Rhythm & Rejuvenation Retreat with Marla Leigh & Cooperman Drum

Walpole, NH, USA

ML
5 reviews
Aug 1 - 4, 2024
Group size: 18 - 30
Rhythm & Rejuvenation Retreat with Marla Leigh & Cooperman Drum
Walpole, NH, USA

5 reviews

Aug 1 - 4, 2024
Group size: 18 - 30

About this trip

A NEW ENGLAND SUMMER DRUM RETREAT AWAITS YOU…

AUGUST 1-4, 2024

Imagine waking up each day to birdsong in the unique setting of a 350-acre apple orchard, taking a dip in refreshing swimming ponds, soothing your aches in the sauna, and getting ready for fun and inspiring explorations into drumming and rhythm…

It’s time to relax, rejuvenate and immerse yourself in a 3 night / 4-day adventure into frame drumming, wellness and nature.

☀️You will be guided by internationally-recognized teacher and Cooperman-endorsed artist, Marla Leigh, on your journey into the healing magic of this ancient instrument.

☀️We will spend our days learning and savoring 13+ hours of frame drum instruction  (2 classes/beginner & intermediate levels) , global rhythms and improvisation skills in a beautiful setting, complete with breathtaking views of the Connecticut River Valley, swimming ponds and a petting zoo!

☀️As the sun sets, we will enjoy activities such as shamanic-inspired trance drumming, a special wine & cheese evening with the Cooperman family, a student concert and evening drumming sessions by the fire.

☀️Our retreat ends with a personalized Cooperman Drum workshop tour… and a treasure trove of new skills, friends and memories.

Connect to your soul, to nature and to other rhythm lovers... What could be better?

MUSICAL TREATS: (subject to change) 

  • Techniques in the Upright, Lap and Freehand styles 
  • Explore improvising and creativity through rhythm!
  • Learn trance rhythms from North Africa and the Middle East
  • Discover rhythms for playing, teaching and drum circles
  • Learn rhythms for meditation, chanting and healing
  • Drum with ankle bells to boost your coordination
  • Community drumming in an ever-inspiring environment
  • (Optional) Take part in our closing student concert

WELLNESS TREATS:

  • Give your body some love in our yoga and movement classes
  • Relax in the onsite sauna
  • Reflect, rest and play among the apple trees
  • Cleanse the heart and mind in our shamanic-inspired drumming ritual
  • Music, Meditation & Nature hike in the wilderness 
  • Learn how to use frame drum for sound healing and meditation

THE RETREAT BASICS:

  • YOU: Our retreat is open to all ages, orientations and music levels (including total beginners and the drumless)
  • BRING: Don’t forget your walking shoes, warm clothes for the evening, funds for your meals (see more below) and your drums/instruments. 
  • Drums will also be provided by Cooperman (and for sale at a 10% discount) 

HOW TO BOOK: SPACE IS LIMITED!
If you hear the call, please join us now… There are a limited number of beds, and we anticipate this retreat to book up quickly!

☀️OPEN TO EVERYONE - ALL LEVELS:
Our retreat is open to all ages, orientations and music levels (including total beginners).


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“One of the best retreats I have been on. I came knowing NOTHING about drumming and left with so much knowledge. Marla is a fantastic teacher, Highly recommended!

– Sara Goodwin,  Psychologist


THE RETREAT INCLUDES:

🥁 4 days/ 3 nights accommodation at Alyson’s Orchard, in three characterful and comfortable New England lodges and a nearby hotel (more details below), plus camping options.

🥁 Daily classes of frame drumming instruction (total 12+ hours of training) and world rhythms. We offer beginner and intermediate-level classes for each main training session.

🥁 Composing and improvising to deepen your skills


🥁 Fun drum compositions to add to your repertoire

🥁 Drum meditations, Shamanic drumming & sound healing
to calm body and mind

🥁 Yoga and Middle Eastern Dance Class on a gorgeous 350-acre estate

🥁 Late-night drumming to warm your soul

🥁 Daily free time ~ swimming in the onsite pond, hiking, visits to the onsite petting zoo, jamming with new drum buddies or simply absorbing the beauty around you.


*Retreat is open to men and women of all ages and drum levels.


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PLUS FOUR EXTRA GEMS:

💎  TRY & PLAY COOPERMAN DRUMS FOR FREE
The Cooperman Family are generously sponsoring this event and will be providing a LARGE rack of their beautiful hand-crafted instruments for you to enjoy at the retreat.

