Songdance Retreats

Reconnect With Self

Fri 8 – Mon 11 October 2021
Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat, South Africa

Reconnect With Self

Experience the transformational power of Authentic Singing and Dancing in one of the most biodiverse places on earth. Connecting through music with our own sound and vibration is connecting to the very fabric of the universe itself. Meet yourself at the deepest level and dissolve into oneness, where only pure creativity remains.

Singing together, dancing together, being together in a state of meditation and free authentic expression under guidance of highly experienced international teachers Yavin & Upala, founders and directors of Songdance.

Experience a Songdance Retreat

Songdance Retreats offer an 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.

A warm welcome to you

Reconnect With Self through Authentic Singing and Dancing

The retreat is all about connecting deeply with your Self. That which you are is much more than just your life story, your thoughts and your convictions. You are a powerful, creative, beautiful being capable of so much!

Authentic Singing and Authentic Dancing are a very potent gateway to access a state of Self Awareness, whereby your song, dance, and breath happens THROUGH you rather than being done BY you. This is when pure creativity sparks and a deep joy fulfils every fibre of your being. 

We engage in practices to reconnect with our Self, NOT as a means to escape from possible heavy feelings and blocked emotions. On the contrary, Authentic Singing and Dancing are particularly powerful to embrace all of us, our light and our shadow, our wanted and unwanted feelings. Being deeply present to all that you are is an immensely liberating experience, leading you to a state of authentic being.

And remember, for Authentic Singing and Dancing, you don't need to have any former experience or talent whatsoever. Authentic Singing and Dancing is NOT about being 'good' but about being 'true'. 

You'll be welcomed in the beautiful Bodhi Khaya Retreat Center, a peaceful haven nestled at the foot of the Witkransberg, in the beautiful Overberg region in South-Africa. This will be your safe space to connect with nature, find deep rest and renewal, experience inner transformation and awaken to the wisdom of your heart.

The retreat will be guided by Yavin & Upala, husband and wife and founders and directors of Songdance. Songdance courses are loved and actively practiced by thousands of people all over the world. Yavin brings powerful live piano compositions to accompany the singing and the dancing. He is often being accompanied by a percussionist. Upala is holding a safe space in which deep healing and profound transformations can occur. Both have extensive experience in facilitating workshops (both in person and online) and retreats in Europe. It’s the first time Yavin & Upala bring this work to South Africa.

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 contagious, 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 October/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

Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat is a nature & wellness in an Eco-Spiritual Sanctuary.

This place is a peaceful haven nestled at the foot of the Witkransberg, in the beautiful Overberg region. This is your safe space to connect with nature, find deep rest and renewal, experience inner transformation and awaken to the wisdom of your heart.

Bodhi Khaya directs all of its surplus funds into land rehabilitation, water conservation and sustainable systems. They recently began partnering with key environmental experts to reforest and rehabilitate the original indigenous coastal forest that once existed on the land of Bodhi Khaya.

Discover the center

The Songdance retreat met my deep need for community and connection. Through sound and movement, a group of otherwise strangers were able to meet each other meaningfully while remaining absolutely true to our individual selves. It was transformative.




Arrival is on Friday 8 October after lunch. First session starts at 16:30.
Ending on Monday 11 October after lunch. Last session ends at 12:30. 


Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat
Grootbos Road, Stanford, South Africa

How to get there

Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat is located in the South of South Africa. The retreat center is a 2,5 hours drive from Cape Town. 

We can arrange optional private transport from Cape Town (airport) upon request, or we can arrange for participants to drive together.


Songdance charges R 2500 for its sessions. On the registration page you'll see a total amount including the food and lodging. Click here to see the total prices.

Price includes

  • A 4-day/3-night Songdance Retreat experience with Yavin & Upala
  • 22 hours of immersive and experiential group sessions
  • 3 meals a day with organic, home-grown fresh veggie food
  • An intimate group of max. 20 participants
  • Self-time where you can enjoy beautiful nature, the all-natural pool, taking forest walks… 
  • The whole centre will be exclusively for the Songdance group. This will ensure maximum privacy and free space. 


Amazing massages at the centre

This Songdance retreat will be part of a documentary about native African music, the healing power of the voice and singing. There will be some video recordings during the retreat. This will happen in the most discrete way, only in full harmony with what is possible within the safe field of the retreat. Although no focus will be on individual participants, If you do not want to be filmed at all, we can work around it. This should not stop you from joining the retreat.

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.

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?