Testimonials

The singing was excellent, Tony was great, we sang some beautiful songs, and I learned a lot. The yoga was good, the company was good, and Swasti Eco and the staff were great. It was a pleasure to be back in a traditional Balinese setting and to be away from "downtown" Ubud.
For me it was both stimulating and very relaxing and that's what I needed. Above all, the experience of singing with Tony and that group was deeply satisfying. In other words, the heart of the program was a complete success.

Ian Gray, Australia
2016


Wonderful experience, very happy. It wasn’t the 1st trip with you and it won’t be our last. Highlights for us were, our togetherness, the singing, the water temple, the high priestess.

Rainer and Shanti, New Zealand


Enjoyed the singing as expected but the bonus was the extra activities like The Water Temple, High Priestess, Gusti’s house, Kecak Dance, restaurant visits and of course the Swasti experience. It was just the right place for a retreat as well as handy for outside activities.

Doreen and Bryce Hawkins, New Zealand


What can we say about Tony!  He’s just the best!
Well organized trips out, enough free time, and great singing time. Loved it all.

Isha Edwards    


Tony Backhouse was very good. He was committed to helping the participants while making it fun and non-threatening. I felt a little overwhelmed to begin due to my lack of experience in acapella singing and formal choirs. Most of the participants have been involved in either and have attended other workshops with Tony so were familiar with his style. However, after a couple of days I felt relaxed and felt I had come away with some additional skills and made new acquaintances.

Estee was simply lovely. The most perfect yoga teacher as well as being a most lovely person. My yoga experience only consisted of 3 sessions. I loved the morning sessions but found I was too tired for the afternoon sessions. I was totally inexperienced and had never done yoga before. A bit of a struggle for me but Estee helped where she could.

Obviously the singing, music and Tony’s guidance was the highlight. Next was the food which maybe tied with the Kecak performance and then the Kecak workshop. I also enjoyed the visit to Gusti’s family compound and the Art Museum and the Antonio Blanco Gallery.

Kyrstna John

Teachers

Our events are led by experts that are good enough to sing about. A dedicated bunch of people who love what they do and work hard to give you the best experience... ever. 

Jennifer Richardson

Jennifer Richardson

Director, Planner, Designer
Event designer and co-ordinator and founder of The Create Escape.
Tony Backhouse

Tony Backhouse

Choir Director

Singer, Author, Workshop Leader. Our singing hero for Siena, Samoa, Bali. Visit Tony's site.

Claire Scobie

Claire Scobie

Writer and Teacher

Award-winning journalist, writer and our hero for writing events. Read more via Claire's site.

Luisa Donati

Luisa Donati

Italy Events co-ordinator

Our Italy expert and member of the Donati family who own 2 of our favorite venues in Italy.

Oana Deac

Oana Deac

Operations - Artist, Yogi and Doer
Our doer and shaker!
Zin Mar

Zin Mar

Myanmar Tour Director
Zin is our tour leader and our expert on Myanmar.
Bruce McWhinney

Bruce McWhinney

Art of Japan

Ceramics, Artist and Educator with a deep love of Japan.

Stuart Davis

Stuart Davis

Choir Director
Singer, vocal arranger, composer and choir director