SINGING IN THE WILD with Martha Tilston and Andy Raingold
Fri 27th - Sun 29th SeptEMBER, Dartmoor National Park, Devon
Circle songs is a new collaboration between Andy Raingold and Martha Tilston - an exquisite blend of nature immersion and free flowing creative expression. We offer you a doorway into awe, wonder and delight in the here and now. Somewhere you can lose yourself in song, community and creative exploration. A place where you can connect with your own rhythm, while being inspired and rejuvenated by the natural world.
Together we will create songs, words, harmonies and melodies - allowing sounds that feel good to spontaneously arise. Our creative expression will flow freely, unencumbered by self-conscious fears of performance, judgment or pride. We are all about participation and a sense of togetherness. A perfection free zone, where there is no such thing as “I can’t sing”. Together, our creations will be like an improvised musical jam. Every moment is different, unique and has its own special, undefinable quality. There is no specialist or expert performer. We are all equal and all have a unique voice to share.
Away from 5G, wifi, to-do lists and distractions, we will bask in the joy of creative self-expression and awaken parts of ourselves that may have lain dormant for a long time.
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 re-inspired – with bundles of creative energy to throw into your various life projects
Fully alive, aware and present
More intimately connected to your 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
There are only a limited number of places so that we create an intimate experience, so book early to guarantee your place.
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.