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We're Celebrating, But It's Not Over Yet

After seven months of planning and the recent hosting of our three-week virtual Retreat, we are happy to lift a pint and feel good about what happened.  But it's not over yet.  Our students have until December 8th to access all of the pre-recorded and recorded content found in Google Classroom.  If you have any access issues, our Technology Team will still be on hand to provide technical support.

It's also time for you to tell us what you think.  Below is a link (click green button) to our online Student Survey, and we would very much appreciate your taking the time to complete it.  We love to hear your critiques, for good or bad, as well as your ideas and suggestions.  The fact is, your honest assessments help us improve.  At our debrief meeting with our volunteers in December, we'll share the results of the survey and discuss needed changes.

Thanks for participating this year!  We hope you found the retreat both beneficial and memorable.  It was certainly a unique experience.  Next year, maybe we can gather together in person and celebrate the passing of this pandemic.  Until then, we wish you good health and happiness, and keep playing and dancing to the music!  

Click Here for Student Survey

What a Mix!

Our video crew in Ireland did an amazing job mixing the tunes played by our instructors for the Farewell Concert last Sunday night.  Hats off to Neil McGrory and Liam Hirrell for making the audio and video work so well together!
We love technology, right?

Tech Support Still Available

Until Dec. 8th, we have a team of experienced volunteers who are ready to help you when you encounter any issues.  You can reach them through Slack in the "#tech-support" channel, by submitting a support request form that is available in The Commons or by emailing  
Yeah, we're a wee bit tired.

Please join our 

We'd love to have you post photos and leave comments about your experience with the Retreat.

Need Videos for Documentary

Earlier we announced that we are producing a documentary about the Retreat and the impact of the pandemic on our instructors both in the U.S. and Ireland.  We are searching for homemade videos of students learning from their core course lessons as pictured above.  Since the lessons are available until December 8th in Google Classroom, there is still time for you to produce a video.  Here are some instructions:
  • You can use your Smartphone but be sure to record the video in the horizontal orientation.  
  • Please shoot the video in the highest resolution possible.
  • If you can, turn off "variable frame rate" in your phone's video settings.
  • The video length should be no more than 15 seconds.
  • Once your video is done, upload to our DROPBOX account.
  • Please send us an email letting us know that you submitted a video at
Thank you for your help with this project!  Please contact us if you have any questions.

2021 O'Flaherty Retreat
Oct. 14th-17th

Camp Hobltizelle
Midlothian, Texas
Let's get back to the music
the way we're used to doing it!
Rick Roberts models the O'Flaherty brand of protection gear for flute and whistle players. Perfect for sessions.  Wait until you see what we have in store for singers. :)

Ken's Last Pun of the Week

I was attacked by a gang of mimes yesterday.
They did unspeakable things to me.

Thank You for Your Support!

2020 Major Sponsors

Southwest Celtic Music Association

2020 Key Sponsors

Robert Moore

2020 Contributing Sponsors

Jack Dingler
Lisha Haughton & Jeremy Welch
Mike Martin

Retreat Partners

Albert Alfonso
Perseus Aryani

Karen Ballew
Bruce Barton

Joseph Beckey
Nancy Bessent
James Bradley
Robert Brandon
Edward Budet
Matthew Carter
Daniel Chisolm
Pamela Copus
Julian Cossman

Betsy Cummings
Amy Curtis
Catherine Davey
Máirtín de Cógáin
Ann Delahanty
Francis Dielmann
Paul Dryer
Lainie Ereno
Michael Harris
Kyle Herzog
Mary Hill-Connor
Deirdre Hurley
John Ivy

Kevin Kane
Michael and Joyce Keyes
Jim Langley
John Liestman
Tom Lockney
Tom McArdle
Niamh McGillicuddy
Gordon McLeod
Laura Michaelides
Corey Minyard
Steve Moore
Carl Morrissey
Cliff Moses
Amanda Pangle
Cappy Phipps
Brian Regan
James Rix
Kendall Rogers
Sarah Rose & Dave Aftandilian
Candy & Toar Schell
Robert Shaddox
Brian Shaw
Herb Taylor
Kenny Tweedy
Ian Varley
Anna Waters
Wayne White

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