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EarthSings 2014 - Singing for Unity and Wellbeing

with special guest Kathy Bullock, Nana Mzhavanadze, Fiona Mackenzie, Girish, and Susie Prater

Special Event
12–19 April 2014

Our commitment to singing as a path of healing, celebration and union through spirit is the impetus for the Foundation to again host an EarthSings conference.

Through harmony singing, mantra chanting, devotional and community singing in nature, we intend to create a healing field within which we can achieve transformation through song. As Ella Fitzgerald once said, "The only thing better than singing is more singing."

After the phenomenal success of our EarthSings conference in the Spring of 2013, we are back again with the incredible teacher and performer Kathy Bullock, who shares from the African American tradition. Kathy has the ability to inspire and motivate people and she brings the audience quickly to their feet.

Our other guest teachers/performers are:

Hosted by Peter Vallance with local song teachers Bill Henderson, Kate O'Connell and Barbara Swetina, the conference will feature daytime workshops, participatory events and evening concerts.

Income related price £1010 / £770 / £630

Includes 7 nights accommodation and all meals.

Please note:
We are also offering an option to participate in this event
non-residentially for a fixed price of £250, which includes all the sessions and refreshments, but excludes accommodation and meals.


Festival of Sacred Dance, Music & Song

This course does not require previous participation in an Experience Week.

with special guest Piry Krakow

plus Susanne Anders Bartholomäi, Bill Henderson, Kate O'Connell, Rory O'Connell, Laura Shannon, Barbara Swetina, Peter Vallance and musician Kostantis Kourmadias.

12–18 July 2014

Sacred/Circle Dance brings together traditional dances from around the world with contemporary choreographies. This year our special guest is Piry Krakow who conveys the dignity, power and grace of Roma dances through the music and its many-layered emotions. As traditional dances are always positioned within the context of the living culture of the people, she uses background information to enable a deeper understanding of the Roma culture. Piry has a strong connection with Eastern Europe through her Hungarian roots and currently her most important teacher is Sani Rifati from Kosovo.

Teacher Laura Shannon has 25 years' experience worldwide with her pioneering approach to traditional dance as a tool for healing and transformation. Together with Kostantis Kourmadias providing live music with saz, violin and vocals, she will offer traditional Greek and Balkan ritual; dances, focusing on the symbol and healing energy contained within them.

Susanne Anders Bartholomäi will share a daily attunement with DanceMeditation, which allows us to become fully present and aware of the body while focusing the mind and opening the heart.

The Festival dances range from joyful and fun to inward-looking and meditative and provide a channel for spiritual harmony and growth. Findhorn has been home to these dances for more than 30 years and we continue to share their transformational and healing power.

In addition to the daily dance workshops there's the chance to participate in the Festival Choir with Barbara Swetina, learning a range of international songs with a focus on creating beautiful harmonies and well being (learn by ear / no experience needed), or the Orchestra which learns dance music with Bill Henderson (bring an instrument!). Together these groups provide music for the final night's community dance and celebration.

Peter Vallance will be teaching evenings with the other guest teachers and holding the Scottish Ceilidh Dance. Barbara Swetina will be holding the Taizé service on Sunday morning.

Dancing to live music is an important part of the Festival experience and evenings will feature the O'Connell's Band, the Indian Bhajan Band, Kicky Anderberg and Band and other musicians.

Income related price  £1040 / £820 / £680

Includes 7 nights accommodation and all meals.

Early Bird Price
We are offering early bird prices of £940 / £720 / £590 for this event if booked and paid for in full before 1 April 2014.