental beauty of the Mersey River Nature Retreat and is sure to be a powerful harmonic convergence and one that will offer profound and lasting transformation.

All those whose energy and tone are drawn together at this time will play a pivotal role in the harmony of the planet and the cosmic symphony, as well as being afforded an opportunity to deeply connect with the ‘I AM’.

Blessings to those souls who journey for this gift.



Facilitators ~ SOUNDbeings ~ Phil & Rita Crosbie

Rita and Phil

“SoundGasmic!!! !!!! That was awesome!!!!!!! You can quote me!”LB, NS

Sound Therapy is a new exciting field with the potential to completely shift our heath care paradigm and is boundless in its potential ramifications. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical dis-order.

Rita and Phil Crosbie are passionate about life, all living things and well being and they specialize in Sound Therapy.

Trained in Europe and the USA and members of the Sound Healers Association, Phil and Rita have over 38 combined years of complementary and alternative medicine experience including Reiki [Master], Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Life Coaching and of course their real passion, Sound Therapy which they decided to specialize in, in 2006.

Originally from Liverpool England, their dream was always to undertake the holistic work full time, live by the ocean and actually have a life.

They had always been drawn to Canada and in 2007 were fortunate to travel around Nova Scotia; falling hopelessly in love with it. After deciding to ‘walk their talk’ and follow their hearts and dreams, the Crosbies decided to immigrate to Nova Scotia.

“It was like returning home to a place we had never been before, to a family whom we had never met. We love the people, the community the town and province.”

SOUNDbeings’ clients come from all walks of life and professions. They have helped people with many and varied conditions including but not limited to mental health issues, alcoholism, addictions, depression, cancers, anxiety and have assisted with those who wish to learn to relax or wish to change their focus and attention to achieve goals and make life changing decisions. There really isn’t anything that Sound Therapy can’t help you with.

Learn more about the SOUNDbeings by visiting:




“Amazing and life changing. I had tried for ten years to remove the problems I had. My session with you both changed my life ~ it was incredible, I am elated.”K.S. Ontario

This two day retreat intensive is a powerful opportunity to immerse your being in cosmic frequency; to access and /or more fully develop your personal journey and understanding of your sense of self and purpose within the cosmos at this time.

Whilst the harmonic of the group plays a pivotal role in enabling the personal journey, this retreat is designed for each individual to experience the sense and transformation of self. So, more than ever each being will have a unique experience and whilst contributing their sound for the symphony of the whole, will be doing so entirely through the self SOUND OF BEING, for their OWN being.

Mersey River Nature Retreat is a beautiful retreat centre with miles of nature walking trails, ambling brooks, racing rivers and ancient forests. This environment offers the perfect setting for personal reflection and processing, of which we’ll have time to enjoy. You are encouraged, but never instructed, to journal and express outwardly the transformational changes.

This is a collaborative harmonics convergence that will transform the frequency of ALL. Discover the healing power of your own SOUNDS of BEING.

  SATURDAY April 27 & SUNDAY April 28  

  • Registration, refreshments and welcome
  • Intro and intention setting for our journey
  • Guided meditation to release and accept
  • Sound immersions
  • [A number of these throughout the retreat]. Beautiful opportunity to surrender to the power of sound and receive the limitless healing power of Planet gongs and singing bowls and other ancient instruments to transform and transcend.

  • Sound of Being
  • We will share information on the significant power of sound and your own SOUND including a brief overview of the power and science of sound, discovering and utilizing our own sound and its application in health and transformation. We will begin to use our own sound for accessing ‘I AM’.

  • Exploration of Tone with Tibetan and Crystal Bowls
  • Here you will play and blend with the energies of these ancient instruments that connect, repair and relax, achieving Theta states of being.

  • Toning and Chanting
  • We will explore the use of toning and chanting and their powerful effects. Building on your experience of exploring your own sound we will utilize this energy both for personal healing, group transformation and for all that is.

    Please be assured this is NOT singing – each being has a beautiful sound. Together, safely we will help you find and free your own vibrational frequency in the form of sound. No one will be asked to sound alone.

  • Mantras
  • Working both personally and for the group we will explore the history of Mantras’ and their use. Both personally and within the group we will experience traditional and new mantras and their power.

  • Transformational Tone Journey
  • Together we will bring and blend with cosmic harmony, to access our remembering and raise our frequencies.

  • Personal Purpose Mantra
  • Understand and develop personal mantras for connection and transformation of all.

  • Across the Cosmos
  • Guided journey and transformation tones to transcend the cosmos.

  • Sounds of Nature
  • Blend with and connect with the tones of mother earth.

