HILL COTTAGE RETREATS
Exploring breath, voice and spirit through song
A May Bank Holiday Three Day Singing Workshop
Evening of 29 April -2 May 2016
On one level, it was just marvellous to hear Michael’s voice; on another, he skilfully took me, through song and body awareness, to a new place, a deeper place and, with great humour and love. It was hard work and fun and at the same time instructive and moving. The space we worked in proved a perfect setting to support our individual journeys. Jan Norton
What a triumph! There aren’t any words for it all, but it wouldn’t have been the same without every single detail; the people, Michael’s laugh and his wonderful smile, the room – and the rugs – and the cold windy sunshine, the food of course, and the voices – most of all the voices. Hilary Shepherd
Such a nurturing and glorious weekend........ a sense of coming together and building trust and connection and finding the songs, the harmony, the awe, soul-beauty and generosity of Michael's sharing and his singing..... such a gift. Lucy Bronwin
Michael Harper is an international countertenor, singing teacher and workshop facilitator. He is returning to Hill Cottage Retreat Centre with the ‘Natural Flow’ which will provide another opportunity for singers to take part in this exceptional workshop. This is a chance to work closely with Michael, over a period of three days to develop and enrich vocal technique and range
Michael brings a body mindfulness based approach using movement, exercises and gentle relaxation techniques to achieve free breathing and to uncover the range and expression within our voices. He will work with songs he grew up with from the African-American tradition, as well as material he thinks will enable the group to develop vocal potential. There will also be space for small group and individual tutorials to help us find the ‘flow’ or ‘spirit’ that can enrich our vocal interpretation of sound and song.
This workshop stands on its own as well as forming the first part of a longer, more in depth, five day workshop with Michael planned for October
“My aim is to discover and expose each person’s abilities to find the song in themselves whether it be opera, Lieder, folk song, soul, blues, jazz or any other style. There is a natural flow that is present in everyone.” www.michael-harper.net
Some comments from Michael’s last workshop at Hill Cottage (May 2015)
The Natural Flow
The workshop will take place in the Hall Barn. Arriving at 5.00 on Friday evening with dinner and a short session and continuing from 10.00-4.00 on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Friday evening meal is at 6.30pm and residential participants will stay in Alder Barn, Ash Barn or Rowan Cabin. The Hall Barn is a warm, intimate space that also hosts meditation weeks and other group events.
Cost of the three day workshop: Friday evening – Monday 4.00pm
There are up to 18 places – a mix of residential and non-residential.
Workshop, full board and accommodation (for residential participants): £240/£220
Workshop only with lunch (for non-residential participants): £100/£90.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is in three shared twin rooms, with two single rooms for people willing to stay in a crog loft bedroom accessed via a ladder and two additional single rooms for people who require single rooms for medical or other genuine reasons. No supplement will be charged.
All meals are vegetarian. Ingredients will be organic and locally sourced where possible.
If any non-residential wishes to share in the evening meal they are welcome to do so for an additional cost of £10 per meal and prior booking.
Participants will be asked to help with clearing up and keeping the space alive and welcoming.