Drumming with the Four Elements of Nature

When we live in harmony with nature, the Four Elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air nourish and support us on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. Drumming is a great way to balance the elements and I’ll be chatting a bit about this today.

These four elements are present all around us and are essential to life. They are all inter-related: we need water to quench a fire that is out of control, we need air for fire to burn in the first place and earth can ground us when we have too much air (if we’re in our heads too much).

Each Astrological Star sign is linked to one of the elements. I am Taurus and an Earth sign so I feel happy when I’m out in Nature and connected to the Earth. We also have shamanic elements. Here I am Water and just love anything to do with water – being on a beach, being on or in the sea through swimming or a boat trip.

While I have lots of Earth and Water in my life, there are other elements I tend to neglect like Fire so I need to make a conscious effort to bring more Fire into my life. Sometimes I can lack that spark of creativity and struggle with motivation.

What about you? What elements are you naturally drawn to and which do you feel are lacking?

Here’s a quick summary of how you can use your drum to balance the elements.

In the next drumming circle/yoga nidra session with Susie and me, we will be connecting to our Inner Fire. Fire represents the solar plexus chakra – our energy, our spark, our motivation, our confidence and our personal power (in the positive sense of the word). It’s also about joy, laughter, warmth and love.

The drum is a great way to increase our energy levels and to feel empowered.

Try some simple upbeat rhythms with your drum, dance round the room with it and you will feel your energy rise. Fire chants like the one I recorded for you (see video link below) are also a great way to create that spark of motivation.

Earth is about being grounded in our bodies. Drumming outdoors is a great way to connect to the earth – ideally barefoot so that you can really feel the coolness of the Earth.  When we spend too much time at the computer or lost in our thoughts we can become disconnected from our bodies and drumming can help bring us back.

All life needs water to survive, plants wilt when they are too dry, our bodies can only live a couple of days without water. Blood is made up of about 50% water and this is what transports essential nutrients through our body. Water is also linked to our emotions. Drumming is excellent for helping us get in touch with our emotions and allowing our tears and our anger to flow.

Air is the commonest and most essential of the elements. We can only survive for about 5 minutes without oxygen. To bring more air into our lives we can really focus on our breathing, take yourself to a hill top or a windswept beach and take some deep breaths. Air is also linked to our mental level of being and our thoughts. We can have too much air and be stuck in our heads or we can feel brain fog and struggle to think. Smoothing our hand over our drum is a lovely way to connect with the air element. Singing is also a joyful way to open your lungs and allow more air into your body.

Have a think about where your life is out of balance and which element you need more of. If it’s fire, come and join us on Sunday 9th June for an uplifting and relaxing afternoon.

Booking details here. 

Gongs Sound Healing

The wonders of gongs


Our featured instrument this month is the mighty gong, the king of sound healing instruments.

The gong is such an adaptable instrument for sound healing. You can play it very gently and softly to produce waves of soothing vibrations which can quickly send people into a deep altered state of consciousness. One of my regular participants reports that she never hears anything of the sound bath after I start playing the gong. She drops off into a deep, restful sleep. Yet she still gets the benefits of the vibrations. For me as a participant, gentle gong playing in a sound bath sends little tingles up and down my spine and soon takes me to a place where I feel very safe, nurtured and relaxed – it’s like being cocooned in beautiful sounds.

When the volume is slowly raised, it can penetrate deep into the body shifting stubborn blockages and cutting through mental chatter. I store a lot of tension in my solar plexus at times and I really feel the gong’s vibrations releasing all the tightness and opening it up.

In March I had the privilege of spending a whole day learning about flumis (special rubber balls that create wonderful sounds when pulled across the gong surface) from Bear Love, the UK flumi expert and manufacturer. After a whole day of gong vibrations my stiff back had relaxed and the pain had gone.

Symphonic gongs (like the one pictured above) produce a large range of overtones helping the mind to switch off. This is why so many people fall asleep when the gong is played. They are wonderfully versatile gongs producing a wide range of tones.
22" Wind Gong with Beater | Gong, Gongs, Wind
You may think that gongs are only for skilled sound healers costing thousands of pounds and you can only dream of owning one. Well, the good news is that anyone can own a gong. Wind gongs are relatively cheap to buy and also produce some beautiful sounds. They start at 14 inches and go up to 35 inches though 18 inches is the largest that you can really hold. Large ones need a gong stand.

