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UK VOCAL IMPROV FESTIVAL RETREAT 2023
October 18 - 22

 

The UK Vocal Improv Festival Retreat returned to its home Penny Brohn in the rolling hills outside of Bristol, for its second iteration. 

Following on from 2022's incredibly enriching gathering, 2023's event flowed with a profound ease and trust, true evidence of the growing maturity of our community and the know-how of the team behind the scenes. 

Exciting new additions included the Improv Bazaar, a self-organized space for participants to offer workshops and gather singers. We also trialed a new way for participants to sign up to facilitators' workshops, offering a greater degree of flexibility and spontaneity. Our attempt to hold a nighttime sing around the fire was somewhat foiled by a hearty downpour, but we soldiered on and ended up co-creating a deeply resonant and moving collective song ritual by candlelight in the Garden Room.

 

There were many special moments, many memories made. We are so grateful to all the humans that made this second endeavour possible. The practice of vocal improv invites us to steep ourselves in the minutiae of collaboration - deep listening, feeling, vulnerability, trust, and presence. For four days we practiced, we sang, we moved, we cried, we laughed, we lived into reality a beautiful community. Thank you. 

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Photography by Olumedia

Reflections from participants... 

"The whole retreat was simply mindblowingly amazing! It's been such a game changer for me. I went as one person, and came back as someone else entirely! Thank you so much! x"
about 80 people all gathered for a photo are raising their arms and hands and smiling
Programme

Programme

MORNING WARM-UPS

A range of optional body and voice warm-ups in different spaces, either self-led or with different leaders. Space for yoga, dance, meditation, choral warm-ups, and more.

CHECK-INS

Daily moments of small group connection to come together and check in with yourself and others around how you are doing and what is coming up.

IMPROV BAZAAR

A supported space to come together and decide what to explore and with whom. This is an in-the-moment marketplace of options to cater for spontaneity and responding to what you want to dive into, with facilitator-led, peer-led and co-created sessions.

CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE WORKSHOPS

Pre-selected, facilitator-led workshops which are chosen before the event. You will be able to state preferences so you can craft your experience to suit your interests.

EVENING CELEBRATIONS

A time for all the focus of the day to erupt in a joint celebration of our community. Expect performances from our experienced practitioners, cabaret, jamming, and some surprises!

OPENING & CLOSING CIRCLES

Gathering together as a whole group in ceremony to honour the transitions of arrival and departure.

LANDING MORNING

An opportunity to let the dust of travel and newness settle, focussing on arriving, connecting, and landing together in a small group setting.

WHOLE GROUP SESSIONS

Workshops which invite the whole group to gather together and play in large scale musical improvisation.

MAGICAL MYSTERY

Experiences which tap into the immersive, nature connection, ritualistic, magical, mystical realm…

 

think water, fire, sunrise, and more!

FREE-TIME

Quiet time, space to reflect, hang out, read a book, decompress, go for a walk, whatever you need to resource yourself.

Facilitators

Meet Our Facilitators
 

Kate Smith

KATE

SMITH

Jaka Škapin

JAKA

SKAPIN

Kate Mellors

KATE 

MELLORS