Dorothy is Gong Soke (Australasia) and Master of Gong, accredited by; The World Karate Union Hall of Fame, The Australasian Matrial Arts Hall of Fame and the Australasian Sokeship Council. The Directors of these organisations are themselves Grand Masters and Masters and know the art of Gong in the discipline of Martial Art. Dorothy was inducted as a Master of Gong in 2009 and in 2013 was inducted into The Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame and The World Karate Union Hall of Fame. Dorothy currently holds a Black Belt in the Sacred Art of Sound and is ranked Seventh Dan. Dorothy is an Accredited Trainer/Assessor in Sound and Vibration Therapy and The Sacred Art of Sound.
Kerry as one of the founders is the rock of the organisation - he is our resident building expert and comes from many years as a project/construction manager in Mining Construction, he is one of the directors and still has a hands on interest and can be found pouring over our accounts and making sure everything is above board.
Sensei Ramon Lawrence OAM
Ramon brings a wealth of knowledge to Echoes, he is a Samurai Warrior, Grand Master and past Chairman of the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Chairman of Australasian Sokeship Council, Ramon is also the third ever recipient of the Martial Arts Legends Award.
Other Martial Arts recognitions are:
- Life Time Associate Member of the U.S.I.K.A. (United States Isshinryu Karate Association)
- Director World Karate Union Hall of Fame
- Australian Director for the International Sokeship Council as a Life Time Award
- Australian Director of the International Sanryudo Federation
- International Goodwill Ambassador for the World United Martial Arts Alliance
Ramon served in the Royal Australian Navy for 22 years during which 17 years were served as a submariner. During this time he received Australian Service Medal with Clasp – Far East Strategic Services, The Australian Service Medal with Clasp – Special Ops, General Service Medal with Bar, and the National Medal.
Ramon is an expert in the field of sound and sound frequencies. Ramon is day to day “hands on” at Echoes and is often to be found working gongs with us.
Matt arrived spirit first and has quickly taken to Gong. Matt has come from a background of over 20 years within the Hairdressing Industry as a hairdresser, salon owner, sales and education. During this time Matt has had a gained a great background in customer service. Matt has completed his Certificate II in Echoes Sound and Vibrational Therapy, holds a Black Belt in the Sacred Art of Sound and is currently ranked Fourth Dan. Matt is your main point of contact for anything to do with the shop, website and online store. You will find Matt's friendly face in the shop or Sound Chamber ensuring you a pleasant visit to Echoes.
Fran is the back bone of the Echoes team, managing our HR and training programs. Fran works in the shop for us on Sundays, assists in the delivery of our intensive sessions where she happily joins us on wind gongs and is now joining us for many of our other sessions. Fran is pure love and works tirelessly to support all that we do.
We also acknowledge now and will continue to acknowledge;
Tjilpi Bob Randall
As one of our founding directors - His influence is still present at Echoes - he was elder of the Yankunytjatjara people form Central Australia and community leader. He was the 1999 NAIDOC Person of the Year. His 1970 song, "My Brown Skin Baby They Take Him Away," is described as an "anthem" for the Stolen Generations. He was known by the honorific "Tjilpi", a word meaning old man that is often translated as uncle. He lived in Mutitjulu, the Aboriginal community at Uluru in the Northwest Territory of Australia.
Dr Joan Winch AM, Elder Custodian of Knowledge, Fellow of Curtin University
As one of our directors - Joan is a significant Aboriginal Elder (Noongar/Martu peoples) who has 50 years experience in health service, she is a triple certificate nursing sister with Master Degrees in Public Health and Tropical Medicine and studied Ophthalmology under Dr Fred Hollows. Joan was an Australian delegate to the World Health Organisation in the 1980’s/90’s.
Joan is recipient of the Sasakawa Health Prize for Primary Health Care form World Health Organization, and also Ghandi King Ikedea Peace Award from Montgomery College (Martin Luther’s home base). She is also a recipient of the Australia Medal, Century Medal and John Curtin Medal, Joan has most recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Princeton University and numerous other national and international awards.
Joan completed her Doctorial degree at Curtin University in 2011 and is also awarded Honorary Dr of Laws (HonLLD) University of Western Australia. Joan served on the Parole Board of Western Australia for seven years.