Puget Sound Guitar Workshop 2017 Retreats are now open for registration. Here are dates, prices and needed information for registration.
Four day option:
Thursday, December 29, 2016 after lunch to Sunday, January 1, 2017 after brunch.
Three day option:
Friday, December 30, 2016 after lunch to Sunday, January 1, 2017 after brunch.
$5 discount if paid in full with a single check by Dec. 15.
Contact Fl!p Breskin for the cost of shorter stays, or for children.
We expect around 65 people for this one. A peaceful, engaging way to welcome in the New Year in a warm, welcoming community. We have an intimate swing dance and a wonderful New Years Eve feast, party & late night buffet in addition to the delights of jamming.
President's Day Weekend (U.S.)
Friday, February 17, 1 PM through Monday, February 20, 1 PM
$5 discount if paid in full with a single check by December 1st.
Winter Retreat tends to fill up by some time in December, so let me know as soon as you can if you're planning to come to that one. Registration is first-come, first-serve, by postmark not delivery date so don't waste money on faster mail. Minimum deposit $100. Most US mail gets to me within a couple days. Canadians should for sure let me know your check is on its way! I won't deposit any Retreat checks until you have a confirmed space in the retreat.
If you decide late, there may still be spaces available, so email me to check and I'll do the best I can to get you in.
Four day option:
Thursday May 4 through through Sunday, May 7, 2017
Three day option:
Friday May 5 through through Sunday, May 7, 2017.
$5 discount if paid in full with a single check by April 1st.
Contact Fl!p Breskin for pricing for children.
Probably around 70 participants. My favorite retreat. Very relaxed. It's like an old fashioned weekend-long house party with lots of folks to play with and plenty of space to play with them, good food and no dishes to wash.
At Spring Retreat I find I often have time to sit and make music with folks I haven't ever had a chance to hang out and jam with before, with deeply satisfying results.
Remember to make your check out to PSGW and then snail-mail it to me. (no
2518 Cherry St
Bellingham WA 98225 USA
Any questions? Feel free to phone or email me.
Please pass this information to your PSGW buddies. My messages have been getting caught in ever-more-aggressive email filters so some of your friends may not see this.
You're welcome to bring folks who've never been to PSGW, but if you do, things go best if you consider yourself their personal host for the event.
First Timers who find us on the web might want to come with a buddy.
We do have a scholarship fund, and you're welcome to talk with me about it. My goal is always to make it possible for you to come, and still leave money in the fund for other folks who need it too.
Winter Retreat is the big one, with about 110 participants (I've cut it down from 140 because that was just too big). New Years and Spring have about 65 or 70. Participants range from relatively beginning players through lots of professionals. Maybe 2/3 of us actually play guitar. Most of the rest of us play some other instrument, or sing passionately, or come with someone we love who plays. Some folks bring their kids. Lots of great harmony singers.
Fabulous old geezers and sparkling young musicians. Worlds collide and the music coruscates.
There are no classes. The only interruption to the music and conversation is good food. Lots of trading life stories late at night between tunes. (I forgot to go to bed again...)
There's a dance on Saturday night. A lot of people get really dressed up. Some of us wear jeans. For me it depends on my mood. Big steak & salmon feast one dinner. Mallard Ice Cream at least a couple times for snacks. I drag out boxes of needle-felting materials for art projects that include name-tags for those who are so inspired. Some folks bring their own craft projects.
Housing is in cabins and a couple lodges around a little lake in the woods. Nice places to walk. Decent beds, with bedding & towels provided. Heat & indoor bathrooms and showers in the cabins.
Folk, swing, gypsy jazz (especially at Winter), old time, celtic, bluegrass, singer-songwriter, classic rock & roll.... Big mobs singing Beatles songs & old Broadway musicals. Tiny hang-out-in-the corner and jam with one or two other like-minded folks in a quiet cabin (that's my favorite). Roam from cabin to cabin to see what's going on. Ask anybody "How did you DO that?" and you're likely to get a real answer.
I'd love to see you this winter and spring!
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