Growing Harmony July

3–7 Jul 2020 / Somerset


Date: 3–7 Jul 2020

Cost: £470 - £945

Location: EarthSpirit Centre, near Glastonbury, Somerton



Run by: Ali Burns

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Delighted to be hosting this very special event at the wonderful (award winning) Earth Spirit Centre. The singing space is a beautiful long barn with oak timbers and stone walls. The feeling is medieval, but with modern comforts such as under-floor heating and a large woodstove. The high roof and skylights create a light, airy atmosphere and a great acoustic for singing.

The food is high quality vegetarian: fresh and home cooked. The centre also has lovely rooms to relax in; a meditation room; and a hot-tub.

Earth Spirit is situated just five miles from Glastonbury, on the edge of Compton Dundon village in Somerset, EarthSpirit lies within the ‘temenos’ (sacred enclosure) of Avalon.
The beautiful landscape lies between two nature reserves; and just two minutes walk from St Andrew’s church, which has within its cemetery a yew tree of 1,800 years old. The seventeenth century farm buildings have been restored and specially converted for use as a venue. They are set within seven acres of fields and gardens.

The Teachers
This team of Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, Kate Howard and Ali Burns have been working together almost every year since 2002 and bring a huge weight of knowledge and skill to their teaching. Peter Amidon is renowned in the USA and increasingly the UK for his stunning choral arrangements for secular, interfaith and church choirs and works alongside Mary Alice to teach his material. They share a background in Americana: shape-note, gospel, spirituals, contemporary folk and are consummate teachers and performers. Kate Howard is a great curator of unusual music from different world traditions and brings not only her huge repertoire of warm-ups but knowledge of vocal technique needed for singing various world music. Ali Burns has been composing for the community choir sector since the early 1990s and has written many songs that have become favourites in the repertoire of choirs across the UK and USA.

Accommodation at EarthSpirit Centre
Choose your accommodation according to your budget and space requirements; a variety of rooms can be booked from single en-suite facilities to dorm-style shared accommodation.  Prices vary depending on choice, all prices are per person.  Please specify your accommodation choice when paying your deposit – we will do our best to match. If you want to share a room with a friend please let us know who when you book.

  • En-suite room: Twin £515 per person; as a single £845
  • Ensuite room with wifi, kitchenette, sofa, bath: Twin £515 per person, as a single £945
  • Twin room with shared bathroom: upstairs room in main building with basin: Twin £470 per person; as a single £815
  • Basic single room with shared bathroom in Dairy Barn: single £570
  • Basic twin room with shared bathroom in Dairy Barn: twin £470
  • Dormitory: 7 bed dorm (no bunks) with attached toilet and spacious shower room: £470
  • Camping: bring your own camper van, caravan or tent. The camping field has compost toilets and showers: £440

Non residential: 4 day price £375 includes all meals, tea and coffee. For now, until we can see how the course is booking up, this is the only non-residential deal available. However nearer the date we may be able to accommodate people who just want to come along for 1 or 2 days (non-residential only).

First come, first choice on the bedrooms except for the Barn dormitory where we’ll allocate it to either men or women depending on who books first.

To book your place on this course, please pay a £100 deposit and complete the registration details.  The administrator for the course will then be in touch and find out what kind of accommodation you’d prefer. Your deposit is refundable minus £30 for admin until 8th May 2020 and thereafter by negotiation.  In the unlikely event that we are unable to accept your booking, your deposit will be refunded or may be transferred if you wish to attend another similar event.  The balance must be paid in full by 5th June 2020.