River's Edge "Sing Your Heart Out" Vocal Retreat
August 4-7 & August 14-17, 2022

Featuring: Barbara Leah Meyer

Designed for singers of all levels, songwriters, actors & musicians

Sing Your Heart Out

A transformative vocal retreat for singers of all levels to release the voice, hone music skills, break through boundaries and embrace wellness at our gorgeous nature adventure and yoga resort. Enjoy delicious meals, beverages, desserts, daily yoga in our retreat centre, evening social hours, dark sky star gazing, nightly campfires & much more during our amazing 4-day vocal retreat. Sleep to the sound of the river inside our beautiful glamping tents overlooking the jade-green Nahatlatch River.

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Take Your Singing to the Next Level

The River’s Edge “Sing Your Heart Out” vocal retreat offers private vocal coaching, group master classes, performance opportunities, guided canyon and nature hikes, and a unique blend of yoga, wellness and meditation experiences, live music & much more.

Individual one-on-one voice coaching will focus on:
• vocal technique and the breath
• grounding and freeing the voice
• exploring vocal range, tone quality and colour
• vocal exercises and warm ups
• “workshopping” and preparing your song for performance

Group masterclasses will focus on:
• “How it all works”: breath support, vocal technique, articulation, phrasing, resonance, dynamics
• discovering the body-breath connection
• artistry and interpretation
• choosing songs and making a cover song your own
• exploring genres, feels and tempos
• choosing the best key
• song arrangement
• working with an accompanist vs singing with tracks
• self-accompaniment
• song preparation for performance
• microphone technique and PA basics
• performance tips and tricks

Performance Opportunity:
Participants will prepare one or more solo songs for a performance during the retreat. We may also prepare a group song with simple harmonies. Participants will practice performing for one another, will rehearse together and then, for those who wish, will take part in a “public performance” for REO guests and staff. Please bring a lead sheet for a song (s) you would like to work on/ perform or choose one from the list which will be sent to you after your retreat registration.

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Barbara Leah Meyer

Vocalist, pianist, educator, songwriter and recording artist Barbara Leah Meyer has been a dynamic member of the Canadian and European music scenes for many years. She has entertained a variety of audiences across Canada and throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Japan and the Middle East as a solo artist, in ensembles and as a guest vocalist with big bands and symphony orchestras.

Career highlights include performances with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Krimm Orchestra in Yalta, Philharmonic Suedwestfalen and the European Philharmonia Baden Baden, a United Nations tour to the Middle East, jazz festivals in Italy and Canada Day celebrations in Istanbul and Ankara.

Barbara has released and co-produced numerous CDs. She was honoured to have been selected as Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1992 ARIA (Alberta Recording Industry Association) Awards.

Barbara is greatly experienced in the art and science of vocal pedagogy. She taught jazz vocals at the Frankfurt Musikhochschule, at the FMW / Frankfurter Musikwerkstatt and has conducted numerous workshops and master classes in Germany and Canada for many years. She is active as a vocalist, pianist, voice and piano teacher, performance coach, and is a certified (RYT500) yoga instructor. .
   Barbara Leah Meyer


Absolutely Incredible and Inspiring Experience! ★★★★★
“I can't say enough about how amazing the retreat was at REO. So much talent and creativity. Fantastic people singing together everyday in the most gorgeous setting you could imagine!”




All-Inclusive 4-Day Vocal Retreat

  3 nights in a river's edge glamping tent

  Master Classes
8 master classes to take your singing to the next level

  One-on-One Voice Coaching
Vocal technique, breath, range, quality, exercises

8 delicious chef-inspired meals, beverages & desserts

Optional yoga session daily in our retreat center

  Guided Hike
Optional guided hike during your stay

  Social Hour & Performance
Nightly social hours, campfire singing & performances

Resort Highlights

  Private Beach

  Hammock Garden

  Nightly Campfires

  Relaxing Hot Tub


Rafting Activity Offer:

  Rafting Sale
Book a rafting trip at a discounted rate of $100!


Rates: 4-Day/3-Night Retreat

All prices are per person all-inclusive of master classes, one-on-one sessions, all meals, lodging, resort amenities, daily yoga, guided hike, daily social hours, and more. Sale ends July 15, 2022. Groups = How many people in one tent.

Groups of 4 Glamping

Rate  Sale
 $1150  $899

Groups of 3 Glamping

Rate  Sale
 $1250 $999


Groups of 2 Glamping






Single Occupancy (Private Glamping)






Shared Tent (Private Bed in 3/4 share)






Camping/Own Tent & Students






Fine Print

  •  The above rates are per person based on the group size staying in one glamping tent. 10% taxes & fees added at checkout.
  • A 15% deposit required to confirm your booking with the balance due 15 days prior to arrival.
  • If you cancel 15+ days in advance, the 15% deposit will convert to a credit voucher valid until August 1, 2024.
Retreat Contact: Bryan Fogelman
Call 604-307-3122 or 
email Bryan
For Reservations: 

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Retreat Information

Airport Shuttle

REO offers an optional shuttle roundtrip shuttle from YXX Abbotsford airport to REO for $160 pp based on min 2; From Vancouver, options include ride shares, car rentals and eBus  to Hope BC + REO shuttle from Hope to REO.


Ride Shares / Car Rentals

We will try to arrange car share rides with other songwriters when possible. Car rentals from the Vancouver airport YVR and Abbotsford airport (YXX) are available from $280 CAD for a 4 day rental.


Retreat Start Time

Check in begins at 4 pm on Sunday July 24 or Aug 21. Our keynote presentation begins at 5:30 pm. All meals are included in your retreat package from Sunday dinner to Wednesday breakfast. Complimentary social hours start daily at 6:30 pm

End time & Departure

Our final session is on Wed July 20 or August 10 from 9:30-10:45 am.  Check out time is 11 am, except for those that are catching the 10:30 shuttle to Hope BC to connect with the bus ride to Vancouver.  Airport shuttle times to YXX subject to availability & numbers.



Pre and Post Retreat Extensions

A retreat extension is a popular add-on to enjoy our beautiful wilderness resort. Great for long-haul travellers to unwind before or after. Rates start at $249 CAD pp per night with lodging and 2 meals. Please call for details on all of our amazing pre and post-retreat package options.

Resort & Retreat Organizer

Bryan Fogelman has organized and hosted the REO retreats for the past 20 years and has learned from many of the best songwriting mentors in the world. Bryan started Blue Crush Music Ltd as an artist development company. In addition to his own songs, Bryan is writing and producing songs with artists and producers in Sweden, the US, Australia and Canada.


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