💎💎  A 10% DISCOUNT ON ANY COOPERMAN DRUM

If you find one (or several?!) that sings to you, there’s an exclusive 10% RETREAT DISCOUNT (value $40+)

💎💎💎  COOPERMAN DRUMS PRIVATE SHOP TOUR
A private tour of this amazing workshop in Bellow Falls, VT. We will learn more about how their beautiful drums are made.

💎💎💎💎 COOPERMAN ‘AT HOME’  FAMILY MEET & GREET
An exclusive wine & cheese* gathering and a chance to chat with the friendly Cooperman family/team in their hometown of Grafton, VT.
(*Vegan and non-alcoholic options also available). 


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NOTE: If you do not have a car, we will carpool you to the food store & Cooperman excursions. 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED (* PLEASE READ CAREFULLY *):

(1) Flights, airport shuttle and other travel costs (more details on travel below).

(2) FOOD is NOT provided on this retreat.

ABOUT YOUR FOOD OPTIONS:

BREAKFAST & LUNCHES:

You will be responsible for bringing/preparing your breakfasts and lunches (ample communal kitchen space in every lodging).  

There is also a lovely organic food store in Walpole.  We are allowing time in our schedule to go food shopping on Friday morning, BEFORE lessons.  If you do not have a car, we will carpool you there.  

*As time gets closer to the retreat, Barbara (our assistant) will email everyone to find out who needs a ride to the food store.  We promise you will NOT be left without food.

DINNERS:

Thursday and Friday dinners will be at “The Orchard Tavern” at  Alyson's Farm (Pay your own way)

View Tavern menu  

Saturday dinner will be at the Farm-to-table restaurant/cafe MKT in Grafton (Pay your own way)
[Special menu on the night]

NOTE FOR CAMPERS:
You are welcome to prepare meals in the huge kitchen(s) of Rochambeau Lodge (there is also a sauna there for you to enjoy). 

YOUR TRAVEL INFORMATION

✈️  THE LOCATION (+ HOW & WHEN TO GET THERE)

ABOUT ALYSON’S ORCHARD (Our retreat location)
Experience the ultimate get-away in the heart of historic New England, amidst 350 acres of apple orchard, rolling lawns, breathtaking views of the Connecticut River Valley and big sunsets. 

Make new four-legged friends at their petting zoo, savor the fresh tastes at their fruit stand, take a dip in their inviting swimming pond and bask in the serenity of so much natural beauty.

We are exclusively renting the three lodges on their estate… A private drum heaven awaits you...


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DATES/TIMES

⏰ CHECK IN & CHECK-OUT TIMES:⏰


CHECK IN:  

Check-in to your room from 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 1
We will sit down for dinner at 6:30 pm

CHECK OUT:
Our retreat ends at 3:00 pm on Sunday, August 4, after our Cooperman workshop tour
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* EXTENDING YOUR TRIP:
If you want to spend an extra night (or several!), the retreat lodges are unfortunately fully booked, but you can find many nearby airbnbs/hotels. You will need your own car as there are no Ubers or taxis in this area. It is a country oasis. 


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GETTING TO ALYSON’S ORCHARD

NEAREST AIRPORTS:

  • Hartford, CT  (if not renting a car, we have a limited airport shuttle service - see (B1) below)
  • Boston, MA (car rental only - no shuttle)

HOW TO REACH THE RETREAT:

(A) DRIVE OR HIRE A CAR
Due to the rural/remote location, driving (or renting) a car is HIGHLY recommended! 

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(B1) AIRPORT SHUTTLE:  From HARTFORD, CT, to ALYSON’S ORCHARD (11 passengers):
We are organizing a private SHUTTLE  to pick you up from Hartford, CT airport.
The drive is about 1.5 hours from the airport.

We have space only for 11 people, so it is first come, first served.

Shuttle cost:
Between $65-$85 per person, each way (depending on passenger numbers)


SHUTTLE PICK-UP TIME:  August 1, 4:30 pm EST
Please arrive BEFORE 4:30 pm

SHUTTLE DEPARTURE:  August 4, 3:00 pm EST, from Alyson’s Orchard
It is 2 hours from the Cooperman shop to the airport, so please make sure your return flights are for AFTER 7pm.

If you can not find an evening flight, an idea would be to book a hotel at the airport and leave the following morning.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT ON THE SHUTTLE:  After you sign up to the Retreat, please email Barbara at summerretreatbarbara@gmail.com   with the header, “Reserve airport shuttle”.

We will be back in touch in July to get your exact arrival/departure dates and shuttle payment. Thank you. 

