Over the years there have been two retreats held during the Celtic Music Festival. One, the Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat, 2019 incarnation, is currently taking shape!  Sponsored by the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, the Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat brings the excellence in smallpipes instruction (kitchen pipes, shuttle pipes, parlor pipes, border pipes, etc., mouth blown or bellows blown).  We’re pleased to announce that Bob Mitchell of Shepherdstown, WV and Timothy Cummings (also with us in ’18), will serve as instructors for the Scottish smallpipes.

Dirk Mewes, a professional maker and performer of uilleann pipes, will also be a teaching and workshop resource.  In addition, gifted Armagh uilleann pipes and low whistle player, Cillian Vallely, who tours with Lunasa, will be on hand to offer instruction and demonstration.

Join us and learn some new tunes, pick up some techniques, make new friends and enjoy the beauty of La Veta, CO.

Timothy Cummings

Bob Mitchell









The Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat, now in it’s 15th year, will take place this year on the weekend following the Festival and Piping Retreat, from September 25th – 29th. Check out what is going on with this well loved partner of our festival.