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song leader training


29th-31st MARch 2024, Seaford

Sophia is well known for her deeply soulful yet light hearted and inclusive teaching style. Over the last 17 years she has founded 4 community choirs, facilitated workshops at festivals and corporate events across the UK, Europe and the US, led singing holidays, and held Embodied Song Retreats. At this training weekend she will be sharing her wealth of experience, inspiring others to develop their ability to hold space for harmony singing.

Florence House is a beautiful venue located at the top of Seaford head on the edge of the South Downs, surrounded by lush landscapes and sea breezes.

This training is for you if:

  • You love communal singing and want to begin your journey of learning how to teach songs in groups

  • You already lead singing groups and would like some some tips, inspiration and a confidence boost

  • You would like to incorporate singing into groups you already hold


What’s included:

  • An overview of community singing and why it is so important for our collective healing

  • The basics of facilitation and how to create a safe, comfortable and relaxed space

  • The therapeutic application of voice work

  • An explanation of the anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism to support the safe use of the voice

  • Exploring effective vocal warm ups and identifying their purpose physically, emotionally and collectively

  • How to embody the music so that you can transmit the essence of the song

  • Understanding pulse and rhythm

  • How to retain harmony parts so that you can teach them effectively

  • How to use simple audio software to learn how to teach harmonies

  • How to run online singing sessions using a loop pedal

  • Opportunities to lead a song and receive constructive feedback

  • An introduction to group improvisation and singing games

  • Plenty of time for Q&A’s

  • Lots of singing!

  • A PDF of what's covered on the training (within 2 weeks after the weekend)

  • An online peer support facebook community for all those who have completed the training 

  • An opportunity to book 1-1 zoom sessions with Sophia after the weekend (for an additional fee)

  • Private or shared accommodation in a beautiful venue on the south coast of Sussex

  • Gentle morning yoga

  • Delicious, nourishing, plant-based food

Day 1

Arrive from 4pm

Dinner 6:30pm

Opening circle – 7:30pm

Day 2

Breakfast served 7:30am-9:30am

Yoga 8am

Morning session 10am-1pm

Lunch and rest time

Afternoon session 3pm-6pm

Dinner 6:30pm

7:30pm evening session

Day 3

Breakfast served 7:30am-9:30am

Yoga 8am

Morning session 10am-1pm

Lunch and rest time

Afternoon session 3 - 5pm


Booking and accommodation: 

(Please note that these prices are inclusive of all meals and group sessions)

Price per person:

Shared room £295

Private room, single bed £345

Private room, double bed £355

Private room, ensuite £395 (shared £335)

Garden room, ensuite, single beds £425 (shared £345)

Garden room, ensuite, double bed/single bed £435 (shared £355)

Online booking form here

Please return form to Sophia via email, along with your deposit, to book your place. 

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