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

Sun Sep 30, 2018Housewarming sing at Basin Farm

Not a workshop per se, but rather a celebration of my new home. I’d like to fill it with song and this will be the first big chance to do that. Shape note sing at noon. No charge. All are welcome. If you are interested in coming, please let me know so that I have a sense of what to plan for.
Email to R.s.v.p. here.

Nov 16-18, 2018Winter Weekend with Gideon Crevoshay and Brendan TaaffeHallelujah Farm, West Chesterfield, NH

Join us for another rejuvenating weekend of song at this beautiful venue in the woods of New Hampshire. Gideon has one of the most luscious tenor voices you’ll ever hear and a beautifully gentle presence. He specializes in Corsican and Medieval European music, so look forward to some beautiful chants. Cost: $295/ commuters $220
Register here.

Jan 18-21, 2019Singing Intensive with BrendanBasin Farm, Vernon, VT

For experienced singers, this will be a chance to rehearse intensively for three days and spend the fourth recording on site, not with the goal of making a recording but to use the recording process to make us better singers. For more details on this intensive, please see below. Non-residential. Cost: $200 (includes all lunches and dinners).
Register here.

March 16/17 with Ali Burns at the Colmcille Center, Edinburgh

Looking forward to doing this weekend with Ali again. We did for the first time last year and it was a smashing success. It’s a great room to sing in and can accommodate a big group. Info at
Register here.

July 6-13, 2019 Ali Burns, John Harrison, and Brendan Taaffe
at Hallelujah Farm, West Chesterfield, NH

In 2017, Ali, John, and Brendan taught together for the first time on the Isle of Skye. It was a magical week, and we’re looking forward to bringing the team back together. Registration opens Sep 15, 2018. Cost: $1050/ commuters $600. This is sure to be a popular week, so register early to insure your place.
Register here.


Details on the Singing Intensive

Modeled on the Bright Wings Chorus approach, this is an opportunity for a group of 12-15 experienced singers who want to dig deep and work hard. We will have three full rehearsal days at my charming 1796 Vermont farmhouse and will spend the fourth day recording, not with the goal of producing an album but to use recording technology for the powerful learning tool it can be. My vision is that we would record a few takes of multiple songs before lunch and then have a playback session. Following that, we will critique those performances and re-record them, seeking to incorporate that information.

Because this is a new model, registration will be a bit different than normal. To achieve balanced voice parts, there will be a two-stage process. Please e-mail me to indicate your interest by Oct. 15, at which point I will select the group and notify everybody.

What does it mean to be an “experienced” singer? My expectations are that:

  • you can hold a part on your own
  • you are comfortable with written music
  • you can keep up with quickly-paced rehearsals
  • you are comfortable hearing recordings of yourself
  • you are excited about challenging yourself

Note that this is a non-residential camp. We will have lunch and dinner together at Basin Farm, but I don’t have housing for everybody.