  • The Profound Sound of Silence
  • Group Harmonizing and Connection
  • Sharing for those wishing to do so.
  • Morning Meditation and Intention Setting
  • for the day includes opportunity for feedback [anyone wanting to share] and questions.

  • Collective Harmony
  • Together we will utilize the sound of being with the Cosmic Chords of the Gongs and Bowls to focus the energy to each individual for continuation of personal and collective transformation; further understanding our purpose and releasing the barriers that limit us.

What Is Included

What Is Included

What to Bring

“Incredible, EVERYONE should have this – words can’t describe it, it’s like nothing I’ve ever known”S.S. USA

Only a two-hour drive from Halifax and 40 minutes from the historic town of Annapolis Royal, Annapolis County and embedded within the magical forests of Nova Scotia, in the heart of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO Site) and just 5 km from Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site you will find Mersey River Chalets and Nature Retreat.

Mersey River’s seven secluded chalets/cottages are nestled along the Mersey River and the four comfortable rooms in their lodge allow you to view Harry Lake through a stand of old growth hemlock trees.

Participants in the ‘Sounds of Being Mersey River Sessions’ will find time to ponder, unwind and relax in an environment of pristine beauty. Mersey River Nature Retreat offers an escape from the bustle of daily life and an atmosphere of inspiration and tranquility while providing comfortable group accommodations and fresh, locally grown, whole food menu options.

You will be staying in rustic, comfortably appointed, quiet, self contained shared chalets that all offer single and / or double beds, equipped kitchenettes and bathrooms along with cozy wood burning stoves and a communal dining room.

  • Your meals will include (2) breakfast (Saturday & Sunday), (2) lunch (Saturday & Sunday), (1) supper (Saturday), along with a small welcome reception on Friday night, tea, coffee and snacks; provided for you throughout each day by the fabulous on-site chef and catering crew at Mersey River.

    Mersey River’s Cascade Restaurant ~ Remarkable, Natural Cuisine…

    Overlooking the Mersey River “The Cascades” restaurant promises an experience of great food and fond memories for their guests and visitors alike. The Cascades offers a magical dining experience; a Nova Scotia restaurant on the cascading Mersey River near Kejimkujik National Park.

    Fresh, locally sourced, home cooked meals are what you can expect to enjoy throughout the weekend.

    PLEASE NOTE: If you have special dietary needs or restrictions, please let us know in writing at your earliest opportunity and we will try to accommodate you the best we can. As each chalet is equipped with its own kitchenette, please feel free to bring along your favourite snacks and beverages to enjoy over the course of the weekend.

  • Whether you’re coming on your own or in a group, we have the perfect accommodations reserved for you! When you are registering, please specify how many are in your party so we can group you accordingly and be sure to fill out your registration form and get it back to us at your earliest opportunity.

    **Please note that due to spatial limitations, single accommodations will not be offered. This is a shared accommodation experience. Don’t let this deter you. It’s called the ‘Container Principle’. Based on a Buddhist principle that “The environment you establish or find yourself in informs your experience and can influence or even give rise to an outcome.” It is a sacred container built of trust, honesty and unconditional love and acceptance that expedites profound personal changes within a group. A quickening occurs. As one shifts so do the rest. **

    The following accommodations are available.

    1. Log House – accommodating upwards of 4+
    2. Large chalets – accommodating 3 per chalet
    3. Small chalets – accommodating 2 per chalet
    4. Lodge rooms – accommodating 2 per room

    Small Chalet: Our Small Chalets have two bedrooms, one with a Queen size bed and one with two twin size beds, a 3 piece bathroom (shower) and a combined kitchen / living area. The kitchen provides you with a two burner counter top stove, a fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, water kettle, dishes, pots and pans. The cozy living room has one pull-out couch and a wood stove (fire wood provided). The Chalets are equipped with electric heat also.

    Large Chalet: Our Large Chalets have two bedrooms, one with a Queen size bed and one with two twin size beds, a 3 piece bathroom (shower) and a spacious living room with two pull-out couches. The Chalets are equipped with electric heat and a wood stove (fire wood provided). The adjacent kitchen area provides you with a four burner counter top stove (no oven), a fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, water kettle, dishes, pots and pans.

    The Log House: Has 2 levels; the Loft upstairs and a 3-bedroom Unit on the main level, each with their own outside entrance.

    The Loft:
    This one-bed room unit is overlooking Harry Lake – an amazing view! The open concept of the living / dining room also features a pull out couch and a wood stove. The kitchen has a full size electric stove with oven and a fridge, a coffee maker, toaster, a tea kettle as well as a basic set of dishes, utensils, pots and pans. The 3 piece bath has a bath tub. The small deck is overlooking the lake.

