What is Vocal Odyssey
Meeting our intimate, wild and free selves through
Voice, Movement & Silence
Vocal Odyssey is a deep yet playful self-inquiry journey of discovery into the mystery and healing forces of our most intimate musical instrument – our voice.
The week long process aims to pierce through the voices in our heads and to open a door for a new relationship between us and the transformative quality of our vocal expression. To bring us a bit closer to our beautiful, raw, wild and imperfect human flow.
The voice is our bridge to something bigger than ourselves, it is our connection to the prayer we carry. In this group we will reconnect to the simple and natural way of expressing our authentic voice beyond judgments, painful beliefs and limiting conditionings.
"The Vocal Odyssey is not about making anyone a better 'singer'.
Rather, it is about self exploration and self love through
a meeting with the spirit of our vocal expression.
It is not about what you can do for your voice, on the contrary,
it is about what your voice can do for you"
It is about unleashing our raw, natural capacity to celebrate all colours of life through our unique and authentic expression, while tapping into the intuitive and mystical realms of our connection to the present moment through sound.
We will explore all angles of our voice using various tools, while piercing and bringing awareness to all that blocks us from letting our voice simply be. We will discover how singing is not only about ‘singing’ – it is in fact about ‘listening’ and expressing effortlessly all that is inside of us, moment to moment.
About Nessi Gomes
Born on the tiny island of Guernsey (UK), singing and music became Nessi’s way of dealing with challenging life circumstances. From a young age she discovered the ability to transform discomforts and unspoken emotions by exploring sound, and has continued to root herself more and more in the therapeutic value of sonic expression.
Nessi’s creative turning point took place seven years ago upon settling in the community of PachaMama in Costa Rica. The nature of the place has reshaped and deepened her approach towards music, therapy and self-healing.
In the past 4 years Nessi has shared her music and voice retreats in 30 international countries. In October 2016 she released her debut album ‘Diamonds & Demons’ and received Best of British Unsigned female artist for that year.
In the past 4 years Nessi has shared her music and voice retreats in 25 countries. On October 2016 she released her debut album ‘Diamonds & Demons’ and received Best of British Unsigned female artist for that year.
“Using my voice has helped me on so many levels, nourishing my spiritual, emotional
and physical wellbeing. For 20 years, working with my voice has revealed so much
about who I am. It has particularly helped me to connect to the more difﬁcult
emotions and give them a channel, allowing this energy to shift and transform.
Sound can act as a bridge so that we are able to connect to the joy of our unique
expression and to unleash it in its complete beauty safely.”
Nessi Gomes is a Musician, and Group Facilitator with a BA (Hons) in Creative Expressive Therapies in Music (2007), and a Certified Holistic Voice Practitioner with The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) in Group Voice Therapy (2014).
The Island of Amorgos
THE CYCLADES ISLANDS, GREECE
Voicing Your True Nature At The Big Blue
The Island of Amorgos - Unspoiled and untouched by time, covered with hidden beaches, dramatic mountains, clear blue and turquoise waters, it is no coincidence that Luc Besson chose to shoot the first part of the film The Big Blue here. The Island is one of the most intriguing and mystical kept secrets of all the Greek Islands.
With very few residents, by no means is Amorgos a commercialised island and it is truly a perfect opportunity and location to feel supported in order for us to dive deeply into our intimate, wild and free selves through voice, movement and silence.
For those of you that feel or hear the call to dive deeply inwards, to heal, nourish, unleash and celebrate, in September 2019 I will facilitate a very special week long retreat with my partner and co-facilitator, Lino Hermesh on the beautiful and magical island of Amorgos (Greece).
This will be our only 1 week residential Vocal Odyssey retreat for 2019.
Amorgos is a short ferry ride from Santorini, Naxos and Paros (all 3 have international airports) or a longer boat ride from Athens.
The retreat is limited to 20 participants only.
Aegialis Hotel & Spa
THE ONLY 5 STAR HOTEL IN THE ISLAND.
Private and shared rooms are available.
All rooms offer amazing views of the Aegean sea and the Aegiali beach.
Is it for me?
What to expect?
The Vocal Odyssey journey creates a safe, loving and non-judgemental contained space, which will enable you to dive deep to build a close relationship with your voice. During the retreat we will prepare the body and voice daily with gentle warm-ups and stretches to help support, open and strengthen our voices. This will help prepare the foundations so that we are able to unearth our true vocal potential and tap into the unique spirit of our voices.
There will be times to reflect and keep a journal, allowing you to deepen your process and take your next step in understanding the resistances and releases in connecting to your voice. Whether from our primary upbringing, education or our wider society, we have all been conditioned to have beliefs and imprints that limit our creativity and expression. The simple truth is that singing and connecting to our creative expression is our birthright and it is time to reclaim it. We often associate singing with performance, and this can trigger a lot of fear. Rest assured this is not the essence of Vocal Odyssey.
The Vocal Odyssey process, embarked on with a focused intention and sincere longing for liberation, is a wonderful opportunity to have a significant and lasting breakthrough shift in your creative expression.
The deep, loving and fun process supports you to express your naked voice and to bear witness to the transformative potential that this vocal power holds. We can all access this wisdom both via our individual naked voice and collectively as a singing field.
