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

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


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
Passionate international event designer, curator and founder of The Create Escape.
Luisa Donati

Luisa Donati

European Events Support

Our delightful European partner and event support person

Tony Backhouse

Tony Backhouse

Choir Director

Singer, Author, Workshop Leader. One of the world's favourite choral directors! Visit Tony's site.

Stuart Davis

Stuart Davis

Choir Director
Singer, vocal arranger, composer, choir director, swimmer, adventure freak, an all round great guy!