Workshops are being completed. 

John Billing


The Zen of Lyra Playing

The present moment
the lyre strings gently sounding
tension all released.

 In this workshop, we will
exercise our whole body with the lyre;
play scales and chords;
play from a score;
play from memory;
perform for each other and with each other;

In the here and now
the strings of the lyre resound;
I resound with them.

Level: All levels

Language: English  

Susanne Reinhold 


Carpe diem, seize today and every new day!

We want to work musically with the lyre on the qualities of the weekdays. When dealing with tones, intervals and scales, aspects of planets, trees, fairy tales etc. arise, which enable suggestions for hygienic-therapeutic application. Sheet music material: Collin Tanser: Tree songs, Pär Ahlbom: Daytime sounds (Tageslaute).

Level: All levels

Language: English, German 

Christian Giersch


Forming the lyre-tone by movement and consciousness

Using very simple melodies and elements of improvisation, the workshop will lead to some mysteries between the spiritual and material world.

Thomas Pedroli


Presencing the living tone

The lyre can sound magical and touch the heart. Stillness opens up and transformation happens in the now. How to find this quality of flowing life in our lyre playing.

Susann Temperli


The presence of Spirit in forming the Lyretone

During the Independent Music School, I had the luck to get to know a musical training path with Annemarie Loring, which gave me a new approach to playing the lyre. Years of practice and development have given me an approach to how the lyre sound can become more and more lively, richer and more radiant. The necessary permeability, presence and connection with the instrument and the sound of the lyre can be achieved through exercises.

Hartmut Reuter


Playing the Lyre - Development of the New in Listening and Musitating

What is listening as a process in addition to its content? May be exchange and enhancement of experience and maybe the creation of experience. "Musitating" arises out of experiences I have had. First, playing music I regard as two differentiable beings: Music as a proportion and the audibility, the way it comes to be bearable, the substance of sound. Then - especially after having played music, or more exactly, having played the lyre, there is the mood of existing in the way of existing after meditation..

Samantha Embrey


Working with the mirrored scales built on the planetary tones

The workshop would explore the planetary scales in various ways, including theory and phenomenology, and look at how they can be a presence in our lives.

Yael Barak


Bringing the presence of the spirit in group work - where is the spirit?

Simple improvisations in group therapy work - giving and receiving with lyre playing - as the archetype of health. We will play the Tao lyres of Bordun lyre. The emphasis will be on listening - to the body and to the others in the group. Could fit beginners on the one hand, and music therapists on the other hand - to discuss therapeutic issues in group therapy with lyres.

Andrea Schade


The creative path of finding a tone

According to Heinz Grill, the sound is designed on a clear creative path of thought in such a way, that a spiritual being can take the lead and the true sound comes to shine. Preparing the music under good conditions, with concentration and a real imagination is precious. The spiritual world will then help that the tones can rise in simplicity. The etheric body can restore, and a next order can manifest that has a regenerating effect even in relations. In this workshop, we will explore the creative path of finding a tone step by step. Preparing the tones, practising simple exercises, improvisations and melodies. The question will accompany us: What is the quality of the tones? You can bring also another instruments.

Chtistina Porkert


Improvisation - the Art to Capture the Spirit of the Moment

In preparation for improvising, we will work with music from the Renaissance ("Canons in the Church Modes" by J. Walter) as well as from the 20th century ("Tricina" by Z. Kodaly). While the first in a unique way teach us to play in a free-flowing rhythm, the "Tricina", in contrast, are harmonically liberating and offer the experience of melodic integrity in short polyphonic settings. Building on these foundations will help to deepen our listening space, an essential prerequisite for any improvisation which " most precious, since time and space, the mood of the moment and the mood of the angels flow into it." (from "New Conversations with the Nature Spirits" conveyed by V. Stael von Holstein).

John Clark


Introduction And Improvising On The Scales Of The Tone Of The Day

Lost And Forgotten - Playing Unknown Songs Of The Scottish Islands

Susanne Heinz


The TAO-Melody

In this workshop I would like to share my knowledge with the participants about the TAO- Melody .
Then we create together a musical form, in which this melody is our main topic.
This Form depends on the spirit of the location and on the ideas, the participants will get.
This workshop is open for everyone! Even a knowledge of how to play the lyre is not necessary.
But naturally lyres can be very helpful . Please bring your lyre or other instruments with you.

Anna Cooper


Exploring Celtic Music for the Lyre - Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall and Brittany

I have taught the lyre to beginning adults for 35 years. For the last 15 years, I have been teaching young adults in the training for curative education at Camphill Village Beaver Run in Pennsylvania, USA. This is where I developed the teaching method I am offering, as these young people come from very different cultural backgrounds, often lacking any previous musical education. This put the challenge to me to find a mode of teaching that people from Africa to Asia to Europe and the USA can connect with.

Veronika Roemer


 Playing the 7 string childrens´ lyre with young children

This workshop is for parents and teachers, who want to learn how to play the children´s lyre with young children. The workshop is based on the book "Kinderharfe spielen" by Gerhard Beilharz and Mechtild Laier, which I have translated into English. Participants will learn how to play the children´s lyre, and how to use it with songs and stories for children. Other instruments will be added, such as finger cymbals, rattles and others. No previous skills are required. However, each participant will need to have his/her own instrument. The book will be available for sale.

Lyre workshop for beginners

In this workshop participants will be introduced to playing the lyre through improvisations and learning melodies by ear, as a group and individually, that will lead immediately into a musical experience, without having to know how to read music.

Thea Kaesbach


Lyre playing in the first seven years

What is the mood of the fifth? What is pentatonic music? We will explore through singing, movement and lyre playing the quality of the interval of the fifth and the quality of pentatonic music, which corresponds to the nature of the young child, with their light-filled essence and the freedom from a fixed tonality. Everybody is invited to take part, who likes to enter into this fresh and joyful space of childhood, discovering the mood of the fifth in this early stage of life. 

Level: All levels, suitable for the beginners



Hong Chang Kim & Helena Hlaváčková (Bartošová)

(South Korea, Helena Hlaváčková)

Music, word and Fairy tale - workshop for children and youth

Through the quality of tones, intervals, and scales we get to song music and dramatic music. We will work in a fairy tale with the elements and eventually with the search for our own fairy tale and musical improvisation.

Level: All levels, suitable for the beginners



Jan Braunstein 

(Czech Republic)

Helena Hlaváčková (Bartošová) 

(Czech Republic)