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April 5th @ 16:00 - April 7th @ 16:00


Have it your way. Think different. Just do it.  We are surrounded by invitations to discover, examine, and express our authentic selves. To discover who we are and live honestly by that. Dig down, the narrative goes, see who you really are and the rest of your life will fall into line. 

But what if you just didn’t? What if you just did something different? What if you were someone different, just for a weekend? Because sometimes it’s hard to know who you are. We contain multitudes, and change from day to day. And sometimes even when you think we do know, that identity is the very thing you are trying to escape. Because habits can be traps and blind spots, opportunities for growth. The things we are best at can become the things we cannot stop doing. 

In our Spring retreat, we ask you to step out of the most pernicious improv habit of all: being yourself. Over three days, we will examine what improv means to you, what you want from it, and what you want to put into it. You will play in a variety of different ways, familiar and new, seeing how they serve you and what happens when you just decide to not. 

Syllabus includes:

  • Your strengths and habits as an improviser, when they help you and when they hold you back
  • Your areas of possible growth, both the quick wins and the longer-term projects
  • What elements of your improv life may be holding you back, and what changes you might make

This retreat has musical and longform classes. The musical stream is taught by Heather Urquhart with music from Joe Samuel and the longform stream by Jules Munns. This retreat is aimed at improvisers with two or more years of regular practice. Email us to talk about if it is the right choice for you. 

Charney Manor is in Oxfordshire, just You are invited to arrive between 4pm and 5pm on Friday for dinner at 5pm and a first class at 6pm. Classes run until 4pm on Sunday afternoon. For those coming by train, transport will be arranged by us to and from the closest station, which is Didcot Parkway, just 37 mins from London Paddington. Plenty of parking is available for those driving.

A double room is £550, a shared room is £475 per person. Classes are capped at 12 for longform and 14 for music and all meals are included from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch. Your place is secured with a deposit of £100. After this, you will be emailed a registration form for further details, including room sharing and dietary requirements. The balance will be payable by invoice six weeks before the event, which is at the end of February. Deposits are transferrable up to this point.


April 5th @ 16:00
April 7th @ 16:00
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Charney Manor
Charney Bassett Oxfordshire OX12 0EJ United Kingdom + Google Map


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  • Just awesome.
    Ruby, Brighton, UK
  • Challenging, fun, with plenty of mayhem!
  • A hugely fun and relaxed way to start your journey into musical improv, and just a lovely way to spend a day.
    Justine de Mierre, Improv Teacher, The Unqualified Yes
  • A smart, different approach to improv
    Lauren Bambauer, Improv Teacher, California
  • This was the most relaxed, unstressed and happy I’ve ever felt in my life. I just can’t truly express how grateful I am.
    Ben Stratford, Freshman, BYU
  • Simple instructions that turn out to be very useful. What has seemed complex, inscrutable and hard becomes accessible. You find answers to questions you hadn't thought to ask yet.
    Harvard Henrikson, Molecular Biologist, Norway
  • With Heather and Jules you will try everything in improv, and then, the opposite, and then the same thing, only different. They will change the way you see and do improv (for the better)!
    Luis Nogueira, Portugal