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The Creative Singer Program

Dr. Susannah Self 

17th-22nd May 2021

Through The Creative Singer Program you will embark on a journey to discover your authentic inner  voice. As well as performing standard repertoire as singers we need to experience our inner creativity for its own sake. This core value in turn empowers us to become more effective as artists.  You will access your voice’s inner resonance through practices such as Prayer Flag Making, Kirtan Chanting, Mandala Painting, Vocal Improvisation, Drumming and Walking the Labyrinth. Every step  of the program is designed to facilitate deep relaxation which allows you to find a meaningful  expression in the World as a singer. You will be led on visualisations by Dr Self with sensuous  soundscapes that feature ceremonial gongs, chimes, bells, gentle drums and original filmatic music.  The Creative Singer Program is suitable for professionals to those who just love to sing. The location  of the course is aptly near the beginning of the great Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route at Saint Jean-Pied-de-Port. The focus of this inner artistic pilgrimage is reflected in Dr Self’s practice which is  steeped in Sharmanic/Jungian Philosophy. It has been clinically proven that singing, art and music  are extremely beneficial to maintaining a happy mind, body, and soul balance. The week promises  to be very enjoyable, creative and life-changing. 

 

Schedule

Subject to change at tutor's discretion

Day One

17th May Arrive

Dinner followed by Evening Greeting, Singing Bowl Meditation and Chanting.

Day Two

18th May

Morning Session 10.30 to 12.30: Prayer Flag Making Ceremony. 

The act of making a sacred prayer flag like the North American Indians can have a cathartic effect  on empowering a new life intention. You will be provided with a stick, beautifully coloured wool and  ribbons, herbs, feathers, and precious stones. The ceremony will be accompanied by singing bowls,  wind chimes and relaxing soundscapes. You will have a prayer flag to take home.

Evening Session after dinner: Kirtan: Gentle group singing of easy to learn chants in harmony accompanied by guitar.

Day Three

19th May

Morning Session: Connecting with the Ancestors: Through a series of imaginative writing  exercises we will explore our connection to artists who we admire in the past. This may lead to  departures for ideas for creating a book, a painting, a film, a recital or even an opera! 
Evening Session after dinner: Sharmanic Drumming and Vocal Improvisation: In the ancient  Middle East traditionally women were the drummers. Each participant will have a frame drum or  percussion instrument to explore the power of rhythm collectively. This session invariably leads on  to vocal improvisation. By setting up chord patterns with guitar and cello we will vocally improvise  as a group. There will be the chance for soloists to emerge when they are holding the singing stick although there is no pressure to do this.

Day Four

20th May

Morning Session10.30 to 12.30: Mandala Painting: A Journey to the Self 
After a guided visualisation and chanting we will each paint a Mandala with professional acrylics on prepared board. During the painting session you will be bathed in a relaxing soundscape. Mandalas  are universal art in the round, you can find them everywhere in the World such as in Tibet, Australia  and the Rose windows in cathedrals. Carl Jung the psychologist found that by regularly painting a  mandala we can resolve inner issues and as a result become more creative. You will have a Mandala to take home.  
Dinner: From My Mother’s Table. Susie will cook a special dinner based on her mother the wine writer Penny Drinkwater’s recipes from her book To Set Before King. 
Evening Session after dinner: Workshop on The Mature Voice with Rebecca Moseley-Morgan.

Day Five

21st May

Morning Session: Walk the Labyrinth 
Inspired by the magical labyrinth at Chartres cathedral you will follow a specially laid out pattern to  walk as an individual meditative journey. The journey will take you deeper into yourself as you are  accompanied by sensuous soundscapes. Along the journey you will find hidden treasures to take  home with you.  
Evening Session after dinner: Open Mike. A chance to sing a song, read a poem, share a life story,  a piece of art, an improvisation or some of your writing. 
In addition before breakfast each day: Walk to Ignite your Creative Spark: Each morning we will venture in to the gorgeous landscape and work through a creative exercise  inspired by Julia Cameron's The Artists Way. Walking enhances brain power. Please bring:  water resilient shoes or boots, an umbrella, a blank notebook, a pen and a towel to sit on.

 
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Course Leader

Dr. Susannah Self

 

Interested?

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