Welcome to The Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat

September 25-29, 2019

Thank you to all who made the 2018 harp retreat such a success! 


ABOUT THE 2018 RETREAT

2018 was  an exciting year for the Harp Retreat.  Our theme," ACROSS THE DIVIDE," featured music and techniques that transcend time and cultures.  Attendees had an opportunity to work with both our instructors, Aine Minogue and Sunita Stanislow, who shared instruction of the advanced beginner-intermediate and intermediate-professional classes. A beginner's class was added due to requests and was taught by Jaimee Joroff.


Aine shared her deep knowledge of traditional Celtic music, mythology and history to bring Irish traditions and tunes across time and helped us make them our own in today's world. Sunita used Celtic tunes to help develop our individual techniques and repertoires.  As usual, the small size of the harp classes guaranted individual attention for all participants. In a Wednesday workshop open to all levels, Aine provided instruction on Meditation and Music, with the goal of bringing meditative practice into one's harping technique and playing. 


On Thursday, Sunita  shared her experiences blending multicultural music traditions as she introduced attendees to Hebrew Music and Palestinian rhythms. 


This year we had three evening events. Thursday was a hands on workshop.  Friday,  an intimate concert just for the harp participants and their companions.  Willson and McKee graciously gave us an inspiring concert featuring harp in addition to other instruments. Saturday was a formal concert at the Fox Theatre (in Walsenberg) with Aine and Sunita and friends. 


The Saturday Concert was the music dreams are made of. Julie Norem Hawley and Tim Cummings shared pipe and harp duets and were then joined by Kim McKee on harp and Ken Willson on guitar.  After Aine and Sunita had each performed, they played a Celtic/Mediterranean duet that blew us all away.  Our evening ended with a sing a long with the audience.  Aine and Sunita on harps, Julie on vocals, Tim on whistle, Kim on accordian and vocals and Ken on guitar and vocals.  


We look forward to seeing many of you in 2018. 
EXTRA DAY
September 26, 2018
MEDITATION AND MUSIC
Aine Minogue
September 27-30, 2018
ACROSS THE DIVIDE 
with Aine Minogue and Sunita Staneslow
Step into the musical mists of time.
Aine Minogue
HARP RETREAT
Friday-Sunday, September 28-30, 2018
Beckoning traditional Irish music forward through the mists of time. 
Intermediate-Professional levels
SUNITA STANESLOW
Thursday, September 27. 2018
Music as a bridge: Israeli and Arabic Music
All levels
Friday, September 28, 2018
 Saturday, September 29. 2018
Celtic Music for Advanced Beginners-Intermediate
Julie Norem Hawley will graciously continue to lead our Harp Circle, a very relaxed experience for all level harpers.  She sends music to interested players in advance, conducts a few practice sessions during the festival, and then leads us all playing on the streets of La Veta. 
 
The Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat is most grateful to Victoria Lidmark for her generous donation to and continued support of the Harp Retreat.  More can be seen about Victoria on our 2018 Tutor link.




Julie Norem Hawley graciously continues to lead our Harp Circle, a very relaxed experience for all level harpers.  She sends music to interested players in advance, conducts a few practice sessions during the festival, and then leads us all playing on the streets of La Veta and Walsenburg. 

 


The Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat is most grateful to Victoria Lidmark for her generous donation to and continued support of the Harp Retreat.  More can be seen about Victoria on our 2018 Harps for Huerfano link.



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"Beautiful location, wonderful warm community. Nancy hasn't just built an
amazing harp retreat, she's facilitated a true harp community that people
come 'home' to year after year. The Spanish Peaks festival is a joy for
musicians, students and visitors alike!"   Aine Minogue, teacher and performer


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!

I played Maire ni Chathasaigh's version of The King of the Fairies (from the Rogha na gCruitiri Harpers' Choice book) last night at our harp recital for the first time in public. I have been working on it since 2011 and I realized it was directly due to you that I was able to do that. It was because of your Harp Festival and what you do to help all us with bringing in such phenomenal teachers and all the inspiration and amazing support and of course, the chocolate!


"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.