Expressive Voice Groups
Freelance for drama and music students, singing groups and choirs, etc.
“Working on the vocal instrument does not only nurture the sonorous power of the acoustic voice, it releases the soulful power of our psychological voice and increases the sound of our presence in the world. Having a voice means having an impact and influence. Our voice is the means by which we make ourselves known and ensure that we are heard.” P. Newham
"The series of one to one sessions that I did with Sebastiana had a huge impact on my personal and professional life. It has opened up my mind and body to other ways of expressing myself as a creative being. I quite literally 'found my voice' (or began to do so) at a time when I needed desperately to do so. The techniques that I learnt gave me new-found confidence. They grounded me in my body whilst allowing me to fly, as I made a permanent move overseas. The sessions with Sebastiana supported me to safely release and let go of the old, whilst confidently welcoming new experiences.
I can dare to improvise, dare to express myself, I can make myself heard.
I would recommend Sebastiana's sessions and workshops to anyone and I sincerely hope to have the opportunity to work with Sebastiana again in the future."
The individual sessions are tailored to your personal and vocal needs, your intentions and your unique voice. The first session usually includes taking your vocal and personal history and a gentle introduction to the work. Subsequent sessions evolve according to what you and your voice most require in general and on the day.
This work requires commitment in order to see changes in your vocal and personal patterns. Commiting to 6 sessions is therefore advisable before we review your progress.
Sessions take place in the centre of Norwich. Parking is available. I will send you directions after you book your first session.
The cost of the session is £45 per hour. Limited amount of concessionary rates are available for those who need it. The sessions are payable on the day by cash or bank transfer. If you cancel with less than 48 hour notice, your session is chargeable.
Watch this video to get a taste of what to expect in a group or a workshop:
"Sebastiana's workshops are a deeply moving experience, and yet also light and playful. She holds a safe space where you feel free to start experimenting with your voice, testing and exploring its possibilities, learning about what more you could do with it. This work is useful for performance and also for life. Highly recommended." Gabriella, Something From Nothing theatre company, Brighton 2018
Your Expressive Voice Lab
Inner Space, Norwich
Saturday 15 June 2019, 10:30am-1pm
An opportunity to explore your voice in connection to your body and psyche and to discover its therapeutic potential:
Mindfully connect your voice to your body, breath, feelings, imagination and different aspects of your self
Release tension, soothe your nervous system and feel revitalised by your own freed expression and creativity
Discover the joys and depths of vocal sounds, simple songs and improvisation.
Open to those new to Voice Movement Therapy as well as those of you with previous experience who would like to revisit what you may already know, discover more and go deeper.
Come to one session or both.
Early booking essential. Spaces limited. Small group.
This workshop will give you 7 hours of continuous professional development and a certificate will be emailed after the day.
EXPRESSIVE VOICE GROUP
Sebastiana runs regular Expressive Voice Group (EVG) sessions. EVG offers a supportive space to explore the relationship between your voice, body and mind.
“I found Expressive Voice Group had numerous benefits. On a practical level, breathing techniques helped with speaking from the tummy and abdomen, not just the throat and upper chest so ... less strain. Also some of the activities highlight how we find our voice in a group. As my work involves a fair amount of talking in meetings this was professionally relevant. On a personal level the sessions also encourage noticing the link between emotions and voice both in yourself and others. And it was fun and freeing to be 'allowed' to make as much or as little noise as you wished!"
Jane, EVG, Norwich 2018
“I have felt totally safe and supported with my voice and that is very freeing.” Summer, December 2016
“I discovered how natural and freeing it is to use my voice and what a great tool and channel it is.”
Sam, EVG, Spring 2018
Currently there no dates set for this group. If you are interested in taking part in one in the future please get in touch here:
The content of this weekly group can be taylored to the needs of your school, college, choir or any other group interested in vocal exploration.
In this experiential group we will be exploring our unique voice and its relationship to our whole person, discovering how the voice connects with the body, feelings, imagination, different aspects of the psyche and our story.
Working with vocal sounds, breath, movement, imagery, songs, improvisation, creative writing and drawing and group sharing will support you to learn practical ways to look after your voice and develop more flexibility and expressive range in your speaking, sounding and singing voice.
The sessions will also focus on embodying different vocal qualities and body postures, finding out how they connect with your feelings and help you to express more of who you are. Your voice will be explored in relationship to yourself and others.
You will investigate what holds you back, including the inner critic, fear, physical tension and other barriers to free expression whilst bringing more awareness, ease, spontaneity and authenticity to your expression.
Each week you will receive a handout that explores a specific vocal component/s and its implications. Recording of songs that we will sing in the group to experiment with different vocal qualities will be also provided.
The group draws on the practices and principles of Voice Movement Therapy, the teachings of Mindfulness and Mindful Self-compassion, somatic work and depth psychology.
No previous experience necessary.
It will be a small group (up to 10 people) to allow the work to go deeper, and therefore places are limited.
Booking is essential.