Mindfulness Through Singing: uplifting and soulful
This retreat will offer an opportunity to bring mindfulness to singing and singing to mindfulness.
Singing can be an uplifting, soulful and life enriching experience, especially if we allow ourselves to become aware of and drop into our felt experience whilst we are singing, whether it is Taize, Gospel, Pop, folk songs or chants. And like mindfulness, singing brings us into coherence both within ourselves and collectively as a group, at any level of experience in group singing.
The programme will follow our usual schedule for retreats, including three 30-minute guided meditation sessions and opportunities to sing in the extraordinary acoustics of the spiral staircase at Sharpham House and in outdoor locations in our beautiful gardens (weather permitting).
No previous experience of mindfulness or singing is necessary.
This retreat offers the opportunity to:
- Learn some new songs in a supportive and accessible way – all songs taught by ear.
- Experience singing in harmony as meditation.
- Explore your own voice as a means of self-expression and communication.
- Sing in unique locations around the Sharpham estate, including songs on the theme of water and rivers on the banks of the river Dart, as well as songs about nature in the stunning gardens and woodland surrounding Sharpham House
- Attune to the rhythm of the breath and experience the intimacy of your own belonging.
- Use breath, sound and song to explore the meeting of mind, body and sprit.
- Develop mindful awareness of your relationship to your voice and singing.
- Experience singing as a resource for well-being.
This retreat is for you if you are:
- New to mindfulness practice and to singing or if you are looking to explore, deepend and reconnect with singing or mindfulness in a new way
- Interested in singing beautiful songs in beautiful surroundings
- Like singing and would like to explore your voice in a supportive gentle environment
- Interested in what it is like to truly be with yourself when you are singing
- Wanting to sing in harmony in the company of others
mindful practice and joyful singing was uplifting, engrossing and restorative in the extreme...mindfulness and singing are a great combination.
Review of our Mindfulness Through Singing retreat, Kindred Spirit magazine - click here to see the whole feature
Although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful in managing stress, depression and anxiety our retreats might not be suitable if you are experiencing major depression or other clinically diagnosed psychiatric illness such as bipolar disorder, psychosis or current self-harming. Click here for more information and details of our booking process.
Arrive on the first day between 4.00pm and 5.00pm
|Typical daily program|
|10.30am-12.00pm||Stretch, breathe, sing|
|12.30pm-1.00pm||Walking or sitting meditation|
|2.00pm-4.00pm||Optional guided walk or free time|
|9.00pm||House goes into silence until 8.30am the following day|
Final day - closing circle and depart by 11.45am
It was utterly joyful as waves of sound washed over me and reverberated through me. And it soon dawned on me that singing is mindfulness personified. I was totally in the moment, absorbed in something I loved - the perfect mindful practice. As our voices mingled and swelled, rising to a crescendo in the wonderful acoustics of the domed atrium of Sharpham, it became highly emotional.
Our routine of mindful practice and joyful singing was uplifting, engrossing and restorative in the extreme...mindfulness and singing are a great combination.
I have benefited from being here hugely! it has provided contemplation and peace and inspiration from both teachers and the confidence to sing my heart out.
[What I really liked about the retreat was]...the excellent care and thoughtfulness by all staff...the warmth of everyone I met...the fact I felt I CAN sing (wish I had discovered this a couple of years ago!!). Thank you from my heart.
The combination of mindfulness and singing worked really well...we all said how the place was wonderful, the nature, the building, the delicious food, the friendly atmosphere amongst the staff and all us participants
The Sharpham experience was special in many ways - the place, the people and the event itself. I will come away more positive, invigorated and uplifted
I feel as though I have rediscovered some parts of myself that I had almost lost sight of.
This retreat takes place in the beautiful and historic Grade 1-listed Sharpham House set in a Capability Brown-designed landscape with stunning views over the steeply-wooded River Dart.
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If you have a medical condition that requires you to have an en-suite room, please contact our Programme Administrator on the number below as these rooms are limited and are bookable on a first-come first-served basis.
Just to let you know, we have poor mobile phone coverage – which we see as a virtue. While there is wi-fi in Sharpham House, we encourage you to disconnect from ‘the network’ so you can fully retreat when you’re here.
We are 3 miles from Totnes – famous for its Transition Town movement
We are in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
We take sustainability seriously.
All of the hot water and heating in the House is produced by a state-of-the-art biomass woodchip boiler and we have 2 large photo-voltaic solar panel arrays on barn rooftops.
Our gardens are managed organically and we only use bio-degradable cleaning products.
Roz has been running choirs and singing workshops locally in the South Devon area and internationally for over 20 years, and is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network. Roz found her passion for singing through working as a Community artist in the 80’s and later trained with the Open University and with numerous voice teachers – a journey that has taken her round the world in search of glorious music and communities that use singing to promote happiness and well-being.
Lynne qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1987 and was a team leader in the out-patients department at Torbay Hospital.
Since graduating she has specialised in the management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and the emotional impact of these. She has been delivering mindfulness programmes for over 10 years within the NHS and at Sharpham.
Lynne runs MBSR/MBCT courses having completed training at Bangor and Exeter University. She runs Mindfulness for Health courses as an accredited Breathworks teacher and .b courses having completed training through the Mindfulness in Schools Project.
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