Song Circle Training 2023

Song Circle Leader Training

Would you like to be able to lead spiritual songs in your circles? Do you like to dive deep into the essence of song and dance? Would you like to be a messenger of peace through music in our world?

Then join our Song Circle Leader Training to gain basic insights and skills as a song circle leader, in a relaxed and easy way!

This course is for those who want to:

  • experience music and the voice as a path to the Divine, connecting Heaven and Earth
  • learn to hold local song circles and singing groups
  • anchor song and dance as an ongoing practice in their circles and communities
  • experience music in a relaxed, safe and non-judgemental community setting
  • have a personal deepening and enjoyment without wanting to become an actual song leader

No prior experience needed. But if you play an instrument or have experience in leading groups these skills will be beneficial.

Universal Hall Findhorn

By the end of the course you will have:

  • received guidance on how to hold a ceremonial healing space, externally and internally
  • learned tools for building community based on trust and loving interactions, based on the Findhorn principles
  • learned key skills for being a successful song leader, covering themes like: rhythm, basic music understanding, how to pitch songs and lead harmony parts, how to deal with people who don't sing ‘in tune’, warm-ups for voice, icebreakers for groups etc.
  • practiced your leadership skills by teaching songs in a supportive group and receiving constructive feedback.
  • received deep knowledge about the songs and their traditions of origin in order to make them your own.
  • expanded your comfort zone and liberated your musical self
  • connected and developed a deep relationship with your very own, individual voice
  • learned how to make teaching effortless, stress-free and joyful (‘green-zone-learning’)
  • built up a repertoire of songs and dances for ritual occasions such as seasonal festivals, birthdays, etc.
  • learned to combine music and movement through dance
  • learned which songs and dances can be simply accompanied with instruments
  • become a channel for peace, beauty and love through music

Barbara teaches by example, immersing participants into a heart opening and healing workshop experience. As this is a training, she will also be giving an ongoing running commentary of tips and skills needed to become a successful song leader. In this unique way she is passing on a lifetime of useful skills for connecting heaven and earth though music.

Barbara and participant

Materials you will receive:
Findhorn Community Songbook Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 with over 350 songs in total, adjacent chords and many dance descriptions, 5 Song CD’s and 1 Dance CD or optional also available as downloads. Full Training Session Scripts plus video footage from the training - for later viewing.

Course structure:

Sennrüti 2019
2x six day long in person modules in the Sennrüti Ecovillage in Switzerland
Module 1 in Sennrüti: 16-21 May 2023
Module 2 in Sennrüti: 3-8 October 2023

4x 90 minute long online sessions for mentoring and practice
Online Session 1 in June: Exact date and time tbc based on best availability of participants
Online Session 2 in July: Exact date and time tbc based on best availability of participants
Online Session 3 in August: Exact date and time tbc based on best availability of participants
Online Session 4 in September: Exact date and time tbc based on best availability of participants

Plus add-ons, which you can choose to add to your training experience and which you will receive at a reduced rate:

Learn how to use and teach with the Music Train Adventure enabling everyone to read music through games and creativity (90 min long introductory workshop with Barbara - Value 90 CHF)

Homecoming in Song - a 5 day long celebration of summer and music in the renowned Findhorn Ecovillage with Barbara Swetina and special guest Joachim Goerke who is a pianist, singer, composer, songleader and spiritual mentor. (Websites: and Date: 16-20 August 2023

Barbara and participant

More information to be shared soon!

Course fees and payment plans:

The costs for the attendance of the course consists of 3 parts:

  • the tuition fee
  • catering (fully organic - vegetarian/vegan)
  • accommodation in the Sennrüti Ecovillage in Switzerland (range from single room, shared room to dormitory in yurt)

Tuition Fee for both modules, all online calls and materials:

CHF 1800 CHF ,
Early bird discount 1440 CHF until the 15th of March

Pricing for full catering *:
CHF 180.- per person per module

Pricing Options for Accommodation *:

Option 1:
Single room CHF 225.- plus CHF 9.- for bedlinen and towel - per module/6 days

Option 2:
Double room CHF 180.- plus CHF 9.- for bedlinen and towel - per module/6 days

Option 3:
Multi bed room CHF 112.50 (own sleeping bag and towel) - per module/6 days

Option 4:
Yurt CHF 75.- (own matt, sleepingbag and towel) - per module/6 days

* Can all be paid upfront or 2 weeks before each module.

