7 night Songs of Love, Peace and Protest Singing Retreat Holiday in Limousin, Central France

Event Highlights

  • Singing songs of love, peace and protest
  • Find your voice and sing from the heart
  • Singing is good for you!
  • All singing experience levels and abilities are welcome. Singing is for everyone and we can all sing.
  • Spend time in the heart of nature. We're located in the heart of the Millevaches, just minutes away from Lac de Vassiviere
  • Delicious meals prepared every day using our own home grown and local produce
  • Our end of week performance - showcasing the group/solo songs we have worked on during the week

Schedule

Sample singing retreat schedule:

08h00 - 09h00 breakfast
10h30 - 12h00 group singing workshop
12h30 - 13h30 lunch
14h00 - 15h30 individual/group singing workshops
15h30 - 19h00 free time to rest, relax, explore the local countryside or enjoy a holistic treatment/individual singing session
19h00 - shared group dinner
20h00 - free time/optional evening activity

About This Event

Sing from the Heart

Singing Retreat Holidays 2020

Songs of Love, Peace & Protest

Join together, raise your voice & sing from the heart

Fun, friendly & supportive singing retreat holidays for all singing levels and abilities in the heart of rural Limousin, central France. We can all sing!

26 April - 3 May 2020

Singing songs of love, peace and protest

Joining together through the power of song. We will sing a variety of musical styles, including world music, pop, rock, punk, folk and everything in between! In recent years we have sung songs by The Clash, The Cranberries, Patti Smith, Bob Marley, Tracy Chapman, The Beatles, Rag 'n' Bone Man, as well as traditional folk, gospel and mantras for peace.

“When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness because a capella singing is all about the immersion of the self into the community. That's one of the great feelings - to stop being me for a little while and to become us.”

Brian Eno

what previous guests have said:

"Such a great place. Ema and Peter make you feel so welcome. The surroundings are beautiful. I had such an amazing time, great songs, lovely food and made fantastic friends. So amazing that I just had to go back again in the same year and will be again this year."

“After 55 years of miming, Peter & Ema gave me reassurance & belief (or should that be faith?) that I might, with perseverance, be able to sing in tune. It was hard, hard work but made good fun by the loving approach to the whole week.”

"Always a fun and nurturing environment for any ability."

Find your voice and sing from the heart

Whether an absolute beginner or a more experienced singer all abilities are welcomed to our sing from the heart singing retreats. Singing is for everyone. So even if you haven't sung since school or only sing in the shower this is for you too!

There is no need to read music, as all songs will be taught by ear. The only requirement is a curiosity to explore your voice and creativity. We will learn and develop good vocal technique, working with the breath, diaphragm, pitch, tone and vocal control. All songs will be taught by ear and repetition. There is no anxiety provoking solo singing (or singling out of individual singers) and all songs are taught to the group in various split harmony parts (according to vocal range).

Peter has taught everyone from chart stars and professional musicians to those who think they are tone deaf and can't/won't sing. He works holistically and sensitively with the emotional blocks and negative inner voices people can have that stop them from finding and using their voice, and reaching their full potential. We can all sing!

Singing is good for you!

Build confidence, meet new people and sing in a fun, friendly and supportive group. Whether improving our health and wellbeing, expressing the creativity we all have, or 'feeling the fear and doing it anyway', there are so many good reasons to sing.

"The voice gets to the soul of a person more than any other instrument. Because it's the voice. It sings talks, it cries, it laughs, it squeals, it barks, it shouts it whispers, There is no other instrument that can do that. We're born with it."

Bobby McFerrin

Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety and elevate endorphins. Singing is joyful and benefits our health and wellbeing too.

Fun, friendly and supportive group singing retreat holidays in France

Our singing retreat holidays in France focus on positive group learning and interaction. A great opportunity to meet new people whilst sharing a fun and creative activity. Many lifelong friendships have been formed on our singing retreats and workshops throughout the years, and we have many guests who return regularly.

We keep our residential retreat groups small (up to 7 people) which allows us to personalise and tailor the retreat more effectively to the specific needs and wishes of the group. We will also be joined by some members of our local choirs for the daily singing workshops and performance night.

Spend time in the heart of nature

We are located in the Millevaches Natural Park, with walks and forest trails straight from the front door. The shores of Lac de Vassiviere are also only a short walk away. We will be happy to recommend numerous walking and cycling routes, viewing points and places of interest during your retreat stay.

"A place to find and be yourself." "It was the perfect combination of restful, nourishing, and confidence boosting."

What's Included

  • 7 nights comfortable shared accommodation (single room options available)
  • delicious home cooked meals using home grown and local produce
  • all group vocal tuition
  • individual vocal coaching session
  • free vocal exercise CD
  • free WIFI
  • time to explore the beautiful Limousin landscapes with walking and cycling routes straight from the front door
  • plenty of time to rest, sleep and relax into a slower natural pace.

What's Not Included

Travel
Additional nights accommodation/food
Additional activities/treatments
Airport/railway transfers

Venue Highlights

Spend time in the heart of nature

We are located in the heart of the protected Millevaches Natural Park - with walks and forest trails straight from the front door. The Limousin is renowned for its wildlife, unspoiled rolling countryside, forests and lakes (the region is often referred to as the Lake District of France). We are just minutes away from the shores of Lac de Vassiviere - one of the largest lakes in France. A beautiful place to swim, relax on the beaches or take a boat ride.

Accommodations

De Tout Coeur Limousin is our 19th century converted farmhouse and barn set in 2 acres of private garden and woodland backing onto farmland and forest.

Accommodation

We can accommodate individuals or small groups of up to 8 people. We offer comfortable shared accommodation in a combination of double and twin rooms (single option available) in our converted rustic farmhouse in the heart of the Limousin countryside.



We have a large family style bathroom (with shower, bath and toilet), separate shower room, 2 reception rooms, downstairs toilet/utility room, and a self contained apartment/workshop space (ideal for small group activities).



We also have a large barn workshop and performance space which is great for our workshops and as a communal and social space you are free to use during your stay with us.

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Delicious meals prepared every day using our own home grown and local Limousin produce

From big flavoured dishes from around the world to home made cakes and desserts. Our food is made with love and enjoyed at shared group meal times everyday during your retreat holiday.

" thank you for such amazing food - every day was a real treat and everything so fresh and delicious. I await your cookbook with anticipation and your recipe for ‘tasty bean thing’ in particular!"

Directions

Travel information

by plane:

Our nearest airport is Limoges (about 75 minutes away) - which has regular flights between the UK and Europe with RyanAir, Flybe and British Airways.

by train:

Limoges Benedictins is about 80 minutes away - there are direct trains to Paris and connections across Europe.

Our nearest train station is Eymoutiers Vassiviere (about 30 minutes away) where you can pick up regular onward connections to Paris.
Other useful information:

We can provide transfers to/from*

Limoges airport/train station

Eymoutiers train station


*all transfers must be arranged at time of booking your stay. In order to accommodate group/multiple transfers some waiting time may be necessary (e.g. different arrival/departure times).

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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