GOOD NEWS FOR MUSICIANS OF ALL KINDS!! RIVER OF LIFE HARP RETREAT AND MUSICFEST RETURNS to St. Augustine, FL!!
3 pm Friday, June 27 - 2 pm Sunday, June 29, 2008.
Another celebration of our gratitude for music and spirit!
WE'RE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE that we've moved to the beautiful campus of Flagler College, nestled in the heart of historic
St. Augustine. It was built in the 1880's by Henry Flagler as a luxurious hotel for vacationing New Yorkers, and is
an impressively restored example of "Gilded Age" architecture. Students will not be in residence, so all retreatants
will have use of the libraries, computer services, swimming pool, tennis courts, and charming gardens in the midst of the
historic district of The Oldest City.
NEW THIS YEAR: A huge performance space (Hurray, extra elbow room for harpists, cellists, and people bringing
more than one instrument!), plus lots of other large and small spaces for our music, prayer, and meeting-and-greeting.
Highlights of the 2008 Retreat will include:
-- Return of the Labyrinth with Celtic prayers and harp music
-- First Night Gourmet Dinner in the exquisite Flagler Dining Room, which features the world's largest
collection of Tiffany windows--you have to see this room to believe it!
-- Garden Courtyard reception for "meet and greet"
-- World Music Concert for all levels
-- Workshops by our favorite returning artists, Ken Anoff, Percussion; Nancy Bick Clark, Celtic Spirituality and
Music; and Retreat Director Diane Schneider on Healing Music.
-- NEW THIS YEAR, economical packages including lodging in Flagler College's new Cedar House residence...
or if you prefer more luxurious accommodations, lovely bed-&-breakfasts and oceanfront hotels are available.
This is still the most unique music retreat out there...because we welcome ALL instruments (esp. harps, flutes, guitars,
drums, singers) and ALL skill levels and ages 12 and over.
PHONE 904-829-1542 for more details.
Space is limited, so it's first-come... and so on!
AFTER YOU REGISTER, you will receive a bulging packet
of restaurant, lodging, and fun and historic tourist information to prepare for your weekend in the heart of the Nation's
IF YOU PREFER a quieter retreat weekend... Your time will be your own, so choose more free time and attend only the sessions
WORKSHOPS beginning Friday 7 pm, June 27, 2008:
NANCY BICK CLARK, Celtic Harpist/Vocalist, Teacher
-- "Celtic Spirituality and Music" for harps and all instruments... featuring a beginner's circle and ensemble training. See
below for a link to more information about Nancy.
KEN ANOFF, World Music Percussionist, Teacher -- "Time to Drum".
Ken brings drums from all over the world for everyone to try... A standout event last year, so don't miss it.
MUMLEY, Occupational Therapist/Massage Therapist, Chaplain -- with a fascinating talk on The Musician's Body. (We congratulate
Dr. Jodi Lowe who has been named a director at the University of St. Augustine, but because of this we regret she will not
be able to present at this year's retreat).
DR. DIANE SCHNEIDER, Theologian/Vibration Medicine Specialist and
Harpist -- on "Drawing Healing from our Spirituality and Music-making."
* Boat cruises on Matanzas Bay (The Intracoastal Waterway of the Atlantic Ocean), beach walks, relaxed
meals, and touring historic churches, shops, museums in the Oldest City
* Private lessons available with Nancy Clark
and Ken Anoff
* Special Tour of the lush grounds and Mission of Nombre de Dios and Our Lady of LaLeche--the site of the 1565 founding
of Christianity in the "New World"
* TWO chances to perform church music together on Sunday morning--this was
a much-loved highlight last year.
* Learn to Busk at the "Mullet Beach Gallery" and in the Uptown Antiques District--last
year Kathy Pearce's group even collected $28 in tips! A fun and spirited time of jamming and singing for the