For our 12th year (2016), we had 18-21 participants for the four weeks (78 total plus 20 guests) coming from Canada and 25 states in the U.S. including AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, TN, VA, VT, WA, and WI!!
Time to sign up for the Spring and the Fall 2017. Still lots of openings!!
The Spring Dulcimer Retreat for 2017 is actively enrolling and will likely fill soon - April 2 - 8, 2017
If you are looking to come to the fall 2017 Sandbridge, it is not too early to contact me now!
Contact Ken anytime if you are interested. The retreats fill every year!
-Spend a week in Sandbridge, Virginia at a terrific beach house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It is about a 100 yard walk to dipping your feet in the water! We have moved ocean front!
This is an intensive hammered dulcimer workshop in a wonderfully relaxing and supportive environment. Workshop topics and daily schedule will be determined through discussions of participants with Ken prior to the workshop. Likely topics include arranging, accompaniment, application of chord theory, improvisation and much more.
Here's what you get:
A minimum of approximately 5-6 hours of daily group instruction
Evening instructional sessions (depending on energy levels)
Lots of time for jamming including fast and slow jams and instituted beautiful tunes jam on Friday
Written music for arranged versions for all tunes - with melody, backup and multiple arranging ideas/variations.
A summary DVD for a small additional cost ($35-$50)
Dolphin-watching breaks plus pelican watching as a bonus!
Ocean-front housing (mostly private rooms with some shared rooms)
Fabulous dinners prepared by our chef (Sunday through Thursday evening)
Sunday night crab/shrimp feast; crab cakes and more
Wednesday night "coffeehouse" featuring informal performances
Friday afternoon beautiful tunes jam
Friday night dinner at Virignia's "Best Seafood Dive" - Margie and Ray's Seafood House (all meals covered in the workshop except the Friday night dinner)
Lots of beach time! It is typically warm enough to swim in the ocean.
Wide range of dulcimers available for those who are flying in (Masterworks, Dusty Strings, SongBird, Blanton extended range, Sam Rizzetta compact, Rick Thum) - plus dulcimer and music stands
Hot tub and pool
The first week is designed to be mostly for a wide range of intermediate level players; the second week is designed to be a higher level, most appropriate for stronger intermediates plus some advanced players; the last week is primarily for advanced players. However, there tends to be a mix of levels at each week. The level of player tends to be relatively high at this workshop and we strive to move along as fast as possible, without stressing out the participants. Enrollment is limited to 18-19 participants.
Ken evaluates all applicants for acceptance into the workshop. Based on your availability, space in the weeks, and your playing experience, Ken will work with each participant to place you in the best week for you.