Wind gongs are easy to play. Take the mallet and simply use gentle upward or downward strokes, slowly building up the sound but at the same time, pausing to give the sound time to blossom. They can be wafted over the body giving the receiver a feeling of the wind (hence the name!).

A word of caution, if you’re thinking about attending a gong bath, check the practitioner is well qualified. If gongs are played insensitively and too loudly, they can bring old trauma to the surface. So do your research. You can also read my blog post about how to choose a sound bath.

One of Bear Love’s gongs – an 80 inch beauty



The Healing Power of Your Own Voice

Did you know that your own voice is one of the most powerful sound healing tools available to you?

  • We carry it around with us all the time
  • It carries our own unique frequency
  • It carries our heart energy and our emotions,
  • We can use it to soothe and nurture our clients
  • It can be comforting and nourishing
  • It is self empowering and we can use it for personal healing.

Let’s start with using our voice for our own well-being. Did you know that when you hum, the sound vibrates through your sinuses? Your body produces nitric oxide which dilates blood vessels and encourages blood flow in the body. Try it in the shower in the morning. It’s so simple. Try it in the car when you feel stressed in a traffic jam. Choose a pitch that’s comfortable without straining.

We can also use vowel sounds to balance different chakras in our body. A deep Uh sound with bring energy lower in the body to the root chakra while an aaah sound is very heart opening.


You can also develop your own daily mantra practice or attend organised Kirtan events.

Mantras are single words or phrases that you repeat or sing during meditation. They are often written in sanskrit which is a vibrational language. Thomas Ashley-Farrand describes them as “energy-based sounds that create thought-energy waves.”

When we chant them, mantras create vibrations in our bodies which can move stuck energy. The action of focusing on the one phrase can still our monkey minds and create a sense of peace and inner calm.

This is my own recording of The Green Tara Mantra. The Green Tara represents compassion in action.

In Tibet Om tare tuttare ture soha is an ancient mantra that is related to Tara, the “Mother of all Buddhas,” and especially to her manifestation as Green Tara. She is usually depicted as a compassionate being ready to step down from her lotus throne to offer comfort and protection from all of the sufferings we experience in the world.

There are so many resources on YouTube if you would like to research specific mantras and develop a daily practice.

When working with others, we can also use our own voice just like any sound healing instruments. We can focus on a specific chakra, we can use it for nourishing or releasing blocked energy.

One thing I love about running sound healing courses is seeing people gain confidence in using their voice. Our voice is an amazing tool for healing.

I am planning some voice workshops later this year which will be suitable for anyone who struggles with using their voice not just to sing but to express themselves in their daily lives. When we free our voice, we free our expression.

Here’s some of the things we’ll cover:

  • Freeing the voice – using exercises to challenge life programming and beliefs, which affect our ability to speak our truth
  • Balancing the chakras with vowel sounds
  • Mantras / words of power for healing
  • 5 stages of chant and techniques
  • Benefits of sound healing with your voice
  • Vocal health & warm-up exercises
  • How to develop natural harmonics / overtones
  • 5 phases of sound healing with vocal toning
  • Grounding techniques
  • Practice giving and receiving vocal sound healing
  • Balancing the chakras with Bija sounds
Sound Healing

Not all sound baths are the same

If you’ve never been to a sound bath, you might be unsure what to expect as there are so many different ways of working with sound.  Sound baths are definitely not all the same!

  • Some sound baths involve loud gongs
  • Some have crystal bowls played really loudly
  • Others might have only 1 or 2 instruments (mostly Tibetan bowls or most crystal bowls)
  • While others might feature a range of instruments.
  • Other sound baths are more gentle focusing on relaxation.

There are sound baths out there to suit everyone but not all sound baths will be suitable for everyone. There are a number of contraindications you should be aware of. I list these on my booking site.

So how do I know what to expect?

Check out the person’s website. What level of training do they have? Many people say they are sound healing practitioners after only a few days training while others have completed a 1-year or a 2-year diploma course with one of the main British sound healing schools.

Contact them and ask them how loudly they play their instruments. Some people love loud gongs. Others just find them too much.

Some people are very sensitive to sound and can be triggered by the intensity of crystal bowls which are very powerful.

