Annual Singing Retreat

Annual Singing Retreat

7th Foundational Singing Training

7th Foundational Singing Training

Monday, April 12, 2021

Update on The School of Uncovering the Voice during 2021

 Dear Friends of the School of Uncovering the Voice,

Due to the pandemic, Christiaan Boele has not been able to travel to the United States. The 7th Singing Training on the West Coast has continued over zoom and Session VI of the 7th Training will be happening in June 2021. There are a few sessions left to complete the 7th Training before we can consider whether or not there will be an 8th Training.  (If you would like to be on the waitlist for a new Training cohort, please email:

Christiaan looks forward to returning to the US for Open Courses, lessons and other trainings as soon as the global pandemic situation abates.

Meanwhile, if you would like to experience Uncovering the Voice over zoom or in Colorado, you may contact Shayndel Adler who offers private lessons, classes and more. Email:  Website:

Monday, December 2, 2019

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sunday Singing Circles in Davis

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Christiaan Boele's 2020 California Schedule

January 29  Private Lessons in Santa Cruz
Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 Private Lessons in Woodside
Feb. 2  Choir Day at Marin Waldorf School
Feb. 3-5 Private Lessons in Fairfax
Feb. 6  Private Lessons in Santa Cruz
Feb. 7-9  Foundational Singing Training, Session III, Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Feb. 10-11  Private Lessons in Davis
Feb. 12  Private Lessons at Ananda Meditation Retreat, Nevada City
Feb. 13-15  Alumni Master Class at Ananda Meditation Retreat, Nevada City
Feb. 16  Private Lessons at Ananda Meditation Retreat, Nevada City

June 8-9 Private Lessons in Fairfax
June 10 Private Lessons at Ananda Meditation Retreat, Nevada City
June 11-15  Foundational Singing Training, Session IV, Ananda Meditation Retreat
June 16  Private Lessons, Ananda Meditation Retreat, Nevada City
June 17-18  Private Lessons in Davis
June 19-21  Annual Singing Retreat at Davis Waldorf School
June 22-27 Private Lessons at Marin Waldorf School
June 28  Choir Day at Marin Waldorf School
June 29-July 3  Private lessons at Marin Waldorf School

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Annual Singing Retreat
Led by Christiaan Boele
June 19-21, 2020

At: Davis Waldorf School
3100 Sycamore Lane, Davis, CA 95616
Friday June 19
8:50   Check In
9:00-10:15   Welcome Circle & Introduction to the School of Uncovering the Voice
10:45-12:00   Exercises to Forget the Breathing
12:00-2:00  Afternoon Break
2:00-3:00 Movement: Eurythmy
3:15-4:15 Transition to Song
4:30-6:30  Joyful Exercises and Choir

Saturday June 20
9:00-10:15    Building Our Sound Cupola
10:45-12:00  Bringing in the Vowels
12:00-2:00  Afternoon Break
2:00-3:00   Movement:  Eurythmy
3:15-4:15 Conversation & Questions
4:30-6:30  Joyful Exercises and Choir

Sunday June 21
9:00-10:15 Deepening our Understanding of Singing
10:45-12:00   Conclusion & Closing Circle

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.

Course Tuition: $250 by May 1, 2019; $300 thereafter

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 Questions and registration: Contact Sheryl Adler-Eldridge at;  530-210-3208

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:  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.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Singing Lessons with Shayndel Adler in Davis

Werbeck singing lessons are available with Shayndel Adler in Davis, CA and also via skype.

For more info: