The Merlin Singing Retreat Day
(Open to current singers and anyone looking to find their voice)
An exploration of the connection between breath, song, sound and gentle movement.
Come along and spend the day with Kathy Stewart-Kennedy, Sue Cotterill and Kevin Cotterill on Sunday 20th January 2019 at The Lighthouse, Heugh Road, North Berwick. Take the opportunity to bring kind, gentle attention to yourself through a day that is a journey into restful, restorative, self nurture. Experience the benefits of breath and mindful singing on body, mind and spirit.
What to Expect
Kathy Stewart-Kennedy will be offering sessions in mindfulness through singing. No past experience in mindfulness is required and songs/chants will be taught by ear so you don’t need to be able to read music. This session will suit both experienced singers and those who have always wanted to find their voice. Kathy will be exploring singing in harmony as meditation, and providing participants with the ability to use the voice as a means of self-expression and healing. Kathy believes that group singing promotes well-being and joy.
Kathy has been teaching Singing & Harmonies at Merlin Music Academy for a number of years now as well as being involved in many of our events such as our yearly Summer School. As a Natural Voice Practitioner and Vocal workshop facilitator, Kathy welcomes students of all ages who wish to improve their technique, gain confidence, learn performance skills or to ‘find their voice’ in a safe and relaxed environment.
Sue & Kevin Cotterill will also be running sessions throughout the day based around sound therapy and mindful awareness.
They will be offering the following sessions:
Moving into Mindful Awareness
This session will offer the opportunity to come in a restful and restorative space to explore the connection between body, breath, mind & spirit. Through breath work, gentle movement, sound, mantra, deep relaxation and mindful meditation, you will have an opportunity to quietly meet yourself with compassion
The sound journey offers a deeply relaxing and therapeutic sound experience in which you can immerse yourself, and rest, in the healing sounds of various sacred instruments including Himalayan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, gongs, percussion instruments and shamanic drums.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese healing system of movement, breath work, and meditation that is closely related to Tai Chi. It integrates all of the above, in order to work with Qi, or life force, and connects to the meridians of the body. In this Sound Qigong session you will work with the elements and sound with breath and your own voice to focus on health and well-being.
Sue is an experienced therapist in, and teacher of, Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation, Mindful Movement, Qigong, Sound Therapy and Shamanism. Sue focuses on a holistic, flowing and compassionate approach to well-being. Her teachings and therapies offer the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of these ancient traditional practices in the spirit of ‘Ahisma’ – no harm and gentle, kind, caring attention.
Kev has trained for many years as a teacher of, and therapist in, Qigong, Mindfulness and Shamanism. He has a deep interest in Medical Qigong and as part of his role working in therapy within the NHS, he brings weekly Qigong sessions to patients experiencing Mental Health problems. In this role, he also offers Mindfulness as a therapy for his patients. His approach to therapy and teaching is one of compassionate presence in which he allows others to explore and experience in a safe, caring and attentive, environment. Kev has a deep connection to nature and this is reflected as a thread running through all of his work as he connects with the seasons, the earth and the elements.
The day will run from 10am-4pm with a break for lunch. The cost of the whole day to include all sessions, lunch, tea and coffee is £65
Spaces are limited so don’t miss out! Early booking is recommended!
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