A 40-HOUR VOCAL ARTISTRY TRAINING RETREAT

WITH TAHIR QAWWAL & ALEXANDRA AM√ŹE
AT THE YOGA BARN

OCTOBER 29th - NOVEMBER 2nd 2024

+ optional 3 days advanced training extension NOV 4th - 6th

Register Here

A 40-HOUR VOCAL ARTISTRY TRAINING RETREAT

WITH TAHIR QAWWAL & ALEXANDRA AM√ŹE
AT THE YOGA BARN

OCTOBER 29th - NOVEMBER 2nd 2024

+ optional 3 days advanced training extension NOV 4th - 6th

Register Here

Express your creativity and authenticity

 

Welcome to our third annual vocal training! Through this immersive experience, you will unlock deeper layers of your own unique vocal journey and learn to express yourself more fully.

You'll learn ancient techniques for creative singing through the sacred geometry of melody and emotive intelligence, to cultivate the devotional power of your voice.

You will be guided by Tahir's engaging, playful and empowering teaching style. His vast experience in the music industry, combined with his warm, loving, devoted approach to teaching offers a powerful combination of instruction and inspiration.

 

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Study singing at the iconic Yoga Barn

The newly built Lotus Studio at the Yoga Barn offers us our very own retreat space only footsteps away from the main shalas.

A TASTE OF THE MODULES...

VOICE OF THE BELOVED 2024

THE JOY OF PRACTICING TOGETHER
AND SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER

Just like in the ancient tradition of this lineage, the teachings are transmitted in the classical Gurukul and Sufi Khanqah style - through immersive learning with your community:

  • Riyaz - Practice techniques developed and passed down over centuries to perfect your pitch and voice quality.
  • Akaar - Voice culture: cultivating your own natural, open and relaxed voice in a journey towards effortless singing. Connecting your heart to your vocal expression.
  • Raag - Sacred melody structures. Raags were inherited from the elders of Hindustani classical music, seers, mystics and musical masters. Each raag is treated as deity, a perfect musical embodiment of a rass (sentiment).

If you desire to cultivate a deep understanding of universal music and its healing of the spirit, you won't want to miss this opportunity.

MODULE #1
Breath, Energy & Sacred Sound

Sufi breath practices to connect the voice and heart as well as expand the lungs. ('Habs-e-Dam')

MODULE #2
Storytelling & Deep Listening

Community dialogue, listening and learning from each person's unique experience on the path of music. ('Firqa')

MODULE #3

Voice Culture & Daily Practice

Exercise the voice in three octaves, how to transition from low to high correctly with pitch precision and confidence. ('Saptak')

MODULE #4
Techniques & Compositions

Learn several classical, sacred compositions. Understand the structure and arrangement of a devotional piece. ('Bandesh')

MODULE #5
Integration & Meditation

The sacred geometry of music, how to access any note from any other note. ('Merukhand')

MODULE #6
Rhythm & Collaboration

Rhythm cycles and tempo. Learn to understand the fundamental rhythms of Indian music: 8-beat, 6-beat, 10-beat, 12-beat, 7-beat and 16-beat cycles. ('Taal')

DAILY SCHEDULE

 

Each of the five days is devoted to two immersive workshops:

A 3-hour morning segment dedicated to voice culture, preparing the body-mind for practice through warm-ups and pitch cultivation techniques.

A 4-hour afternoon segment focused on vocal artistry, deep listening, sacred melody, composition and rhythm.

We can’t wait to sing with you!

 

EXPLORE OPTIONS

*NEW* OPTIONAL 3-DAY EXTENSION

 

Calling all extra-ambitious singers! In response to popular demand, we’re introducing a 3-Day optional extension for 2024!

This extension is designed for those who want to dive deeper into creative improvisation and composition, and sharpen their solo performance skills.

Join us for hands-on singing and performance exercises (including microphone techniques) with the support of your community, in front of people who are eager to see you succeed!

Plus, benefit from focused coaching on performance psychology; building captivating engagement with your audience; overcoming stage fright; and self-advocacy as a professional artist.

EXPLORE OPTIONS

ABOUT
TAHIR QAWWAL

Tahir Qawwal is a world-renowned musician and singer who has dedicated his life to the celebration of divine love through the sacred music of the Sufi masters. Leaving his birthplace in Canada at 16, he spent the next 5 years as a wandering dervish/yogi in the Himalayan mountain range.

Fast-forward to his return to civilisation, where he studied diligently for over two decades with the master musicians of our era.

Since founding the first Western-born Qawwali group Fanna-fi-Allah in 2001, he has taught workshops worldwide and performed over 1500 concerts.

