Check out all the workshops for the coming months and scroll down for details.
Dulan Voice Yoga Retreat
Saturday December 19 / 10AM – Tuesday December 22 / 1 PM
Shruti Days, Taipei, Saturday/Sunday December 2 and 3.
More info from Julie Chiu: email@example.com
Shruti Nights XII
four dates 4 Tuesday evenings in December and January
2×4 days in January and March
As always, there are ongoing weekly Voice Yoga classes you can always join.
Please check with us first as some weeks are cancelled or in another location.
THE DETAILS PER EVENT
Dulan: Voice Yoga Winter Solstice Retreat
Saturday December 19 – Tuesday December 22
Once again the successful Voice Yoga Retreat. Read more about the previous retreats by clicking on the link below:
In Voice Yoga’s dynamic group process, students go beyond their own habits and expectations. Often, something larger than ourselves emerges: a flow of hidden creative potential. We work with all kinds of sounds without meaning, without emphasizing a beautiful voice. They help us to get beyond common subject-object and mind-body dualities, and bring our unconscious selves and irrational emotions to the surface. The group process becomes a mirror for the self and allows us to ‘see’ ourselves more clearly, to hear what’s living deep inside.
“this is better than sex” (comment by one student)
Designed and taught by Mark van Tongeren, a Dutch sound explorer with a deep interest in the synergy of arts, sciences and contemplative traditions. Mark has 25 years of experience in theatre, music and dance productions and holds a PhD from Leiden University’s Academy of Creative of Performing Arts.
VOICE YOGA Winter Solstice Retreat
+ meal upgrade:
Mark’s Voice Yoga runs for over 8 years and brings together three decades of creative, vocal expression, yogic discipline and contemplative traditions.
Voice Yoga is neither yoga as you see all around you, or music as you hear it every day. It is a personal, artistic synthesis of a wide range of musical, resonant, theatrical, contemplative and physical arts. What binds them together is Mark’s unique synthesis and his vision to create a strong sense of flow, no matter what the activity is. Serious workouts smoothly blend with unforgettable (and unrepeatable!) musical creations, deep breath work morphs into contact improv and vocal exercises into absurdistic theatre.
Anyone can attend, no experience with yoga or music is necessary. Making sounds and learning about the connections between sound and movement, tones and physical vibrations, and not yoga per se, are the main purpose of this retreat. We are working to create an atmosphere of inclusion and acceptance. We make sure people of different levels of physical, mental, musical and other development feel supported and encouraged to grow and explore. We do our best to accommodate the program to the different levels of the participants and let you decide to skip or tone down certain exercises when you feel they are too demanding.
We start Saturday December 19 at 9 AM and suggest you arrive the evening before.
We finish after lunch on December 22th, around 1:30 PM.
9:00-12:00 Slow meditative warm up, mild to vigorous exercising, toning, noise making. Once again: restorative (half-)sleep/dream.
12:00-14:00 lunch & siësta
14:00-17:00 Guided movement and sound practices, walking meditations, improvisations and more.
17:00-18:30 tea break & rest
18:30-20:00 Moongazing. Sound searching. Mark’s concert. Yours?! Ours!
We hold our sessions in Shufang’s Energy Healing, a gorgeous new yoga studio in Dulan, Taidong, isolated from nearby properties so we can make any sound we need to make. The studio has all utilities we need and is fully air-conditioned of course. There is a big lawn outside for musical workouts in fresh air, giant rocks to repose, and a few shady places.
Have a look here!:
Several comfortable options nearby in Dulan, different prices, some at walking distance.
This workshop is brought to you by Mark van Tongeren, Shaun Roos & Hui-Hung Lin, Sunny Chen (translator) and Jackal Mei (general manager), and hosted by Shufang Wang.
(contact info below)
Mark van Tongeren is a Dutch sound explorer with a deep interest in the synergy of arts, sciences and contemplative traditions. Mark has over 25 years of experience in theatre, music and dance productions and holds a PhD from Leiden University’s Academy of Creative of Performing Arts. He practices yoga for some twenty years and all kinds of voice/music/performance practices for 30 years.
Teal Studios / Shaun Roos & Hui-Hung Lin
Regular: 22.500 NT$
Students who joined one year or more of Voice Yoga or the first Retreat , the RESONANCE course or multiple Sound Journeys:
– 25 % (17.250 NT$) (sign up before Oct 20)
– 10 % (20.400 NT$) (after Oct 20)
Bring a friend:
– 1000 NT$ for both (cannot be combined with 25% discount)
If you cannot make it for some reason, we will always keep 10 % admin fees. For cancellation within 4 weeks up to the start of the event , we retain the right to keep 50 % from the total fee. Within 2 weeks up until the starting date, 80%. If you find a new replacement student we will refund except admin fees.
