Annual Singing Retreat

Annual Singing Retreat

6th Foundational Singing Training

6th Foundational Singing Training

Monday, December 21, 2015

Open Singing Retreat 2017

Why attend the Open Singing Retreat?

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.

Open Singing Retreat
led by Christiaan Boele 
June 16-18, 2017
at Davis Waldorf School
3100 Sycamore Lane, Davis, CA 95616

Friday June 16
8:50 Check In
9:00  Welcome Circle and Introduction to the School of Uncovering the Voice
10:15   Morning Break 
10:45  Exercises to Forget the Breathing
12:00  Afternoon Break
2:00-3:00 Movement:  Eurythmy
3:15 Transition to Song  
5:00  Evening Break
6:30-8:30  Joyful Exercises and Choir

Saturday June 17
9:00  Building Our Sound Cupola
10:15  Morning Break
10:45  Bringing in the Vowels
12:00  Afternoon Break
2:00-3:00 Movement:  Eurythmy
3:15-4:00 Conversation & Questions
4:15-5:00 Children's Choir
5:00  Evening Break
6:30-8:30  Joyful Exercises and Choir

Sunday June 18
9:00  Deepening our Understanding of Singing
10:15  Morning Break
10:45-12:00 Conclusion & Closing Circle

Tuition:  $250 by May 31, 2017,  $300 therafter

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 Choir:  For children and teens ages nine and up.  Free to children of retreat participants and also open to the community ($15 per child; one parent may attend free).  Grownups are invited to join also! 

Special Discounts:
School Group  If three or more staff members from a school or a choir attend, each participant receives $50 off of their tuition.  
Past Open Singing Course Participants:  that register with a guest new to the Open Course, will receive $50 off of their tuition.
For more information and to register contact Sheryl at: or call:  530-210-3208