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C  A C A O  B L I S S: Lie Down and Listen

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Celebrate midsummer at a very special ‘Lie Down and Listen’ event with live harp and ceremonial cacao.

Fri 28 June, 6.30pm & 8.30pm & Sat 29 June, 8am

Tickets: £ 49.50
Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 9NN

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“De-stress and get your culture fix all in one” 

Evening Standard Magazine


Friday 28 June, 6.30pm – 8pm


Friday 28 June, 8.30pm – 10pm 

Limited availability

Saturday 29 June, 8am – 9.30am

Inspired by the new Chocolate House Greenwich exhibition, join us for a summer evening to remember in the stunning Painted Hall. This event creates the opportunity to slow down and absorb the vibrations of live harp music, whilst taking part in an uplifting, restful and meditative experience.

Your host, Emma, will guide you to reconnect with the ground beneath your feet and inwards to listen to your heart. Emma will lead you through a divine cacao drinking ceremony and, with your heart gently opened and deeply nourished, you’ll then get to lie down and bathe in the vibrational bliss of the live harp.

The session will include a guided relaxation and meditation with pianist/sound healer Christina who will share the healing sounds of Tibetan bowls.


You’ll leave feeling rested, connected and revitalised.


Plus, you’ll receive a treat from small batch chocolate creators Tosier to take home with you.

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Cecelia De Maria - Harpist 

The harpist Cecilia De Maria, UK born to Maltese parents, has signed an exclusive contract with Sony Music Masterworks. She entered the Purcell School at the age of 11 before moving on the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Daphne Boden,completing her Master’s Degree there with distinction.

De Maria made her concerto debut in 2008 with the LSSO and that year also made it to the string finals of BBC Young Musician of the Year, where she was honoured with the award of the Walter Todds bursary.

About your hosts 

Emma Jane Landolt

Emma is an artist, interior designer and yoga teacher. She is the founder of Sacred Space Studios, which unites her passion and skill to design and create beautiful, inspiring and holistic spaces.

Her classes encourage awareness both mentally and physically, and create a positive, nurturing environment for students to learn, experiment and transform. She encourages and empowers her students to find their own ideal practice, and to create their own ‘sacred space’ which they can return to again and again.

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Christina McMaster 

Christina McMaster is a pianist, composer and truly creative spirit fascinated by deep listening and sound She is the founder of ‘Lie down and Listen’ – the meditation, sound healing and lying down classical concert experience. She has performed at numerous festivals U.K and worldwide and is known for her creative approach to programming. She studied with Joanna MacGregor and was later appointed Associate of London's prestigious Royal Academy of Music. She has performed worldwide at leading venues/festivals including Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, QEH, and featured on BBC Radio 4, Radio 3, Classic FM

“She is an incredibly sensitive intuitive player who brings out the mystery and beauty of these pieces” Sarah Walker BBC Radio 3


“One of the most talked about concerts of our festival.” Alistair MacGowan, Artistic Director of Ludlow Piano Festival

How Lie Down and Listen began


Christina noticed that it wasn't only the rituals of classical music concert halls that led to a disconnected listening experience, but in daily life, we are experiencing more disconnection than ever, leading to loneliness, anxiety, stress, sense of emptiness etc.


Lie down & Listen began after a chance meeting with Prof. Sir John Strang and a series of events at Kings College London to recreate the wellbeing benefits of a hallucinogenic experience without hallucinogenics- but simply using a certain combination of music in a lying down concert experience as they did in the 1960’s in downtown New York loft apartments where music of Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Steve Reich - also known as the New York Hypnotic School.


After training in sound healing, Christina then evolved the meditation, sound healing and lying down concert experience of today which creates space for deep relaxation and for listeners to reconnect within



What shall I bring?

All mattresses, cushions and blankets are provided, so just bring yourselves and anything else you'd like to ensure your comfort.

What shall I wear?

I recommend wearing something super comfortable and bringing a few layers and even a pair of extra socks. The body temperature can drop when lying down so it's good to be prepared, then you can focus on absorbing the beautiful vibrations.

When shall I arrive?

I recommend arriving 10-15mins prior to the session to allow yourself enough time to get checked in, take your shoes of and settle onto your mattress and the space. 

Can I take pictures?

You're very welcome to take pictures before and after the session, but to protect each others privacy, we ask that you ensure phones are off during the session.

I'm pregnant, can I lie on my side?

Of course! This is about your comfort, so however you feel most comfortable is 

Do I need to know how to meditate?

No, these sessions are about the sound and music, there will be elements of meditation (focusing) but this will all be guided and supported by the sound and music.

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