Is the practitioner well trained or someone who has just bought a set of bowls? Would they know what to do if you started to feel emotional?

Does the person have a background as a musician or are they an experienced therapist? Both may have completely different approaches to how they run a sound bath. It shouldn’t be a performance but a therapeutic, relaxing experience.

A good practitioner will play for their audience (not to their audience). They will keep an eye on the reactions of their participants. I always let people know that if any sounds make them feel uncomfortable, they can give me a wave and I will change them. I watch people as I play. I watch for restlessness or people looking uncomfortable. Hands over the ears are a sure sign they’re not happy. I placed my hands over my ears recently at a sound bath – the crystal bowls were causing me physical pain. The person leading the sound bath didn’t notice.

As a teacher I hear many stories of people being traumatised by sound baths with sounds played too loudly and insensitively. Recently someone reported feeling physically sick and dizzy. They approached the practitioner and were met with a shrug of the shoulders.

As sound healing becomes more well-known, many people are setting themselves up without proper training. Do your research, ask them questions, get referrals from friends. All these will ensure you book with the right person for you and have a good experience. Stay safe. Sound baths, when handled sensitively, can be a wonderful therapeutic, relaxing experience allowing the body to really let go and sink into deep rest.

Meet the Student Sound Healing Tuning Forks

Meet the student: Natalie Minnis

This week we will be talking to Natalie Minnis who completed the Level 1 Multi Instrument course in the summer of 2022. She runs her own mountain guiding business and is qualified as a hypnotherapist.

Natalie has been loving working with her instruments for self healing. Here’s what she says about them.

“Sound healing was one of these things I always wanted to do, mainly because I love the sound of Tibetan bowls, and I’ve often listened to them on YouTube while meditating or just for relaxation. My reasons for doing a sound healing course were quite vague – I just wanted to do it.

I loved the course, and what surprised me was the power of healing sounds. Healing sound can bring about quite dramatic changes of mood, emotional release, visions, colours… Listening to the sounds of bowls, drums, gongs and other instruments can inspire ideas and motivation. It’s a very different experience from going to a concert or listening to a symphony. I will definitely be doing more courses in sound healing.

I use my instruments on a daily basis, sometimes for self-care and sometimes just as a break between one activity and another, as I work from home. My instruments are in another room, which has a nice view from the window, so I’ll go and play the bowls, or turn over the rain stick while enjoying the view. If I’m feeling irritated or “out of sorts” I use the tuning forks for rebalancing. Tuning forks were one of the great surprises of the sound healing course for me. Before I tried using them, I couldn’t imagine how they might work, but I’ve found them surprisingly powerful.

My frame drum sits beside me as I work, and every now and then I pick it up and tap it with my hands. The vibrations from it are very powerful and I feel them around my head and chest.”

You can find out more about Natalie on her website.



Happy Imbolc: a time to cleanse your home with sound

The 1st of February is Imbolc, the ancient Celtic Festival which celebrates the end of winter and the forthcoming spring – moving from darkness to light. It was celebrated when the hardships of winter were over – the cold, the bad weather, the long dark nights which people used to feel more keenly when they weren’t sheltered in houses with central heating. Perhaps we’ve felt the hardships of winter more keenly this year as the cost of heating our homes has risen.

Imbolc involved a host of unique customs and rituals to welcome the spring, say farewell to the winter, ward against evil and promote health and wellbeing. Imbolc is also St Bridget’s Day. She is a Goddess of healing, poetry and smithcraft. She is a Goddess of Fire, of the Sun and of the Hearth. She brings fertility to the land and its people and is closely connected to midwives and new-born babies.

New beginnings
For me, February always feels like a time of hope: the days are longer, the bulbs are poking their shoots above the ground, the birds are twitter-pated and the sun begins to shine again; hope of renewal, hope for the future.

So it feels like a good time to focus on our hopes for the future whether it be for ourselves, our families, our country or humanity as a whole. What sort of world do we want to create as we leave the stress of the past few years behind?

In many ways Imbolc is the time to let go of the past and to look to the future, clearing out the old, making both outer and inner space for new beginnings. This can be done in numerous ways, from spring cleaning your home to clearing the mind and heart to allow inspiration to enter for the new cycle.

