From: JP Allen
THE 2015 HAWAIIAN HARMONICA RETREAT IS SOLD OUT, BUT WE ARE TAKING NEW STUDENTS FOR 2016!!!
This intimate retreat is limited to 12 students.
ONLY 10 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN FOR 2016!
If you think you would like to come to the 2016 Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat, I encourage to contact me, and I’ll hold you a spot free of charge…so you have some time to think about it before committing.
We will post 2016 dates and information soon …
The 2015 dates are:
Check In: Monday, Feb 23, 2015
Check Out: Sunday, March 1st, 2015
In the past this event has sold out very quickly, so I don’t want you to miss out if you really want to come.
Just call 1-800-292-4963 or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat?
1. It’s a musical harmonica vacation that you will remember for the rest of your life… a time for resting, relaxing and basking in the beauty of Hawaii…and playing a whole lot of harmonica!
2. It’s a chance for you to receive one-on-one lessons from me, JP, so you can get “un-stuck” and start really playing with soul and confidence.
3. It’s an opportunity to hang out in Hawaii and have a dang good time with me and other harmonica friends from all over the world. I wake up near the beach in Hawaii and play music every day, and I’d love to share a bit of my life with you.
You’ll return home from this Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat with a minimum of 3 new tricks that will enable you to take your harmonica skills to a new level of enjoyment (and you’ll make a few new harmonica friends, too).
This retreat will be small and intimate
I have chosen to make this retreat very small and special, because I really want to have time to hang out with you as well as focus on your individual dreams for harmonica.
How good at harmonica do I have to be to attend this retreat?
Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an advanced harmonica player, you’re welcome to come. The instruction will be custom designed, based on what you most want to learn.
There will be a nice mix of students (some who have been playing for only a few months in preparation for the retreat, and others who have been playing for years). In the past, many of the advanced students have enjoyed helping the beginners. You will be welcomed to help the other harmonica students if that’s your thing.
Check out some opinions from my past retreat students!
NEWS FLASH: A VERY SPECIAL GUEST WILL BE JOINING US!
HAL IS COMING TO BLOW YOU AWAY!
Hal Walker was my first great harmonica teacher over 25 years ago (and you will receive the culmination of his life’s mission to inspire thousands to play music).
Hal and I will be joining forces to give you the harmonica experience of a lifetime. I will give a private, one-on-one 30-minute lesson to each student every day, and Hal will teach four group classes each day (two beginning/intermediate and two advanced sessions).
Before Hal, I quit music twice. First I flunked the cello, then I quit the piano. I decided music wasn’t for me and considered myself a musical trainwreck. The moment Hal started teaching me harmonica, I went into mind-boggling dimensions I only dreamed were possible.
Hal helped me become a lightning-fast harmonica player. But more than that, he developed my confidence to sing, write songs, and play any instrument I choose. He helped me fall back in love with my favorite thing about being alive…music…and I’m optimistic he’ll change your life too.
If you want to know more about Hal, you can go to: http://www.harmonica.com/hal/foundations.html
What am I going to learn?
Again, the lessons will be custom created to match your skill level and focus on what you want to learn. I would love to help you jam with other musicians, play solo-style harmonica, develop your lead harmonica skills, master some of your favorite songs, and develop your ability to play by ear. That said, it’s really up to you. You let me know what you want to do and we’ll do it!
We will focus on popular harmonica styles in the genres of blues, rock, folk, country, and gospel.
How will my days be structured?
Starting in 2014, we reworked the daily lessons schedule to offer students a whole lot more harmonica time. You will receive a 30-minute private lesson from me, JP, each and every day. Hal will be teaching the group classes between the hours of 11:15 AM and 5:45 PM. (He will teach two beginner/intermediate sessions and two advanced sessions every day).
All of Hal’s group classes are open to all students (even if you are a beginner, you can always sit in on the advanced classes to challenge your edge). Similarly, advanced students are welcome to attend the beginning/intermediate classes. (If it would be fun for you to help out the less-experienced students, I’m sure most of them would love your support.)
