Annual Singing Retreat

Annual Singing Retreat

7th Foundational Singing Training

7th Foundational Singing Training

Thursday, June 14, 2018

7th Foundational Singing Training in CA

The 7th Foundational Singing Training in California
Enrollment is still open up until Session III!

 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  completed
Session 2:  Directing the Sound                        June 6-10, 2019   completed
Session 3:  Vowels and Consonants                  Feb. 7-9, 2020
Session 4:  Expansion of the Sound                  June 11-15, 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: healing.round@gmail.com.  Upon acceptance into the Training, you will receive registration information.

Maximum Enrollment:  30 Students

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Why attend the Annual 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.