Annual Singing Retreat

Annual Singing Retreat

7th Foundational Singing Training

7th Foundational Singing Training

Friday, December 14, 2018

Sunday Singing Circle

at: Dos Pinos Co-op Sycamore Lane, Davis, CA 95616
Led by Shayndel (Sheryl) Adler
Dec. 23, Dec. 30,  Jan. 6,  Jan. 20

The process of singing is viewed holistically and encourages a natural opening and balancing of the voice. Singers are gently invited to move with joy and confidence in discovering their own voices through engagement and group participation. 

‘Uncovering the Voice’ has been described as yoga for the voice.  The wide range of singing exercises developed by Valborg Werbeck-Svardstrom are innately therapeutic and bring balance to the whole person on multiple levels.

 All singers are welcome, from complete beginners to advanced musicians. Everyone’s abilities will grow together in community.

Sheryl (Shayndel) Adler-Eldridge is a certified teacher of Uncovering the Voice, a Hebrew prayer & ritual leader, a Waldorf Teacher and a Holistic Health Practitioner. She has been studying Uncovering the Voice since 2001.

The Sunday Singing Circles will be offered as packages. Tuition is $100 for all four classes, due on 12/23. The class will have a minimum of four participants and a maximum of twenty.

~For those of you interested in the Advanced Training with Christiaan Boele that is beginning Feb. 2019: This series of classes provides the prerequisite of 'prior experience of uncovering the voice' to be considered for admittance into the Training.

Pre-Registration is required. To register, email: or call: 530-210-3208

Please feel free to share this invitation to anyone who might be interested!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Christiaan Boele's Tentative 2019 Northern CA Schedule

Jan. 30-Feb. 2 Private Singing Lessons in Woodside
 Feb. 3  Choir Day at Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael
Feb. 4-6 Private Singing Lessons in Fairfax
Feb. 7-8  Private Singing Lessons in Santa Cruz
Feb. 8-10 7th Singing Training Session I in Santa Cruz
Feb. 11-12  Private Singing Lessons in Davis
Feb. 13 Private Singing Lessons at Ananda Meditation Retreat
Feb. 14-16  Graduates' Master Class at Ananda Meditation Retreat
Feb. 17  Private Singing Lessons at Ananda Meditation Retreat
Feb. 18  Private Singing Lessons in Woodside

June 3-4  Private Singing Lessons in Fairfax
June 5-6: Private Singing Lessons at Ananda Meditation Retreat 
June 6-10: 7th Singing Training Session II at Ananda Meditation Retreat 
June 11-13: Private Singing Lessons in Woodside
June 14-16: Annual Singing Retreat
June 17-21 & June 24-28: Private Singing Lessons at Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael
June 23: Choir Day at Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael

Thursday, June 14, 2018

7th Foundational Singing Training in CA

The 7th Foundational Singing Training in California
is beginning February 2019!

 Winters at Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Summers at Ananda Meditation Center, Nevada City, CA

The 7th Training meets over a 3 1/2 year period, for 5 days each June and 3 days each February. It includes four private lessons per year, group work and choir.

This advanced course is offered to those with previous study of Uncovering the Voice (such as attendance at an Open Course and/or private lessons with Christiaan). 

In this work, the process of singing is viewed holistically, with the aim of the natural opening and balancing of the voice.  The singer is invited to move with confidence and joy towards discovering his or her own voice within the group and in private lessons.  It is a gentle process and the voice is never pushed, but gently liberated through engagement and active participation.  A wide range of specific singing exercises will be developed together with a comprehensive study of Werbeck's book.

Christiaan has been teaching the singing training for twenty-one years in CA and this may be the last advanced training that he offers in California. If you have been considering this for awhile but putting it off until the future, Now is the Time.

Singing Training Topics:

Session 1:  Exercises to Forget the Breathing    Feb. 8-10, 2019
Session 2:  Directing the Sound                        June 6-10, 2019
Session 3:  Vowels and Consonants                  Feb. 2020
Session 4:  Expansion of the Sound                  June 2020
Session 5:  Reflection of the Sound                  Feb. 2021
Session 6:  Reflection of the Word                   June 2021
Session 7:  Summary and Closing                    Feb. 2022

Annual Tuition:
$800 for June
$400 for February
(this includes two private lessons in June and two private lessons in February)

To Apply:

Please write a paragraph about why you would like to participate in the Training and email it to Sheryl at:  Upon acceptance into the Training, you will receive registration information.

Maximum Enrollment:  30 Students

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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.