Contents of Courses and Seminars
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Heilende Stimme - Healing Voice®
Healing Voice - Through the voice to healing
Healing Voice is an intensive seminar in which Carien Wijnen enables her participants to gain access with joy and ease to deeper energetic effects of the voice and singing.
Each seminar is unique. As is relevant to the processes and needs of the group’s participants the topics may be:
· Body and breathing work: opening up the resonating spaces of the voice
· Free toning: healing singing, laments
· Sound healing: different types of sound healing in the group, in the circle and in pairs
· Healing toning: toning vowels, chakra toning and overtone singing
· Grounding: Energy and earthing work
· Singing: Singing and dancing to chants ( spiritual songs) to Mother Earth, God, Farewell, Peace, and Light
Yodeling is part of many different cultures throughout the world.
The origin of yodeling can also be found in shamanistic healing, as for example in the Sami tradition of joiking.
As such, to consider Yodeling to be an exclusively Swiss tradition would be incorrect.
The yodel effect is achieved by consciously accentuating the crossover point between the vocal registers (chest and head register) and at the same time using particular vowels.
This “click” is to be found in many other forms of singing.
Classical singing typically proscribes that singers should avoid this crossover point. For this reason, many people think that they cannot sing “properly”.
In this seminar I would like to convince them that the opposite is true!
Creative Singing – Improvisation with the Voice and Singing
This seminar is about liberating yourself from fixed melody forms. In a playful way we will expand our vocal abilities and explore new ways of using the voice.
We will focus on:
· Voice and body work
· Movement and vocal expression ( Roy Hart method)
· Rhythmic exercises, improvisation games, “voice nonsense”
· Solo and group improvisations (Rhiannon method), vocal percussion
· Circle songs, voicestra, jazz canons, spirituals, world music
This workshop is specially inspired by my own further training and my experience as a solo jazz singer and singing teacher.
Free Your Voice!
Development of the individual voices within the group
The voice as the musical instrument of the soul is our most original instrument. It can express and make audible every feeling we have. We will experience our voice and our body as a space resonating from different directions and use our awareness to expand our expression.
After intensive warm-up and relaxation exercises for the voice and body in the group the individual voices will be invited to stand in centre stage and discover the strength of their own sound. Through one-to-one work within the group I will give every single voice the opportunity to experience itself and its own particular quality. Thus we explore as a group the power of expression of our individual voices.
In this work I make use of my experience and intuition to gain access to the individual vocal sound. On all levels I perceive where possible physical-emotional blocks can be released, in order to let the full power of the voice flow freely. This allows the participants to find their own personal expression.
An important basic principle of my work is the theory of the breathing types (lunar, solar, mixed type). In addition, I work with all the elements of body-psychotherapy, classical and jazz voice training, visualizations and movement work.
Together we will sing powerful chants and songs from world music to bring our voices together and to integrate our new discoveries.
Choir Workshop Acapella
We will have fun singing together while we get to know and practice songs for several voices from different world music traditions.
These are wonderful polyphonies from Georgia, Russia, the Balkans, Africa, and many others. On top of that there will be swinging jazz songs, German folk songs and lively canons.
The content of the workshop includes body work and movement as well as focused warm-ups and vocal exercises.
This seminar is suited to people who already sing in a group, singing circle or choir. We will share our pleasure in singing with each other! Everyone has their very own wonderful voice.
Together we will create new worlds of singing and sound.
Singing Circle – Heart Songs
We will sing simple, meditative and powerful songs from different traditions: spiritual songs (chants), mantras, songs for several voices, canons.
In addition there will be breathing exercises from yoga, toning, healing tone singing, overtone singing.
This will be complemented by free movement and improvisation, as well as circle dancing.
Healing Salutary Singing
Open Singing Circle 'Holistic Singing' 2017
The voice is the instrument of the soul, and our most basic and original musical instrument. It can express and make audible every feeling. Toning and singing have beneficial effects on our health. Our breathing becomes deeper, and the resonances of toning activates body spaces and energy centers: The entire psychosomatic system experiences a flooding with joyful sensations.
We will attune body and voice towards holistic vibrations and playfully extend our expressive range. Additionally, we will concentrate on working with the body, on toning, and on singing to others. The communal singing of spiritual circle songs and songs from other cultures (world music) is a major area of focus. These heart songs are easy to learn, and are partially supported by movement and circle dancing.
The workshop will also include body and breathing work as well as warm-up singing exercises.
The seminar is suited to both people with little experience of singing as well as those who already sing in a group or choir.
What counts is your pleasure in singing! Everyone has their very own wonderful voice and together we will create new worlds of sound.
The Study of Breathing Types: Polar Breathing, Polar Singing, Polar Being
Intensive and Advanced Training ISGT
SBT (Also called Terlusollogy® after the doctors Hagena) is the study of the polar influences of sun and moon on living beings, and the resulting consequences on the brain and breathing.
I have applied the principles of SBT in my professional practice and seminars for many years, and has become an indispensable part of my professional practice. Because of my familiarity with the practical applications of SBT, and the visible changes effected in clients and seminar participants, I am fully convinced of the vital therapeutic role of a polar approach to breathing.
In this seminar, I offer a closer look into this multifaceted field of study, focusing on the body, psyche, and the soul.
Emphasis is placed on:
- The Study of Breathing Types (Solar / Lunar)
Developement of Belly and Chest Cavity Breathing
- Working on the body (in tandem), to increase limberness and airflow
- Physical exercises to expose somatic blockades
- Liberated Singing
- And many other subjects
Further information on SBT can be found in this
Singing While Dancing in the Seminars /Voice & movement
Singing and dancing spiritual songs and dances at celebrations and on traditional, religious and everyday occasions is part of every culture. Singing while moving deepens the breathing and resonating spaces in the body. Body and soul find new ways of expressing themselves, and sung dances have healing and harmonizing effects on both.
They tell tales of nature, Mother Earth and the divine, and they connect everything. Everyone can dance, everyone can sing, and you are all warmly invited to do so!
Voice and movement are one
We will also focus on:
· Voice and body work
· Movement and vocal expression ( Roy Hart method)
· Rhythmic exercises, improvisation games, “free expression”