I did an eight week "Free Your Voice" course with Amber Field (after completing a powerful 3 hour workshop with her on the same subject) this past Spring (Jan-Feb).
This was a truly incredible experience for me. I love singing and did a lot of singing in choirs when I was growing up, but at the same time am painfully self-conscious about my voice outside of a large group context. Amber guided our group of approximately 20 through a wide range of exercises and activities that created a really safe, accepting space for us to explore sound in a very organic way. There was a wonderful element of lightheartedness and play to all of it, where we were free to just be silly, and to experiment, and to laugh, and have fun without being self conscious about any of it. Sure, it took us a little time to fully embrace and realize we WERE safe to do so, but by the end everyone had really stepped up and come out of their shells in such a beautiful way! The atmosphere Amber inspires and creates is one of loving acceptance of one another with all of our various differences and unique qualities, vocally and otherwise - that was so incredibly nourishing and just FUN for all of us. Seriously, I think everyone commented at the end to the effect of how grateful we were for this opportunity to play - something, which, as adults we don't often get, or give ourselves permission, to do - not to mention sing, together.
For me, personally, the most moving experience happened near the end of the course at home. I was actually watching a youtube video with my husband - DMB performing one of our favorite "us" songs - and I started singing along to it with him, and just really immersing in enjoying that experience without worrying about what my voice sounded like. Before, I might have sung very softly or hummed along and let him do most of the singing. Afterwards, he exclaimed: I LOVE this Free Your Voice class you're taking because NOW you actually sing WITH me!" Such a special moment of bonding for us.
I can't say how much I miss having this class and this group of people to come and share of myself with in this way on a weekly basis. It was truly a gift for me.
What could have been better? Honestly, nothing. It was exactly right for me.