The Forest Of Dean Singing Retreat

The Forest of Dean Singing Retreat is a singing holiday that  runs on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May. The earth is warm and blossoms in full bloom,  so come and sing the summer in with your hearts and voices!

The Singing Camp is held at Ragman’s Farm,  a beautiful organic permaculture farm in Lydbrook  which is nestled in the heart of the Wye Valley. Take a look at their website although the photos don’t really do the place justice! The facilities  are superb. If you’d prefer to sleep indoors,  the ‘Bunkhouse’ has 13 beds in all – a 6 bed dorm,  a room with 2 sets of bunk beds and 3 single beds on a mezzanine. Camping is also available with stunning views across the valley,  as well as spaces for about 10 live in vehicles. There is also a luxury option of the yurt which comes equipped with a wood burning stove, a king sized bed and kitchen facilities.

In the Bunkhouse, there is a large kitchen and dining area  where all your food is lovingly prepared and cooked –  delicious vegetarian meals from Friday evening to Monday lunchtime. There is a large wooden floored hall for workshops in the daytime,  a comfortable chill out space for evening gatherings, nice indoor toilets and showers, outdoor eco toilets and an outdoor fire pit and hot tub. All the indoor spaces have heating and open out onto the farm land which has orchards, a lake and beautiful views of the Wye Valley.

Friday is setting up day where you can arrive anytime and enjoy the idyllic surroundings. Over the weekend, there will be a glorious array of four part harmony singing, ranging from uplifting Gospel,  Shape note, contemporary, Folk  and World music. Early morning yoga will be on offer for those who fancy some bodywork and invigorating stretches in the morning. There will also be  a whole camp ceremony on the Sunday. The Cabaret on Sunday evening  will be an opportunity to perform/share your gifts on  Sunday evening. On the  Monday morning, there will be a final singing session followed by lunch and then the camp will finish Monday afternoon.

Bring your musical instruments for jamming and singing sessions in the evenings. The Forest of Dean Singing Retreat is a wonderful few days of singing,  jamming,  celebration and community in beautiful surroundings. The camp is in its eighth year and always gets fully booked up so do book early if you want to come!

Please Contact us if you’re interested in booking a space for the Forest of Dean Singing Retreat or would like more information. The cost of the camp including all meals from Friday evening to Monday lunchtime is £175 camping or £195 for dormitory accommodation.

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