Thursday, 16 April 2020

The Exhale: a time for sharing and growing together



This month, violinist Gwendolyn Masin was planning a musicians' retreat at Lake Biel in Switzerland but the current crisis has forced Masin to re-focus the project, and she has created The Exhale, a series of holistic music masterclasses bringing together a faculty of internationally-renowned artists and practitioners in disciplines such as yoga, Alexander Technique, psychotherapy and Feldenkrais. The Exhale is intended for professional musicians, string students who wish to pursue a professional career, players in search of professional development, and amateur musicians, it offers musicians a safe space to explore, pause and refresh; a place to begin an inner journey to understanding, without outward expectation.

The curriculum is designed to guide participants along various journeys through music, movement, mental and physical well-being and nutrition. Moving on-line means an expanded faculty (currently numbering over 20 artists), and means that The Exhale is accessible to a wider on-line audience.

Tutors include Gwendolyn Masin, cellists Ruth Phillips and Dale Culliford, viol inists Franziska Huber Pavlo Beznosiuk and Jennifer Johnson (author of What Every Violinist Needs to Know About the Body), yoga teacher Clare Nicholls, violist and Alexander Technique practitioner Matthew Jones, and psychotherapists Emma Black and Dana Fonteneau.

Participant fees are by donation, and The Exhale will be giving a portion of its participant donations to selected charities. Full details from The Exhale website.

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