In February I often have the urge to open the windows wide even though it’s still cold outside – to let in fresh new air. It’s also a great time to cleanse your home energetically. You can use palo santo, white sage or a favourite herb. But it’s also possible to cleanse your home with sound. I love to do sound clearings in people’s homes and am always amazed at the results.

Cleansing with sound
So if you’d like to cleanse your home with sound, it’s really simple:

Start with sending out an intention to clear the energy in the room of anything that no longer serves you.

Next use a drum, a shaker, even chopsticks or two wooden spoons to break up old dense energies; go into all the corners, nooks and crannies, even cupboards. You can also clap your hands. Drum quite vigorously.

Once you’ve broken up the old energies, you might want to smudge the room with white sage to clear the energy you’ve broken up.

Now open the windows to let the old energy out. As you do this remember to hold the vision of a clearing happening.

You can now create fresh energy. It’s a lovely idea to set a positive intention for your home like “My home is filled with love, joy.” “My home is a harmonious restful place.” Repeat it as you go round the room with tingshaws (the little bells on a leather string).

You can also use a Tibetan singing bowl again going into all the corners of the room then standing in the centre of the room, tapping the bowl gently and allow the sound time to travel out to the room

If you have studied reiki, you can draw reiki symbols in the corners; or visualise a violet flame coming out of your heart and filling the room.

Koshi chimes and crystal bowls are also great for creating new fresh energy, or if you don’t have these, use your voice. You can chant a mantra like this one for a sweet home. Your home will feel lighter and airier afterwards.


Sound Healing

How to prepare for an online sound bath

All you need to know.
It’s been a while since I ran an online sound bath so I thought I would remind everyone of some ways to get the most out of the experience. It really is worthwhile taking your time to get yourself in the right space beforehand. If you have attended a live sound bath, listening over Zoom is different but equally effective. It’s a more intimate experience – you can really let go and relax in your own space. You don’t have to worry about travelling home afterward: you can turn over and drop off to sleep. And the sounds are delivered right into your ears with headphones – you choose the volume.

And remember, sound is energy – it travels through the ether, just like distance healing.

Here are a few technical and general tips to make it easier for you.

Things you can do right way:
1. You will need to open an account with Zoom. The basic package is free and allows you to take part in meetings organised by another host without time limit.

2. If you are going to attend the meeting via your laptop or desktop, Zoom Meeting will launch automatically when you click on the meeting link. But if you’re attending via your Smartphone or Tablet you will need to download the Zoom Cloud Meetings App (Android) or I-Phone.

3. If possible I would recommend using your desktop or laptop as Zoom is much easier to navigate this way. But you can just use your phone and plug in your headphones.

Things you can do beforehand on the night:
Live concerts on TV use equipment worth thousands of pounds to create top quality sounds so please remember this when you tune in. It’s just me, a mic and my instruments. As a sound healing practitioner, I work with intention, unconditional love and an open heart. It is the energy of the sounds that’s important. However, there are some things you can do at your end to optimise your experience.

1. If you are using wi-fi, be as close to your router as possible. Make sure no one else in your household is streaming a film on Netflix or other activity that uses a lot of band width.

2. You may even want to use a wired connection. Check your download speeds with your Broadband provider. Upgrading your package might make a huge difference. I’ve checked mine and they’re really good at my end.

3. Make sure all other applications on your laptop, computer, phone or tablet are closed and not using up memory. Again, this will effect your experience.

4. Use good quality head phones. If you listen on a £3 cheap set, the quality won’t be good. I have a set of Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones which are amazing. They really help you feel cocooned in the sounds. Similarly, if you just have a laptop, you won’t get good sound out the built-in speaker. Make sure you can easily change the volume as it will vary during the sound journey.

Preparing your space:
Imagine that this is like having a long soak in the bath and prepare yourself the same way.

1. Light a candle, burn some incense or palo santo, have your favourite crystals on an altar.

2. Create a nest: some blankets, pillows, soft lighting.

3. Make sure notifications are turned off on your computer and your phone is on silent. Ask your family not to disturb you for the evening unless it is really urgent.

4. Have some water nearby so that you can rehydrate at the end. A piece of fruit may also be useful to reground yourself.

Things to do as the meeting starts:
1. Arrive in plenty time. Allow time for Zoom to open. Sometimes my Zoom takes ages especially if I’ve just fired up my laptop.

