Songdance Retreats

Free Spirit

Thu 6 – Sun 9 January 2022
Veduna Retreats, Slovenia

Become a truly free spirit with Authentic Singing and Dancing

We all long to be free, living a life of joy and freedom.
But what does freedom mean to you? 
Where does it come from?
What is holding you back?

For us, freedom is allowing the life force to run through you.
It's about letting spirit play you like an instrument.
Being infinitely creative, connected to source.
In full surrender to your authentic song and dance.

A warm welcome to You, Free Spirit !

Experience a Songdance Retreat

Songdance Retreats offer a unique mix of nature immersion and conscious guidance with music and creative expression through Authentic Singing and Dancing. Under the professional and experienced guidance of Yavin & Upala (founders and directors of Songdance) you'll be invited to gently open up to your inner creativity and self-healing capacities. It's a powerful and deep process which is both effortless and deeply joyful, even when pain and heavy emotions are involved.

During a Songdance Retreat you will always…

  • Be welcomed in a wonderful, natural and conscious environment. We only work with the best retreat centres!
  • Enjoy veggie natural/organic/home-grown food.
  • Work with the power of Authentic Singing & Dancing in a gentle and inviting manner. This includes awesome live music and mantra singing.
  • Be supported to grow and deepen with the experienced and loving guidance of Yavin & Upala.
  • Feel at home with an intimate group of like-minded conscious individuals who all choose to be there in truth and love. We keep our groups small to allow for deeper process work where needed.

Happy New Year!

Become a truly free spirit with Authentic Singing and Dancing and set the new year in motion with an awesome vibe. Finding the stillness within, surrounded by the snow-covered Slovenian landscape, making space for the expression of your spirit.

A 4-day experiential and immersive retreat experience for you to connect deeply with your Self. Authentic singing and dancing with a group of like-minded people who all long for more freedom and connection. Enjoying the wonderful Veduna Retreat Centre with its delicious healthy and fresh home-grown food, the sauna and pristine natural pool, surrounded by snowy mountains.

The retreat is guided by Yavin & Upala, husband and wife, and founders and directors of Songdance. They will lovingly invite you to open up and come home to your body through the powerful practice of Authentic and Dancing. Singing authentically together brings a deep connection between people, creating a safe space where you can be totally yourself, where you can let go, where you can grow and move through whatever comes up in that moment.

The retreat is all about regaining your innate freedom in a joyful and effortless way through movement, sound, music, mantra singing, connection with nature and the hearts of beautiful people. 

You don't need to have any former experience or talent in singing or dancing whatsoever to reap the full benefits of this retreat. Authentic Singing and Dancing is NOT about being 'good' but about being 'true'. 

Register soon as places are limited.
Price: €622, all-inclusive (or more depending on room choice).

This was such a surprising, restorative, heartfelt, gentle experience! I have come back to work refreshed and open. It created real connection and a wonderful sense of community. Yavin was such an example of creating a non-judgemental space of exploration, courage and vulnerability, and Upala held us all safe. Thank you for the experience!


Authentic Singing... together

You might already know the power of Authentic Singing from our online offerings. Yet, nothing comes close to the incredible power of a group coming together in sound and song. Singing in a group is always powerful, but our Retreats go further and deeper by adding the authenticity aspect into the mix. A truly magical experience!

Singing has always created a connection between people. Songs are about singing an existing harmony, melody and rhythm, whereas Authentic Singing is about expressing what is present with you in that moment. Authentic Singing brings the truth to the surface for every participant. This not only creates a deep connection, but an immense freedom and growth as well.

From that deep connection, spontaneous mantras emerge that will empower each and every person. Through the power of enticing, uplifting music, you'll be singing and swinging in no time.

Your voice has profound healing capacities that will undoubtedly unlock during the retreat. Authentic Singing is an amazing tool for discovering all about yourself, your healing and growth as a human being.

And, if you think you can't sing, please don't worry! You're not the only one to think that and definitely not the first one to tell us this. Authentic Singing has NOTHING to do with how 'good' or 'trained' you are. On the contrary, untrained singers (or people who took on the belief that they can't sing) find it much easier to be authentic in their singing and sounding than trained singers.

Authentic Dancing...
a beautifully gentle way to open up

At Songdance we are currently working on the release of our next big online program: an Authentic Dancing course - Coming home to the body. With the Year Course Authentic Singing we created a course around the 'Song' and now it's time for the 'dance' within Songdance. The release is set for November 2021, but we can't wait to work with the powerful practice of Authentic Dancing during this upcoming retreat.

Your body is not always ready to open up. Perhaps you are very disconnected from your body, your home. Perhaps your body is holding onto stored and stagnant energies that block your free and creative flow and this makes it hard for you to be fully YOU.

Authentic Dancing will slowly yet effortlessly help you to open up and come back home to your body. Bringing joyful movement into your whole body, beyond your limiting beliefs. Learning to accept yourself just as you are, restoring trust in your body whilst honouring your own unique life journey so far.

