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“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away” – Pablo Picasso

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away” – Pablo Picasso

Why this training?

Space and support to find your authentic voice and unlock your potential to lead other women towards better wellbeing. This training is all about your individual journey from where you are right now to where you want to be.

Part one – Online
From the convenience of your own home, come together with other women over four evenings of live sessions. You will sing, share your story, make connections, have thought provoking discussions, and learn the practical steps to facilitate Group Singing sessions.

Part two – Retreat
Immerse yourself in song over a 3-day weekend of nourishing food and great company set in a beautiful location. You’ll leave bursting with new songs to chair and having experienced leading and taking part in the Singing Mamas approach.

Part three – One to one
Brush up on some of the theory behind the practice in online tutorials and put together your individual development plan with the support of a mentor and the wider network.

Why this training?

Space and support to find your authentic voice and unlock your potential to lead other women towards better wellbeing. This training is all about your individual journey from where you are right now to where you want to be.

Part one – Online
From the convenience of your own home, come together with other women over four evenings of live sessions. You will sing, share your story, make connections, have thought provoking discussions, and learn the practical steps to facilitate Group Singing sessions.

Part two – Retreat
Immerse yourself in song over a 3-day weekend of nourishing food and great company set in a beautiful location. You’ll leave bursting with new songs to chair and having experienced leading and taking part in the Singing Mamas approach.

Part three – One to one
Brush up on some of the theory behind the practice in online tutorials and put together your individual development plan with the support of a mentor and the wider network.

From an early age our singing voices are judged and as women, we can be discouraged from speaking out and making ourselves heard. Stepping into leadership can be scary.

It requires courage to use your voice to lead others, but when you model courage you inspire and empower other women to do the same. That’s part of the magic of Singing Mamas.

“Courage is contagious”
– Brene Brown

“Courage is contagious”
– Brene Brown

From an early age our singing voices are judged and as women, we can be discouraged from speaking out and making ourselves heard. Stepping into leadership can be scary.

It requires courage to use your voice to lead others, but when you model courage you inspire and empower other women to do the same. That’s part of the magic of Singing Mamas.

Who is this for?

Women everywhere. Really! Some of our leaders arrive with no background in music wanting to learn the basics and others are experienced teachers / musicians needing to reconnect with their values and purpose.

This training is about each individual’s journey whatever their starting point. If our ethos resonates and you have the desire, then you can do this! Let us show you how.

Who is this for?

We’re after good people, with a love of community and inclusiveness. We need women with compassion for others and a desire to connect and bring people together. And most importantly we’re after individuals who love to sing and who’ll help us realise our vision of bringing the joy of singing to women everywhere.

Our leaders range from total beginner to musical genius! Like our choirs, we celebrate our diversity and we are inclusive. We gently hold the moment and let the singing make the magic. If you have the desire…then you can do it. It’s a simple YES!

5 gifts of Singing Mamas training

  • Experience – You will spend time experiencing and reflecting on how wellbeing can be enhanced through singing and get real teaching experience and feedback in a safe and supportive space.
  • Wellbeing – Your fully catered retreat will give you the time and space to invest in your wellbeing and have all of your needs taken care of.
  • Connection – You’ll develop deep connections with a network of other Singing Mamas leaders who can offer support, advice and encouragement
  • Knowledge – You’ll have access to a training manual and online tutorials based on decades of experience in leading Singing Mamas groups. There’s everything from safeguarding and self-employment advice, to how to manage loud children at a group.
  • Material – You will leave the retreat weekend having learnt a minimum of 20 new songs to add to your repertoire. You’ll also be sent a copy of ‘A Songbook for Everyone’ with an additional 25 songs written by Singing Mamas leaders.

5 gifts of Singing Mamas training

  • Experience – You will spend time experiencing and reflecting on how wellbeing can be enhanced through singing and get real teaching experience and feedback in a safe and supportive space.
  • Wellbeing – Your fully catered retreat will give you the time and space to invest in your wellbeing and have all of your needs taken care of.
  • Connection – You’ll develop deep connections with a network of other Singing Mamas leaders who can offer support, advice and encouragement
  • Knowledge – You’ll have access to a training manual and online tutorials based on decades of experience in leading Singing Mamas groups. There’s everything from safeguarding and self-employment advice, to how to manage loud children at a group.
  • Material – You will leave the retreat weekend having learnt a minimum of 20 new songs to add to your repertoire. You’ll also be sent a copy of ‘A Songbook for Everyone’ with an additional 25 songs written by Singing Mamas leaders.

