Singing Retreats

Since 2007, Turtle Dove has been offering singing retreats throughout Europe and North America. Known for creating a safe and welcoming space for every voice, each Turtle Dove workshop brings together compelling leaders with different repertoire and a shared passion for community singing.

Upcoming retreats


Jan 12-15, 2024

Singing Intensive with Brendan Taaffe at Basin Farm

Register here.

This weekend will focus on Brendan’s original compositions as well as gleanings from a year of musical travels in Ghana, Senegal, and the Occitan region of Southern France.

Cost: $275.

Note: the tuition does NOT include accommodation. There are many places to stay in Brattleboro and in Greenfield, Mass., which are roughly equidistant from Basin Farm. The tuition DOES include five meals.

Schedule: Friday night: social sing from 7:00 Saturday and Sunday: programming from 10 am-5 pm. Dinner at 6:30. Monday: programming from 10 am – 3 pm.

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August 12-18, 2024

Summer Singing Week with Ali Burns, John Harrison, and Brendan Taaffe

At Woolman Hill, Deerfield, Mass.

Register here.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL, BUT WE CAN TAKE NAMES FOR A WAIT LIST.

Since 2017, Ali, John, and I have been leading a week together every other summer, bringing together our original compositions and complimentary teaching styles to create a week of heartfelt singing and deepening community. We’ve been crisscrossing the Atlantic to offer this on both sides of the pond, and this coming year it is North America’s turn. We are delighted to be at Woolman Hill, just outside of Greenfield, Mass. Woolman Hill was significantly renovated during the pandemic and now features air conditioning and new mattresses throughout the main building.

Ali Burns is one of the most respected composers and songleaders in UK’s Natural Voice network and has been for decades. Her ability to craft music and lyrics that get directly to the heart of things without being saccharine is deeply impressive. John Harrison combines a lifetime of choral singing, decades of directing the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir, and a rock n’ roll youth to craft original choral pieces that are both complex and accessible, upbeat and heartfelt. Brendan Taaffe brings together a love of modern poetry with years of being steeped in traditional music in a body of choral pieces that are tender and lush, both rooted in and pushing at the edges of tradition.

Tuition: $1150 • Commuters: $900 • A $200 deposit is required to hold your spot.

Note: for British singers, we have an option for you to pay in Sterling. Please contact Brendan for details.


A Word about COVID-19

Because of our concern for the health of our communities, we are requiring that all singers be fully vaccinated. You will be asked to email a photo of your vaccination card as proof. In addition, we require a negative test result within 72 hours of the event.

We are also aware that the situation continues to change and that what feels safe now may not feel safe in three months time. If the program needs to be cancelled because of pandemic safety, or if you are unable to attend because of covid-specific health concerns, tuition will be fully refundable.

More about Singing Intensives

Modeled on the Bright Wings Chorus approach, singing intensives are an opportunity for a group of 12-16 experienced singers to dig deep and work hard. We expect that each singer will be able to hold a harmony part on their own. Rehearsals take place at Brendan’s charming 1796 Vermont farmhouse, and we eat lunch and dinner together. These intensives are non-residential.