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Soundcamp : 2018

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Project Date 2018

A holiday for your ears

Friday 4 May – Sunday 6 May 2018

Soundcamp is a series of outdoor listening events on International Dawn Chorus Day, linked by Reveil: a 24 hour broadcast that tracks the sounds of daybreak, travelling West from microphone to microphone on sounds transmitted live by audio streamers around the globe.

Now in it's forth year, our Soundcamp, over a two night camp on site, gives participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sounds of the Dartington Hall Estate. 

You will be supported over the weekend by artists Chris Booth, Sarah Gray, Lucinda Guy and Tony Whitehead. You will have access to specialist sound equipment, an editing suite and expertise in birdsong, sound recording, voicework, bodywork and listening from a somatics perspective. 

Rob Hopkins, who joined us for Soundcamp 2017 wrote

My companions seem genuinely moved, and clearly affected by what they’ve heard.  Words include “beautiful”, “awesome” and “moving”.  Tony notes that although he’s heard many dawn choruses, he never tires of it, and that now we’ve had a taste of it, we should get out when we can in May to listen to it.  As he observes, “you only get so many Mays in your life”.  I’d never looked at it like that before.

for his full article see:

This is an immersive weekend, with no fixed agenda. We will demonstrate our recording and broadcast equipment, and be on hand to facilitate creatively, technically and spiritually. You will have access to specialist sound equipment, an editing suite and expertise in birdsong, sound recording, voicework, bodywork and listening from a somatics perspective. Moments to gather together include a technical induction on the Friday evening, a Wildlife Discotheque on Saturday evening, our live link to Reveil at daybreak on Sunday, and shared mealtimes around the fire.

Wake up to an early morning dawn chorus listening experience with Tony; take a walk among woodlands or swim in the River Dart; explore local birdlife and their songs; play with sound recording equipment and an editing suite; participate in somatic workshops and yoga sessions with Sarah; enjoy home-cooked vegan meals and open fires. On Saturday evening, join us for the Wildlife Disco with three DJs; come together around the fire for silence, song and bat detecting!

Plenty of time to share, but also silent time to pause and reconnect with your self and surroundings. Leave feeling reconnected, refreshed and relaxed.


  • Outdoor camping on the Dartington Hall Estate (bring own tent)
  • Twice daily guided practice
  • Asana, pranayama and meditation
  • Listening sits and walks
  • Access to editing suite
  • Vegan-friendly and wholesome home-made meals
  • Open fire and simple outdoor kitchen for preparing food
  • Deep listening and quiet time
  • An opportunity to meet like-minded people
  • Free time to deepen your own practice, read, go to the river, walk, explore the local area etc.

Join us for a weekend of camping, listening, walks, yoga, sound art, recording, nature & nourishing food. Give your ears a holiday - in the comfort of Soundart Radio on the beautiful Dartington Hall estate.

This year our ticket price is £50 (£53 including booking fee) includes camping for Friday and Saturday nights, and nourishing, simple vegan food throughout the weekend.

There are very limited numbers so please book early, at our Eventbrite page. 



You will stay on the beautiful Dartington Hall estate in Totnes, South Devon, camping for Friday and Saturday night. Camping is in the grounds of the iconic Aller Park building at Dartington Hallnear two grand lime trees overlooking the open fields, close to woods and meadows, and not far from the river, but with facilities close by, including showers and toilets. We will work in studios just a stones throw away for yoga and somatic workshops and there's plenty of open countryside to relax, walk and socialise in. The estate has many cafes, bars and shops at a walkable distance from where we are camping. Make Dartington your home for the weekend, to mark Beltane, soak up the birdsong in a laid-back, creative atmosphere.

The Food

We will offer nourishing, simple vegan food throughout the weekend - suppers on Friday and Saturday evenings, breakfasts and lunches on Saturday and Sunday, and nutritious snacks throughout the weekend. All food offered in prepared by Lucinda, Shelley and Alice at the campsite. The food will be vegan-friendly and where possible local and organic. You are encouraged to bring additional snacks, drinks (as you like) and you may share the kitchen facilities to prepare, and open fire to cook food.

Daily schedule

This is an example of the schedule in 2017.

5:00-8:00 Dawn Chorus walk with Tony
8:00-11:00 Free time & Breakfast
11:00-12:30 Field recording workshop with Tony
12:30-14:00 Free time & Lunch
14:00-17:00 Sound & Somatic workshop with Sarah
17:00-19:00 Free time & Dinner
19:00-20:30 Dusk field recording walk with Tony
20:30-23:00 Wildlife Disco at Soundart Radio

*Note: there will be only one practice session on the arrival and departure day.

The yoga offering

New to Soundcamp, our daily yoga asana practice led by Sarah Gray will combine classical hatha yoga with contemporary insight. Influenced by the experiential anatomy of Body-Mind Centering and Somatics, Sarah will lead these sessions so they are accessible for all, including beginners. The yoga is about sensing breath, ground and the spine - bringing greater awareness into the whole body.

Your team

Tony Whitehead has had a lifelong interest in birds and wildlife. He has worked for RSPB for over twenty years in a variety of roles from managing nature reserves, running environmental educations projects to managing the charity's communications in the south west. His passion is for the sounds of birds and how people can be encouraged to connect to nature through listening to and learning the “language” of wildlife. For Soundcamp Tony will be sharing the various pieces equipment he uses for recording wildlife, from hydrophones, shotgun mics and contact microphones to parabolic microphones. You can listen to some of Tony's birdsong recordings here.

Sarah Gray, BMCA, BA Hon. Theatre & Choreography, is a fully insured and certified Scaravelli-inspired Hatha Yoga Teacher, training in Body-Mind Centering® since 2015. Sarah is exploring sound as a medium of touch, listening as an act of both giving and receiving, and sounding as means of expression and somatisation.

Christopher Booth is Soundart Radio's Technical Director, and has been involved with Soundcamp for the last four years.

Lucinda Guy is Artistic Director of Soundart Radio, and explores song, transmission and ritual in her performance work.