2. If you haven’t used Zoom before, familiarise yourself with the menu. There is a chat tab at the bottom where you can send a message to everyone or individual people.

3. You can also change the screen view with a button at the top right and toggle between Gallery View (lots of square boxes) and Speaker View (where the person speaking is highlighted).

4. You can turn your video on and off as well as mute and unmute your microphone. I’ll ask you to turn your camera off during the actual sound part of the evening. At the end you can slip away quietly or turn your camera back on to join the sharing.

5. Another nice piece of advice for anyone who is a bit nervous: your web cam might distort how you look – we’re all in the same boat! So don’t be shy and turn on your video to say hello.

Most of all, come with an open heart, a positive intention for yourself and allow yourself to be mindful of whatever arise. Just like in real life, there may be interference, or slight hitches. But just be with whatever your experience is and go with the flow.

Our next online sound bath is on Sunday 12th February. It will be a joint Yoga Nidra and Sound Bath with Susie of Pause & Breathe CIC. Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation so there are no yoga poses involved. You can book tickets direct online here.

Susie and I are really looking forward to connecting with you all.


Integral Sound Healing Sound Healing Tuning Forks

Tuning Forks – the most versatile of sound healing instruments

In this post I’d like to tell you a bit about an overlooked sound healing instrument and that is the humble tuning fork. It doesn’t look exciting like a large gong or sexy like white-frosted crystal singing bowls. It doesn’t even have an air of mystery like some Tibetan singing bowls. When I run training courses, students are always a bit apprehensive beforehand but that reaction always turns to joy and amazement when they discover the powerful effects of tuning forks.

A student recently told me, “Tuning forks were one of the great surprises of the sound healing course for me. Before I tried using them, I couldn’t imagine how they might work, but I’ve found them surprisingly powerful.”

Tuning forks really are such versatile sound healing instruments:

  • you can carry them around in your handbag (I do!)
  • you can use them in quiet therapy centre settings where you couldn’t use a loud gong
  • they are light and relatively inexpensive.

They look a bit cold and clinical but when held at the ears, they emit lovely clear tones which instantly entrain your brainwaves. You can sink down into the alpha-theta healing zone or you can use different tones to energise yourself and stimulate a sluggish brain – that could mean waking up your creativity or feeling more mentally alert.

They are helpful for many conditions like:

  • stress and anxiety
  • sleep problems
  • nervous system balance
  • digestive problems and many more.

These are unweighted tuning forks usually played at the ears or in the biofield. I also work with weighted tuning forks which are amazing first aid tools. If you have tight painful muscles, you can use a weighted fork to relax them. If you have a sprain, a strain, bruising or other injury, regular use of a fork will speed up the healing process.You can use a large weighted tuning fork for lymphatic drainage.  A fork placed on the sacrum at the bottom of the spine sends soothing vibrations through the body stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and the vagus nerve.

There are also tuning forks for chakra balancing tuned to different frequencies. There are tiny angel tuners that you can use the cleanse and recharge your crystals. Brain tuners can take your brainwaves down to delta (a sleep state) or up to beta (our wakened alert state).

The 528 hertz solfeggio tuning fork has been called the love frequency and is reputed to help with DNA repair. I love this fork as it brings me a feeling of peace and safety.

If you’d like to find out more about how to use these wonderful instruments I am excited to announce a very special offer for the month of January 2023 only. If you book on my next tuning fork workshop (18th/19th March) you will receive a whole 20% off the regular price. The offer applies to the full certified course which includes access to online resources, a 1 to 1 coaching call and assessment of your workbook leading to a Level 1 Certificate.

See here for details of this amazing Level 1 Course in Glasgow.

Integral Sound Healing Meet the Student Tuning Forks

Meet the student – Zoe Pearson

The second in our regular series of articles about Sound Healing Academy students. This week meet Zoe Pearson. Zoe has completed Level 2 Diploma courses in both Groups and Tuning Forks. I loved working with Zoe over the course of her studies. I have seen her start to really flourish and grow into a confident and natural sound bath facilitator and tuning fork practitioner. Over to Zoe:

“I feel I have found the missing piece to my jigsaw of life with sound healing. My previous healing therapies (massage and reiki combined) have now fallen into place. I had what I call a ‘lightbulb moment’ whilst studying sound healing and felt this was the next chapter in my life and my soul journey, to help others and myself. It is now an important part of my life and I have only just touched the surface. I’m so excited to learn more with SHA and continue my journey with them. I wonder why I haven’t studied this before, but I realise that I wasn’t ready for this chapter until recently.