Payment Plans available for tuition fee:

Option 1:
Full tuition fee paid upfront at registration

Option 2:
Deposit of CHF 350.- at registration to secure your place When registering before 15th of March, a payment of 363 CHF in each May, June and July. When registering after 15th of March, a payment of 483 CHF in each May, June and July.

Option 3:
Deposit of CHF 350.- at registration to secure your place When registering before 15th of March, a payment of 181 CHF in each May, June, July, August, September and October. When registering after 15th of March, a payment of 241 CHF in each May, June and July.

Discounts & Scholarships available on tuition fees:

Early bird discount (when you register before the 15th of March): 20%
Youth discount (for participants under 25 years): 25%
Group discount: When you sign up as a group of 3, each of you gets 20% off

We may be able to offer a limited number of reduced price scholarships (not 100% free) when we have enough participants and sponsorship donations. To apply for a scholarship, tell us more about yourself here.

We are also open to suggestions for creative ways on how you can support us in exchange for a reduced tuition fee, such as advertisement for the course and recruiting further participants.


To register please fill out this registration form.
Once we receive your registration, we will be in touch with you asap to confirm your participation in the course and to set up the payment plan of your choice. We accept payments for the course via bank transfer and we will be able to assist you with all required details once we receive your registration.


Barbara and participant
“Barbara is an authentic and a wonderful teacher. In a short time I got to know many beautiful songs from different cultures. Until then I was rather unmusical. Thanks to the training with Barbara, I can now perceive, use and enjoy my voice better. The Sacred Songs and Dances contain old wisdom teachings that are repeated over and over while singing and dancing. Through this I feel comfort, healing and am connected to humanity in a loving way. Even in everyday life I feel the power and the healing effect of the songs. This training with Barbara has enriched my life immensely.”
Josephine S. course participant 2019

“It is genuinely no exaggeration to say that, if it was not for you, my life would be very different. You were the 'mid-wife' for my transfer from 'non-musician /apprentice/ audience member' to discovering that I could be a part of the music. And then beyond that, you became the 'health-visitor' supporting me as I took my early steps in sharing that experience with others - gently encouraging me to let go of the CD and lead the parts myself from my heart. You provided me with my 'template' of singing as a source of deep connection with Spirit, with each other, with intimacy in community. So you are also 'responsible' for all those who have come to the experience of singing through the groups and sessions that I have led. Thank you, you are a wonderful gift, connecting us to music, to spirit and to each other.”
With deep love and gratitude David Harrison, (current voice teacher and song leader in Findhorn)

See our gallery for pictures from previous trainings.

About Barbara:

Barbara and participantBarbara Swetina is a professional musician and music success coach, dedicated to building a unified heart field with music and voice. She graduated from the Mozarteum Salzburg in Recorder (concert level) and Piano and has a degree from the Orff Institute for Elementary Music Education. Since her teenage years she has been on a spiritual quest and was most influenced by Rudolph Steiner, the Findhorn Community, the Sufi message, the Aloha Spirit and Nonduality. Barbara plays and teaches 7 different instruments.

For over 30 years she has been building a culture of peace through daily spiritual singing sessions as a musical director in the Findhorn Eco-Village in Scotland. Barbara published CDs and songbooks and is the creator of the MusicTrain Method, a game for learning to read music through play. Her love of music is contagious and can transform a group of strangers into a polyphonic choir with minutes. Barbara writes and arranges music and teaches internationally. By empowering people to develop their musical potential she wants to contribute to the creation of ‘the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible’.

Any questions?

For any logistical questions or any support with booking, please get in touch with our booking angel Tanya at If you have any questions for Barbara, please contact her at

Interested but not quite sure yet?

You have more questions about the training and the actual contents?

Join our info call on 7th March, 18.30 London, 19.30 Berlin time (click here to check out your local time zone)

Click here to sign up for the free and non binding info call which will also be recorded and made available to you afterwards.