Masterclass weekend retreat – With Su Hart & Penny Stone




FOREST ROW – EAST SUSSEX – Residential at Emerson College

£345 –
Payment includes all meals, snacks, accommodation, workshops and evening activities.

Spread the cost – Initial payment of £115 followed by two further payments of £115 to be completed by 17th March 2022

Payment Instructions
– To guarantee your place, pay the deposit. Your booking date is fully transferrable.
– Select between “Pay Deposit” or “Pay Full Amount” and add to basket
– Final payment will be due 14 days prior to the Masterclass weekend.
– Monthly payment plans are set up with Julia in the office, once you have paid your deposit, please be in contact ASAP to set up your direct debit agreement.

Refund policy
A 25% cancellation fee will be retained for training cancellations made in writing prior to 28 days of the retreat date. Fees are non-refundable after that date. Less than 14 days before the retreat date your deposit is not refundable.

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April 1st – 3rd residential 2022 

Your Retreat Weekend includes:

  • Single room accommodation.
  • Delicious catered meals, tea and snacks from Friday evening to Sunday Lunch time.
  • Inspiring and interactive workshops by Penny and Su Friday 4pm – Sunday 4pm.
  • Evening singing Ceilidh with Penny.
  • An interactive evening with the Baka – short films, music and talk with Su Hart on the singing life of the Baka people.
  • Stunning surroundings and beautiful gardens of Emerson College.
  • Superior quality experiential learning and CPD for singing facilitators.

*Baka evening talk will be open to outside visitors – the proceeds from which will be sent direct to the Baka Community via Su Harts Global music exchange charity.

Friday 4 pm – Sunday 4 pm

Su Hart:

“I believe in helping indigenous voices be heard, both their spoken wisdom and understanding of our planet and the human condition and their vocal singing.  They help us to tune in to each other, respect and love life is all it’s forms and change behaviours and actions for the brighter future”

If you’ve never attended a workshop with Su – You are in for a ride. Su will transport you – we will become the tribe. Su uses interlocking singing practices – rhythms, melodies and vocal sounds that you’ve never even heard before… and she does this to make an incredibly important point.
To Su, Singing is a giving and a receiving. You will become part of something much bigger than yourself. We will weave together and through the singing we will become the picture of what we need to be together. We will make equality happen. Singing is where love happens, where arguments go away and Su’s singing workshop experience shows us how relationships can work and people can be happy.

The workshop…
Su will bring us into a deep listening space that she has felt and learned from many visits singing with the Baka, indigenous people of the Cameroonian Rainforest. It’s a place of shared vocal interplay, singing and music is central to life and it is great joyful fun. Expect to weave a simple vocal thread and become part of a beautiful complex rhythmic whole,
You’ll learn songs from Baka life, songs to calm a baby, to soothe loss, to celebrate life and honey harvest, to express love for the forest.
You’ll learn new vocal techniques as you sing “Yelli”the women’s song for calling animals to bring luck in the hunt.

As well as forest polyphony, we will travel the world and touch on interlocking songs from other cultures, from the Arctic, USA, Georgia.

Su is excited to be journeying together!

From Su’s website:
Su was brought up in the music of the Methodist church and the folk clubs of N E England before doing an Arts degree in Oxford with vacation times spent busking around Europe and S.America. She has had many musical travels, collecting songs from Scotland to Scandanavia, from New Zealand to Bhutan. Since 1993 she has made many visits to the African Rainforest in Cameroon, to sing and live with the Baka Pygmies. The collective spiritual singing of the Baka women has informed and inspired her musical development. This led to setting up the acclaimed world-music band Baka Beyond in 1993, melding African rhythms with Celtic melodies. The band continue to perform internationally.

Su currently directs three UK community Choirs, and the London Rainforest choir, performs with Baka Beyond and other musical projects & solo concerts. She has composed with Sian Croose for women’s voices.

Penny Stone

Penny models her unique teaching style as she shares songs that come from inspirational, untold stories. Real stories from real people across the globe. With the simplest yet strikingly original songs, Penny brings extraordinary lessons for life, simple, beautiful, profound and Penny always uses her voice for other people.

Penny’s Workshops:
“I will be bringing songs of hope and comfort to share with everyone, as well as songs that uplift the voices of people we might not otherwise hear from. We will make some new music together as well, as I talk you through ways into group songwriting and holding safe spaces for ‘I don’t know what sound might come out next!’ music making. Bring an open heart and expect some groovy rhythms and soothing sounds…”

From Penny’s Website:

“I am committed to working for peace and social and environmental justice, helping to free people’s voices through listening, singing, campaigning and writing. I write and perform music, as well as facilitating others music making, with the same aspiration of speaking honestly about the world around us in firm belief that another world is possible.”

About this Singing Mamas offer:

Singing Mamas is a national non-profit movement for maternal well-being.
Across the UK our members offer community groups, support spaces and on-prescription singing groups to women. We gather regularly to share our work with each other, to connect deeper to the practice of group singing and to our voices.

We offer singing retreats and family festivals to bring about celebration and we are thrilled to be hosting this very special masterclass weekend – open to all.
Su Hart and Penny Stone are pioneers in their work. They break ground, bringing treasures from afar. They are seekers of a supremely rich sources of singing traditions and they weave their discoveries into their own original works – each honouring the inspiration they find in other people and in other cultures.

This Masterclass has limited places.

£345 — Payment includes all meals, workshops and accommodation.

Spread the costs: One initial deposit of £115 followed by two further payments of £115 to be completed by 17th March 2022

*Payment plan will be arranged by direct debit, please let us know on check out if this is your preferred option.

We look forward to singing with you soon!


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