Date: 8–10 Jun 2018
Details: 4pm Friday 8th June - 3pm Sunday 10th June
Location: Rydal Hall, Rydal, Ambleside. LA22 9LX
Run by: Keely Hodgson
Contact details: email@example.com
A residential weekend combining singing in harmony with rest, nurturing and inspiration in a beautiful retreat house in a stunning Cumbrian setting.
Keely has been leading singing retreats at Parcevall Hall, North Yorkshire since 2011. This will be her first time at Rydal Hall, the retreat and conference centre for the Church of England Diocese of Carlisle in the English Lake District. No previous singing experience or ability to read music is required: a varied repertoire of songs and rounds are sensitively taught using call and response.
Guests arrive late afternoon on the Friday and an evening meal is followed by introductions and a gentle sing. Saturday morning is divided into two singing sessions with a coffee break. After lunch, guests are free to relax: maybe go for a gentle stroll around the formal gardens and woods; or perhaps take a more rigorous walk around Rydal Water or climb to Rydal Cave and the nearby fells. William Wordsworth’s birthplace, Grasmere and Ambleside are within easy reach too. Afternoon tea is provided and followed by a singing session before the evening meal. A gentle night-sing is offered before guests retire to their rooms or socialise in the bar. Sunday morning’s sessions bring together the songs that have been learned and everything is rounded off with a hearty lunch and often more singing before departures! If weather permits, there will be opportunities to sing outdoors.
“Keely’s retreats provide enjoyable and inspirational singing sessions in a relaxed and non-threatening atmosphere. The learning by listening technique is fun and inclusive regardless of ability.” Denise Ledgerwood
“Each retreat is unique. When I sing a song, maybe months later, it reminds me of those who were there and the laughter we shared. ” J. Davidson