Songs from Silence 2023 - Open Singing Retreat

Thursday 24 August 2023 to Monday 28 August 2023

Led by: Moksayogin, Sraddhadipa, Jo Spence and Joe Hill
Location: Frog Mill, nr. Throwleigh, Devon
Deposit amount: £50
Total suggested cost (including deposit): £350 donation/ £220 standard/ £155 supported (see our FAQ for an explanation of the deposit/ dana system) 
Experience level: Open to all
Age group: Adults

Starting with the premise that vibration is the beginning of all things, this retreat will explore how we might work and play with sound, resonance, vibration and the voice as Dharma practice. Together, we will explore how harmony singing and vocal play can support us to come into deeper relationship with ourselves, each other and the land. How, when we sing, are we responding to the particular place in which we find ourselves? And how does it respond to us? How might singing with a sense of ourselves as vibrating bodies within a landscape support us to feel at home here? And how might singing together help open us to an experience of enchantment, a receptivity to the vibrant aliveness of all things?

As well as voice work, there will be meditation, ritual and periods of silence. We’ll learn beautiful songs in harmony, and we’ll work and play with the voice and sound as explorative practices. All welcome – no singing or meditation experience necessary. All songs will be taught by ear so you don’t need to be able to read music. 


Leader Bios

Moksayogin (ex Keval Shah) has been practising the Dharma since the age of 16. He works for the Karuna Trust as a Development Project Manager. His name means ‘He who practises for liberation’.

Sraddhadipa… coming soon. 

Jo is a singer, musician, voice leader, Mitra and coordinator of the Dharma Parlour at Buddhafield festival. She wrote her Master’s thesis on the experience of enchantment through ritual practice, and is interested in the convergence points between these themes and voice work, her greatest love. She leads a Balkan choir in Totnes.

Joe is the bass leader of Bristol’s Murmuration Choir, and a Mitra who has had the joy of leading songs around the Buddhafield fire for a decade. Inspired by the likes of Helen Yeomans, Nickomo and Susie Ro, his ‘Eros’ can’t be more perfectly articulated than understanding the Dharma through voice and harmony.


Things to note

  • We have an extensive Retreat FAQ page here. Please read this thoroughly and, if you have a question that isn’t answered, get in touch. 
  • If you are bringing a vehicle to a retreat and it is staying onsite, you need to buy a vehicle pass. This helps us to manage the number of vehicles on our sites as space is very limited. Please do not bring a vehicle if the relevant pass is sold out. Please liftshare where possible or use public transport. We offer pick up from Whiddon Down bus stop for this retreat.