We can go on and on about the Liberated Voice workshop, giving you countless reasons to join in. But our words will never be as important as those of the participants. While we have all the reasons so try to convince you (really, we DO WANT to make you register and come to the workshop), they don’t. They just shared their stories with you, genuinely and wholeheartedly. And these stories are worth your time. They are from people like you. Please read before you decide:
Irina Alexandra Ionescu
Everytime, going to the Liberated Voice and meeting Kefas is very intense. A process of many strings inside myself. This year, more than before, it helped me to tap more deeply and profoundly into my emotions and stay there with them even if it felt uncomfortable at times. I appreciate Kefas’s way of holding space and caring for each of us and for letting us flow with whatever came up. It was a really safe space to be in, to co-create and to release the things that showed up. It helped me to show up more authentically, with my good and my less good side, and honor all of that.
Raluca Matilda Borza
Although I’ve been 2 years at the canto school… this workshop has been a very special experience for me because it gave me exactly what I would have needed before beginning to study singing: a de-conditioning of the way I tone and the discovery of my natural voice. The canto technique didn’t succeed in solving a soreness that appeared in the back of my neck, after singing… but hurrrrayyy! I solved it through this workshop! Plus: I have discovered the way my voice wanted to manifest… without me striving to make it sound in a certain way. Like Kefas says, “Your voice as a playmate” – this is exactly what I have received, and I am very grateful.
This year was the second time I have attended the Liberated Voice workshop. I decided to join again because I experienced such a powerful feeling of freedom in the previous edition. It is something very intimate in the way I set my vital energy free by adjusting my voice to the bodily vibrations. For two days I have come closer to my voice and my body than ever before, because when I adjust my vocal tone to my body a huge vital energy comes as a consequence. This workshop showed me a side of myself that I haven’t been aware of. I am happy that I acknowledged my voice and that now I can do that in my day-to-day life.
Being part of this workshop made me realize that I do have a voice. It came out free and liberated, confident and full of energy. I’ve discovered how to connect with my inner voice, with my body, how to exercise new breathing techniques and how to use my voice without experiencing the usual tension in my throat. I could observe the change in my voice as if I was a new version of myself, a better one. And more important, I was all the time aware and relaxed; my body and heart had my full attention which brought me clarity of mind.
Kefas’s Liberated Voice connects you with your body and internal healing resources. Enclosed in our offices and houses, we forget to move, to breathe, and to express. With care, Kefas helps the participants to discover areas they might have never explored before, which deserve attention – like their own voice. I loved the atmosphere of trust and support created during the workshop. My challenge now is to continue these practices at home.
The Liberated Voice has been an amazing experience for me. I have long been looking for something that would help me reconnect with my voice, especially with my singing voice, and really get to feel the power of it within me. To feel it, heal it, embrace it and learn how to get it out there. If anything, it really was liberating for me. Kefas is one of a kind master on this. I feel grateful!
The word that comes to me when I think of the Liberated Voice workshop is balance. Kefas masterfully lead this experience by keeping an open eye on reality and being well-grounded himself, despite that he worked a lot with sensations and emotions, which is always a moving and volatile ground.
This was my first experience towards exploring my voice and it hooked me to my native resources – the voice being, obviously, part of them. The exercises involving the voice and the ones involving the body were well-balanced and they were exactly what I needed in terms of waking myself up with intense sensations. Also, the whole experience inside the group – built to be both on an individual and on a collective level – was novel and lead me to some very intense personal moments.
For me, The Liberated Voice was more than a workshop. It was the unchaining of a part of myself that I did not know existed and has been silent for so much time. That part where the authentic voice comes from. When I first heard it, I’ve been so surprised. Where did it come from? It was from somewhere so pure that I don’t even know how to call it. And once unchained, it just started to flow, to create tunes, to create magic in my life. And my life changed profoundly from that moment on. It was an indistinguishable shift at first, but the tunes started growing while the singing was being asked from myself. I learned to open my body in order to let this song out, blowing away all my blockages with its music. And it’s so beautiful… A healing song.
Meanwhile I realized that there is nothing more vulnerable to me than to let this voice be heard. Nothing makes me feel so humble, yet so strong and… revealed. I’m dreaming of a world where all these voices unite in a choir of self-tolerance. And just as these tunes keep spreading in my life, I find more and more contexts in which this dream becomes a reality. I’m now going to singing improvisation jam sessions and sound circles. I’m singing to people, or on the street, without any shame or fear. I sang for the first time on a stage, in front of people. I’m singing with my children every day. I’m singing in the subway or to those whom I love. But above all, I’m singing to myself. When I’m sad, afraid, uncertain or… simply happy. It’s the most beautiful gift I have ever received. I am profoundly grateful!
Maria Elena Marin
Both days of the workshop gave me the occasion to remember about forgotten parts of myself and reconnect with them. I managed – not without effort – to let go of control, expectations, and just be myself as I feel, present (almost) every moment. I felt safe to live my emotions, in a very “contained” space. The exercises and playful activities got me closer to myself and helped me befriend with parts of myself that I rejected or ignored. I became more curious and patient with myself. Thank you for this!
Diana Octavia Roman
It was something new for me, the first experience of this kind: working with my voice, voice improvisation and sounds and the healing with sounds – this part I liked the most! Now I have more courage to use my voice, It helped me in my communication with others and I believe I got rid of a certain hoarseness in my voice. I would recommend this workshop to people who want to get better at communicating, expressing, improvisation, courage. And even healing.
It was a journey within where I got to reconnect with my voice, freeing it from any expectations or projections. Wonderful insights and sounds came out. I am happy to have found the sounds that are representative for me here and now. I feel more connected to my body, to my voice and to the people around me.
I would go to this workshop every time I have the chance. With every edition I become myself more than before. Because, as he says it, the voice is a very intimate part of us, that we most often hold inside with a kind of shame and a certain vulnerability. Here I get the chance to exist with no fear. And guess what’s on the other side of the emotional spectrum when you move away from fear… This is what I like about Kefas’s workshops – you feel some kind of love even though nobody promised it to you and even though you are skeptical.
I still keep in my soul that astonishing experience that we shared together! For me, this seminar was a WOW experience! I enjoyed every exercise that Kefas had taught us, even if some of them were quite challenging! I appreciate very much the way Kefas taught us with ease, grace and that wonderful playfulness. There were for me shifts and insights that I never expected, and left me in wonder! I am so grateful because now I finally met my voice and I know that she is a stronger one and she allows me to fully express myself now!
It brought me closer to my body, made me wonder about its unlimited possibilities, taught me simple ways to relax and to meditate, taught me about breathing and the space of silence between in and out. I discovered the world of inner sounds and the silence and harmony they can bring to my body and mind and soul. It was a space of love and self-exploration.
This workshop brought me a new perspective about the voice. Now I see it differently and I have a lot of exercises that I can do on my own to improve it. I’d say, go to this workshop: it’s different than everything I’ve been to before, it’s fun and also a lot of kind people take part in it.