Songs from Silence 2023 - Open Singing Retreat

Thursday 24 August 2023 to Monday 28 August 2023
This event is no longer open for bookings

Led by: Moksayogin, Sraddhadipa, Jo Spence, Joe Hill and yoga/movement with Ruth Coutinho
Location: Frog Mill, nr. Throwleigh, Devon
Deposit amount: £50
Experience level: Open to all
Age group: Adults
Total suggested cost (including deposit): standard:£220, supported:£155, donation tier (helping others to come on retreat):£350

See our FAQ for an explanation of the deposit/ dana/ donation tier system. Please do read this is you think that you will not be able to afford the retreat or you are not sure about the deposit/dana/ donation tier system in any way. We have suggested donation amounts to guide you and they relate to what it costs us to run a retreat. However you are free to give as little or as much as befits your circumstances. 


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 has been involved in Buddhist sanghas since 2004, and was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order by Vessantara in 2022. In preparation for this retreat he is trying to do much less in life, and spend more time outdoors with birds and trees. He is currently reading around silence and listening, including the work of Maggie Ross and Peter Wilberg.

Sraddhadipa is currently living in Blaenau Ffestiniog where she enjoys walking, swimming and rowing. She also plays with art materials in relation to the elements and the ever-changing environment of Snowdownia. She enjoys cultivating friendships in the sangha and in her local arts community and supports retreats mainly at Taraloka. Buddhafield was a wonderful part of her life in the late 90's early 00's and she looks forward to reconnecting with part of this community.. 

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.

Ruth has been practising yoga since 2012, and now teaches yoga for meditation at the LBC. She first discovered Buddhafield in 2015, regularly volunteers on Buddhafield retreats, and is happiest when in a tent, practising on the land and singing with others in circles.


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 (The Post Inn) for this retreat.