Discover how training with us will change lives, starting with your own

Discover how training with us will change lives, starting with your own

“A heart and soul experience through singing and sharing. Kate is straight, trustable and passionate about transmitting. Her training is a blessing.”

SYLVIE BOCQUET  /  FOUNDER OF CŒUR VERS CORPS

“A heart and soul experience through singing and sharing. Kate is straight, trustable and passionate about transmitting. Her training is a blessing.”

SYLVIE BOCQUET
FOUNDER OF CŒUR VERS CORPS

Face to Face training dates / 2021 & 2022

●  OCTOBER 8th-11th 2021  /  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK

●  NOVEMBER 19th-21st 2021  /  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK
 Online Part -Tuesday evenings x 4 starting Oct 19th 19.30 pm – 21.30 pm

●  FEBRUARY 18th-20th 2022  /  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK
Online Part -Tuesday evenings x 4 starting Jan 18th 19.30 pm – 21.30 pm

●  APRIL 22nd-24th 2022  /  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK

●  JULY 8th-10th 2022  /  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK

●  NOVEMBER 11th-13th 2022  /  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK

●  TBC  /  North of England Training

Investment

£525 — Payment includes all accommodation, all meals, training sessions, song book and training materials. Requires payment in full or a small deposit and then remainder of the balance payable 30 days before the online training commences.

Spread the cost: –£50 per month over 12 months (£600) — Payment for the online training and the weekend retreat. Including all accommodation, all meals, training sessions, song book and training materials.

Face to Face training dates / 2021 & 2022

●  OCTOBER 8th-11th 2021  /  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK

●  NOVEMBER 19th-21st 2021  /  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK

●  FEBRUARY 18th-20th 2022  /  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK

●  APRIL 22nd-24th 2022  /  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK

●  JULY 8th-10th 2022  /  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK

●  NOVEMBER 11th-13th 2022  /  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK

●  TBC  /  North of England Training

Investment

£525 — Payment includes all accommodation, all meals, training sessions, song book and training materials. Requires payment in full or a small deposit and then remainder of the balance payable 30 days before the online training commences.

Spread the cost: –£50 per month over 12 months (£600) — Payment for the online training and the weekend retreat. Including all accommodation, all meals, training sessions, song book and training materials.

About Kate Valentine

Kate is a registered nurse who has grown and developed the Singing Mamas movement for over a decade, reaching thousands of women. She is gifted in nurturing people, noticing the unique gifts in each woman, teasing them out, allowing people to feel their worth, find their voice and take their place as a leader.

About Kate Valentine

Kate is a registered nurse who has grown and developed the Singing Mamas movement for over a decade, reaching thousands of women. She is gifted in nurturing people, noticing the unique gifts in each woman, teasing them out, allowing people to feel their worth, find their voice and take their place as a leader.

“It was beautiful. Kate is a wise and compassionate teacher and brought out the best in everyone there. All our lovely connections and sharing were made possible by the environment she created.”

RACHEL HOLMES  /  CARE HOME ACTIVITY COORDINATOR

“It was beautiful. Kate is a wise and compassionate teacher and brought out the best in everyone there. All our lovely connections and sharing were made possible by the environment she created.”

RACHEL HOLMES
CARE HOME ACTIVITY COORDINATOR

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Singing Mamas Choir only for mums?

No! We welcome all women, any age and any life phase. When a new group starts, it’s usually mainly attracted to women with young babies, but not always. After a while with the group established, women will start coming without children which will then attract other women, often older women with grown-up children, flown the nest, and also women who aren’t mothers but want to be around women and children. Our leaders decide what kind of group they wish to promote, that may even be an adult-only session, and that’s fine too.

I like singing but what if I’m not good enough to lead others?

Come. You’ll be in the company of other women, also nervous, also uncertain. You are welcome and you’ll be a valued participant. The training is held in a way that promotes absolute inclusivity for women who have NO experience of this work. You won’t be exposed, ever. You will be guided until you are comfortable and ready to have a go. You will be encouraged and supported to find your courage.

At the very least, you will leave nourished, with new skills and ready to explore the possibility of sharing what you’ve learned with other women. With terror and nerves around singing, you will be representative of many, many women. Out from your desire to sing with others, step forward from this place and you will inspire so many others to do the same as you.

I'm already a musician and/or choir leader. Will I learn anything new? Will I be overqualified for this training?

Not only will you learn a ton of new songs for your choir, but you’ll also explore how to integrate NHS wellbeing frameworks into your practice You’ll have the time and space to pause and reflect on your values and purpose as a singing leader and give some much needed attention to your own wellbeing.

