Songdance Retreats

Creative Spark

Fri 17 – Sun 19 September 2021
Melody Hill Retreat, South Africa

Creative Spark

Experience the transformational power of Authentic Singing and Dancing in the beautiful Melody Hill Retreat Center on the banks of the Magalies River. 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

Ignite your Creative Spark with Authentic Singing & Dancing

The mini-retreat is all about connecting deeply with your own unique creative flow. You are creative beyond measure. Singing and dancing is your birthright. Maybe your capacity for free authentic expression is buried somewhere deep inside of you, but it is never lost!

During this retreat, we create a safe space where you can regain your natural creativity, freedom, wisdom and self-healing capabilities. You will be surprised to discover a powerful creativity that is a unique expression of YOU.

Your sound and song are welcome.
Your body and dance are welcome.
You are welcome, whatever your past story might be.
Your pains and your laughter are all welcome during this retreat experience.

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 Melody Hill Retreat Center, a peaceful haven nestled on the banks of the Magalies River in South-Africa. This will be your safe space to connect with nature, find rest and renewal, experience inner transformation and ignite your creative spark!

The retreat will be guided by Yavin & Upala, husband and wife and founders and directors of Songdance. Songdance courses are loved and actively practised 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.

I feel so privileged to have spent time with you! I received a wave of comprehension and understanding that moved me as an ocean. I have received so many of your transmissions. The power of true authenticity creates so many consequences on any aspect of our existence. It allows me to realise what I want in my life, as in how I want to be, what kind of truthfulness to myself and the world I want to be able to reach. The process is still ongoing and as Upala told me, trust within my heart is a great ally of life.
Thank you Yavin and Upala with all my being for what you give to me, to the people, to the world. 


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

Melody Hill Retreat is a 2-hectare country estate set in a secluded pecan-nut orchard, on the banks of the Magalies River. This river-side property is situated in a valley that boasts a unique ecosystem teaming with birds and indigenous plant life. The home of Nag-apies, Porcupines, Vervet Monkeys and Hornbills.

Melody Hill offers a peaceful and tranquil setting for mind, body and soul integration. Total harmonious relaxation for the body, mind and spirit. The grounds and facilities include a studio, swimming pool, labyrinth, river, orchard, dam, vegetable gardens and beautiful buildings, designed and built by us with love and passion over 25 years.

Melody Hill is located in close proximity to Johannesburg, Pretoria and Rustenburg. The route from Johannesburg and Pretoria passes through the scenic landscape of the Cradle of Humankind. Come and experience a setting in harmony with its stunning environment!

Discover the center

I wanted to thank you both again so much for what you have given to me (us). Such a gift indeed! I have never been able to give power to my sung voice, and always told myself ‘ah I don’t have the range’ or some other nonsense, but I was aware there was a big emotional blockage. When I got home last night, I swore, for the first time in my life I sang for real, with power! And also at lows and highs I had never gotten to before. I was in a kind of exhilarated disbelief, and I was trying all these songs I loved, and I could actually sing them!!
You are two incredible human beings. I can’t enough express my gratitude and admiration for what you are sharing and allowing people to pull out of themselves.




Arrival is on Friday 17 September before dinner. We'll have dinner together and then the first session starts at 20:30.
We'll end on Sunday 19 September after lunch. Last session ends at 12:30. 


Melody Hill Retreat
16 R98, Seekoeihoek, Magaliesburg, South Africa

How to get there

Only 1 hour 15 minutes drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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How much?

R 3630 per person (or more depending on room option)

Price includes

  • A 3-day/2-night Songdance mini-retreat experience with Yavin & Upala
  • 13,5 hours of immersive and experiential group sessions
  • Healthy and nourishing veggie meals
  • An intimate group of max. 20 participants
  • Self-time where you can enjoy beautiful nature, the all-natural pool, taking forest walks…

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?