+ All lunches and diners from Saturday till Tuesday lunch
– Transport to Dulan
“I felt many sounds inside me first time and I felt there is an inner space inside my body. That was an very powerful experience for me. The body wasn’t what I knew before. I felt peace when you sang… I do have a lot of fun when you want us imitate your voice… Every time when we make sounds together I feel I am decomposing and putting every part of me in one again. ”
2020 聲音瑜珈: 冬至 療癒假期
VOICE YOGA Winter Solstice Retreat
+ 共同授課師資: 青舎 （藝術舞蹈教育工作室）~
Shaun Roos & Hui-Hung Lin 【接觸即興 + 泰式瑜伽按摩】
+ 升級餐點: 天牛教授的魔法廚房
光之屋(王曙芳 能量屋): 都蘭新社30-18號
日期: 12/19(六) 9:00 開始~
12/22 (二) 午餐後約13:30結束
12:00-14:00 午餐 & 午睡
14:00-17:00 [動作與聲音練習]- 走路冥想，結構式即興及其他。
17:00-18:30 下午茶 & 休息
18:30-20:00 [晚間練習]- 動態聲音冥想
台東都蘭。台東光之屋(王曙芳 能量屋): 都蘭新社30-18號
75折: (17.250 NT$) (10/20前報名)
9折: (20.400 NT$) (10/20之後報名)
＊7餐的伙食（六) (日) (一): 午、晚餐，(二)午餐
帶領者: Mark Van Tongeren
合作帶領者: 青舎 （藝術舞蹈教育工作室）~ Shaun Roos & Hui-Hung Lin
翻譯: Sunny Chen—課程資訊
活動規劃兼攝影: Jackal Mei—負責報名和課程資訊
場地主人: 王曙芳 能量屋
報名: Jackal Mei, firstname.lastname@example.org /lineID:Jackallala /0936596910
中文： 陳亮伃，email@example.com / lineID: soleilc77 /0912024285
英文： Mark van Tongeren , firstname.lastname@example.org /0910382749
Shruti Nights XII
Singing and shaping techniques for melodic improvisations
Learn to free your voice using a simple drone instrument.
A series of four classes, starting the first or second Tuesday of the month.
The aim of these four sessions is to learn to improvise melodies with the shruti box. Every month we will take a close look at something else. In most classes there will be all kinds of structural vocal exercises to build up your skills, some structural improvising and some free explorations of your very own musicality.
This month we go back once more to all the basic tools to shape your sound: making your voice more ‘yours’ and more expressive; and looking at how to shape phrases (starting them, ending them, rhythmic variation etc.).
Watch a video of Mark playing shruti box here:
– people who recently bought a shruti box from Mark
– others who already have a shruti box and want to learn more
– others who want to learn to sing better with a drone instrument
– since the aim is to sing melodies, it is preferable if you can keep a tone. If you cannot hold tones (or you are ‘tone-deaf’, to use a terrible expression), you can still join in most of the program, but for some exercises as a passive participant.
WHAT YOU NEED
You can bring your own shruti box but it is not absolutely necessary, we always have several pieces on hand.
If you consider to buy an instrument but not sure what you need, and you join four classes, you can try one out at home between two consecutive classes.
DATES & TIMES
Four Tuesday evenings from 19:00 – 21:15.
DECEMBER 8 and 29, January 12 + 26
Canjune Training Center
4F, #3 , Lane 151, Fuxing S Rd. Sec. 2., Daan, Taipei
The Canjune Training Center is a 10 minute walk from MRT Technology Building, and 12 minutes from MRT Daan.
Language: English with Chinese translation.
Regular: 4 lessons 4000 NT$
Discount: 4 lessons 3600 NT$. Those who bought (or buy) a shruti box from Mark, (old) Resonance students/ Shruti Night regulars (more than 6 months) / Student Identity Card holders and seniors (bring your ID) （請出示學生證）.
Payment upon registration by bank or Paypal.
Bank code: 822.
Name of bank: China Trust
Beneficiary: Mark Christiaan van Tongeren
Account number: 163540306745
Make sure to send an email after your payment. We will confirm reception in a few days time.
AVAILABLE NOW! NEW SHRUTI BOXES !!
After a long wait because of Covid 19, our supplier in India finally sent a new batch of shruti boxes, which has just arrived.
The shruti box can be used for all kinds of purposes: playing for yourself or with others, learning more about musical structure and harmony, or free play.
REGISTER & INFO
In Mandarin: email@example.com
In English: firstname.lastname@example.org / Facebook / Phone 09 103 827 49
MIAOLI: RESONANCE RETREAT
R E S O N A N C E
with mark van tongeren
MODULE 1 : 4 DAYS. OUTER VOICE – INNER VOICE
Connecting body sound and mind.
January 16-19 (4 days) 2021
Day 1 Morning Forget everyting! Make a fresh start!
Voice-yoga: warm-up meditations, breathing, listening, resonance, vowels.
Un–learning: excercises to forget what you thought you knew about music, sound and voice.
Day 1 Afternoon Ear-cleaning & Expanding your Hearing
We have become deaf due to noise pollution and sensory overload.
But we can also learn to hear more than most humans ever heard before. Includes Overtone singing exercise (1).
Day 2 Morning Music/sound and the body.
