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Summercourse in France

9 August 2015

| €780

with Borg Diem Groeneveld

We start with breathing and sound meditation early in the morning. After breakfast we shall work on breathing and movement exercises in order to release our breathing and voice. Through the exercises you calm down and become reenergized once more. The afternoons are free. After dinner we sing sound poems, improvisations and melodies by the tanpoura. During this week you can take time for yourself and even distance yourself from everyday life.
bois ste maire chant
The programme is equally suited to those who are beginners as well as to those who are of an advanced level; everyone receives the attention that they require; for beginners to gain confidence in their voice and for advanced persons to broaden their experience. For several years the summer weeks are European. Participants in the course shall mainly be Dutch and French. Borg shall give lessons in both languages. Therefore, you do not need to speak or understand any French. Music does not have any boundaries!

Each sound is composed of a base tone with overtones. Due to the overtones we learn to play freely with the sound of our voice. In actual fact overtone singing does not have to be taught. In the course of the week you shall hear that overtones always accompany your singing. If you sing with more people then the voices strengthen each other and the overtones are even more distinct. Overtones bring us to another style of dealing with sounds and words. By means of practicing and improvising you shall discover new sounds and you shall develop more freedom with music. Thus, your own music results. We can enrich our possibilities by listening and reacting to each other.

Through the course of the week we shall visit several special Romanesque churches in the area in order to enjoy their beauty and acoustics. Here everyone can let his own voice and overtone resound!

Domaine St. Laurent, a biologically dynamic farm with 130 hectares of ground is situated at walking distance from Cluny in Burgundy. Cows and pigs were kept there and there is a large kitchen garden surrounded by wood and meadows. The main building accommodates approximately 20 persons. The complete building is equipped with its own kitchen, bathroom, a large workspace and a large veranda with a splendid view over the surrounding area.

Borg Diem Groeneveld is an overtone singer and voice therapist. He studied overtone singing and improvisation from 1985 with Michael Vetter. He became engrossed in the ‘perceptible breath’ of Ilse Middendorf with Franz-Peter Menge and Maria Höller. He released his ‘Voice and Overtones’, a workbook for the voice (in Dutch).
He also made three cds with (overtone) improvisations. He is hosting the four-year-old training on “Breath, Voice and Overtones”. He regularly gives lessons to students at various colleges in the Netherlands. From time to time he gives worskhops in Belgium, France and Germany.


Dates Sunday august 9th to Sunday august 16th 2015 inclusive
Times Commences monday with dinner, concludes Sunday with breakfast
Arrival from 5 p.m., departure until 12 a.m.
Costs € 780, including meals and accommodation in double rooms
single room € 75 extra
double room with shower and toilet € 50 per person extra
Reduction Staying overnight in your own tent – € 50 per person
Inscription before March 1st 2015 – € 50 per person
Registering By telephone +31725095520 or online registering and transferring € 95
Payment Upon inscribing you pay € 95. The remaining sum is to be paid before 01 July; if you inscribe after 01 July you have to pay the entire amount all at once.
Cancelling Cancellation costs amount to € 95 until 1 June, € 200 from 1 June – 1 July, after july 1st the money cannot be refunded. You can take out a cancellation insurance for this with your own insurance company.
Transferral Details IBAN: NL36INGB0004716967
in the name of STEMBALANS 1873 HS GROET, HOLLAND


At the beginning of July the course participants shall receive a written confirmation of participation with a route description and a list of the participants. Then you can get in touch with other participants to arrange to travel together by car or by TGV to Mâcon-Loché.


9 August 2015
16 August 2015


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