1 – 8 August 2023
11 – 16

The Sound of Nature in our Voice

1 – 8 August 2023

«Giocando la Voce »: playing with the voice, Improvisation and Circlesongs with Oskar Boldre and Costanza Sansoni, indoors and outdoors, at magic places, by the sea and high above the cliffs combined with easy walks in unspoilt nature. Sing for the sea, for the stones, for the sky, for mother earth!

Oskar introduces us to the art of vocal improvisation with playful exercises, He has developed a method (“Giocaando la Voce”) that helps us to find a spontaneous, natural expression and a balance between control and letting go.

Costanza’s bodywork (“Canticorpi”) supports this process. She introduces different body and breathing exercises to selected music to connect body and voice and get into a flow.

Circlesongs are guided improvisations inspired by Bobby McFerrrin, similar to oral chanting traditions. The energies of the various beautiful places we visit will flow into our work.

Apart from the joy of singing, there are no special requirements for this course. Since we have two experienced leaders, we can also split up the group if we have different levels

Elizabeth Zollinger will lead us on easy walks to hidden places where we can do some ritual Circle Songs.and improvisations, inspired by the beautiful surroundings.


More detailed tour information is given in the Itinerary Section.


1 – 8 August 2023


before 1 May 2023


Meeting point in Galway City 16.30, flights are booked individually

Flights to Dublin and direct bus from Dublin Airport to Galway every half an hour.


6 nights in *** Kilmurvey Guesthouse with big Irish breakfast, last night in a comfortable B+B in Galway, sharing

Transport from and to Galway and common transports on the island.

4 dinners in different places.

20 hrs. singing, organization, guided walks and other activities according to programme.


flights and bus from and to Dublin Airport, remaining dinners, lunch (mostly picnic)

drinks, tips, insurances


***Kilmurvey Guesthouse on Inis Mór and 1 night in a B+B in Galway


CHF 1310 – 1530.-, depending on the Euro exchange rate and on number of participants.


Single rooms: 6 nights on Inis Mór: CHF 240.-, in Galway: CHF 35.-,  restricted number of single rooms, book early!

Additional nights in Galway and on  Inis Mór can be reserved upon request, from Euro 50, sharing.



Oskar Boldre Oskar Boldre is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, choir conductor, composer and teacher, currently active in solo projects and as part of the ‘Canzoni Raccolte’ quartet. Having met Bobby McFerrin in 1992, he began conducting Circlesong and improvisation groups in Switzerland, Italy and Germany in 1996, founding the choirs Ancore d’Aria and Goccia de Voci in 1997. He has been artistic director of the international festival Voci Audaci in Locarno CH since 2004, and has worked collaboratively with Anna Oxa, Charles Raszl, Luisa Cottifogli, Ivo Antognini and Simone Mauri.

Costanza Sansoni Baratella (singer, music therapist) is dedicated to    singing, attending various seminars and vocal technique teachers to develop her voice. She is specially interested in a cappella singing, participates in various projects and collaborations from choirs to small ensembles.For 20 years she has been delving into the art of vocal improvisation with Oskar Boldre and Rhiannon (Vocal River – All the Way In 2010/2011). She has a diploma in music therapy and is part of the vocal duo Cocoband, She conducts singing, movement courses and seminars (Canticorpi) and also works in the therapeutic field.

Elizabeth Zollinger (organisation and walks), artist from Zurich, has lived part-time on the island of Inis Mór since 1974 and is strongly connected to the island, its people and its culture. In 1996, she founded the “Celtic Spirit” project in cooperation with islanders with the aim of communicating Irish-Celtic culture and developing meaningful tourism on the island. She has 26 years experience in organizing Cutlure Weeks and guiding groups.


Additional information

LocationInis Mór, Aran Islands, Ireland
DestinationInis Mór, Co. Galway

Day 1:

Welcome and meeting in Galway 16.30, bus (50 min.) and boat (45 min.) to Inis Mór, transfer to Kilmurveyhouse, dinner.

Day 2 :

Morning: Introduction with Oskar and Costanza, information about the island and programme by Elizabeth, short walk, shopping in Kilronan and dinner in the American Bar.

Day 3 -6:

3 hrs impro in the morning and easy walks in the afternoon to beautiful places on the high cliffs, wide sandy beaches and to old ritual places where we can continue to sing as we please. On one evening we will do a singing session between us and hopefully  also singers from the island will join us.

Day 7:

12.00 boat to Rossaveal, bus to the B + B’s in Galway, dinner, a visit to a traditional music session in one of the famous old pubs..

Day 8:

Return flights or onward journey.

We will adapt the programme to the weather conditions. Therefore there is no detailed programme for day 3 – 6.

Cliffs Inish Mor Dun Aonghasa
Kilmurvey House
seals Inishmore
way Inishmore
Dun Aonghasa
On the Tracks of the early Christian Celtic Monks through Ireland
Cliffs Inish Mor waves
beach Inishmore