Merlin Mindful Singing Retreat

The Merlin Singing Retreat Day

(Open to current singers and anyone looking to find their voice)

Experience the healing, restorative connection between breath, song, sound and gentle movement

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Come along and spend the day with Sue Cotterill and Kathy Stewart-Kennedy on Saturday 7th September 2019 at The Merlin Academy of Traditional Music, Unit 3, Palma Place, Melrose, TD6 9PR. Experience the benefits of breath and mindful singing on body, mind and spirit. 
Movement will be gentle and relaxing, so light, loose clothing is needed. Mats and blankets and pillows will be provided unless you want to bring your own. 

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 Stewart

Kathy Stewart-Kennedy – Music Manager
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 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

Sound Journey
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.

Sue Cotterill
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.

Event Details

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 restricted to 10 places only so don’t miss out! Early booking is recommended!