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(B2) OTHER OPTIONS FROM MANCHESTER AIRPORT (once the shuttle fills up):

~ Rent a car (price varies)
~ Take an Uber (c.$135 per person to Alyson's farm... is only from the airport to Alyson's,  NOT from Cooperman to airport (where we will be on August 4)

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ABOUT COOPERMAN FRAME DRUM COMPANY

Cooperman Co. is based in Bellows Falls, VT, and is one of the leading frame drum makers in the world. Each drum they create is crafted with love, using woods from local forests known for their unique tone qualities and bending characteristics. 


Marla has been an endorsed artist with Cooperman for 10 years and is deeply grateful for their craftsmanship and support in her work and at her Frame Drum Academy. For Marla’s retreat, they are providing a BEAUTIFUL rack of their drums for all participants to try (and purchase at a 10% discount). We are so lucky!

Cooperman’s website:
http://www.cooperman.com


YOUR ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

YOUR ACCOMMODATION  ~ 3 OPTIONS

🛌  ONE CLICK TO PARADISE 🛌  We take care of booking the accommodations for you.
All you need to do is choose. Below is just a summary. See our Room packages for further details, pictures and pricing.  


Note: All drum classes will be on the Alyson’s Orchard estate. 


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✳✳✳ OPTION 1: ONSITE ~ 3 PROPERTIES + CAMPING ✳✳✳
Within walking distance of the classes under a big outside tent, we have exclusively rented all three onsite beautiful and SPACIOUS properties for you:

✳ Rochambeau Lodge (with sauna)

✳ Foster House 

✳ Farm Stand Lodge


They are full of character, they all have huge kitchens, living spaces, back decks/outdoor spaces , various bed and room types,  plus a communal fire pit and sauna. Combined, all of these lodges provide sleeping options for up to 24 people, to suit all tastes/needs.
(See more under Room packages).


In addition to the above, there is:


✳ Onsite camping
Bring your own tent camping, with access to the showers and kitchens in the Rochambeau Lodge.

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OPTION 2: OFFSITE HOTEL (car required)  ✳✳✳


✳ The Hotel (20 min drive)
(See more on this beautiful riverview hotel under Room packages).


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✳✳✳ OPTION 3: NO ACCOMMODATION (car required) ✳✳✳


✳ Workshop-only fee
(organize your own accommodation/travel offsite)


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COMING AS A COUPLE? 

If you are a couple that would like to share a queen bed in a private room for a discounted price, please contact Barbara for more details. summerretreatbarbara@gmail.com 


COMING AS A GROUP OF 3-6 PEOPLE?
There are some lovely onsite cottages and other offsite options.
Please contact Barbara for recommendations. summerretreatbarbara@gmail.com

QUESTIONS:

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR TRIP? 

For travel, accommodation, food, and general retreat inquiries, please contact Barbara.

Coming as a group of 3 or more, Barbara can also recommend outside accommodations. 

 
🏖️RETREAT QUESTIONS:🏖️

summerretreatbarbara@gmail.com

*Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.


Thank you.
We look forward to this magical time together, 

Marla & Cooperman Frame Drums

PS. DON'T MISS THIS BEAT:
We may never offer a retreat like this again, so if you hear the call, come join us this year and enjoy the magic. I promise it will be a magical time...

What’s included

  • Room Accommodations
    for 3 nights/4 days
  • Service charges & taxes
    for the retreat center
  • All Lessons & Workshops
    Includes 12+ hours of lessons: Frame drum/music lessons, Shamanic drumming ect.
  • Meet & Greet w Cooperman
    Wine and Cheese party with the best drum making family in the world!
  • 10% Cooperman Discount
    Participants recieve a 10% discount on ANY Cooperman drum!
  • Cooperman Drums to play
    Enjoy a beautiful collection of Cooperman drums to play at the retreat
  • Cooperman Private Tour
    Enjoy this exclusive tour of how their drums are made
  • Concert ft. YOU!
    Retreat ends with closing concert!
  • Yoga Classes in the wood
    Stretch & Relax in nature
  • Middle Eastern Dance
    Special workshop in Middle Eastern Dance
  • Meditations by the river
    Morning meditations by the river
  • Manchester, NH Shuttle
    Manchester, NH : Airport pick up/drop off provided for an additional fee

What’s not included

  • Airport Pickup/Retreat
  • All meals

Available Packages

DAFF SINGLE ROOMS WITH SHARED BATH
Available until July 1, 2024only 1 left

" DAFF SINGLE ROOMS" WITH SHARED BATH : 


~ Use of full kitchen, huge living room, backyard, community sauna and drumming tent.