The aim of this group is not to become a ‘perfect’ singer – it is about unleashing our raw, natural capacity to celebrate all colours of life through our unique and authentic expression, while tapping into the intuitive and mystical realms of our connection to ‘God’ through sound.
The human singing voice is our most powerful and intimate resource. The Vocal Odyssey retreat is a deep journey that unleashes and frees the untapped sonic power of our voice from the hidden corners that have kept it quiet, silent and buried.
It is a space of self-enquiry through our voice and where we will reconnect to the simple, playful and natural way of expressing our authentic naked sound beyond judgments, painful beliefs and limiting conditionings.
What Participants Say
“A beautiful deep experience, a trip into the magical gift of "beIng", a dance between light and shadow. Thank you Nessi for this magnificent experience. I wish everybody could be part of this Odyssey”
“A unique experience beyond everything I could have had imagined. Free - open - love”
“This journey opened my heart towards myself and others through my voice. After the workshop I became freer in experimenting with my voice and trusting it more”
“It is a doorway to pure and simple expression. It allowed myself to unleash my voice, to let my mind be silent and let my spirit sound whatever it needed. I feel my everyday words are shared more openly and sincerely than ever”
“This weekend felt like a big serotonin and endomorphic boost. I approached each exercise with fear and trepidation. Can I do this? What will happen? How to surrender? And now after, there is this incredible joy and relief/release to have made it through to the other side. This experience was profound and heart opening”
“Everything I experienced those 4 days was utterly mind blowing, extremely challenging, liberating and developing. It changed how I see myself, both as an individual, but also as a part of a group. I would do it again any time and I am deeply grateful”
“The retreat felt like a soul odyssey through the voice, profound and gentle, playful and deep. I take with me the warmth and generosity. I experienced very deeply how sacred my voice is, each one’s voice, so unique and sacred”
Illustrator, Art teacher Switzerland
“Its hard to describe in words, but I can say from the depths of my heart: it was and is one of the outstanding deep touching weekends of my life. I participated already in a variety of nice singing courses but the one of Nessi truly touched my essence. I have a beautiful new light in my life that shines now and many new beautiful friends”
“A mystical journey into the depth of ones heart and soul, grateful for that experience. Being with Nessi's vibrations and music its truly a gift”
“It was a journey to the beyond. It gave me a space to touch the rawest parts of myself with my voice. It gave my voice and my spirit an opportunity to sound and move and travel through space and the intricate parts of my being. This work, for me, guided me to love”
“An amazing workshop. A unique blend of sensitive facilitation, transformative delving into the psyche and lots and lots of fun... A truly magical experience”
“The workshop showed me a new way of sound and healing work. You created a safe and soft space where I could just let go and be. I've experienced very deep and meaningful journey, without any effort or fear, in the most simple, fun, soft and loving way”
"The workshop guiding us through our resistance, doubts and pride, just to find that under these layers lies the most beautiful voice. It is beautiful to see that really everyone can sing and the key is just an honest expression of what it inside. It is a proper healing process”
“2 days after the workshop I am still floating on thin air dancing on clouds. My energy is so vivid, my voice heart is full of gratitude. I feel that weekends ever. The simplicity, love and activities. I love them all”
New York, USA
“Just like her numinous music, the voice workshop of Nessi is so alchemical. For three days, she led us to the deepest well, where I found that my own mystery resonated with sadness transforming to joy. I feel I can also speak for my partner [Nelia] when I say that we came with very open minds, but were left with newly opened hearts”
Prices & Booking Information
Price of Retreat
Early Bird - First 8 participants:
1,600 Euro per person in superior ocean view shared room with en-suite bathroom
2,400 Euro per person in superior ocean view private room with en-suite bathroom
Last 14 participants:
1,900 Euro per person in superior ocean view shared room with en-suite bathroom
2,700 Euro per person in superior ocean view private room with en-suite bathroom
The package includes
* All Vocal Odyssey retreat activities
* 7 nights accommodation with en-suite in superior room with private balcony and sea views
* Breakfast daily in buffet (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options are provided in case needed)
* Lunch (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options are provided in case needed)
* Transfers upon arrival and departure on Amorgos (port-hotel-port)
* One 30' relaxing massage
* Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, write, swim, and just be)
* 10% discount on Face and Body treatments at Lalon Idor Spa
* Use of Lalon Idor Spa facilities (sauna, Hammam, jacuzzi, indoor heated seawater swimming pool, fitness center)
The price does not include
Travel expenses to and from Amorgos or travel insurance
To book your space and for more information:
In order to secure your place, we ask for a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total price to be paid immediately, with the remaining balance to be paid 3 months prior to the commencement of the retreat (19th of June 2020).
Please note deposits and final payments are non-refundable or transferable. There will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late or leaving early due to illness or unexpected weather conditions. Also note that bank charges from payments made via Paypal and or international bank transfers, are the responsibility of the participant. All currency calculations are valid on the date payment is received as listed by xe.com
If you cancel your participation for any reason, the cancellation policy that has been mentioned will apply, with no exceptions.
We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc.), but we have costs already incurred when reserving venues or retreat centres. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance. To cancel, you must send an email stating that you wish to cancel.