Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat, class of 2015!  Come join us for 2016!

Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat, class of 2015! Come join us for 2016!

The Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat is set for Sep 23-25, 2016 in lovely La Veta, CO.  Sponsored by the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, this year’s piping retreat will feature two outstanding piping teachers and performers.  Jerry O’Sullivan and Ben Miller will both be teaching bellows-blown smallpipes.  They’ll alternate between intermediate and advanced students for the two and one-half day piping retreat.  Jerry and Ben will focus on technique, tips and tunes.

Jerry O’Sullivan is world-famous for his uilleann piping, but he’s no less talented on highland and small pipes!  Jerry is sure to share some of his secret Irish tunes at the retreat.  Ben Miller, one of our outstanding American pipers with a strong following in Scotland and Cape Breton will no doubt be sharing some great information and tunes.  This combination of instructors brings a unique blend of both Scottish and Irish music.  You can count on learning something unique at the Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat.

A special part of the retreat is a chance to play with participants of the Spanish Peaks Celtic Harp Retreat!  Harpers and smallpipers will have a chance to play tunes together on the Saturday afternoon of the retreat.  This opportunity to play with other musicians, playing other instruments, was very well-received last year.  So, we’ll repeat it this year as well!

Schedule and registration information can be found at  You can also find us on Facebook!  Tuition for the Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat is $250 for two and a half days of instruction!

The Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat is held concurrently with the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival which this year features Altan, Outside Track and The High Kings!  Piping retreat students will have a chance to learn from two masters during the day, then hear some of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music at evening concerts.  Late night sessions round out the day and insure that the music almost never stops!!  Jerry and Ben will perform at the final Festival concert on Sunday Sep 25.  For piping fans, this will be a real treat!!

Come join us in southern Colorado in September.  Set in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains, the weather promises to be great with warm days and cool nights.  Aspen leaves will be just about at their peak as they turn colors.

59c94b42-2672-4c2d-b177-669834e5f08fEmbrace Living Tradition

Join us at historic Fort Worden State Park June 14-19, 2016 in Port Townsend, on Washington’s scenic Olympic Peninsula. Féis Seattle will bring together a thriving community of Scottish Gaelic language, music and culture with presenters from Scotland and Cape Breton.

Highland Hospitality at Its Best!

Evening ceilidhs, walks on the beach, visiting with old friends and making new ones. . . it is the Highland way! For less than the cost of a plane ticket we bring you together with leading tradition-bearers from Scotland and Cape Breton for an unforgettable event.

Whether you are interested in piping, fiddle, harp, Gaelic song or language, we have something for everyone.

What can I expect?

Each day begins with your selected major class. After lunch break, students may take a Try it! class in another area. Return to the same Try It! class or select a new one each day. Make selections the first day of Féis.

In true Scottish style, each evening we have a ceilidh and session opportunities. Other special events include dancing, a waulking and a special faculty concert Friday night. Saturday night is our final no-holds-barred ceilidh until dawn.

Don’t miss this premiere event!

On Our Calendar

Pipers’ Gathering 2016


pg-compilationfinal-1The 2016 Pipers’ Gathering will take place  August 19 – 21, 2016 at Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT.  This annual event welcomes newcomers and advanced players alike, with both traditional bellows-blown pipes and instruments a little “outside the box”. Complementary instruments are also featured, because really the point is to play well with others. World-class instructors, lots of hours of instruction/workshops and a relaxed setting makes this a “pipers camp” weekend not to be missed.

Our 2016 list of instructors includes:

Iain MacInnes and Barry Shears on Scottish smallpipes
Brian McNamara and Benedict Koehler on Uilleann pipes
Bill Wakefield on Northumbrian smallpipes
Will Woodson on Border pipes and flute
Laura MacKenzie on flute and whistle (and a few surprises?)
Chris Gray on Scottish smallpipes, Uilleann pipes and whistle
Dan Foster on Fiddle
Owen Marshall on guitar

Registration is now open!