We will share a wonderful dinner together at 6 PM, and then in the early evening you’ll gather round with Hal for some evening jamming. Because the gorgeous Moloaa Bay is only a 5-minute walk from the retreat center, on some evenings we will head to the beach for sunset and enjoy jamming around a campfire under the stars. (Kauai is famous for its breathtaking evening skies, because the ocean air is so clean. Jupiter will be visible, and you’ll see a gazillion magnificent constellations you may have never seen before!)
I’m super stoked to share with you this incredible island I call my home.
2015 is our fifth Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat. The others were so much fun I couldn’t resist doing another one. Once again, I’ve chosen to make it small and personal, because I want to get to know you, focus on supporting your harmonica skills, and share a bit of my life with you here in my island paradise.
The retreat will take place close to my home, on the north shore of Kauai.
Kauai is considered by many to be the “most beautiful” Hawaiian island, due to its massive white-sand beaches, canyons, waterfalls, and lush tropical mountains. It’s my personal favorite.
You can find out more about Kauai here: http://www.gohawaii.com/kauai
Where is the retreat located?
At the Matted Root retreat at Moloaa Bay, on the north shore of Kauai, just 40 minutes from the airport.
Here are some pictures of the accommodations:
THE MATTED ROOT
The Matted Root is a beautiful, rustic, eco-friendly retreat and event sanctuary located on the island of Kauai. The land is situated just a few minutes’ walk from the gorgeous Moloaa Bay. Moloaa, which translates to “the matted root,” is known for its farming community and rural “off-the-beaten-track” feel. Matted Root buildings have been created to blend seamlessly with nature. They are constructed of reclaimed and recycled antique teak and sandalwood from 150-year-old buildings from Thailand. The structures are all working pieces of art, incorporating mosaics and statues, sacred geometry, and antique artifacts.
You can chill out, play harmonica, or swim in the ocean. Feel free to hang with the group or head out and have your own personal adventure. Because there are so many incredible sights to see that are in close proximity, you’ll have plenty of time to scoot for an amazing Hawaiian adventure.
For more information about the Matted Root, visit:
The retreat includes full lodgings at the Matted Root, daily private and group lessons, delicious catered breakfasts and dinners, and time to rest and relax by the ocean or at the retreat center.
You can play as much harmonica as you want, and you’ll also have plenty of time to enjoy the mind-blowing natural wonders of Kauai.
When is it?
CHECK IN: 2 PM on Monday, February 23rd, 2015.
CHECK OUT: 11 AM on Sunday, March 1st, 2015.
Classes will officially begin on Tuesday morning, Feb 24th, 2015.
Classes will officially end on Saturday, February 28th, 2015.
One of the reasons I hold the retreat in late February is because plane fares tend to go down significantly at this time of year.
JP, what will you teach me?
I’ll help you identify your next level and then help you get there, without the sweat and tears most teachers put you through — my teaching style is very laid back, but super effective!
If you’ve got a specific technique you want to get down (like bending, or single notes, or over-blowing, harmonica amplification, etc), or if there’s a song you want to learn and improve, then bring it on!
If you’re excited to learn how to play in a band – or anything else– I’ll help you crack the mystery of how you can become a great harmonica player.
By the time you finish this retreat, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how much you’ve improved. You will walk away with a clearly custom-designed training program you can take home to inspire you for months to come.
Some more details:
This retreat deal includes a yummy breakfast and a spectacular healthy dinner & dessert Tuesday through Saturday, prepared with care by a professional chef using mostly local organic fish and meats, and vegetables from local farmers (pure vegetarian meals happily provided). If you have special food needs and preferences, Chef Danny will do his best to accommodate you upon request.
The Moloaa fruit stand, just four minutes away by car, serves exotic tropical smoothies and great lunches if you desire, or it’s just a 15-minute drive to the bakery, health food store, and fish market. Alternately, you can stock the fridge with your favorite foods and prepare your own meals. You will have access to plenty of refrigeration.
How do I get there?
You will need to arrange your own travel (this isn’t included in the cost of the retreat). I’m happy to offer recommendations. If needed, I will help you arrange a ride from the airport, to help you save money on transportation.