Voice-yoga: warm-up meditations, breathing, listening, resonance, vowels.
Ocean exercise: making sounds without boundaries. Re-discover things your body knew, but that you were unaware off.
Day 2 Afternoon. Sound and vibration as tools to go into yourself.
Experiencing yourself/the other through the sense of sound.
Understanding the path of discovery: part searching, part non-doing. Overtone singing exercise (2) en (3).
Day 3 Morning. Understanding overtones, the DNA of sound
Overtones are in a way the original harmony, underlying every other musical and non-musical harmony.
You yourself cannot change your DNA, but you can get creative with the DNA of all sounds. Includes seeing your voice (#1).
Day 3 Afternoon. Harmonics as/in healing and therapy.
From shamanic wisdom to detox and emotional catharsis. Plenty of group chanting. Confronting fear, developing self-confidence. Sing for yourself. Sing for someone else. Sing together.
Day 4 Morning & Afternoon. Balancing Inner Voice < — > Outer Voice
How to let the body speak (and tune down the mind) while gaining a deeper understanding (knowledge, intuition) using the physicality of voice and hearing? We exploring questions such as: (1) How can you connect deeper with yourself using your voice? (2) What should the sounds you make be like? (3) What can these sounds tell you, and what can others hear in your voice? And what is the role of silence?
MODULE 2 : 4 DAYS. BODY MIND AND BEYOND
Spiritual practices, brought back to earth. Channel your beliefs into sonic patterns.
March 20-23 (4 days) 2021
Day 1 Morning Breath, Prana & Movement
Prana is the beginning of life force. Breath is one such process, and the one that happens to drive our vocal sound too. Workshop practices will target to develop your voice to be a powerful tool for relaxation and transformation, depending on how we use it.
Bringing the ideas and practices from Module One back to life and reviewing your personal development together.
Day 1 Afternoon Technical work
Return to the technical challenges of good resonance, balance of body-mind exercise and good overtone singing skills.
The basis of resonance is hard, concentrated work and a clear understanding of physical and mental processes.
Solid practice to build on during the following days. Seeing your voice (#2).
Day 2 Morning Spiritual practices and sounds. Christianity.
Immerse yourself in the grand ideas of Christianity and its lyrical musical legacy.
What are Christian songs and styles in the context of overtone singing?
Day 2 Afternoon. Spiritual practices and sounds. Buddhism.
Immerse yourself in the grand ideas of Buddhism and its esoteric musical legacy.
Buddhist chanting and vocal style in the context of overtone singing.
Day 3 Morning Spiritual practices and sounds: more ancient, more new.
What can we learn from Tuvan people about animism and shamanism.
What from new personal visions such as the one of Michael Vetter?
Day 3 Afternoon Create new spiritual practices and sounds.
Do we need an -ism or a religion? What do we find in music itself? What do we find in ourselves?
Can we take up sound and vibration as tools to go beyond yourself? How? What tools do we need?
Day 4 Morning & Afternoon. Quintessence of science sound and self
Bring back the big picture of it all to peacemeal action. Do you follow basic techniques or develop a unique voice of your own? Can you ‘Catch the spirit of the moment?’ Do you like to create a slow ritual? Today every voice will find a place as we all create a final piece about Sound at the Centre of the Universe. Group sharing.
I do not heal. I restore the harmony
Joska Soos, 1985
The course will be conducted in English. Our interpreter Sunny Chen will be present to summarise or translate entire parts of the course into Mandarin, depending on the needs.
Morning sessions: 9:30-12:30
Afternoon sessions: 14:30-16:60 + 17:00-18:00.
Evenings are for resting, self practise, jamming…
Miaoli, details to be announced.
No previous musical experience is required. For students who have already done one or more workshops of overtone singing there will still be plenty to learn. If you are in doubt contact us with your questions.
Write us for pricing and registration inquiries.
- Lodging onsite in Miaoli
- Alll meals are included from breakfast on Day 1 up to and including xxx on Day 4 of both modules..
- Transport to the retreat in Miaoli.
- Please bring some instruments of your own.
- It is also possible to pre-order a shruti box or Jew’s harps from Mark to help your own practice during and after the workshop.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
To ensure that each student gets personal guidance, there is a maximum of 15 participants.
This workshop is brought to you by Mark van Tongeren, Nancy Pune (organiser) and Sunny Chen (translator, organisor). For any questions about the contents in English ask Mark, in Chinese, ask Sunny or Nancy. For registration, lodging and food details ask Sunny. For contact info see below.
Mark van Tongeren is a Dutch sound explorer with a deep interest in the synergy of arts, sciences and contemplative traditions. Mark has over 25 years of experience in theatre, music and dance productions and holds a PhD from Leiden University’s Academy of Creative of Performing Arts. He practices all kinds of voice/music/performance practices for 30 years, often combined with contemplative practises (meditation, pranayama, yoga).
MARK VAN TONGEREN:
The world is not for beholding; it is made for hearing.
Jacques Attali, Noise, 1977