The framework

During the retreat, we first and foremost create a safe space where everyone can feel at ease to be themselves. A space where anyone can feel safe to go into their personal process without the fear of being rejected, judged or 'fixed'. We work with the power of active listening, of 'just being there' for each other without becoming the 'helper' or 'fixer'. Simply being present and aware with yourself and each other is enough. Magic happens when we trust the rest to your own body's movement, sound, song and breath.

The work

After setting the framework, we focus on opening up and coming home to the body. We cannot really sing or do anything if we're somewhere far away, floating, or a prisoner in our own mind. We then begin to listen to ourselves and each other. Truly listen. What does your voice have to tell you? What does the voice of others have to tell you? Learning to listen is 99% of the work. 

Yet, once you do, the fun can really start. Pure and innocent joy comes in when we engage in playful, free, conscious expression through Authentic Singing and Dancing... together! We form smaller groups, bigger groups and allow all of us to come to life, be seen, be heard. You'll be surprised to see how creative and free you can be!
From this space we move into meditation, contemplation and breathing. Deep insights may come, release may occur, strange sensations may come and go. And a deep knowing that all is just as it should be.
All the while, you will be surrounded by the healing salve of nature with sufficient time to yourself to integrate, relax completely and... enjoy!

The centre

Veduna Retreats is a centre of healing and learning in an environment that is so beautiful, peaceful and nurturing, so in rhythm with Nature, that even the deepest of wounds can be recognised and the healing process lovingly held and supported.

A space where new paradigms are pushed and deeper understandings are gained. Where we rekindle our connection to the land and reconnect with ourselves. For if we want to heal the world, we must seek to know ourselves first.

23 hectares of pristine land, energetically powerful, intensely beautiful and with a mind of its own. Veduna Retreats has a wide variety of facilities, including a large dining area with stunning views, a large yoga and meditation studio, an outside natural swimming pool, a sauna, a café, arts and crafts studios and treatment spaces.

Discover the centre

I feel that I was witnessed and held, without any push to ‘change’ or be a better version of the self that I showed up as.
Because of all of your ‘witnessing’ I feel emboldened to step into who I am meant to be, and stop hiding in the shadows of a lack of self-confidence and self-love. I feel like my heart has been cracked open, as if I have been opened up to the possibilities life holds, and the possibilities of love. I cannot express how grateful I am to you, Yavin and Upala, and to all of you healers for witnessing me, as me.




Arrival is on Thursday 6 January after lunch. First session starts at 16:30.
Ending on Sunday 9 January after lunch. Last session ends at 12:30. 


Veduna Retreats
Lopatnik 4, 3320 Velenje, Slovenia

How much?

€622 per person (or more depending on room choice).

Price includes

  • A 4-day/3-night Songdance Retreat experience with Yavin & Upala.
  • 3 meals a day with organic, home-grown fresh veggie food.
  • An intimate group of max. 20 participants.
  • 24 hours of immersive and experiential group sessions
  • Self-time where you can enjoy the sauna and natural pool, taking forest walks, spend time in 'the nest' at the cosy fireplace…


  • Airport pickup from Ljubljana (est. €80) or another airport in a neighbouring country (Trieste, Klagenfurt, Graz & Zagreb). 
  • Afternoon drinks in the centre café (lovely coffees or teas, oat milk lattés, golden curcumin milk, ginger drinks...) and home-baked pastries.
  • Amazing massages at the centre

How to get there

Veduna is easily reached by flying to Ljubljana (Slovenia's capital) or by flying to a nearby airport (Trieste, Klagenfurt, Graz & Zagreb). Thanks to its central location in the heart of Europe, you can also reach Veduna by car:

  • 2 hours drive from Zagreb
  • 3,5 hours drive from Vienna
  • 4 hours drive from Budapest
  • 6 hours drive from Milan
  • 8,5 hours drive from Rome
  • 10,5 hours drive from Berlin & Warsaw
  • 12,5 hours drive from Brussels
  • 13,5 hours drive from Paris & Amsterdam

About the teachers

Yavin & Upala started Songdance together in 2018. Before Songdance, Yavin had several years of experience giving workshops and retreats with singing and the transformative power of music. Yavin is a naturally talented musician, with piano and voice being his main instruments.

Upala shifted her life direction completely after having a career as an engineer and quality manager. She developed her natural gifts as a healer, designer, artist and space holder.

While going through their own process of healing and transformation, Yavin & Upala created the Year Course Authentic Singing. Since its launch, the course has reached hundreds of people all over the world bringing joy and transformation to their lives.

You will find Yavin & Upala to be professional, intuitive, warm and welcoming, compassionate yet fierce when needed and mature in their guidance of a retreat.

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What is Authentic Singing?
Experience our 3 free sessions

Immerse yourself in the Songdance sound universe with these 3 free introductory sessions. The only way to truly understand the power of Authentic Singing is to experience it for yourself. What better way to start than here and now?