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  • Apr




    18:30 to 16:30

    › The Musical Body Autumn Retreat

    Location: 189 dons road  3442  , newham - Open in Google Maps -

    The Musical Body Autumn Retreat @The Singing Shack

    “An empowered rich experience that alters your world for the better. Knowing and working with Charlotte has allowed me to grow and deepen my personal connection with not just my music but myself as a human...The Musical Body gets your creative juices flowing." Caitlin Brown

    In the spirit of play and co-creation I invite you to join us in a nourishing and delectable weekend connecting to the spaces between life and music and cultivating vitality through improvised singing.

    Come and stay overnight at our family farm Jimjim Homestead and spend two days playing and dancing with sound in The Singing Shack. 

    "A bird does not sing because it has an answer,
    it sings because it has a song."
    - Maya Angelou

    The Newham Singing Shack and Jimjim Homestead
    Newham, Victoria. 
    (Address confirmed on registration)

    From 5pm Friday 26th April
    6.30pm dinner cooked by Charlotte 
    Meet for a group check-in and cup of tea by 8.30pm: 
    the retreat goes until Sunday 28th April 4.30pm.

    Over the two and a half days, we will play and investigate the connections between body, voice, breath, sound, silence, stillness, movement, text, music, life, space, place, people, imagination and improvisation. The camp will be a safe space with a responsive relationship to structure and change to allow everyone who attends to follow their unique interest and nourish their life, music, life-music and musical-life. Through The Musical Body process, we will develop ease, awareness, spontaneity, musicality, artistry and curiosity. 

    -Explore body-voice-breath connections
    -Move, play, co-create, feel, express, listen and respond
    -Develop musicality and listening
    -Connect to place, yourself and others
    -Take home tools for connection, self-care, singing, vocal play, creative music making, artistic and songwriting practices
    -Connect to and cultivate vitality, curiosity, joy and pleasure in body-voice-singing-playing-music making
    -Nourishment and ease in your body, voice, relationships and life.
    -Communication, play and reflection processes that build your artistic capacity and flow

    ~~PACK LIST~~
    Bring a pillow case, bottom sheet and sleeping bag, your favourite instrument, food (see notes below about sharing cooking), journal, drink bottle and curiosity.

    We will organise the sharing of bringing and preparing meals in pairs prior to the camp. We will also (in most cases) share rooms with one other person or there is also space to camp.
    From the kitchen, there is a stunning view of the back hill; where the kangaroos love to hang-out at dawn and dusk, and from the fire-place living room; there's a view of Hanging Rock and Mt. Macedon.

    or 04325504560 with any questions or to register
    $280 early-bird if paid before 6th April
    $300 after that
    Payment plans are available.
    Please be in touch smile
    Numbers limited 

    You might be curious about your body-voice-music, you might have doubts/or a strong belief about whether or not you are a singer or creative person. You may sing only in the shower and fear you are tone-deaf or be convinced you can't sing. You might be a professional musician interested to develop, discover and connect with wonder, flow, play and creativity or to improve on particular skills in song-writing, musicality, performance and/or voice. And/or you may be a therapist, teacher, carer, parent, free spirit, explorer or person interested to explore your creative body-voice.

    “Charlotte’s work is essential for the beginner through to the professional musician… has equipped me with tools around presence, belief and healing through my music” Liana Pearl

    The Singing Shack has a resident emu "Emoo" and she loves to be near us and call to us in her deep 'bomp bomp'. It is a very special place for me, because my mum Penny (with her own two hands) converted it from a shed in 2017 to be an artist's retreat/home for me and The Musical Body. She did it as a surprise during a very difficult time in my life and health: where my artistic and facilitation practices were truly life-savers. It is well insulated, has gorgeous views and has some (clean!) carpet we dumpster-dived for at 'Carpet-Call' in Kyneton! It got its name partly because of the work I offer, but also, because at the first retreat, the wind would create musical notes through the cracks in the door (which are since covered up!)

    ~~MORE ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATION AT 'THE FARM' (Next door to The Singing Shack)~~
    Since around 1991, we would come up to the farm every weekend, and I indulged merrily in experimenting with my voice and with the environment around. The farm-house is surrounded by old trees and volcanic rock, bird song and interesting sounds that weaved in and through me in wonder and song. The past few years of retreats, we have all enjoyed sharing bunk rooms and camping at my parents home for two nights. Penny and Hilary are local leaders in the Newham Landcare community revegetation and conservation group and have really enjoyed sharing a meal, some music and meeting The Musical Body community. Over the weekend, you will be immersed in the fruits of many years' labour of love in the abundant Vegetable Garden, my Magical 18th B'day Fairy Garden, and The Folly Rose garden....also, the fruits of theirs and the communities extensive work to create a Koala Passageway between the Cobaw and Macedon Ranges and cultivate awareness and positive action for revegetation and conservation in the area. It is such a joy for me to share the warmth, cheekiness, generosity and beauty of my parents: along with their inspiring life-passion which all infiltrate merrily into the delightfulness of this time together.


    “Delightfully fun, deeply touching and highly recommended” Bec Apost, 2016

    “I have witnessed Charlotte create with everyone from babies to wise folk and everything in between… age is no barrier – everyone has a voice… An empowered rich experience that alters your world for the better. “ Caitlin Brown

    ~~~MORE INFO~~~
    Check out video of The Musical Body on Youtube