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

August 12-18, 2024

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

At Woolman Hill, Deerfield, Mass.

Register here.


Tuition: $1150 • Commuters: $900

Oct 25-27, 2024

Singing Intensive with Brendan Taaffe and Val Mindel at Basin Farm

Join Brendan and Val for their 2nd annual singing weekend focused on close American harmony and Brendan’s original pieces. We will dig deep into the details of how to be a sensitive and connected harmony singer.

This intensive is non-residential. Three meals (Sat. lunch and dinner, Sun. lunch) are included. Limited to 15 singers.

Tuition $285

Register here

November 9/10, 2024

Singing Intensive with Brendan at The Burren Nature Sanctuary, Kinvara, Ireland

Join Brendan for two days of singing focused on close American harmony. We’ll look at repertoire from the golden years of early country (the Delmore Brothers, Stanley Brothers, etc.), diving into the details of style and how to be sensitive harmony singer. We will look to split into duets and trios through the weekend.

We’ll be at the Burren Nature Sanctuary, located outside of Kinvara, Co. Galway, in the heart of the Burren, truly one of the earth’s special places. This is a non-residential weekend, but there are loads of BnBs in Kinvara. A catered lunch will be provided.

This intensive is for experienced singers who can carry their own harmony part. Limited to 20.

Tuition • €200

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Jan 18-20, 2025

Winter Singing Intensive  at Basin Farm

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: Saturday and Sunday: programming from 10 am-5 pm. Dinner at 6:30. Monday: programming from 10 am – 3 pm.

Our COVID policy

Masks are respected, but not required. Please test the day of the event. If positive, please stay home. If you are symptomatic but test negative, still a good idea to stay home. Oz. of prevention/ lb. of cure and all that.

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.