RETREATS at CENTER FOR MUSICAL ENRICHMENT – a place for focused learning

The Center for Musical Enrichment presents retreats and workshops by  a variety of well known musicians in several genres. We’re located in Port Townsend, Washington State. Here is a schedule of events – check here regularly for updates!


WEEKEND RETREATS!!!  Study with internationally known instructors!


AUGUST 9-11, 2019     

The sensational TRISTAN LE GOVIC      


Breton music is part of the Celtic repertoire as well as Irish, Scottish or Welsh music. This course is an introduction to the traditional music of Brittany, for musicians who want to discover and develop their repertoire. We will learn  dances, marches and melodies in different modes and rhythms, beautiful arrangements, step by step. Those who learn best from paper and those who learn by ear are all welcome!  
*Classes will focus on Intermediate level. *Advanced level players are welcome and will be given special attention.
*Beginners may attend if you have some playing experience.
Additional Play Pain Free one-on-one sessions will be available with Laurie Riley.

About Tristan:

Originally from Brittany, Tristan Govic was only six years old when he began learning the Celtic harp at the Conservatoire of Traditional Music of Soye (Plœmeur).  A gold medalist in Celtic harp (Rennes, Brittany), he holds an M.A. and a National Diploma in teaching traditional music. He is currently working on a PhD in Musicology on the Breton harpist Kristen Noguès. He has won several awards including the Kan ar Bobl, a major music competition where the biggest names in Breton music have emerged. Performing on international stages, critics pronounce him one of the leading Celtic harpers today.

Tristan is the editor of the Antologiezh Telenn Breizh, a unique collection of Breton harp music in three volumes.

Singer, storyteller, and virtuoso musician, Tristan’s repertoire includes traditional music and his own compositions with extraordinary rhythmic and melodic diversity.

About Retreats at The Center for Musical Enrichment:

Food and lodging are priced and paid separately; bedding and towels are provided; see pricing details below, and register for your lodging and meals by emailing . Please register EARLY! Lodging at the Center for Musical Enrichment may fill up, and although there are other Bed and Breakfasts in Port Townsend, they also fill up fast!


Tuition is set by the teacher(s) and will be announced for each retreat (see retreat descriptions above). For teachers other than Laurie Riley, tuition is paid directly to them, and food/lodging is paid separately to Laurie Riley.

Meals are mostly organic, always delicious, and we can accommodate your dietary needs. $150 for the weekend. Inform us of your dietary needs!


  • “The Annex“: private room with a hideaway queen bed and a twin bed, private bath, private entrance: One person single occupancy $110 per night. Couple in one bed $160 per night. Two people in two beds $95 per person per night. Three people in two beds $80 per person per night.
  • “Upstairs”: private room with queen bed and private bath $100 per night for one person or $150 for a couple
  • “Downstairs”: Private room with queen bed and shared bath $80 per night for one person or $130 for a couple. Stairs have a handicap accessible lift.
  • “Twin Room downstairs”: twin bed in shared room, shared bath. $65 per person per night.

Spouses and friends welcome – just pay for their meals and lodging.


How to Register for a Retreat:

Register with the instructor to pay your tuition. Then if you want lodging and/or meals, e-mail with your name, address, telephone number, lodging option preferred, any special diet information, and state your method of payment. Payment can be made by check, PayPal, or credit card after Laurie responds to your request. Payment in full is requested to ensure your place; refunds can be made for cancellations made previous to 60 days in advance of the retreat date.

General Retreat Info:

All weekend-long retreats offer lodging at the retreat center and meals. Bedding and towels are provided. (SEE PRICING ABOVE. If we get a full house, other lodging is available nearby.)

The Center for Musical Enrichment is located in town, a short drive from galleries, shops, markets etc. Port Townsend is a famous tourist destination with a state park, marina, and beautiful beaches in a cool Northwest climate.

Harpists, we sometimes have rental harps available if you cannot bring your own. Check with us in  advance.

To get here:

Flying – fly into SeaTac Airport and take the Shuttle Express to Port Twonsend. Inform us of your arrival time se we can pick you up. Or rent a car at the airport. Or take the bus.


From the north (i.e. Vancouver Canada) first make a reservation for the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry. Take I-5 south to Hwy. 20, across the Deception Pass Bridge onto Whidbey Island, and continue on Hwy. 20 to the Coupeville ferry terminal. When you exit the ferry, turn left and follow directions you will receive in your registration package about 20 blocks to the retreat center at 2212 Sheridan St.

From the south (i.e Oregon), take I-5 to Tacoma, then take Highway 16 West across the Tacoma narrows toll bridge; becomes Highway 3 at Belfair –  at highway 104 interchange cross Hood Canal Bridge ; proceed to highway 19 – and take the Right turn; Highway 19 ends just outside of Port Townsend and becomes highway 20.  From the intersection of Highway 20 and 19, go 2.1 miles, then turn left Mill road, then an immediate Right onto Discovery.  In 1.5 miles SHERIDAN crosses Discovery at a 4-Way Stop (Discovery is also 19th Street here) – go Left  onto Sheridan for 3 blocks to 2212 Sheridan Street.

From Seattle area, take the Bainbridge Ferry or the Kingston ferry and proceed toward the Hood Canal Bridge. Follow subsequent directions above.

We support the PT Guide: events in Port Townsend: <A HREF=””>PTguide – City Guide to Port Townsend, Washington</A>


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