We’re on Our Way to Cuba!

By all counts, the West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat Redux was a huge success. Instructors and participants loved our new venue in Cambria at Camp Ocean Pines and wanted us to schedule next year’s retreat for November, again. And the camp apparently loved having us there, as was apparent with their fine attention to every detail. (They didn’t even bat an eye as we turned their Fireside Room into a speak easy, The Otter Club.) So, be sure to mark your calendars if you want to join us next year: November 8 – 13.

In the meantime. . . . . Cuba!

With all our ducks now in a row, we are ready to open registration for Cuban ‘Ukulele Rhythms, March 8 – 16, 2022.

If you are interested in this trip, please be sure to visit the website as there have been a few changes, the biggest one being the date: March 8 – 16, 2022. (This was so we could all secure better airfares.)

Covid Concerns

As there are still some very legitimate concerns about Covid, this link, Cuba and the Coronavirus should help bring you up to speed with the current situation. Overall I’d say Cuba has done a great job of getting their population vaccinated. It just took a while for them to develop their own vaccine.

Space is Limited

In order to ensure an enjoyable and more personal experience we are limiting the number of people to 7 on this trip. So, I would recommend mailing in your registration form and deposit as soon as possible. (Please don’t purchase your airline ticket until I have conformed receipt of your registration.) Please Contact Us if you want to verify we have space available before sending in your registration or have any questions not addressed on the website.

Space has Opened up for Provence

Due to a couple of recent cancellations we now have space available on Uke, Bike & Barge Provence, May 28 – June 4. There is a berth (shared cabin) available for a single woman and an entire cabin (two beds) available for a couple or for two people travelling together. If you are interested please make sure you have read the trip description on the website before opening the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact me.

And now for something a little more timely. . . . .


‘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.


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


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.

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