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‘Ukulele Retreat, Cuba, & Provence

The West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat in Cambria is just two weeks away (November 3 – 7) and the workshops and schedule have been posted. We still have space available for “walk-ins” and for folks who would like to stay in a cabin, but space is very limited. So, if you’d like to join us, please contact us ASAP. (Covid vaccination or negative Covid test with-in 72 hours required.)

Cuba! Yes! It’s looking like all systems are go for a very limited number of people to join us for Cuban ‘Ukulele Rhythms. More information to come (including the trip cost), but please save the dates if you are interested: February 13 – 21, 2022. And make sure you are subscribed to or follow this website. (If there is overwhelming interest, we may add some dates.)

The first Uke, Bike, & Barge trip we offered in Provence, Avignon to Aigues Mortes (May 21 – 28, 2022), filled quickly. So we are offering a second trip, in the reverse direction, May 28 – June 4, 2022. On that trip we do still have space available for a single woman and for a couple or two people traveling together. Please visit the website to learn more about Uke, Bike, & Barge Provence. . . . .and to register to join us. We will also be posting hiking opportunities in Provence, soon.

What’s next? We’re still working on dates for Camp Oo-Koo-Lay-Lay 2022, self-guided hiking trips in Provence, and multi-sport ukulele adventures in Greece and Italy. So please, stay tuned.

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Staff Change for the West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat

As many of you already know, the inimitable Jim D’Ville has re-located to beautiful Cleveland, Ohio. Unfortunately, Cleveland’s gain is our loss, as Jim will not be able to join us at the West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat this year. However, ‘ukulele superstar (and all around great musician) Gerald Ross will be joining us in Jim’s place with a brand new slate of workshops.

Gerald Ross

In the meantime, we are putting together our workshop schedule. . . . .and leave it to Nancy Piver to come up with something totally delicious to teach in her ukulele “ensemble” workshop. Scott Joplin’s “Magnetic Rag?” You got it! And yes, an ensemble of ‘ukulele players can sound pretty darn close to the piece below. In addition to Nancy’s arrangement of “Magnetic Rag,” we’ll be offering other ensemble opportunities, as well, with parts suitable for players of all abilities. (Yes, you can!)

You can also count on Catfish Jack to shake things up a bit and introduce us to the original version of “Walk Right In,” written by Gus Cannon in 2013! As I write, Jack and Gary Peare are creating a joint workshop building on this tune, incorporating both harmonicas and ‘ukulele. Should be loads of fun. (Catfish Jack will also be teaching our very beginning ‘ukulele classes for beginners and companions.)

Gus Cannon “Walk Right In”

The retreat is pretty close to capacity but we do still have space available in our group cabins for a few more folks. We have set a hard limit of 3 people per cabin and if you have a preferred cabinmate, all the better. And, of course, there is still space available for folks who choose to stay elsewhere, or for those who live in the area and want to commute.

Registration is still open. We still have space. And we would love to have you join us.

Register Here

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A second trip offering to Provence

Our Uke, Bike, & Barge Adventure in Provence, May 21 – 28, 2022, is already full! We know this will leave a lot of people disappointed. So, we are offering a second (almost) identical trip, May 28 – June 4. This will have essentially the same itinerary, but it will go in the opposite direction: starting in Aigues Mortes and ending in Avignon.

If you are seriously interested in reserving a spot on this second trip, please contact us as soon as possible and let us know.

If not, please stay tuned. There are many more fun times with your ‘ukulele to come.

Covid Guidelines for the West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat

Until we hear otherwise, the following Covid-related protocols, will be in place for participation in the West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat.

Beginning August 20, 2021, all adult guests participating in a residential program at Camp Ocean Pines are required to show proof of either (a) a completed vaccination more than two weeks prior to visit, or (b) a negative COVID-19 test with results within 72 hours prior to visit. This includes guests who may not be staying onsite, but are visiting Camp as a part of a residential program (e.g. a multi-day workshop wherein most participants stay on-site in cabins, but some choose to stay off-site for sleeping).

Camp Ocean Pines’ complete Covid prevention plan is detailed below.

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