natural resonances

Sound Journey: R E S O N A N C E R e t r e a t

Get into the heart of sound and voice. Four days to explore questions like:

How and what do I resonate through my voice?

How can I listen and resonate better, to others, and to myself?

How to let the overtones that are naturally present in my voice, sing?


For information about the teaser/interactive concert in Taipei early March, see here or click on the flyer:


This workshop teaches you the principles of resonance by learning the basics of overtone singing: a special way of listening to and making vocal sounds that has many useful applications for singers and non-singers alike. It requires no previous musical training.

To get an idea of what this workshop is about, listen to Mark’s TEDx talk about listening and singing overtones:


Mark speaking at TEDx Taipei in 2016




° enrich your vocal resonance

° learn to sing overtones

° connect listening and sounding to the body

° connect body and sound to movement in new, interesting and fun ways

° dig deep into your very own creative impulses

° get personal feedback to discover what is unique about your resonance

° applications in meditation, therapy …

° … for yourself, for others

° understand and perceive the subtle sounds of resonance, timbre and overtones



The workshops is related to various old and new forms of singing and chanting

° contemporary / new / avantgarde music

° Tibetan Buddhist chanting

° Tuvan and Mongolian throat singing

° early and traditional polyphonic singing from Europe

learning from traditions where music is not commercial, not an enterprise, not a staged act, not an ‘artform’




° break-through your habitual patterns of hearing and making sound

° explore expressions beyond words

° develop a new sound vocabularies



° hearing overtones in the colours and timbres of a voice

° listening meditations/concerts

° ‘ear cleaning’: make a new start listening to all sound instead of familiar patterns



° zooming into resonance by slowing down the movements of tongue, lips, jaw

° Tongue Rollercoaster: losening up the tongue to move freely

° get to know the basic techniques of overtone singing: NG (gong), RR (bird), LL (sygyt), vowel (ee-uu)


° Ocean Exercise: unlearn the fixed patterns of the speech and music you know

° Singing while you lie down, walk, stand, sit, close your eyes



° guided resonating with one or more voices

° giving feedback to each other’s voices



° Exploring and discussing the many levels on which sound works




The main emphasis is on using / applying / hearing resonance with a relaxed, more occidental voice, and not on the pressed, guttural voices of throat singing, for example Tuvan khöömei. We will learn some pieces by Mark and also create our own pieces, improvisations, soundpaintings, sound choreographies, rituals, etc.

In addition we will use instruments such as singing bowls, bells, lutes and fiddles and you are encouraged to bring your own – the greater the resonant spectrum, the better!


Your guide holds a PhD in the field of the voice, resonance, and overtone singing and has thirty years of experience doing performative and academic research. He has decades of experience introducing newcomers to the sometimes strange or difficult principles of sound. Even though those sounds govern our everyday communication, we are profoundly unaware how it works. After these four days you will be enriched with many new ideas about your own voice and those of others.



Listen to Mark singing the first sixteen overtones:

Snippet of a throat singing workshop in Washington DC, 2002:

Taipei TEDx talk about listening and singing overtones:


No experience is necessary, all levels welcome.

We’ve had office workers, people with speech problems, poets, singing bowl players, linguists, sanyassins, professional singers, dancers, academics in previous R E S O N A N C E courses. Anyone who is curious about developing her or his voice potential, whether professional or amateur or non-singer, will benefit from these lessons.


The course lasts four full days.

Start date and time: Saturday April 10, 9:30 AM

Finish: Tuesday April 13, 4 PM


The Rainbow Mountain, Jianshi, Hsinchu

An isolated, quiet haven for concentrated sound work and contemplation deep in the mountains of Hsinchu. And yet easy to reach from Taipei.

Stunning landscape, spectacular floating clouds, great health food.

Stay in-house only in comfortable rooms in several separate chalets.


Regular: 23.000 NT$

Early Bird: 10% off (20.700 NT$). Downpayment must be transmitted before 25/2

Bring a friend: 5% off (both 1.150 NT$ off). Can be combined with early bird. Both downpayments must be transmitted before 25/2.

Student/senior with ID card / poor struggling artist: 25% (cannot be combined with other discounts; )

Old students (RESONANCE, multiple Sound Journeys): check your email for extra discounts or ask us.



– Tuition fee

– All meals (Saturday lunch diner up to and including Tuesday lunch)

(if you have special request please let us know)

– Insurance

– transport from Neiwan train station to Rainbow Mountain and back.

Not included:
Transport to Jianshi
Lodging. Lodging is on-site at The Rainbow Mountain, Jianshi, where you can stay all the time, the rooming options differ a bit and are handled separately.



Mark van Tongeren is 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. Full biography.



We have an event to present to you what previous students did and what you can expect at the RESONANCE retreat. Join us to listen, to start resonating and to ask questions!


March 7, 2020, 2:30-5 PM

Place: Artalley Cafe

Weblink: Accupass (tickets)



In English: / Facebook / Phone 09 103 827 49



To register, fill in the google form (coming soon) and answer a few questions.

Your registration is confirmed once the downpayment (25% of total fee) is received. Book early to avoid disappointments.



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 with the last few digits of your bank account.



If for some reason you cannot join after registering and downpayment, we urge you to try to find a replacement. The administration cost is 10%. With 30 days or less before the workshop, we keep the right to return only 60% of your fee. Within 14 days to the starting date, we keep the right to return only 30% of your fee, within 7 days no refund.


Voice of Dao (up)dates

For those seeking to enrich their voices, let off steam and unlock their hidden creative potential, I organise a bi-weekly (as of 2014: weekly) voice session called Voice of Dao at the training centre of Canjune in Daan district, Taipei. We usually start with silence, breath and body movements to turn away from our busy mind into the body and to the sensations we actually experience. We let the voice come out of a natural breath flow. We listen to and follow its natural resonances. We do not try to sing in an artful way, but to experience how body-mind-voice are intimately connected, and how voice and resonance can serve as a bridge to overcome the dualistic notion of body <> mind. From then on, all kinds of styles and genres of vocalising and musicking may happen, some structured, some wild, some giving insight in your voice, some therapeutic. Exercises are based on yoga, musical and theatrical techniques, and vipassana meditation.

The human voice is a tool that assists human beings to produce a mirror-like reflection of the world around them in their minds. By gaining a deeper understanding and experience of the mechanisms of making sounds, words and music, and of listening, we gradually deepen the connections within ourselves (our body-minds) and with others and the world around us.

When and where:

The normal schedule for Voice of Dao is every two weeks on Thursday, but 10/10  will be changed to 10/9 and 12/26 to 12/24 (2013).

So these are all the dates for the Voice of Dao classes in Taipei up to Januari 2014:
October: Wednesday 9, Tuesday 22. (NOTE: CHANGED FROM THURSDAY 24: that day there will be no class).

November: Thursdays 7, 14.

(November 28 there will be NO class, despite earlier announcement).

December: Thursday 12 and Tuesday 24.

The Training Centre of Canjune is at 4F, number 3 , Lane 151, Fuxing South Road, Section 2, just 20 meters from the corner of FuXing South Road. The nearest MRT station is Technology Building. We start at 10. If you cannot find it, call the training centre: 02 – 27 00 72 91.

Get more details here.