From Fear to Joy: Discover Your Inner Singer!

Workshop/Retreat for “Non-Singers,” Beginners,
& anyone who wants to become more comfortable and expressive with their voice!
Learn to Sing Even if You Think You Can’t Carry a Tune!
Saturday, January 19th, 10:00-5:00

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Aptos, California

(email Nancy to inquire about tuition assistance)

Start learning to sing in a fun, supportive atmosphere!

What people are saying…

We’ll be at this lovely location.

Always happy after a day of singing!

I hear this is a great place for a deli lunch:
Delux Foods

And if you’re staying in the area for the evening or the weekend, there’s lots to do:
Restaurants in Santa Cruz
The Hideout restaurant in Aptos
Things to do in Aptos
Things to do in the Santa Cruz area
And, Here’s a hotel in Aptos,

Early-bird fee: $145
Your payment is non-refundable, but if you need to cancel you may apply payment towards another product or service, or a future workshop.

If you’ve wanted to sing in a chorus, wished you could sing along with friends, wanted to feel more comfortable singing the Happy Birthday song, or even just get more out of singing by yourself, this full-day workshop is the perfect first step!

  • If you can talk you can sing!

  • Yes, EVEN YOU!!

  • Learn in a way that’s supportive, comfortable & fun

  • Discover your own natural voice

  • Become more confident – experience some singing success!

  • Take home skills to start you on your way!

“I really surprised myself, in many ways. I had a wonderful time and came away with more confidence than I felt possible!”
– A Workshop Participant

Through a combination of games, improvisation and simple songs from around the world we’ll explore different aspects of the voice.

Did you know that adults & teens can learn to sing in much the same way a child learns language — through immersion and play?! 

In that spirit, we’ll…

  • Create a space of non-judgement, and replace the “cringe,” with curiosity!

  • Make all kinds of crazy sounds and noises — just to discover what we’ve got!

  • Learn to listen differently and more deeply.

  • Discover the profound joy of boldly singing with other people!

  • Dig into different learning styles, discovering YOUR best inroads to music learning.

  • Discuss the basics of music theory, so you’ll understand more about how songs work.

  • Sing familiar songs and learn new ones!

We’ll create a tool kit of accessible techniques for you to take home and use as you develop your skills. Discover the joy of your unique voice and let go of that old idea that singing isn’t for you!

“Nancy has helped me along the journey of bringing what I hear inside my head into the world. She brings a patience and a kindness to her process that focuses on joy and emphasizes the pleasure of singing. She has helped me replace my perceptions of singing failure with success, and anxiety with relaxation.”
– Chris, Singing Student

Early-bird fee: $145
Your payment is non-refundable, but if you need to cancel you may apply payment towards another product or service, or a future workshop.

Come for the weekend or stay the evening in the area! I’m a visitor myself, from the East Coast, but I can tell that Aptos and the whole Santa Cruz area is hopping!

Just 15 miles south of Santa Cruz, California, Aptos is an easy drive from anywhere in the Bay area. If you’d like to stay in the after our workshop, there are many great places to catch some music, see a play, or get a great meal. Visit this link to learn more about what’s happening in the Aptos/Santa Cruz area during our workshop weekend.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Santa Cruz County, in their own words…

We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace. We have radical roots and a history as self-motivated spiritual people: we think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything.

We need not think alike to love alike. We are people of many beliefs and backgrounds: people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be. We are Unitarian Universalist and Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, atheist and agnostic, believers in God, and more.

On the forefront of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer inclusion for more than 40 years, we are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We welcome you: your whole self, with all your truths and your doubts, your worries and your hopes. Join us on this extraordinary adventure of faith. Get involved!

“A Broad View of Growth and Learning…

We strive to be a place apart where a free and open exploration of music, art and spirituality is fostered, where people come to study, learn, pray, practice, contemplate, discern, teach, think, and grow. We encourage interdisciplinary explorations, such as music and art therapy, and the freedom to discern one’s own path to personal and spiritual growth. We provide resources such as our library of western spirituality, access to spiritual direction, and instruction in various contemplative practices, all offered from a place of openness and understanding.”

“Nancy seems to have an endless basket of teaching tools and they were all enjoyable. I especially liked moving, scatting and adding rhythm-making to our singing.”
– Workshop Participant