What happens when I enroll?
Once you have enrolled, my personal assistant Laurie will answer all your logistical questions. You can also send questions directly to me.
At the retreat, you will need diatonic harmonicas in the keys of A, C, and D (I recommend any of the following harmonicas: Hohner Special 20, Hohner Crossover, Suzuki Manji, or Seydel 1847). You will also need a harmonic minor harmonica in the key of A (I recommend the Lee Oskar). I can help you acquire appropriate harmonicas if need be.
This sounds great! How much does it cost?
The retreat, including accommodations, private harmonica lessons, group classes, and superb catered breakfasts and dinners, costs $2,600. (Work trades may be available; please request info at email@example.com)
Can I come if I don’t want to stay at the retreat center?
Yes. You may enjoy the privacy of staying in a nearby location. The sooner you make plans, the easier it will be to find a sweet place at an affordable price. You will still be entitled to receive the full package (all harmonica lessons and meals) if you go this route. To explore this option, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a list of cool, romantic spots you can check out. The cost for this option is $2,150.
Can I bring a friend or family member?
Sure … feel free! Everyone will have plenty to do in Kauai. You can set up guided tours … fun at the beach … amazing mountains and water activities (kayaking, surfing, swimming with dolphins). Some of these activities will be free, and others will need to be arranged. If you wish to share your room with a friend or family member who doesn’t want to play harmonica, I’d love to meet them. I will provide your guest with dinners, and they will be welcomed to join our harmonica crew during evening jam sessions (harmonica classes not included). The cost for bringing an additional non-student guest is only $375.
Can I bring a second harmonica player?
If you are willing to share your bedroom with a friend or family member who wants to do the full harmonica training (including private instruction), you can bring this person for an additional $1,825. Please email me to make arrangements. email@example.com
I want to remind you that because this is such a small and special event, and because we must pay the retreat center in advance, we cannot offer refunds for this event. However, in the event you have to cancel, your enrollment is transferable, provided one of us can find another student to take your place. We will make our very best effort to find someone who can take your place, and you can try to find a replacement as well. If we can find a student to replace you, we’ll be happy to refund your money in full.
100% satisfaction guarantee
Like all my lesson products, I’m offering my 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can be confident knowing that you’ll walk away from this event with harmonica skills and memories that will last a lifetime. If, by the end of the retreat, you do not feel this special event has prepared you to take your harmonica to the next level, you can have your money back (minus the cost of room and board). Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more clarity.
If you need time to think about this big adventure, just email me now and I’ll happily hold a spot for you: email@example.com
Summary of pricing options
$2,600 – basic tuition: Includes lodging, nice shared bathroom, 5 breakfasts, 5 spectacular custom-catered dinners, private harmonica lessons, and group classes.
$2,150 – offsite housing: Includes everything in the basic package except lodging. The Matted Root is comfortable, clean and quiet, but if you’re a light sleeper, you may enjoy the privacy of staying in a separate location. To explore this option, you will need to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
$3,100 - rooms with private bathroom: Two upgraded suites are available. If you would like to reserve one, let me know right away at email@example.com.
$1,825 – full package student guest: If you’re willing to share your room, your guest can save $775 and will be entitled to all the harmonica mojo included in the basic package. For this option email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
$375 – nonstudent guest: You can bring a non-harmonica-playing guest who will share your room (this person will join us for dinners and evening harmonica jams, but harmonica lessons are not included). For this option, email me at email@example.com.
Work trades may be available for a partial scholarship. Email me quick at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Questions about the retreat?
If you need further details, please email me at email@example.com
or call me now at 1-800-292-4963
(my personal extension is 5).
P.S. For many years I worked as a marriage counselor and a life coach, and I would love to support you to create all your life’s dreams. Happiness in life is understandable, obtainable, and teachable, and I’m excited to share with you how you can use your harmonica studies to stay focused on what makes you thrilled to be alive.
P.P.S. If you can’t make it to beautiful Hawaii this year, I’m sure you’ll love my Harmonica Home Study Course.
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