~ Includes 3 nights' accommodation, taxes, and all workshop fees.


Please note: The "Daff" rooms have two twin beds, but we are selling these rooms as SINGLE rooms. You can put the two beds together to sleep,  or use one of the beds for meditation/practice. It's your choice.


This is our early pricing.  All prices rise by $50 on July  1, 2024

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📸 PICTURES: 


 📸 ROOMS:

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📸 KITCHEN: 

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📸 COMMUNITY SAUNA:  

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📸 ONSITE SWIMMING POND: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/0a8xl7fpknxqee5tke107/Screen-Shot-2024-04-17-at-4.20.12-PM.png?rlkey=cmaxuse0h97hvba59ujwn1r0e&dl=0

*pictures are subject to change. Room layouts are not all the same. 

$899
Deposit: $350
TAR DOUBLES: TWIN BEDS & SHARED BATH
Available until July 1, 20246 left

"TAR DOUBLE ROOMS": STANDARD TWIN ROOMS WITH SHARED BATH :
Same-sex twin bedrooms for two people.


* This price is for ONE of the twin beds

~ One adult twin bed

~ Use of full kitchen, huge living room, backyard, community sauna and drumming tent.

~ Includes 3 nights' accommodation, taxes, and all workshop fees.


This is our early pricing. All prices rise by $50 on July  1, 2024


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📸 PICTURES:

📸 ROOMS:


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📸 KITCHEN:
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📸 COMMUNITY SAUNA:  

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📸 ONSITE SWIMMING POND:
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$775
Deposit: $350
THE RHYTHM DEN: QUEEN BEDS (female)
Available until July 1, 2024only 1 left

 THE  "RHYTHM DEN”:  THE QUEEN BEDS
FEMALE TRIPLE ROOM (3 people) WITH SHARED HALLWAY BATHROOM

*This price is for ONE of the TWO QUEEN BEDS in the shared room (1 person only).


~ Queen bed

~ Use of full kitchen, huge living room, backyard, community sauna and drumming tent.

~ Big lodge with a lot of space, your bedroom is one of two bedrooms in the home. 

~ Includes 3 nights' accommodation, taxes, and all workshop fees.

This is our early pricing. All prices rise by $50 on July  1, 2024

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📸 PICTURES:

📸 THE ROOM:
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*Although there is a bunk bed in the picture, we will only be making available one of the bunk beds, so it will remain a triple room. 


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📸 KITCHEN & LIVING ROOM:  

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📸 COMMUNITY SAUNA:  

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ONSITE SWIMMING POND:
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$745
Deposit: $350
CAMPING (bring your own gear)

CAMPING: Sleep under the stars! ★

~ Bring your own tent & all camping gear, towels etc.

~ Sleep in 350 acres of natural beauty


* Includes all workshop fees, Cooperman events & 10% drum discount, use of outdoor bathroom (portapotty) & communal drumming tent,  inside full shower/sauna/ bathroom/living rooms & full kitchen(s) use at Rochambeau Lodge (there are two kitchens in this Lodge).


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PICTURES: 


CAMPING AREA
(*there is over 350 acres of land for you to sleep in)


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(Your furry friendly neighbors....)


📸 LIVING ROOM:

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📸 KITCHEN:
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📸 COMMUNITY SAUNA: 

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📸 ONSITE SWIMMING POND:  
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$555
Deposit: $350
🥁 WORKSHOP-ONLY FEE (no accommodations)

WORKSHOP-ONLY FEE (no accommodations)


This is for the whole program, including all drum workshops, PDF's of class material,  yoga & movement classes, evening events, group concert, Cooperman wine & cheese meet & greet, Cooperman  Shop tour  & 10% drum discount (value $40+).

IMPORTANT NOTE:

* You must organize your accommodation & food

** You are, however, welcome to use our kitchen in Rochambeau Lodge to prepare your breakfasts and lunches, drum in our community tent,  come along to our  campfire drumming, relax in the sauna and lodge areas, and join us for the evening meals (pay your own way).


$430
Deposit: $200
🌟OFFSITE DELUXE SINGLE ROOMS (20 min)
Available until July 1, 2024only 3 left

RIVERSIDE HOTEL 
UPSCALE KING-SIZE BEDS OVERLOOKING RIVER, WITH PRIVATE BATH

~ Perfect for one person or a couple **

~ Beautiful, luxurious riverside rooms 
~ King size bed & couch
~ Deck with gorgeous river view

~ Includes 3 nights' accommodation, taxes, all workshop fees, plus use of kitchen and sauna facilities at Rochambeau Lodge
~ Special retreat price : Save $110+

PLEASE NOTE:

* These rooms are OFFSITE at the Riverside Hotel. It’s a 20-minute drive from the retreat, so you must have a car.

