Bellows Falls Workshop February 2018 Nancy Salwen
Fear of Singing Breakthrough Program
Workshop/Retreat for “Non-Singers”! Learn to Sing Even if You Think You Can’t Carry a Tune! Sunday, February 4th, 9:00-4:00
Stone Church Arts / Immanuel Retreat Center Bellows Falls, Vermont $130/person + $15 for a delicious catered lunch (optional)
Start learning to sing in a fun, supportive atmosphere!
We’ll probably start off in this room.
And we’ll probably spend some time singing in here, when we want a change of scene. If the weather’s nice we might take a walk and check out some different acoustics…
This is the outside of the Stone Church.
I’m hoping we might get to go inside the church and see how our voices sound in this beautiful space!
If you’re hanging out after the workshop, you might want to check out the Flat Iron Exchange, a funky little coffee shop that often has a jazz band playing on Saturdays from 5:00-7:00. Perfect timing, right?
If you’ve wanted to sing in a chorus, wished you could sing along with friends, wanted to feel more comfortable singing the Happy Birthday song, or even just get more out of singing by yourself, this full-day workshop is the perfect first step!
If you can talk you can sing!
Yes, EVEN YOU!!
Learn in a way that’s supportive, comfortable & fun
Discover your own natural voice
Become more confident – experience some singing success!
Take home skills to start you on your way!
“I really surprised myself, in many ways. I had a wonderful time and came away with more confidence than I felt possible!” – A Workshop Participant
Through a combination of games, improvisation and simple songs from around the world we’ll explore different aspects of the voice.
Did you know that adults & teens can learn to sing in much the same way a child learns language — through immersion and play?!
In that spirit, we’ll…
Create a space of non-judgement, and replace the “cringe,” with curiosity!
Make all kinds of crazy sounds and noises — just to discover what we’ve got!
Learn to listen differently and more deeply.
Discover the profound joy of boldly singing with other people!
Dig into different learning styles, discovering YOUR best inroads to music learning.
Discuss the basics of music theory, so you’ll understand more about how songs work.
Sing familiar songs and learn new ones!
We’ll create a tool kit of accessible techniques for you to take home and use as you develop your skills. Discover the joy of your unique voice and let go of that old idea that singing isn’t for you!
“Nancy has helped me along the journey of bringing what I hear inside my head into the world. She brings a patience and a kindness to her process that focuses on joy and emphasizes the pleasure of singing. She has helped me replace my perceptions of singing failure with success, and anxiety with relaxation.” – Chris, Singing Student
Spend the day or the weekend in Bellows Falls, Vermont, a historic little town nestled on the Connecticut River.
Just North of Brattleboro, Vermont, and across the River from Walpole, New Hampshire, Bellows Falls is convenient to the Monadnock Region, and makes a great weekend getaway for visitors from the city. With its own Amtrack stop, the town is complete with a movie theatre (and music venue), book store, hotels, great restaurants, thrift stores, and a great little coffee shop (see photo on left). By car, Bellows Falls is about a half hour from Keene and Brattleboro.
Stone Church Arts / Immanuel Retreat Center, in their own words…
“A Broad View of Growth and Learning…
We strive to be a place apart where a free and open exploration of music, art and spirituality is fostered, where people come to study, learn, pray, practice, contemplate, discern, teach, think, and grow. We encourage interdisciplinary explorations, such as music and art therapy, and the freedom to discern one’s own path to personal and spiritual growth. We provide resources such as our library of western spirituality, access to spiritual direction, and instruction in various contemplative practices, all offered from a place of openness and understanding.”
“Nancy seems to have an endless basket of teaching tools and they were all enjoyable. I especially liked moving, scatting and adding rhythm-making to our singing.”
– Workshop Participant