The Nourished Flautist Retreat
The Nourished Flautist is a long weekend created to help nourish your body, soul, mind and flute playing! Pamper yourself while also working on your flute skills. Let the sea air blow out those cobwebs and rejuvenate both your soul and your fluting in the iconic coastal village of St. Agnes on Cornwall’s north coast.
11th July - 14th July 2019
15th - 18th August 2019
19th - 22nd September 2019
24th - 27th October 2019
Evening Drinks— let us welcome you with this relaxed, informal introductory get together to kick off your stay at the iconic St Agnes Hotel. By the way , did you know Cornwall is renowned for its top-class GIN!? (just sayin’)
3 hours of 1:1 flute lessons with Jessica in her St Agnes Studio —Get expert guidance and personalised and lessons tailored exactly to meet your playing, whether you are a professional, dazzling amateur, teacher, or an absolute beginner. Three hours of fluting that is all about YOU over multiple sessions at the retreat.
90 minute flute ensemble session—Get a chance to play some fantastic chamber music written for flute in a relaxed, informal setting—all while getting some guidance and flute expertise from Jessica at the same time. Small group settings (max. of 5) allow individual attention to delve into issues such as tone, technique, posture, breathing, interpretation, improvisation, extended techniques, performance confidence, musical burnout, pedagogy, and performance anxiety in depth.
60 minute Shiatsu massage with Marja— let your head, arms, back, neck and shoulder muscles melt under Marja’s expert touch. Her skilful and highly proficient massage techniques will knead away your tension points while you relax in pure bliss. Just wait to see the effect it has on your flute playing!
75 minute Yoga Class with Amy— allow yourself the space to reconnect with your breath and your body in this gentle and playful vinyasa flow class designed for all-levels of yogis, from absolute beginner to novice.
3 different guided coastal walks along the famously beautiful south west coastal path—With breathtaking views and sweeping dramatic vistas, take time to soak it all in as you amble along the cliffs and beaches, with plenty of time for pics of the views and Poldark spotting, too.
Cornish Cream tea— you’ll get to experience some of Cornwall’s finest clotted cream and handmade scones at the hip surfer cafe, the Green Room. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure you spread your clotted cream the proper Cornish way.
Free time built into your retreat schedule How will you decide what to do with so many choices besides playing your flute? During the day you could swim and /or sunbathe at the 3 local beaches within walking distance, browse the local shops, take a surf lesson, go sea-kayaking, cozy out at a café, ride horses from local stables, take a well deserved snooze…
In the evenings you could check out some live folk music in the local beachside pubs, take an evening walk to stargaze, indulge in local award-winning foodie restaurants or even go into nearby Truro, Perranporth Newquay for a night out (all easily accessible by public transportation).
Access to the retreat’s private practice lounge— this is complete with Wi-Fi and for use from 9am – 9pm each day (subject to availability and the final retreat schedule).
And… once the retreat ends your flute playing will continue to thrive—
You also will receive a 60 minute 1:1 flute lesson after your retreat weekend has ended. Take your additional lesson with Jessica to revisit anything that was discussed in your sessions, and get more help for any of your flute needs (available up to 3 months after the retreat has ended and is available online, or in person if you will be returning to Cornwall in that time period).
Retreat Does Not Include:
Transfers from Newquay airport or Truro train station to St. Agnes upon arrival and departure
Accommodation (available from £8 a night, see the accommodation page)
All food, snacks or drinks outside of the welcome drinks and the cream tea events. A group meal option will be arranged each evening if you would like to attend and cover the cost of your own meal.
Thanks so much for my inspiring lesson. It was really lovely to come and I felt I got a great deal from the work we did. Not just for me personally, but helping me in my recent teaching of the flute. I already feel far more confident for my pupils.Caroline A., Bristol