Has anyone attended the Icicle Creek retreat in Leavenworth WA? There are 2 upcoming sessions this fall. I would like to hear if anyone thought they benefited from that retreat. Also, I'm trying to find out more information on the one in Victoria. Their website has sketchy information. I would love to go to the NE, but they are so far away.
Yes, I attended Icicle Creek Adult Piano Camp's inaugural retreat last fall.
I found it worthwhile to have the one-on-one piano instruction, the dedicated practice time, camaraderie with other adults, the dining/social interaction, the faculty concert was inspiring. The special topic of exercises for pianists given by a physical therapist was very useful. She gave us stretching exercises the would stretch the opposing muscles to the ones we used in playing the piano. The idea is to maintain a balance in the muscles. We pianists overwork certain muscles which can create imbalances.
Since I live in the area I do have access to Lisa Bergman who is developing the retreats, so if you have specific topics that are of interest to you that you'd like to have in the curriculum just let me know.
Lisa just asked me the other day what things I'd like to have included in a top notch adult retreat and I'll be sitting down to compile what I'd like to see and giving her my feedback.
If you, or anyone else at PW, have topic ideas let me know either here or via PM. I'll definitely let Lisa know.
I'm with you about trying to get to the east coast for piano opportunities by the time you travel there, and then add on the tuition etc. it really adds up.
By the way, I did let Lisa know that they need more detailed info regarding the classes etc.
What specifics would you like to know about any of the classes? I'll find out for you now. But I'll let them know they need to better describe the curriculum and other activities. I agree totally that the way things are presented on the website are lacking in detail. They also need bios of the pianists who will be teaching and conducting classes.
I can tell you that the pianist at the retreat this September - John Pickett - is an exceptional pianist and teacher, and is held in high regard by the pianists in our area. Lisa is superb, too.
The basic gist of the yoga for pianists is to create healthful mind and body in relation to playing the piano. That's all I know right now.
The adult piano retreat at Icicle Creek is, in my opinion, a work in progress and will continue to evolve into a well constructed retreat. As it is now, I think the fact that it is on the west coast and is a good value, make it attractive and worthwhile. As more people attend each successive retreat and they get more feedback, they will fine-tune their offerings.
You can always email Lisa for any questions you may have about the programs. She is very helpful.
The setting for the retreat is very quiet and soothing. There are paths that meander through the meadows and woods and the quiet is really nice, especially if you are coming in from the city. Gives you time to think about what you learned.
Hope this helps.