Singing in Harmony
Facilitator: Nickomo and Rasullah Clarke
We will be tuning into each other as a group through singing together in harmony, not for performance, but for nourishing our inner selves. A weekend of singing these chants brings about a sense of deep well-being and healing and brings an opportunity to step out of the usual routines and stresses of daily life. You don’t need to be an experienced singer to participate, and no reading music is involved.
Please note that early bird prices will end on the 15th of December 2019.
Event time: Fri 3rd Apr 2020 at 4:00pm - Sun 5th Apr 2020 at 4:00pm
At a Glance
- Some of the chants have a joyful quality, some are meditative, some enforce core values we hold and some have ancient mantric wisdom.
Participants will Gain
- Expected outcomes for the participant are inner healing, joy, emotional well-being and new friendships.
Friday evening, after a few simple physical warm-ups and stretches, names and where we’ve come from, we will sing a couple of Harmonic Temple chants together.
Before breakfast on Saturday, Rasullah will lead the Dance of Life outside. This is a Native American Tai-Chi style exercise lasting about 15 mins and participation are optional. The rest of the morning we will learn and sing more Harmonic Temple chants. After lunch there will be time for a group walk or relaxation and we will meet together after tea and until supper for a “Healing Circle”, this will be a chant with a more specific healing focus which we learn as a group and then have an opportunity to be sung to by the rest of the group while taking turns to lie or sit in the centre of the circle.
Saturday evening will be an informal song share with a talking stick so each person gets the opportunity either to request a song (of any genre) for the group to sing, to lead the group in a song, to perform a song, read a poem or simply just listen.
Sunday will again start with the Dance of Life and in the morning session of Harmonic Temple chants, we will revisit ones that we have already learnt on Friday or Saturday.
We will close the group as a whole before lunch because experience has taught us that some people need to leave for home straight after lunch. However, for those who can stay on until tea time, we will learn and sing a chant or chants from the Celtic/Druid tradition.
Please bring a water bottle and walking boots or similar if you plan to go on the group walk on Saturday afternoon.
You don’t need to be an experienced singer to participate, and no reading music is involved. More emphasis is placed on experiencing the core qualities of the chants than on learning lots of them, so even if you lack confidence or feel you are a slow learner, by repeating the chant, there is time to step out of the left brain learning process and into right-brain experiential awareness.
Please note that prices are listed per person and that early bird prices will end on the 15th of December 2019.
Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.
Nickomo Clarke & Rasullah Clarke
Nickomo is a composer, arranger, and leader of community choirs. He is a core group member of the Unicorn Village Camps.
Rasullah co-leads choirs with Nickomo. She helps Nickomo teach to make the learning process easier for the group, she has a counselling background.
They have led workshops, residential events, choirs, seasonal celebrations and camps in this country and around the world together for over 30 years.Visit Tutor's Website
"No words to express the sacred experience we had, but I know you know what I mean. I am still bathing in the vibrations. Thank you for this beautiful collection of songs, Nickomo. You are a genius."
- Grace Marie
"Nickomo’s compositions create a safe space to share and express a range and depth of emotion through the harmony he creates, but with plenty of laughter! I’m always amazed at the change in the quality of sound over the weekend. We start off as a group of distinct and often disparate voices and, through Nickomo and Rasullah’s team work, our voices begin to blend and we become less separate."
- Celia Hart