Announcing the new Center for Musical Enrichment in Port Townsend, Washington State! Here is a schedule of events – check here regularly for updates!

All weekend-long retreats include lodging at the retreat center (if we get a full house, other lodging is available nearby) and meals (Friday supper through Sunday lunch). Bedding and towels are provided.

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.




September 29-30 – Oct. 1, 2017: Ergonomics retreat with Laurie Riley– one day for new or one-time students needing ergonomic instruction to releive discomfort and pain related to playing your isntrument, or Friday through Sunday for students registered with the Transformational Ergonomics Program ( email for details

November 10-12, 2017: Focus for Excellence with Laurie Riley – learn techniques for zeroing in on better, more relaxed playing. For harpers and harpists.

January 19-21 2018: Performance Skills and Secrets with Laurie Riley – Becoming the best you can be at performance – for all musicians. We will explore stage skills, and end up with a Sunday afternoon house concert!

March 23-25, 2018 – CEUs for therapeutic musicians – Are CEU classes giving you what YOU need? Take this opportunity to ask anything, learn the additional skills YOU need, and hone your current skills. Specifics covered will be at your request, plus assessments of your needs by the instructor. We can explore arranging, improvising, easy memorizing, therapeutic music philosophies, discuss protocols, do some role-playing, add to your repertoire, do some troubleshooting on techique and ergonomics  –  anything YOU need! Don’t worry – Laurie will add further important subject material to the mix. Enjoy the camaraderie of other therapeutic musicians from various programs, and a supportive atmosphere too!

House concerts! various performers in many acoustic genres: check here often for our house concert schedule to be announced!



Tuition $245 for approx. 12 hours of class time

Meals $90 (2 suppers, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts) Inform us of your dietary needs! (Extra meals if you are arriving early or staying later: Breakfasts $10; lunches $15; dinners $20.)

Lodging: private room with queen bed with private bath $140 for 2 nights; private room with queen bed and shared bath $120 for 2 nights; hideaway double bed OR twin bed in shared studio room $90 for 2 nights;  bunk bed in shared room $70 for 2 nights.

Spouses and friends welcome – just pay for their meals and lodging. For couples in a queen bed, add only 50% of the student lodging fee.


How to Register for a Retreat:

To register, please 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. Payment in full is requested upon acknowledgement of your registration; refunds can be made for cancellations made previous to one month in advance of the retreat date.

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