I already run a mum’s choir, what's in it for me?

Excellent question! Well, we’re hoping that somewhere along the way you have heard about our work with NHS prescribers? We are starting to provide therapeutic choirs to women in need, referred to our Singing Mamas Choir-Community Interest Company. This is an ongoing project for our network and alongside our pilot studies, we are gathering a large group of choir leaders to deliver this work. We would love to bring you in under our umbrella of SMC to join us on this project.

The key to the success of socially-prescribed Singing Mamas groups is the standardisation of our therapeutic session. Our therapeutic choirs are expertly designed and delivered by our most experienced leaders. We would love to welcome you into this work to enable us to reach even more women with singing. This community outreach work is at the heart of our mission.

Will I be given any teaching resources?

Yes, you’ll receive a copy of ‘A Song Book for Everyone: Songline Edition’ by Singing Mamas Choir and you’ll learn dozens of new songs during the training itself. The songs that our leaders share in their choir sessions are varied and they tend to be songs that reflect the collective experience of what it is to be a woman and mother. We encourage our leaders to sing what they love and if pop is your flavour, you’ll find plenty of short versions of well-known pop songs to teach, by ear, specially created to be a simple harmony song.

Many of our leaders have gone on to write material that they have shared within the network. Our members especially love to sing these songs. We supply a huge resource list of songs, the problem won’t be that you don’t have enough, it’ll be that you have too many to choose from!

Can I call myself a leader after the two-part training?

Yes! We have learned, through giving training to over 70 women, that we are all entitled to be song sharers if we have a song that we wish to share… that’s where we start. You will leave the training with a pocket full of songs and a network of colleagues for support. You’ll be ready to gather your community together and start. You will surprise yourself, for sure.

Am I expected to start a Singing Mamas group after the training?

Not at all. You might just want take the learning back into your existing work or set up a group for mums under your own branding and that’s fine. We want as many women as possible to benefit from this work and we’re not precious about what it’s called. If you do want to start a Singing Mamas group in your community then we can support you to do that every step of the way.

Are there any other costs after the training?

That’s up to you. Singing Mamas run a membership scheme for our leaders that costs between £5 – 25 per month. Depending on what level of membership you choose you will be offered invitations to free monthly song-sharing sessions, insurance for your groups, policies to help you safeguard and risk asses your work and even the opportunity to access local funding to offer free sessions to disadvantaged women. You are under no obligation to join the membership and you won’t be pressured at all. Its completely your call and we’ll support you on whatever path you take.

Is Singing Mamas a franchise?

Absolutely not! We’re a non-profit movement, committed to improving the wellbeing of other women through singing. We don’t promote any ‘set’ way of running groups or ask leaders to work in any fixed way. We trust in the unique skills and abilities of each of our leaders to deliver singing groups in a way that works for their communities. We choose to come together under the ‘Singing Mamas’ umbrella because we recognise the power of the collective, both to influence change and to offer support to the changemakers.

What about women who aren’t cisgender?

Singing Mamas are absolutely inclusive of any person who has lived experience as a woman. That includes trans-women, people who identify as gender fluid or non-binary. Our focus on women is about addressing inequality and discrimination and we can’t achieve that without welcoming all lived experience.

If Singing Mamas is a non-profit, does that mean I have to run groups for free?

Not at all. Our group leaders can charge fees for their groups and earn a living from delivering this work. Not-for-profit means we calculate the full cost of delivering the work (including a leaders’ admin time, prep time, training, travel expenses etc) at an appropriate hourly rate. If a leaders’ earnings were to surpass the full cost of delivery then they would be asked to donate the excess profits back into the organisation, but the standard charges for groups combined with the expenses incurred means that happens vary rarely (after all bigger groups with bigger earnings mean more admin).

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Singing Mamas Choir only for mums?

No! We welcome all women, any age and any life phase. When a new group starts, it’s usually mainly attracted to women with young babies, but not always. After a while with the group established, women will start coming without children which will then attract other women, often older women with grown-up children, flown the nest, and also women who aren’t mothers but want to be around women and children. Our leaders decide what kind of group they wish to promote, that may even be an adult-only session, and that’s fine too.

I like singing but what if I’m not good enough to lead others?

Come. You’ll be in the company of other women, also nervous, also uncertain. You are welcome and you’ll be a valued participant. The training is held in a way that promotes absolute inclusivity for women who have NO experience of this work. You won’t be exposed, ever. You will be guided until you are comfortable and ready to have a go. You will be encouraged and supported to find your courage.

