In various areas of our lives, many of us are now looking for healthier and more holistic approaches and we are feeling a new sense of responsibility for realms such as nature, food, clean air, clean water, etc. Until recently, people have taken both their speaking as well as their singing voices for granted, as if they come for free and do not require any nurturing. The renewing thought which the School of Uncovering the Voice brings is that we need to take care of our voices in different ways than was done in earlier days.
How can we develop our precious, own instruments according to the needs of our times? In earlier eras of humanity, the singing voice was a central issue in life. Now our capacity is shrinking rapidly. We need caring ways of expressing ourselves through our voices and to realize: Through my voice, I express my whole being and by singing, I affect my overall balance and health. This can be done by the exercises given by Valborg Werbeck Svardstrom, who shows us easy ways to build up relation to all the basic elements needed for singing and care of the voice.
In a joyful way, we try to experience the musical world as well as to understand the background of our doing; embracing both practicality and understanding. Werbeck states that if there would be more singing and more righteous singing in our world, the criminality would decrease. This thought can be understood as follows: Being with our voice connects us to more pure parts of ourselves and develops that what we may as human beings want to become (our more realized selves).
The Open Singing Retreat provides a safe, welcoming and deeply renewing space in time to do all of this and more. It is not only for trained singers, but it is also for people who do not yet have faith in their own capacity as singers and who are open to trying new experiences.
led by Christiaan Boele
2:00 Movement: Spacial Dynamics
3:00 Afternoon Break
3:30 Transitioning to Song
6:30-8:30 Joyful Exercises and Choir
Saturday June 21
9:00 Approaching the Voice II: Study of Breath, Sound & Speech
10:15 Morning Break
10:45 Approaching the Voice III: Study of Breath Sound & Speech
2:00-3:00 Movement: Eurythmy
4:15-5:00 Children's Hour: Everyone Welcome
6:30-8:30 Joyful Exercises and Choir
9:00 Approaching the Voice IV: Study of Breath, Sound & Speech
Tuition Options: Registrations must be received by June 1st!
1. All inclusive: -includes lodging Fri. and Sat. nights in a private bedroom and six meals: lunch/dinner Fri., breakfast/lunch/dinner Sat., breakfast Sun. $450 by April 15th; $490 by June 1st
2. Commuter: -includes six meals: lunch/dinner Fri., breakfast/lunch/dinner Sat., breakfast Sun.
$350 by April 15th; $390 by June 1st
-Register promptly to secure on-site lodging as rooms are limited.
Early Arrival: -Is available if you can arrive before 5pm to Mercy Center on Thurs. 6/19. Includes: Thurs. night lodging plus dinner and Fri. breakfast. Add $85 to the All Inclusive Rate.
Additional Details on the Schedule:
Spacial Dynamics: Graceful movements and activities that enhance the healthy, harmonious continuum between the body and surrounding space.
Eurythmy: Movements and gestures that reveal to the eye what language and music bring to the ear. Speak and sing with the human body, making speech and music visible.
Children's Hour: During this designated time, children of all participants are invited to come to the course for free, accompanied by their parent, to join in a lively, child-friendly singing session. Grown ups will also be included in the fun!
For more information and to register contact Sheryl at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 530-210-3208