Do you use your instruments for self-care?
Yes, I always carry my OM tuning fork around with me in my bag, as it has healed my thumbs, after 24 years of massage. I also give myself a weekly treatment with my harmonising tuning fork set, to clear my aura and chakras. I find with hands-on healing, I sometimes pick up other peoples problems and negative energy, and the Tibetan bowls and tuning forks help me clear what doesn’t serve me. My stress and anxiety levels have dropped to almost zero since studying sound healing.

The level 2 groups course allows you to work professionally with groups. Have you been doing this and what sort of groups have you worked with?
I have been offering group sound meditations /gong baths since I finished the Level 2 Groups course and offer two sessions a week. I have had an amazing response and had people from all walks of life come to my sessions. The feedback has been so positive and it has been great to hear how the sessions have helped release blocked emotions, given people time to relax and to go on journeys to other dimensions. It has been a joy to use my new skills and knowledge and offer a healing service to others. I have mainly taught people with hectic lifestyles and very little personal time: people who feel guilty for having time-out and putting themselves first. The emotional release has been remarkable and life changing for some.

How has this helped you professionally?
The Level 2 Groups course has enabled me to be able to offer sound meditation classes and I now run them weekly. It has given me a taste for other sound healing techniques and I’m currently studying the Level 2 Healing with Tuning Forks. [Zoe has since graduated with a Diploma in Tuning Forks]. I plan to be able to offer group and one-to-one sessions and if I can help just one person along my journey, it has been worthwhile. My own journey has been transformed by sound healing and changed my life for the better. Thank you, Morag, for being so inspirational and thank you SHA.”

Thank you so much, Zoe, for taking the time to tell us about your journey with sound.

Zoe is based in the Leicester/Market Harborough area. You can find out more about her on her website and on Facebook.

Meet the Student Sound Healing

Meet the student: Sandra Hewson

In this series of blog articles I’ll be introducing you to some of the talented students who have completed both Level 1 and Level 2 of the Sound Healing Academy’s Integral Sound Healing course. This will give you some insights into how they have used sound healing both for their own self-care and professionally. 

First of all I’d like you to meet the amazing Sandra Hewson. Sometimes you are so grateful when the Universe brings someone into your life and Sandra is one of these people. I call Sandra my sound buddy as we both share the same passion for sound. Sandra has completed the Level 1 Multi Instrument course and is now working towards her Level 2 Diploma for 1 to 1 clients. You can meet her in person at the next Level 1 Sound Healing with Voice weekend in Glasgow where she will be assisting.

I asked Sandra how Sound Healing has changed her life.

“I have been interested in Sound Healing for many years but it was through meeting Morag and attending her in person workshop for the Level 1 Multi Instruments course, that I began to appreciate the effectiveness of this modality and it has become a passion for me.

I love to play with my drums, Tibetan singing bowls and tuning forks most days for relaxation and release of tight muscles or even to have an energy boost. I have also introduced them into my client sessions alongside my Kinetic Chain Release and subtle energy therapies.

Sound Healing is an enjoyable and easy way to help my clients to relax at the start of a treatment. The more relaxed they are, the easier and quicker it is to establish rapport and trust.

This helps them to allow me to guide them back into balance and to begin resolving the issue they attended with. It is also useful for grounding and integration at the end of a session.

Kinetic Chain Release(KCR) is a whole body treatment of gentle stretches and joint mobilisations which is designed to help bring the body back into balance and to provide stress and pain relief. I have also used tuning forks and Tibetan bowls alongside it as a way of assisting the release of areas that were very tight and painful, before continuing easily and effortlessly with the KCR protocol. This allows my clients to maintain their relaxed state and to address these areas more quickly and easily.”

More information about KCR can be found at where Sandra is listed as an Accredited Practitioner. You can also find her on Instagram under @sandrabhewson .

Thank you Sandra, for sharing your insights and your passion for sound healing. Next time we’ll be talking to Zoe Pearson who holds the Level 2 Groups Diploma.