At the very least, you will leave nourished, with new skills and ready to explore the possibility of sharing what you’ve learned with other women. With terror and nerves around singing, you will be representative of many, many women. Out from your desire to sing with others, step forward from this place and you will inspire so many others to do the same as you.

I'm already a musician and/or choir leader. Will I learn anything new? Will I be overqualified for this training?

Not only will you learn a ton of new songs for your choir, but you’ll also explore how to integrate NHS wellbeing frameworks into your practice You’ll have the time and space to pause and reflect on your values and purpose as a singing leader and give some much needed attention to your own wellbeing.

I already run a mum’s choir, what's in it for me?

Excellent question! Well, we’re hoping that somewhere along the way you have heard about our work with NHS prescribers? We are starting to provide therapeutic choirs to women in need, referred to our Singing Mamas Choir-Community Interest Company. This is an ongoing project for our network and alongside our pilot studies, we are gathering a large group of choir leaders to deliver this work. We would love to bring you in under our umbrella of SMC to join us on this project.

The key to the success of socially-prescribed Singing Mamas groups is the standardisation of our therapeutic session. Our therapeutic choirs are expertly designed and delivered by our most experienced leaders. We would love to welcome you into this work to enable us to reach even more women with singing. This community outreach work is at the heart of our mission.

Will I be given any teaching resources?

Yes, you’ll receive a copy of ‘A Song Book for Everyone: Songline Edition’ by Singing Mamas Choir and you’ll learn dozens of new songs during the training itself. The songs that our leaders share in their choir sessions are varied and they tend to be songs that reflect the collective experience of what it is to be a woman and mother. We encourage our leaders to sing what they love and if pop is your flavour, you’ll find plenty of short versions of well-known pop songs to teach, by ear, specially created to be a simple harmony song.

Many of our leaders have gone on to write material that they have shared within the network. Our members especially love to sing these songs. We supply a huge resource list of songs, the problem won’t be that you don’t have enough, it’ll be that you have too many to choose from!

Can I call myself a leader after the two-part training?

Yes! We have learned, through giving training to over 70 women, that we are all entitled to be song sharers if we have a song that we wish to share… that’s where we start. You will leave the training with a pocket full of songs and a network of colleagues for support. You’ll be ready to gather your community together and start. You will surprise yourself, for sure.

Am I expected to start a Singing Mamas group after the training?

Not at all. You might just want take the learning back into your existing work or set up a group for mums under your own branding and that’s fine. We want as many women as possible to benefit from this work and we’re not precious about what it’s called. If you do want to start a Singing Mamas group in your community then we can support you to do that every step of the way.

Are there any other costs after the training?

That’s up to you. Singing Mamas run a membership scheme for our leaders that costs between £5 – 25 per month. Depending on what level of membership you choose you will be offered invitations to free monthly song-sharing sessions, insurance for your groups, policies to help you safeguard and risk asses your work and even the opportunity to access local funding to offer free sessions to disadvantaged women. You are under no obligation to join the membership and you won’t be pressured at all. Its completely your call and we’ll support you on whatever path you take.

Is Singing Mamas a franchise?

Absolutely not! We’re a non-profit movement, committed to improving the wellbeing of other women through singing. We don’t promote any ‘set’ way of running groups or ask leaders to work in any fixed way. We trust in the unique skills and abilities of each of our leaders to deliver singing groups in a way that works for their communities. We choose to come together under the ‘Singing Mamas’ umbrella because we recognise the power of the collective, both to influence change and to offer support to the changemakers.

What about women who aren’t cisgender?

Singing Mamas are absolutely inclusive of any person who has lived experience as a woman. That includes trans-women, people who identify as gender fluid or non-binary. Our focus on women is about addressing inequality and discrimination and we can’t achieve that without welcoming all lived experience.

If Singing Mamas is a non-profit, does that mean I have to run groups for free?

Not at all. Our group leaders can charge fees for their groups and earn a living from delivering this work. Not-for-profit means we calculate the full cost of delivering the work (including a leaders’ admin time, prep time, training, travel expenses etc) at an appropriate hourly rate. If a leaders’ earnings were to surpass the full cost of delivery then they would be asked to donate the excess profits back into the organisation, but the standard charges for groups combined with the expenses incurred means that happens vary rarely (after all bigger groups with bigger earnings mean more admin).

Step into courage and find your authentic voice.
It’s time.

Step into courage and find your authentic voice. It’s time.

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