Authentic Voicework: Yoga of the Voice Retreat (12-CEs) 

June 10 & 11 , Sat 11-6 and Sun 10-5pm

This expressive arts modality guides you into the heart of your voice and authentic self. Also considered the "Yoga of the Voice", this course stretches boundaries we harbor around letting the voice be heard, exploring the connection to the authentic self through vocalizing, engages community in a unique way and opens brave new doors.

The philosophical premise behind Authentic Voicework is such that as tension in the body and mind release, new creative territory is more accessible and readily available to the "self". Authentic Voicework is a beginner class designed for non-singers and singers alike for the purposes of stress reduction, meditation and creative play. Many fun activities and exercises are geared towards bringing out the inner voice, to regain parts of your self that may be hidden. This course utilizes postural awareness, breathwork, stretching, and creative vocalizing, and disperses old inhibitions only to find new tools of freedom. As tension is released, new creative territory is more accessible allowing for a wider range of motion of expression, and freeing the participant's “authentic voice”. Topics include the body as instrument, the voice as an extension of self, reconnecting with your power and voice as barometer. Authentic Voicework harbors a safe creative space for allowing and facilitating this experience. Heidemann facilitates an open, deep, and powerful experience that gently opens and melts away layer upon layer of unseen inhibition and fear, and uncovering the natural lightness and freedom of the natural voice. 

This 2-day workshop introduces the voice & breath as physical instruments to be used as a form of energy work, and to have a chance to experiment as a group with your own voice, and experience the healing benefits! Participants are often amazed to witness the powerful shift in energy. This modality of healing, founded in Expressive Arts Therapy, includes elements of energy work, classical voice technique, Feldenkreis, bodywork, Alexander Technique, Yoga, Somatic Psychology, Meditation and the mystical path of sound and music or "Nada Yoga".

12-CEs for Licensed Massage Therapists; NCBTMB Approved Provider # 451581-11

Course fee: Early Bird Special $195 (Register by 5/15)

 Regular $220.00

(Organic, vegetarian lunches will be provided by The Real Juice Bar)


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This workshop is taught by Stephanie Heidemann, Founder, Authentic Voicework™ 

Stephanie Heidemann is a professional singer, and was a Licensed Massage Therapist for 12 years.  She integrates healing arts together in her unique modality, Authentic Voicework.  Stephanie has a B.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy from Indiana University (1999); was mentored by Developmental Movement Analyst Fanchon Shur, and later studied classical voice technique with NY Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-Soprano Brenda Boozer. She toured nationally with world music/folk a Capella quartet “VIDA” (1994-2001) managed by NY’s IMG-Artists. VIDA scaled universities, music festival circuits, to being on the cover of Billboard Magazine. She explored improvisational singing extensively with rhythm theorist/percussionist, Julian Douglas; and later compiled many recordings together (Your Voice Through MineTalafawa) including film soundtrack works with filmmaker David Gittens. Her CD, “The Cantiga Project” was highlighted on NPR’s “All Songs Considered”, and tracks were included in the Sounds True, Inc. CD “Songs of Mary“.  In 2011, Stephanie was awarded the Ringling Towers Award for Performing Arts, and Artist in Residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat (2013/2016). She has presented workshops on Authentic Voicework in many places, including the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference in Lima, Peru (2012). Stephanie currently resides in Sarasota, FL where she teaches and raises her wild child.  Listen to her music at StephanieHeidemann.com.