Voice Box


  • "I came with no expectations and even less experience of specifically working on my voice.  What a relevation a perfect... Read more
  • "I have never learned so much in one week before! About myself, about my voice, about the magic of words... Read more
  • "I had an 'inkling in my gut' to come here. Like an odyssey. And that inkling turned out to be... Read more
  • "...a wonderful artistic voice centre!...a supportive and inspiring environment...Kristin - you have nurtuted and challenged me. Rena- fantastic food!!...such care... Read more
  • "I have loved the journey to Orkney, and travelling the distance has opened up possibilities for an inner journey.  Nothing... Read more
  • "In just four days I have changed shape, inside and out.  My voice feels and sounds stronger and more me,... Read more
  • "I'm nearly 50 now, have been a professional voice-over artist for more than 20 years and have enjoyed significant success,... Read more
  • "I have learned I can work in a group of thirteen people and like all of them! - C.H.... Read more
  • "I have loved the experience of becoming more connected with my body, my breath, my self.  I know I will... Read more
  • "I have had a wonderful time on this course - Kristin is a ninja of voice...C.M.... Read more
  • "Just great. Exploration, discovery, fun; made me feel so welcome by everyone;stretched in every way - I can't wait to... Read more
  • "Such a wonderful week of vocal discovery, body awareness, breath galore and great company - the joy, the laughter, the... Read more
  • "Well, what an experience! Never to be forgotten.  It was an honour and a pleasure to experience the Introductory Voice... Read more
  • "It's my first time in this Scottish land and the first time I spoke Shakespeare in English - my favourite... Read more
  • "Thank you so much, Kristin. I have a new relationship with myself: with my sacrum, vertebrae, whole spine: my breath!... Read more
  • "Now winter nights enlarge... come and work with Kristin on Shakespeare's Sonnet, Speeches and Scenes and your nights will be... Read more
  • "I got drunk on the words.  I ate them.  I felt them fill my belly and nourish my body.  Thank... Read more
  • "This Shakespeare week was magical.  Thank you from the bottom of heart, from my spine, nervous system and brain for... Read more
  • "The studio is beautiful - loved doing warm-ups and sonnets in the face of nature, the angry skies, the pounding... Read more
  • "You have had a profound impact of my work as a teacher and director, and on my relationship to language... Read more
  • "This has been a 25-year journey to Shakespeare.  It was everything I could have hoped for - and more. To... Read more
  • "Being in Orkney adds such a special flavour - re-connected me to the nature that's so alive in Shakespeare's plays.... Read more
  • "This week was most needed as I prepare to audition for Graduate programs in the USA.  My classmates were amazingly... Read more
  • "Dear Kristin, Thank you for sharing your passion and reinvigorating our craft.  Your tenacity and vigor has transformed our practice... Read more
  • " You and your work has given me a language and a confidence to trust my perception, my impulses, my self... Read more
  • " I go through the warm up before rehearsing and performing,I use 'Devices' for text work to approach new text -... Read more
  • "The great irony is that I have found my voice ... and can't find the words to voice a response.... Read more

    Get to Know Orkney

    Orkney is a wonderful place for retreat-style workshops—it is beautiful, remote and atmospheric. The mainland of Orkney is fringed with beaches, bays and majestic sea cliffs. The landscape is domesticated by farming yet scattered with gleaming lochs and rich heather moor. The islands' ancient history dates from prehistoric times, and includes the earliest settlements and monuments in Northern Europe, Bronze and Iron Age homesteads, Viking longhouses, early Christian chapels and three world heritage sites. During your stay with us we will ensure you get time to visit some of our spectacular ancient sites, enjoy the warmth of our communities, our historic towns and breathtaking countryside...

    Slide 1
    A dazzling chequer-board of grass and ploughland, the shadow and claret of hills that flow in sweet, unbroken lines.

    -- Eric Linklater, Novelist (Kristin’s father)

    Orkney is comprised of over 70 islands, only 20 of which are inhabited, yet at the same time Orkney is culturally contemporary and comfortably modern. The community numbers just 22,000 but still the people are innovative and prosperous. The weather is a major feature in our daily life—not so very cold yet unpredictable and engaging, from the wildest gales to the clearest stillness. In winter the sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, in summer the days never end. We could think of the voice as a weather-vane—it tells us about our changing emotional climate. Orkney’s weather is theatrical, making it good company when training actors—so be prepared to develop a keen weather eye.

    Slide 2
    Circles compel us everywhere Sun and stone and bird-flight.

    -- George Mackay Brown


    Workers in the fields whose voices would ring out from their bellies as they called to each other or sang to pass the time, are becoming things of the past.

    -- Kristin Linklater