Tahir's connection to the divine is evident through his devotion, and he brings an unparalleled level of presence and energy that inspires students everywhere.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THE RETREAT

 

 
 

 

"Indian music has historically been very intimidating for me. But in this retreat, I feel that I really got a sense of it.

 
I could step into the mystery without being intimidated and still get a flavour of it. Thank you so much, guys!"
 
‚ÄĒ Natasha Nair, Psychologist with a
background in Western classical music, India
 
 
 
"Indian music has historically been very intimidating for me. But in this retreat, I feel that I really got a sense of it. 
 
I could step into the mystery without being intimidated and still get a flavour of it. Thank you so much, guys!"
 
‚ÄĒ¬†Natasha Nair¬†is a psychologist from India with a background in Western classical music

  

 
"I came into this course not being a singer‚ÄĒactually feeling very far from it! So in the beginning, I felt pretty self-conscious.
 
But because we were singing in a group, I could hit notes that I couldn't before. Because of that, I felt much more confident and at peace to just go for it and try the high notes!
 
Also, not caring about mistakes as much as I would have if it was just me. So it was a very liberating experience!"
 
‚ÄĒ Roni Kovacs is a¬†Kundalini Yoga Teacher living in Bali

 

"I came into this course not being a singer‚ÄĒactually feeling very far from it! So in the beginning, I felt pretty self-conscious.

 
But because we were singing in a group, I could hit notes that I couldn't before. Because of that, I felt much more confident and at peace to just go for it and try the high notes!
 
Also, not caring about mistakes as much as I would have if it was just me. So it was a very liberating experience!"
 
‚ÄĒ Roni Kovacs, Kundalini Yoga Teacher,¬†Bali
 
 
 

"This retreat has led me much deeper into the soulful expression and sincerity in my musical explorations.

[...] It's been really beautiful, especially being in a circle with other people singing, it's so profound to feel it resonating in our bodies and to see the breakthroughs everyone is having.

I highly recommend Sama School, no matter what level you are at, beginner, intermediate or advanced." 

‚ÄĒ Scott Mitchell Atkins, Marketer & Musician, Nashville, TN

 

"Now, even a few days after the retreat has been over, I can really see a marked difference in what I'm capable of doing vocally."

— Krista Marie Starr, Yoga Teacher & Mystic, Canada

 

"This retreat has led me much deeper into the soulful expression and sincerity in my musical explorations.

[...] It's been really beautiful, especially being in a circle with other people singing, it's so profound to feel it resonating in our bodies and to see the breakthroughs everyone is having.

I highly recommend Sama School, no matter what level you are at, beginner, intermediate or advanced." 

‚ÄĒ Scott Mitchell Atkins, Musician, Nashville, TN

 

"Now, even a few days after the retreat has been over, I can really see a marked difference in what I'm capable of doing vocally."

 
— Krista Marie Starr, Yoga Teacher & Mystic, Canada
Watch more video testimonials from Voice of the Beloved 2021, 2022 & 2023

IS VOICE OF THE BELOVED RIGHT FOR YOU?

 

No matter what stage of your music journey you find yourself in, Voice of the Beloved is designed to help you cultivate your creative expression through both practice and musical theory.

Our students range from professional musicians to absolute beginners. No previous experience is required, only a desire for connection through music. 

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Find the right package for you!

EARLY BIRD STUDENT PRICE

$555

SAVE 50% AS A SAMńÄ SCHOOL STUDENT

  • Access to¬†all workshops and classes over 5 days
  • Vegetarian lunch included
  • Membership to the Voice of the Beloved¬†community
  • *Does not¬†include flights, transport or accommodation.
  • Special discounts¬†at our flagship online courses
  • Payment plans via AfterPay available
I WANT IN!

INCL 3-DAY ADVANCED EXTENSION

$888

EARLY BIRD (VERY LIMITED SEATS)

  • The full 5-day Voice of the Beloved retreat with all the perks PLUS:
  • Advanced, 3-day in-person training at the private gurukul with Tahir Qawwal in Ubud after the retreat (very limited seats, more intimate group)
  • Specifically designed for singers who want to focus even deeper on creative improvisation and solo skills
  • Vegetarian lunch included
  • Payment plans via AfterPay available
I WANT IN!

REGULAR PRICE

$1550

ALL LEVELS WELCOME!

  • Access to¬†all workshops and classes over 5 days
  • Vegetarian lunch included
  • Membership to the Voice of the Beloved¬†community
  • *Does not¬†include flights, transport or accommodation.
  • Special discounts¬†at our flagship online courses
  • Payment plans via AfterPay available
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Feel free to reach out to Amie via Whatsapp at +62 81337 365 512 if you have any questions!