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September 24 - 28,  2014



The Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat is entering its 10th year of offering several days of multi-level harp workshops and instruction. Harp events are set in the midst of a full Celtic Festival in Southeast Colorado. This year, the festival occurs during Colorado’s commemoration of the centennial of the Ludlow Massacre, a watershed moment in American labor relations.  2014 also marks the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, a major triumph in the Scottish historic fight for independence and the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, a fatal victory for the Irish. In keeping with the theme of resistance, conflict and loss, the Harp Retreat will focus on songs of protest, battle and lament from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
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"I came home from this year's retreat with Christina, Park, and Maire, absolutely filled with a sense of the living essence of music--in rhythm, tone, and effect, versus it just being the thing we do. Totally transforming. I'm a different musician now."

I have attended the Spanish Peaks harp retreat now for 8 years. Every workshop brings the best players from the Irish and the Scottish traditions. Each year, my understanding of the songs and the culture deepens. I really love the intimacy of our circle of players. We get to know each other in a smaller venue and we are able to converse with our teachers and get to know them too. Southern Colorado is absolutely gorgeous in the fall-the mountains and the skies. I would not miss it!


"This year, I learned so much from Christina, Park and Maire.  The instruction from each teacher was personalized yet geared for everyone.  During lunches and breaks I had ample opportunity to speak with each instructor and discuss ideas.  (I know I am a better harp teacher for attending.) I wouldn't miss this weekend for anything.