One for the Record Books!

The ukuleles came and went!

And whoooooo boy!

That was one terrific week-end!

Here’s a little snippet from our Flash Mob in the Crocker Dining Hall, which probably made Julia Morgan rise from the dead. (It certainly got the attention of the visiting psychotherapists!)


And here are a few observations from those who attended:

“The West Coast Ukulele Retreat is like a fine wine – it gets better every year. . . . .a monumental four days of uke playing and learning and seeing old friends and making new ones.  The variety of instructors advances us to the next level of learning about the uke.  You don’t need to be an advanced player to participate.  There is plenty to choose from. The teaching teams are accessible ALL the time, very knowledgeable, and experienced in answering.  I can’t wait to go back!!!” 

–Tom B.

“I LOVED LOVED LOVED the retreat. . . . .even better than last year, and that is saying a lot. I was awed by the sheer volume of talent, both instructors and attendees. The four-hour finale was the best “concert” I have ever attended, for variety of style, talent, and sheer fun, and I couldn’t believe I was still awake and engaged at midnight.”


“Thank you! The classes took me over the edge of my comfort zone into a more potentially creative space.  It was a challenging, fun, and happy time with great, caring instructors! The accommodations and classes around the Kiln core were great. They created a “community of ukers.”


“Best Ever. Want More!”


“This was more fun than I can say. I’m going home with more information than I imagined, and more inspiration than I know what to do with.  Thank-you to all who organized this–your work is deeply appreciated!”


“The event is 4 -5 day ukulele party!”

Bill E.

“A retreat where we can improve, even if we play well already.”

Second year participant

“Third time and it keeps getting better and better!”


“It’s a giant, multi-dimensional effort. . . . .a lot of people have a magical few days. I will definitely be back!”


“The music and learning is terrific.  But the camaraderie, warmth, and sense of community of the retreat makes my heart sing!”


“Catch me the next year–and the next–etc.”

Dave M.

“Another great experience. Even more serious learning than in past years.”

Third year attendee

“I plan to go next year. Need I say more?”


“There is something for everyone here. From beginners to advanced players. The professionalism of the staff and their availability is remarkable. Small classes, teachers who mingle and have office hours and jam with us make the event fabulous.  Much to learn on these four strings. Thanks for accelerating my learning!”


“What a thrill to see the growth of musicianship. It is so wonderful to see old friends. What a warm, loving, supportive environment.”

Third year attendee

“The best, happiest way to get better at playing ukulele. Talented, friendly, and very supportive teachers. Beautiful venue. Most of all, music and fun. Thank you!”


“Three days packed with fun and information is a great amount of time to get an idea or skill understood. . . . .Came away FULL of ukulele, food, friends, and FUN.”


“It was so well organized and such a welcoming group. I learned a lot and had a wonderful time doing it! In addition to learning, the retreat completely transported me to another place where I forgot all my daily worries.


“Thanks!  I had a blast, again!”


Save the dates!  We’ll be back next year!

May 13 – 17, 2015

~ by UkuleleLady on June 4, 2014.

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