Dates: 25 May – 01 June 2019
Location: Umbria, Italy
Small group: Maximum 10
Limited numbers, unlimited possibilities.
Price: £2190 (per person)
Based on two sharing a twin/double room
Single Supplement: £290
Double room, single occuupancy
Group and Individual singing and yoga
Three hours of group singing every morning
One and a half hours of group yoga each morning
Two, one-to-one singing lessons (optional)
One, one-to-one yoga bodywork session (optional)
Outstanding private accommodation in rural Umbria.
Delicious healthy eating, infinity pool and balmy, Italian evenings.
All meals (and wine with dinner), transfers and tuition
With only five countries holding 70% of the world’s last wildernesses, it seems ever more precious and important these days to find your own slice of peace and seclusion. A place to get away from it all and to indulge in something that’s just for you. Something that makes you breathe deep and smile wide. Somewhere to turn off the noise and turn on the ‘gioia della vita’.
One of our must-haves on a Singing Holidays Retreat is the perfect nest in which to hole up. A cosy home from home, where you feel immediately at ease and safe in the company. Positioned on a wooded hill, deep in the Umbrian countryside, we’ve chosen a restored farmhouse with uninterrupted views, zero light pollution, no noise and clean air. Add to that designer interiors, infinity swimming pool and lush terraced gardens and you have quite a combination to soak up and snuggle into.
Our seven nights will run as follows: A full morning group singing session will commence with a vocal warm-up before learning a new style of music or perhaps expanding on a tradition you’ve already had experience with. Whether you’ve been singing in front of theatre drapes for years, or pinned behind the shower curtain for decades, this is a fully-inclusive holiday designed to develop your passion, zap your stress and boost your confidence.
Not only will there be three hours of singing each morning but there’ll also be group bodywork before breakfast with British Wheel of Yoga teacher Témi. Témi’s sessions are designed to support your singing by focusing on breath and posture. A further hour of group singing in the evening plus individual singing lessons (optional) will complete a typical day.
Of course, we’ll be eating the very best food Italy has to offer! When we aren’t venturing out to superb local eateries, the wonderful Simonetta (the embodiment of the Italian Mamma!) will be serving up some of her favourite recipes back at base, all washed down with the local, biodynamic wine.
There is a certain intangible magic on a Singing Retreat. Maybe it’s the accommodation and that private slice of dreamy, out-the-way luxury or perhaps it’s simply sipping those seemingly tastier G&Ts while watching the sun go down. Maybe it’s just something that comes from the music, the food or from Italy itself. For us though, it’s simply the warmth and intimate connection between people who just LOVE to sing.
Private slice of dreamy luxury
Our fabulous accommodation is a recently restored large Umbrian farmhouse… perfect for a truly relaxing, singing retreat in the “green heart” of Italy. The house has many original and traditional features, combined with modern design and luxury fittings. Take original stonework, terracotta floors, exposed beams, open fireplaces and a “hear a pin drop” location and mix this with polished concrete, a stunning modern stainless steel kitchen, luxury bathrooms and an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven… and you have a perfect place to enjoy a glorious week of singing.
Fundamentally this is an extremely spacious yet cosy family home with multiple inside and outdoor living areas where you can always find the perfect place to wind down and totally relax.
Like the Generation Game conveyor belt, there’s a long list of goodies available if you fancy some alternative physical activity: a stunning 20m heated infinity pool, a tennis court, boules, table tennis and miles and miles of official “tracks” perfect for walking to name just a few.
PG, Umbria Italy
EVERYTHING was done well. Nothing was too much trouble for Alex and Temi. The whole experience was really enjoyable and left me feeling so happy.I can’t wait to go on my next singing holiday!
'A memorable holiday!'
Singing by the beautiful Weißensee with the warm and hugely talented Unthanks delivered all that I’ve come to expect from holidays with Alex and Temi: a lovely setting, infectious good humour and the pleasure of music-making led by exceptional and delightful musicians. Throw into the mix an evening performance with local singers leading to a laughter-filled exchange of songs stretching into the wee hours and I’m left with memories of one of the most joyful experiences of my musical life.
Small is beautiful
We think it’s the little things in life that matter the most. That’s why we only take small groups on our singing holidays. We want you to eat in tiny restaurants where mamma still cooks the food and stay in cosy, exquisite nests that feel like home.
We want you to get the maximum from every opportunity – from the incredibly talented professionals who teach you right through to the inspirational performance spaces that might otherwise be inaccessible.
A small group allows us to focus on the little details that can make all the difference and on you as an individual rather than just a face in the crowd. Most importantly though, a small group engenders a warmth and intimate connection between ‘friends’ who just LOVE to sing.