Tibetan singing bowls (more correctly Himalayan singing bowls) originated about 2,500 years ago in Central Asia and may now be found across East and Central Asia in various forms. The Tibetan, Nepali and Bhutanese forms are most often used for healing.
They are made largely from an allow of copper and zinc called bell bronze. Traditionally, they were made from an allow of 7 metals, each one representing the planets known to Tibetans at the time.
The bowls may be played by striking with a felt or wooden mallet; or they may be rubbed around the rim to produce the famous singing effect. Their vibrations increase with each circuit of the bowl and can fill the room with sound.
During my two workshops, the first hour is a sound bath, followed by the second hour when participants can learn to play the bowls and practice using them with other people.