SINGING IN THE WILD with Martha Tilston and Andy Raingold
Fri 27th - Sun 29th SeptEMBER, Dartmoor National Park, Devon
Circle songs is a gathering for those looking to spark the magic that comes alive in the moment when creating with others in the natural world. Together, we create songs, words, harmonies and melodies which spontaneously arise and make us feel good. The result is the natural feeling of pleasure which arises as these sound vibrations resonate through our bodies and connect us more deeply with our beautiful environment. When we allow ourselves the joy of self-expression through our voice, it awakens parts of us that may well have been dormant for a long time.
What’s the aim?
Circle songs is a doorway into a wide-eyed sense of awe, wonder, absorption and delight in the here and now. It is somewhere you can lose yourself in song, community and creative exploration. It is a place where you can connect with your own rhythm, being inspired and rejuvenated by the natural world. And it is a place for human reconnection with the wild.
Away from 5G, wifi, to-do lists and distraction, you are invited to come alive to the true nature of your creative self, expressed for its own sake. Your imagination is invited to flow freely, unencumbered by self conscious fears of performance, judgment or pride.
The intention is actively taking part with a sense of togetherness. It is a perfection free zone. There is no such thing as “I cant sing”. Together, our creations are like an improvised musical jam. Every moment is different, unique and has its own special, undefinable quality. There is no specialist performer. We are all equal and all have a unique voice to share.
WHAT is in store?
The weekend will include invitations for:
Exploring our own curiosities and co-creating together, sharing our songs, gifts, words and inspirations.
Workshops on song writing and poetry.
Experiences and adventures to connect deeply with the natural world
Cooking and eating together, including a very special woodland banquet.
Solo time sitting in the wild and listening to natural harmonies.
Open space where someone may offer to lead a walk foraging for stories or songs, while others might initiate a fireside to craft some natural instruments.
So much that can never be pre-planned – such as creating a woodland orchestra, sleeping out under the stars, jamming sessions throughout the day and singing sweet serenades to weeping willows under the stillness of moonlight.
WHAT WILL I come away with?
We hope to touch the state of creative flow so closely linked to happiness and contentment, and to being fully present in the natural world. It feels that now, more than ever, we must be deeply and intimately connected with nature – for both the healing of ourselves and the world of which we are part. Song and voice is a gateway to this.
The aim is that you will come away feeling:
Resourced, rejuvenated and reinspired – with bundles of creative energy to throw into your various life projects.
Fully alive, aware and present.
More intimately connected to your true self, others and the natural world.
With a voice like spiderwebbed hollows and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Martha and her band have built a large worldwide following and played on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and festivals. She has recorded and released several critically acclaimed albums, gained a nomination for BBC best newcomer, appeared as a guest vocalist for Zero 7, toured internationally and played with some of the world’s most inspiring musicians.
Andy is founder of Change in Nature which runs programmes in the wild to help people connect with themselves, others and the natural world. He also offers his skills internationally, and in 2017 ran a 2 month programme with indigenous communities in Namibia and a 2 week retreat for a "nomadic classroom" in the wilds of Sweden. He has written for the Guardian and been interviewed on BBC Newsnight, The Sunday Times, BBC Radio 4, The Independent and Guardian Environment Podcast.
Exclusive use of a wild and remote site in Dartmoor National Park, with cosy, covered spaces
Facilitated workshops and experiential practices to connect you with nature and your creativity
Freshly prepared, healthy and delicious vegetarian meals - all cooked over the open fire
Optional meditation and movement practices
Night-time songs and stories around the fire
Bottomless supplies of tea, coffee and tasty treats
A very special foraged feast
2 day digital detox
The world’s best woodland swing!
book now to get early bird rates
Arrivals are 5pm on Friday 27th September and departures 3pm on Sunday 29th September
Venue is a beautiful private 60 acre woodland near Minchinhampton, Devon. There will be shared taxis from Newton Abbot if you are taking the train. The train from London takes two and a half hours.
We do have a few bell tents if you would like a bit of luxury and everything set up for when you arrive. If you would like to book this option, select “standard” rate and booking.
Low income places
Subject to there being a sufficient number of standard rate bookings, we offer some concessionary places on our retreats. To help us provide these places, we invite you to lend us a hand in exchange for the reduction in participation costs. This can include arriving a bit earlier or leaving later to help with camp set up and pack down, or helping to cook dinner on the first night. You might also think of other ways to offer your skills and experience to support our work (such as photography). Please get in touch and let us know what might be possible.