** Price is for one person. If you would like to share this room with a partner or friend, please email Barbara for pricing at summerretreatbarbara@gmail.com


This is our early pricing. All prices rise by $50 on July  1, 2024

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📸 PICTURES:  

📸 ROOMS:
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📸 RIVER ROOM VIEWS:
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📸 ONSITE COMMUNITY SAUNA:  

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📸 ONSITE COMMUNITY KITCHEN:  https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/3wmkseu9u5h8fxpftb6oz/Screen-Shot-2024-04-01-at-4.58.55-PM.png?rlkey=1a146ag7256x6kvfuf6ij18ey&dl=0


$1,045


Itinerary

Day 1
DAY 1 - WELCOME DAY!

Thursday, August 1


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: 

Check-in

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm: 

Dinner at Alyson's Tavern 

(Pay your own way)

8:15 pm - 9:30 pm:  Drumming Session & Welcome Circle

9:30 pm - 11:00 pm: Open drumming by the fire
(No training, just jamming. Optional, but fun!)


*schedule subject to change

Your Organizer


ML
Marla Leigh
5 reviews
Marla Leigh (Goldstein) is an internationally acclaimed percussionist and educator who specializes in the frame drum. With over 25 years of experience, she has become an expert in teaching this unique skill to others. Marla has performed and taught all over the world, and her students include musicians, healers, and those seeking to explore the spiritual and meditative aspects of drumming. Marla is also CEO of Frame Drum Academy online, an online global school now with over 3000 students! She is also a composer of sacred music.

Reviews

The trip was well organised, we had a fantastic practice room for drumming! Poliana did find a lot of nice things to do and visit. My regret was that there were not enough drumming sessions. This was more a cultural trip, with two whole days out of seven without any courses, and only one course a day. There were shamanic ceremonies, which were nice, but not what I came for ( although I am a shamanic practitioner myself) Enjoyed the trip to Knossos, the tour guide was very interesting. The hotel rented the rooms with sea view, but in reality you had to stand on your balcony to see the sea. The pictures advertising the rooms, we’re not similar to the real rooms. But the people of the hotel were very kind and helpful. Marla is , of course a great teacher, and I am happy to have met her. But I wouldn’t come on this trip, if my goal were to practice drumming. I must mention that the group was great, and I made new drumming friends! So overall, I did have a good time, just missed the drumming! That’s why I give only four stars!
By Carol K for Drumming & Cultural Voyage to Crete! on Nov 02, 2023
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## Review: Frame Drum Retreat in Crete I recently had the opportunity to attend Marla Leigh's frame drum retreat in Crete.. The retreat offered a unique combination of drumming lessons and cultural activities. Drumming lessons by the sea provided a serene and inspiring atmosphere. Marla's expertise in teaching drumming techniques and her ability to guide us through different rhythms made the lessons both enjoyable and educational. In addition to the drumming, the retreat included a boat trip, which allowed us to explore the stunning coastline, and a visit to the ancient Minoan city of Knossos. We also had the chance to learn Greek songs and dances, and listen to local musicians The group itself was absolutely wonderful. There was a strong sense of camaraderie and support among the participants, who came from different backgrounds and cultures. The shared love for drumming created a bond that brought everyone together, making the retreat an even more enriching experience. I cannot praise Marla enough for her fantastic hosting throughout the retreat. Her warm and welcoming nature, along with her expertise in frame drumming, created an environment that allowed everyone to grow and express themselves through the drums. The retreat was an unforgettable experience.
By Anne M for Drumming & Cultural Voyage to Crete! on Nov 01, 2023
We had great time. The retriet was more than I imagined and I learned a lot. For the travel agent, I booked a single room with a see view, which I did not have.
By Arja V for Drumming & Cultural Voyage to Crete! on Oct 31, 2023
A one-week magical bubble! Not only full of quality drumming instructions but also with a great variety of excursions and ceremonies on the ancient land and waters of Crete.
By Marjolein V for Drumming & Cultural Voyage to Crete! on Oct 24, 2023
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The whole experience was phenomenal. Beautiful surrounding and a wonderful sense of community.
By Barbara P for Drumming & Cultural Voyage to Crete! on Oct 24, 2023