    Main level, 3 bedroom unit:
    The open concept living / dining room / kitchen overlooks Harry Lake. The wood stove provides a cozy atmosphere and the Maple Tree trunk in the center of the room enhances the natural setting. The kitchen is equipped with a full size stove with oven, fridge, microwave, a coffeemaker, toaster, tea kettle and a basic set of dishes, utensils, pots and pans. The bathroom has a sink, toilet and bath tub.

    The 3 bedrooms provide lots of space for larger families or small groups. One bedroom has a queen size bed, the second bedroom has 2 bunk beds and sleeps 4 people, the third bedroom has a single bunk bed over a double bed and the pullout sofa in the living room offers additional sleeping space. From the large deck, enjoy the view of Harry Lake.

    The Lodge: Each of the four rooms in our newly constructed Lodge has 2 double beds and a 3 piece bathroom (tub). Pine furniture and wicker chairs provide a relaxing atmosphere. From your outside deck enjoy the view of Harry Lake through old growth Hemlock and Pine Trees.

  • For some practices and experiences you will be asked, if able, and if you are happy to do so, to lay down; it is therefore suggested that for your own comfort you bring:

    Yoga mat or similar
    Blanket / cover
    Eye mask

    You may also wish to bring writing materials you believe to be beautiful to record any additional information and to journal your own experiences, insights and any communication that may be received for you.

    You are welcome to bring any sound tools you may have already, e.g. drums, rattles, bowls, shakers, rain sticks, bells, gongs whatever!

    As each chalet is equipped with its own kitchenette, please feel free to bring along your favourite snacks and beverages to enjoy over the course of the weekend.

    For your comfort and enjoyment, come prepared for winter. We’re running this course in April but you know how that goes, we’re Canadians!…

    Please Note: ALL are welcome; Previous experience is NOT necessary.

Booking Information

Booking Information

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“I can’t believe how much you have both helped me; the difference I feel is enormous. You both have a rare gift”L.S. Nova Scotia

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STANDARD BOOKING: $475 (+ HST) / Deposit: $250 (+HST)

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $425 (+ HST) (If booked and paid in full on or before March 15, 2013) **

For standard bookings, a deposit of $250.00 CAD. must be received with your event registration form to confirm your reservation. Final payment due April 5, 2013. If booking Early Bird Special, payment in full must be received on or by March 15, 2013.

**Please note that due to supplier expense and administrative costs, $100 of your deposit is non-refundable**

We accept payment by cheque, money order, Pay Pal and major credit cards.

To reserve your space for this transformative event, download the registration form. Then hit the ‘Book Tickets’ button.

Please return your completed registration form either by email to or by mail to: Atlantic Ground Control Inc. 2573 Joseph St. Halifax, NS B3L 3H3.

** Be sure to mention at this time, any special dietary requests you may have. **


Mersey River Chalets & Nature Retreat
Maitland Bridge, Caledonia
Nova Scotia, B0T 1B0


Friday April 26, 2013: 5:00 p.m. onwards ~ Welcome Reception

Saturday April 27 & Sunday April 28, 2013: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


This particular course requires a minimum number of registered participants. We reserve the right to cancel if it has not met the event minimum by April 1, 2013. If we cancel an event, you will be notified and refunded the full amount of your deposit and / or registration.


IMPORTANT ~ Due to supplier expense, logistics and administrative costs, $100 CAD. of your deposit will be non-refundable/non-transferable. Upon receiving written notice of your cancellation, the following schedule shall apply:

  • 61 – 90 days or more prior to tour departure: Full refund [incl. tax], less deposit.
  • 31 – 60 days prior to tour departure: Partial refund of half of total cost [incl. tax], less deposit.
  • 0 – 30 days prior to departure: No refund will be given.
If sadly you must cancel, we will be as understanding as possible and will make every effort to be flexible and accommodating.


Atlantic Ground Control and the SOUNDbeings reserve the right to cancel any event prior to commencing. Reasons may include, but are not limited to; unforeseen circumstances associated Force Majeure, accident, illness, or insufficient registrations.

Atlantic Ground Control Inc and the SOUNDbeings are not responsible for any additional costs that may arise in the event that we need to alter, delay or re-schedule a course for reasons beyond our control.

** DISCLAIMER: THIS EVENT DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE: The contents of The Sounds of Being Sessions are for educational and informational purposes only. The contents of these Sessions are not intended to provide medical or other professional health care advice, nor is it intended to be used to diagnose or assess health conditions or to be substituted for professional guidance in treatment. Always seek the counsel of your physician or other qualified health practitioner with any concerns you may have regarding symptoms, a medical condition, or the use of any products. You should not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of your participation in the Sound Sessions. I understand and release Atlantic Ground Control Inc and the SOUNDbeings from any and all responsibility for any misuse I may make due to my participation in these sessions.