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Singing in nature is profoundly joyful, healing and good for the soul. We are pleased to be offering another seasonal programme of ‘Live Wild Soul Sounds’ in 2020.
These singing workshops are a chance to connect with nature and community, sing from the heart in harmony with others and learn beautiful songs from around the world. They are suitable for complete beginners and those with an established love of singing.
About the workshops
The workshops take place in picturesque woodlands both in Manchester and near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. We gather around a fire circle and tune into our senses and the environment around us. There is a shelter in case of rain. The workshops involve some physical movement, toning and voice warm ups. We then learn chants and songs from around the globe using simple call and response.
The day includes a warm campfire lunch of nourishing vegetarian soup and bread as well as hot drinks throughout.
This year’s workshops take place from 11am-4pm on:
- Saturday 22nd February- Hebden Bridge
- Saturday 25th April- Manchester
- Saturday 11th July- Hebden Bridge
- Saturday 31st October- Manchester
Our Singing Tutors
Leona Johnson (Live Wild) and Damien Mahoney (Soul Sounds/ Music is Medicine) have come together to offer this nourishing, fun and inspiring day of opening and exploring our senses, extending our awareness to include the other than human world and communal singing around a blazing campfire in beautiful woodland locations in South Manchester and Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
Our Learning Methods
The Eight Shields Model of Nature Connection. Leona and Damien create a safe, inclusive and connected space from which to connect to ourselves, each other and the natural world. For our ancestors, spending time round a fire in nature and using chants and songs would accompany every kind of activity and mark times of joy and celebration, grief and loss. Coming together as a community in nature we can reclaim this vital form of expression for our own healing and regeneration. Singing like this is a great way to loosen and release emotional blockages in the body. It can be particularly helpful for issues around communication, creativity and connection to others.
The Natural Voice Network (NVN) approach to singing. This is about celebrating the voice you were born with and finding a way to connect to our unique, authentic voice. This is about feeling more alive, energised and expressive.
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