The CelloChanWoods Retreat is presently the only retreat of it's kind.
Now in it's eighth year, the retreat has a successful track record of creating a many faceted
environment that is conducive to transformation on different levels. Cellists clarify and deepen their personal visions of being an artist, cellist, and creative person. Knoll Farm is an inspiring setting where participants spend seven days exploring and resolving cellistic issues ranging from physical tension and technical problems to emotional and artistic blocks. They receive one on one mentoring and instruction
daily with a highly qualified cello staff.
Modeled in part after a Zen retreat, participants receive tools over the course of this intensive week
that can lead to surprising growth. The morning talk given by Suzanne Smith, followed by beginning meditation and a period of silence in the morning, sets the tone for the days work. The calm achieved gives cellists a chance to gather their thoughts and feelings apart from normal social chatter. Concentration is
heightened and creative ideas can more easily emerge. The support of a close knit community
contributes greatly to a student's willingness to try new things. The afternoon is filled with rest and outside activities. This contrast between free wheeling fun and concentrated work is balanced in a such a way that students are able to be fully present for the focused work in the morning. The afternoons are about nature, swimming, games, rest, and other special events. In the evenings there are bonfires, converstations, and concerts. The cello faculty gives daily private lessons in addition to chamber music coaching and improvisation classes. Suzanne is also available throughout the day for interviews and private lessons. We welcome you to join us on a special journey at the cello in an amazing setting.
Participants stay in brand new yurts nestled among the woods of Knoll Farm. A bath house is a short path away. Each participant will receive
detailed packing and other information before the retreat.
Our Chef is dedicated to serving meals that inspire and nurture.
See the Contact page to request more information.