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 29-September 5, 2020 Kathy Bullock, Bongani Magatyana, and Brendan Taaffe
at The Mill Retreat Centre, Aumale, Normandy, France
Register here.

Bringing together two of the most compelling song-leaders I’ve ever worked with in Kathy Bullock and Bongani Magatyana, this will be a high-energy, uplifting week of songs from South Africa, the American Gospel tradition, and Brendan’s original compositions.

The week will begin with dinner and an evening session on Saturday, August 29 and end at lunch time on Saturday, Sep. 5. For the rest of time we will sing for about 6 hours a day (morning and afternoon sessions) with evenings free for socializing. We will have a cabaret evening on the Wednesday or Thursday evening and a free afternoon that day for exploring the area.

Note: there are a limited number of single rooms and en suite double rooms, available for a surcharge of £75 per person on a first come/ first served basis. If you are interested in these, please email to check on availability. As of Dec 4, there is one of each remaining.

Cost: £975 / $1350

A note on using Paypal: this is our preferred method for international payments, and bank transfers are not an option. You will need a paypal account (free, links to your bank account). Please note that Turtle Dove is not responsible for any fees incurred. Feel free to ask for advice on how to minimize fees. UK singers: please keep your transaction in Sterling. No need to change currency. Thanks.

More about Singing Retreats

These retreats are for anybody who wants to spend their days singing with other people and creating harmony. All parts are taught by ear (sometimes with sheet music to reinforce the teaching) and enrollment is first-come, first-served. 

Generally we spend about 6 hours a day singing, with the evenings free. During a week-long retreat, there is usually a cabaret night and a free afternoon.

Singing Intensives

Jan 17-20, 2020 at Basin Farm with Brendan
Register here.

This intensive will focus on Brendan’s original repertoire, with a recording day scheduled on the Monday. Recording technology can be a powerful learning tool, and we’ll use it with that intention, laying down some initial tracks and then listening back with a critical ear.

This intensive is limited to 14 singers. The cost is $200.

Details on the Singing Intensives

Modeled on the Bright Wings Chorus approach, these intensives are for more experienced singers who want to dig deep and work hard. 

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 excited about challenging yourself

Note that these are non-residential camps. We will have lunch and dinner together at Basin Farm (my home), but I don’t have housing for everybody.