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[Crediti CFU per gli studenti del Corso di Musica Extraeuropea ad Indirizzo Indologico del Conservatorio di Vicenza.]

25 - 30 JUNE


DHRUPAD is the most ancient style of Hindustani classical music.
It survives today in its original form.
The nature of Dhrupad music is spiritual,
seeking not just to entertain, but also to induce feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener.
The word Dhrupad is derived from ‘dhruva‘ the steadfast evening star that moves through our galaxy
and ‘pada’ that means mark, trace, and in this case one kind of poetic verse.
It is a form of devotional music that traces its origin to the ancient text of Sāma Veda.


On this 6 days & 5 nights FULL IMMERSION WORKSHOP you will learn the art of Dhrupad & Nada Yoga under the masterful guidance of India’s most renowned Dhrupad Musicians, the Gundecha Brothers (see below for a biography).

The workshop will offer you an intense and engaging experience of studying and practicing Dhrupad music (both singing and percussions) in a truly magic and relaxing setting: a 1000 years old hamlet nested in the heart of Tuscany’s largest national Park, Monte Rufoli.

The workshop is OPEN TO EVERYONE, those curious to learn a new style of music, and to those keen to deepen their study and knowledge of this ancient style of music.

The workshop will reproduce as closely as possible a true Indian experience, practicing from 6 a.m. in the morning until 8 p.m at night, eating simple yogic food and sharing an unforgettable experience in the wilderness of nature.


The nature of Dhrupad music is spiritual. Seeking not to entertain, but to induce feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener. The word Dhrupad is derived from DHRUVA the steadfast evening star that moves through our galaxy and PADA meaning poetry. It is a form of devotional music that traces its origin to the ancient text of Sam Veda. The SAM VEDA was chanted with the help of melody and rhythm called Samgana. Gradually this developed into other vocal style called ‘Chhanda’ and ‘Prabandha’ with introduction of verse and meter. The fusion of these two elements led to the emergence of Dhrupad.

All music existent today has attained this stature of construction because of Dhrupad. Perhaps this is the reason Dhrupad is considered the soul of Indian music. In the old compositions, they contain an indication to repeat the initial text phrases.

Over the course of the workshop you will appreciate how this practice requires a very long journey of consciousness in sound, a very accurate listening achieved by intense practice. If practiced correctly it creates the union between the I and the absolute by creating the consonance and thus vibrating together, extinguishing the division between the two and in this way creating the union: YOGA.

Over the 6 days you will learn a correct use of your voice by finding the correct Akār, which means to balance the sounds of different parts of the body as described in the short interview to Gundecha Brothers (watch the video).

Of the most important branches of Yoga it the Prāṇāyāma, the Yoga of breath. It is considered one of the most powerful practices of Yoga and thus it is in Dhrupad music.

The sustaining of sounds, the long and stable notes are possible only with a correct use of breath. Singing in the correct way is a Prāṇāyāma exercise.
As you will learn on this workshop, when we sing and play Raga music in the Dhrupad style, this is a form of meditation, a meditation in form of sound.
By coordinating the whole body with meditation in form of sound, by discovering all the sounds in one sounds, by practicing the laws of harmony, vibration, consonance, we are practicing NADA YOGA.


AKHILESH GUNDECHA, the youngest of the three Gundecha Brothers, is a percussion master of Pakhawaj who studied under Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja Chhatrapati Singh Judeo.
He will introduce us to the world of Indian percussions and to the study of TALA, the rhythmic cycle.
TALA (rhythmic cycle) is the cosmic order that governs the arts, dance, music, theatre, and it represents the union of Shiva and Shakti.
“TA” as the virorous dance of Shiva, and “LA” as the delicate dance of Shakti.
Pakhawaj is a very ancient percussion from which the Tabla derive. Myth wants it that the Tabla was created infact by splitting this ancient instrument in two!


The workshop is accredided as part of the Extra-European Music Course at the University of Vicenza. If you would like to obtain a written certificate (free of charge), please let us know.


06.00 – 07.00  |  Morning practice Karaj – lower notes and Pranayam
07.00 – 08.00  |  Morning Yoga Class con Linda or Guruji
08.00 – 08.30  |  Breakfast on the terrace
08.30 – 10.30  |  Morning Group Class
10.30 – 13.30  |  Morning Individual Class
13.30 – 16.00  |  Lunch and free time
16.00 – 17.00  |  Evening Group Class
17.00 – 20.00  |  Evening Individual Class
20.00 – 21.00  |  Dinner




The Gundecha Brothers are the leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. They are among the most active performers in Indian and international circuits.
They were conferred “Padmashri” in 2012 by the Govt. of India for their contribution in the field of Dhrupad and Indian Classical Music.
Born in Ujjain in Central India, both were initiated into music by their parents. Gundecha Brothers received conventional university education and learned the Dhrupad vocal art under the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and also with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of Rudra Veena) under guru Shishya Paramapara in Dhrupad Kendra Bhopal.
The Gundecha Brothers have sung great Hindi poetry by Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar, Nirala in Dhrupad style.
They have recorded about 50 albums with Sony, H.M.V, Music Today, Rhythm House, Times Music, IPPNW Concerts Berlin, amongst other record companies.
They have also sung for many television channels in India and have been broadcasted on British, U.S., German and French, Japanese and Australian radio stations.
As well as being an integral part of all of India’s prestigious music festivals, the Brothers have also performed and conducted workshops at many important international music festivals and institutions in about 25 countries.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: dhrupad.org/gundecha-brothers/

“What impressed me the most at first
was [their] insatiable desire of spreading & teaching Dhrupad, in it’s Pure form.
To the point of you forgetting space and time.
Their Passion & Love for Dhrupad could be felt through [their] teaching,
& has enliven for me that sense of wonder & sacredness
for this amazing sacred divine form of Musical expression…”

Florence Morfioss, FRANCE


Single roomYou will stay in the renovated historical apartments of Querceto, a millenary hamlet purched on the edge of Tuscany’s largest National Park, Monte Rufoli.
Located on the Etruscan Coast, Querceto is just a short drive away from beautiful and secluded Mediterranean beaches, which make for a perfect holiday for those wishing to extend their stay. The closest train station is Cecina, a short train journey from Pisa airport. We organise airport transfers from PIsa and pick-ups from Cecina station.


The diet on these retreats will be a traditional yogic diet with some local Tuscan additions.
All meals will be Vegan (with Gluten-free options) as Veganism best embodies the contemporary meaning of Ahimsa [‘non-violence’] – the very first observance on the path to Healing.
All meals are prepared using primarily local, seasonal ingredients sourced by local shops and farmers.





€ 325.oo

Price is per person.
Available ONLY to those in financial need.

€ 399.oo

Price per person.
Two people sharing two single beds.

€ 499.oo

Sleeps one person
in a single or double bed.


Per i residenti in zona che non necessitassero dell’alloggio,
e’ possible partecipare pagando la Quota d’Iscrizione (in alto)
piu un contributo di €150 per il vitto e l’uso della Yogashala ed il materiale provvisto.
For local residents non requiring accommodation,
it will be possible to partake in the workshop paying the Course Fees (above)
and a contribution of €150 towards the meals and rental of the Yogashala.


For all inquiries relative to the course CONTENT please contact:

For all inquiries pertinent to BOOKING a place on the workshop, please contact:
KIM BIZZARRI: info@healinginthewillows.com


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