embodied song
Women's retreat -dartmoor
2nd - 5th june 2022

A weekend of vocal exploration, therapeutic voice work, harmony singing, gently guided improvisation, nourishing food and morning yoga in a beautiful coastal location.

“It was truly one of the most nourishing experiences I've ever had, expertly held and guided. This the work that women and the world need right now" Katie

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Some of us know, and some are yet to discover, the healing power of sound and voice work for personal and collective transformation. Everything has a vibrational frequency. Through working consciously with sound and intention we can shift our own frequencies, enabling stuck patterns to unravel and accessing places of power and potential that have been deeply buried in our beings. When we sound together in a group we create a morphic field of resonance where the sound waves ripple out, within, and then beyond, not only healing ourselves but also affecting the wider sphere of existence.

"Sounding is the most direct way to experience our true essence and connect to our hearts."

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As women many of us have experienced, whether consciously or otherwise, feeling shut down around our vocal expression. Society has imposed ideas around the “feminine” that don’t allow for the full depth and breadth of what it is to be a woman. We may have adopted ideas around certain sounds being acceptable – that we have to sound sweet, gentle and pretty to get our needs met. When we take the lid off and allow our voices to sound freely, old stories and hidden emotions can be re-written and released. We also find we are able to access a deep-rooted source of strength from within. Through therapeutic vocal exercises and guided somatic journeys, we can discover and integrate the rejected parts of ourselves, and celebrate the joy and creative expression that is our essential nature.

“Beautifully, safely held, with reverence. The structure had the shape of a ceremony over the 3 days, beautifully crafted.” Anne​

What’s included:

 

  • Shared, or single accommodation in a stunning retreat venue on Dartmoor magical landscape

  • A spacious programme with time to rest, integrate and enjoy the beautiful surroundings

  • Embodied vocal practices and therapeutic voice work to deepen and expand our relationship with our voice

  • Vocal processing techniques to unlock stuck patterns and transform limiting stories and beliefs

  • Gently guided group improvisation and singing games

  • Beautiful harmony songs woven into the journey to uplift the soul and reconnect to our hearts

  • Guided dance journey to free stagnant energy in the body and connect to freedom of movement

  • Walk to a sacred site on Dartmoor

  • Gentle morning yoga

  • Fireside singing and prayers

  • Biodynamic massage (for an additional fee)

  • Daily sharing circle

  • Delicious, organic, plant-based food by the incredible "Feasts done good"

"Meeting voice from body, with heart, as prayer".

Daily schedule:

 

Day 1

Arrive from 4pm

Dinner 6:30pm

Opening circle – 7:30pm

 

Days 2 & 3

Breakfast served 7:30am-9:30am

Yoga 8am

Morning session 10am-1pm

Lunch and rest/integration time

Afternoon session 3pm-5pm

Dinner 6:30pm

7:30pm evening session

 

Day 4

Breakfast served 7:30am-9:30am

Yoga 8am

Morning session & closing circle 10am-1pm

Lunch

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“It was beautifully, skilfully curated in a way that made going really deep feel incredibly safe. I felt honoured to be part of it and I’m so proud of myself for being braver than I knew I could be.” Emma

Biodynamic massage:

 

Biodynamic massage is a psychotherapeutic form of massage concerned with the integration of all aspects of an individual - physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. 

 

The theory includes an understanding that the digestive system processes and assimilates emotions as well as food. A stethoscope is used to listen to the gut throughout the treatment, providing biofeedback which informs how the client is responding to the touch from moment to moment.

 

Jessica creates a welcoming and safe container for healing & transformation to occur.

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Yoga:

 

Jessicas classes are a curious exploration along the map of the body. Using imagery, touch and the breath, she invites an expansion from the inside out.

 

Moving between focused alignment, open intuitive movement and core stability, the intention is to facilitate a deeper sense of embodiment, containment and grounding.

 

Her classes are suitable for all bodies and abilities.

Biodynamic massage can help with: 

 

  • Restoring well-being and vitality

  • Supporting you at times of stress

  • Bringing inner balance and serenity

  • Alleviating symptoms of a wide range of chronic diseases 

  • And much much more

 

Please let me know if you’d like to book a session in advance. 55 min session - £60.

 

Treatment timings:

Thurs 2nd June, 4pm/5pm

Fri 3rd June, 1:45pm/5:30pm

Sat 4th June, 1:45pm/5:30pm

Sun 5th June, 9am

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Accommodation and pricing:

The centre itself is stunning. The rooms are spacious and light and all the rooms have a lovely feel. There are mainly shared rooms, with the option of a couple of people having their own rooms depending on bookings. Please see prices below and indicate your preference on booking form.  

 

The prices for the different rooms are below (please note that these prices are inclusive of all meals and group sessions)

Shared room (twin or triple) £425

Private room £495

 

Online booking form here

Please return form to Sophia via email sophiaefthimiou@gmail.com, along with your deposit, to secure your place. Please note that there are a limited number of single rooms - these will be allocated on a first some first served basis.

Looking forward to sharing the journey with you :)