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CHOIR CAMP

13-15 September 2024



This is Choir Camp, Mama Kin Spender style, held in the beautiful surrounds of Eastern Maar Kirrae Whurrung (Princetown), along the coastline of The Great Ocean Road, Victoria.

A carefully curated weekend of workshops and fireside singalongs featuring our favourite choir leaders, somatic practices and dance sessions a fully catered menu of yummy food. Most importantly, the chance to all be together for AN ENTIRE WEEKEND. BLISS!



A weekend of singing in the key of life

WATCH THE 2023 VIDEO HERE


”IT was soul changing for me. I went into camp burnt out and have come home filled with passion and hope, inspired by all of your bravery.

I have never been this excited about my future. I simply can not thank you all enough for all of your hard work and time.”


JOIN US, TICKETS (COMING SOON)





Come and sing yourself warm by the light of the choir



When we sing together, we remember the most important thing of all; that we belong to each other.

In a rapidly changing world, amid an epidemic of loneliness, more than ever we need to seek the places of deepest connection to ourselves and others. Singing together is the chance to connect in resonance and be bonded in harmony.

Is there any better feeling?


We’ve worked with countless choirs across the touring trail and uncovered a rich community of heart-driven folk and fellow lovers of song. Along the way, a dream emerged. A vision to converge these streams into one river of song,intimate festival style. To gatherthe sparks, lit with choirs near and far and to open the experience to others. To light up a little choir fire.
 
Join us to make new connections or come with you buddies, you don’t need to be in a choir to come sit by this fire.


”It was perfection... 
I run lots of camps for my job and this Choir Camp was next level!!”








2024 CHOIR CAMP Hosts


DANIELLE CARUANA
Mama Kin, Mama Kin Spender

Danielle is a storyteller, mischief maker and word nerd who taps the human condition with equal parts ferocity and vulnerability. An esteemed ARIA nominated and WAM award winning songwriter, she has toured extensively nationally & internationally captivating audiences with her distinct blend of storytelling, vulnerability, humour and songs. Danielle has a knack for establishing instant and intimate connections. Walyalup, WA


DINGO SPENDER
Spender, Mama Kin Spender

Dingo is an ARIA nominated, WAM award winning multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer. He has toured intertnationally and natioanly with a variety of different projects and styles. Dingo is also an accredited Pranayama breathwork facilitator. He also facilitaites and leads the Wildman Choir, a community choir for all men to gather in circle, and build connections. Ngargee, VIC
VIRGINIA BOTT
Mama Kin Spender, First Chorus Band of Singers

Virginia is resident Choir Director and Arranger for Mama Kin Spender as well as First Chorus Band of Singers, a choir who has collaborated with artists of various mediums over the past 15 years. She’s directed children's choirs, led mass choir projects and mentored others. She uses music, relational poetics and a somatic lens in service of people having direct access to themselves, the moment and the larger field of awareness. 

Naarm, VIC

STACIA GONINON
Mama Kin Spender

Stacia brings decades of experience in the music and creative industries. Stacia’s experience is broad and underpinned by creating support structure for creatives to do what they do best. Creative direction is at the heart of what Stacia brings to all of her work, it is inherent in her nature to intentionally bring the highest level of aesthetic pleasure to all that she touches.

Naarm, VIC

JEN CLOHER

Jen Cloher is a songwriter and performer living on unceded Wurundjeri land in Naarm (Melbourne) Australia. Cloher’s taut, terse brand of rock is charged with the static tension that comes with being an eternal misfit; they have spoken truth to power with the shrewd eye that only an outsider can possess. Admirers have naturally gravitated towards Cloher’s incisive, generous songwriting. Over the course of five albums, they have won a J Award and an AIR Award and been nominated for an ARIA and the Australian Music Prize. Naarm, VIC
FALLON TE PAA

Fallon (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whātua, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Manihiki) is a Naarm based singer, performer and practitioner whose soulful tones are anchored by her work within the Māori performing arts community in Naarm. For more than a decade, Fallon has developed her craft and musicality through Kapa Haka (Māori performing arts) and Mau Rākau (Māori martial arts) both of which have been a foundation for her own creative expression as an artist. Naarm, VIC


SUE JOHNSON

Sue Johnson is a prolific composer of original Australian vocal music; joyful, innovative and nourishing songs cherished by singers and audiences world wide, including USA all state chorus'. Sue lectured in improvisation at the VCA for over a decade, co-founded vocal group Coco’s Lunch, directs four choirs Trolls, Pagan Angels Women Of Love & Fury (WOLF) & Living Out Loud.

Naarm, VIC

RICHARD LAWTON

Richard has introduced hundreds of people to the power of their voice, he trained in Estil voice technique, and for three years sang Bass in the a capella quartet, Velvet Groove. He runs three community choirs, and has sung in many venues from the Red Light district in Amsterdam to La Mama Theatre in New York. Naarm, VIC

FIPE PRUESS

Fipe is a cacao cultivator, creative and a polynesian dancer. Co-founder of Social Enterprise Living Koko, she deep love of country as a community cultural development practitioner, continuing a 200 year old tradition in cacao cultivation legacy. Through her facilitation of Pasifika Movement, Fipe shares cultural knowledge and understanding of kincentric relationships through Indigenous Pasifika (Pacific Island) movement, teaching movements that personifies nature and our deep relationship with it. Naarm, VIC




"Thankyou so much for the time taken to ensure we all felt welcomed and valued.

I will never forget it, sharing something so, so wonderful with like-minded and like-hearted souls"





Location

Choir Camp 2024 will be held at Kangaroobie, a purpose-built camp located on Old Ocean Road in Eastern Maar Kirrae Whurrung (Princetown), Victoria. There are acres of beautiful, lush fields to relax in and enjoy the stunning views of the iconic Shipwreck Coast looking towards the Twelve Apostles. Kangaroobie sits above the Gellibrand River and has commanding 360° views of farmland, the coast, the river and wetlands.


Accomodation


OPTION ONE DORM ACCOMODATION
You can opt to stay in the dorm rooms provided (free with ticket). You will need to bring your own sheets, blankets/sleeping bag and pillow.


OPTION TWO SELF CAMP
You can self camp on site (free with ticket) you must bring all your own camping equipment.



OPTION THREE GLAMPING
You can opt to add on a Glamping package for an extra fee, this fee will be in addition to your ticket price. Glamping tents will be provided by Swell Shelters. All glamping tents are equipped with beds and bedding. The glamping option can be twin share, or can sleep up to 5 people.

Please note: All bathrooms will be shared.


Meals


We look forward to serving delicious, hearty, vegetarian food, carefully crafted by Pearl of the Quarter

We request that you notify us of any food allergies; however, we cannot guarantee to cater for all allergies and intolerances.

‘All meals included’ is: Breakfast, Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon tea and Dinner.

Alcohol is not provided in the ticket price but will be available to purchase (no BYO, there is a basic bar and cafe on site).


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WHAT’S INCLUDED?
All workshop sessions, accommodation and delicious food are included across the full weekend.  

WHAT WILL WE DO?
Small and large workshop sessions with your hosts, singing together around the fire, breathwork, dance and movement sessions, time to relax and get to know other participants and share meals together as a group.

WHO IS THIS FOR?
(Almost) Anyone and everyone (you need to be 18+) - if you love to sing then please join us.


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