Singing Retreat

Sing to Bloom

Opening a space for people to express themselves and find freedom in using their voice!

Next retreat Sept 2024

Waiting list now open

8 places at just €650 per person with early bird discount

One week all inclusive accommodation and tuition

Note! Flights and travel are not included

Or email to reserve your place now

Our Singing Retreats

The singing retreat is hosted at Studio Alouette: a beautiful residential centre in the western French countryside.

The 150 year old renovated farm house is set in over 2 hectares of land just outside the idyllic, picturesque town of Confolens, France.

Develop your voice away from the distractions of everyday life, with like-minded singers and hosts.

The two professional musicians will deliver a relaxed and varied course to no more than 8 people per retreat

Rachel Waters

Introducing your tutor Rachel Waters

Rachel is a passionate vocal coach and singing for wellbeing practitioner. Having been teaching singing since 2013 Rachel has supported singers of all ages, experience and background.

Whilst studying BA Hons in Popular Music and Recording at Salford University Rachel’s interest in understanding the voice grew, she began research and seeking external training to debunk her own issues, learn from some of the best voice experts in the UK and ultimately champion others in their singing experience. Now Rachel specialises in guiding singers to find their own unique gifts, grow in confidence and cultivate a singing experience that works for them.

Rachel created Sing to Bloom in 2020 opening a space for people to express themselves and find freedom in using their voice. This took off into corporate, community and individual work spaces. Flash forward to today, Rachel is still supporting singers to find their authentic voice, to build consistency in their technique and hone their gifts for more empowered singing EVERY TIME!

Find out more about Rachel here!

What we will do on the singing retreat

Rachel’s course covers some key aspects to set you up for singing success; building a healthy relationship with voice, an efficient and bespoke approach to technique and an exploration of your authentic, creative self.

The basis of this course was developed with you in mind, cutting straight to answer your biggest questions – this is a chance to debunk the myths, cultivate magic and embrace the mystery that is singing.

  • Ready, set, GO! – preparing to sing, find our best warm ups and beyond!
  • Breathe baby – understanding how to access efficient breathing technique.
  • Tension Tamer- releasing common areas of vocal restriction or “strain.”
  • Howling at the moon – exploring emotion as a tool for voice production and answering those common questions: “how to belt / sing higher / grow range / build strength.
  • Singing Superpower – find your authentic singing USP. (Unique Singing Powers!)
  • Spinning Plates – finding our way to coordinate the singing balance and develop your toolkit to protect, prepare and perform.

What’s Included

Bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner

Limoges Airport to Studio Alouette transfer

Towels, toiletries and dressing gowns

Tuition and workshops

Wide variety of instruments and kit

Recording studio time with engineer

Recording at Studio Alouette Confolens France

What you need to provide

Flights to Limoges Airport

Passport, health insurance and GHIC card

Instrument if required

Couple of changes of clothes

Phones, tablets or laptop



Our music retreats are full-board with accommodation in our impressive Dortoir, with everything you need for your stay. To make it as easy as possible, we provide bedding, towels, toiletries and even dressing gowns. All you need are a change of clothes and personal items.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are freshly prepared and served at a time to suit guests. Wherever possible you can eat in one of the dining areas in our beautiful gardens.

The carefully designed timetable, plenty of space and quiet hideaways allow for private practice and personal time throughout the week.

Enjoying dinner on our music retreats Studio Alouette

Travel to our singing retreats

Studio Alouette is in Confolens, Charente in West France. We are most easily reached by flights from London and Manchester to Limoges Airport. We are able to arrange airport transfers from Limoges on the first and last days of the retreat.

Alternatively, you can drive and take the ferry or Channel Tunnel or the Eurostar to Paris and train to Limoges. See our main travel page for more details here.

Please note: Your travel is not included in the cost of the retreat and you will need to arrange your flights or ferry once you have reserved your space. Call or email and we will be happy to advise you of the best way to travel and what documents you will need.