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Simply Singing Retreat

A residential retreat combining mindfulness practice, singing with others, and enjoying ourselves.

Led by UK Dharma Teacher Teri West with Kevin Place (UK Order of Interbeing member).

Numbers are limited to 20 only, so early booking is advised.

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25 Nov 2024 - 28 Nov 2024

Purley Chase Centre, Mancetter, CV9 2RQ

£270 – £465

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About the Retreat

If we stop being joyful and stop singing, we are caught in a kind of prison — Thich Nhat Hanh

When we are very small children we sing and chant freely, even spontaneously creating our own songs as soon as we discover that we can use our voices in such a satisfying way.

As we grow, that wonderful freedom and creativity is so often suppressed. Children meet discouragement, by parents, teachers and others, asking them to, for example, “keep the noise down”, criticising the childish language used, offering comparisons as to whether they have ‘good’ voices or not etc.

There are so many ways in which that natural need for song is often, by the time children are in school, forgotten.

In this retreat we will be rediscovering our voices – we all have a voice, and it is extremely rare to be ‘tone deaf’ which some feel that they are, simply because they find it difficult to hold a tune.

By singing simple songs and chants together in large and small groups you will find only support and encouragement from those around you, and opportunities for fun with no formal ‘voice work’.

Singing sessions will be interwoven with mindfulness meditation practices and each day with begin and end with formal sitting as a group.

Led by Teri West and Kev Place


Teri is a fabulous and supportive teacher who shares her wisdom with humour, gentleness and enthusiasm. I would recommend anyone having the opportunity to be taught by Teri to take it eagerly.

— A previous retreat participant



All accommodation is in comfortable en-suite single rooms at Purley Chase retreat centre, set in the beautiful  North Warwickshire countryside.


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Supporting Our Community

The leaders of this retreat are giving their time and skills freely – retreat fees will cover venue hire, and leaders’ accommodation and travel expenses.

If you would like to make a donation to our initiative to establish a practice centre in the UK There will be an opportunity to offer donations towards Plum Village UK or the Being Peace Practice Centre.

How to attend

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