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FRANCE: Wolfsohn- Hart Voice/Body Intensive 7 day Residential Workshop - August 2021

Margaret Pikes

Wolfsohn-Hart approach Voice/Body Intensive Workshop (Intermediate and Advanced Level)


13-20 August 2021

Led by Margaret PIKES (a founder member of the RHT) and Neil PARIS (performer, dancer and teacher), this workshop is open to participants interested in the Wolfsohn - Hart approach to developing the range of vocal expression and who already have some experience of voice and body work and improvisation.

The workshop will take place at the L’Hameau de l’Etoile in the studios: “Salle Cayla” and “La Petite Bergerie”

Course Leaders:

Photo of Margaret Pikes
(UK/FRANCE/GERMANY) is a founding member of the Roy Hart Theatre who has been a teacher of the Roy Hart approach to vocal expression internationally for more than 40 years including as a voice teacher at the Conservatories (Dramatic Art) of Liege and Brussels and more recently as voice coach for the Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre. After participating in most of the early Roy Hart Theatre productions, Margaret continued as a professional singer of many genres from jazz to chanson française. She was the soloist in the oratorio 'Canto General' (M. Theodorakis and P. Neruda) and sang (with Petros Pandis,) for the Premier of this work in the USA. She lived and worked for 6 years in Togo, West Africa, singing regularly there with the jazz trio Anima. In 2011/12 she was invited to perform and tour in “Agnes and Walter: A Little Love Story” – a dance theatre production directed by Neil Smith.

Her book "Owing our voices: Vocal Discovery in the Wolfsohn Hart Tradition" written in collaboration with Dr Patrick Campbell was published by Routledge in January this year.

Photo of Neil Paris

NEIL PARIS (UK) is a director, performer and teacher.

From 2003-2010 he toured internationally with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, where he met Margaret Pikes and led company classes and vocal development. He has taught throughout the UK and Europe and has been working with Margaret Pikes since 2005. In this work Neil uses dance, theatre and yoga practices to explore imaginative ways of making connections and pathways through the body to the voice. He combines playful exercises designed to free the body and spark the imagination with disciplined quiet practices that connect us with our breathing and our own unique interior worlds.


Price of workshop (not including full board and lodging at the Hameau de l’Etoile): 560€ (599€ after 1 May 2021)

Maximum number of places 12


To enroll please contact Margaret by email, She will send you an enrollment form and you will be asked to reserve your place on the course by paying a deposit of 120€ (which is not refundable unless there is an enforced Covid-virus lockdown in the Herault region of France, where the Hameau de l'Etoile is situated.) The rest of the workshop fee is payable at the latest on 13th August.


For this workshop it is necessary also to book full board and lodging at the Hameau de l’Etoile which is situated about 14 miles north of Montpellier in wild and beautiful countryside and is a centre for personal development courses. The full board and lodging offered here is organised with care and friendliness. The food is very healthy as well as delicious (vegetarian options are always available). There is also a large swimming pool and the setting is both peaceful and inspiring.

Price: Full board and lodging (including also snacks, wine, use of the pool etc) from

€ 83 per night. Individual rooms are very limited, but individual chalets (“Cabanon” ) are available especially for early reservations. Please state your dates of arrival and departure clearly when you complete the on-line reservation form (on the website of the Hameau de l'Etoile

You must contact the Hameau de l’Etoile to reserve your stay. (Margaret can help you with this if necessary.)

A fridge is also available for workshop participants to store personal drinks and food, but there are no shops nearby.

(It is not possible to bring your own tent to camp there.)



Domaine Le Hameau de l'Etoile

Route de Frouzet - 34380 ST-MARTIN-DE-LONDRES,

Tél +33 4 67 55 75 73


The airports of Montpellier, Beziers and Nimes are the nearest - with Easyjet, Ryanair, Hop and (in summer only ) Eurowings

By train with Eurostar or Thalys and TGV to Montpellier St Roche or Montpellier Sud. (Check your ticket.)

The Hameau de l’Etoile’s website gives detailed information about how to find the place from Montpellier either by tram and bus, or directly by taxi.

Taxi - a special rate for workshop participants with Florent: 06 69 34 03 03 From Montpellier St Roch* train station take the Tram ligne 1 to L’Occitanie, from where you can take the 608 bus which runs regularly to St Martin de Londres, (get off at the stop “Mairie”.) From there you can pre-book a taxi with Florent to take you to the Hameau. (Requests must be made at least 24h in advance.) *Montpellier has opened a new TGV station "Montpellier Sud," which is some distance from the town centre. Please check which of the 2 stations in Montpellier your train arrives at.

The last buses on Saturday are:

Dep. Montpellier Occitanie 18:45 arr. St. M de Londres 19:29 Dep. Montpellier Occitanie 19:40 arr. St. M de Londres 20:24

More information can be found at