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Celtic Retreat

April 12-14, 2019   Wrightwood, CA

Hooley Night

April 13, 2019
Music, Dance, & Fun

Music Classes

Dance Classes

Language Classes

Céilí Night

Whether you are celebrating St. David’s Day,  St. Patrick’s Day, or the Vernal Equinox, Spring is the season for Celtic celebrations, and that means Music, Dance, Language, and Culture!  We’ve declared April “Celtic Month”!

In preparation, Pint of Irish is holding a Celtic Retreat at Camp Wrightwood in Wrightwood, CA!  Join us for a weekend of classes in Celtic music, dance, and language with “free time” for jamming, socializing, playing in a session, or just relaxing in the mountains. We also have a Hooley scheduled for Saturday night!


There are a limited number of spaces available, so get your reservations in soon!  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.






Saturday Night Hooley

Non-student guests are welcome to join us at our Saturday Night Hooley (7:00pm).  Guest tickets are $15.00 per person and can be purchased through our online registration page or at the Registration booth at the Retreat (lodging, food, and classes not included).

A Hooley is a party or gathering for fun, fellowship, and laughs (or craic as the Irish might say) with traditional music and dance. Traditional country folk dances have a follow-the-leader pattern that new dancers can learn easily.



If you're interested in traditional Celtic music, dance, and language you've come to the right place. We've scheduled a fine group of talented instructors who will share their knowledge and love of Celtic culture with you.*


*Classes are subject to change up until, and during, the retreat. Retreat attendees will receive a full schedule with their registration packet, which will be sent out no later than March 31st, 2019.



Music classes are intended for players with the basic skills required to play their instruments (except the Harp class). We regret that due to the short duration of the retreat, it is not practical to offer instruction for novice students who have never played their instruments. All of our non-instrument classes and workshops are open to all levels. Knowledge of Irish music is not necessary.


Playing the Rhythm: Guitar
Flexible Irish Guitar: Beyond D & G
Jigs for Fiddlers and Others
Hornpipes for Fiddlers and Others
Reels for Fiddlers and Others
Adv Beginner’s Flute and Whistle
Beginning Bodhrán
Explore the Harp
Learning Tunes by Ear for all Instruments
Intro to Gaelic Languages
Celtic Crafts
Irish Tales of the Sea




Our dance instructors will cover the basics and walk you through every dance pattern to help you start dancing quickly. You’ll learn how to step, turn, swing your partner, and fun figures like chains, stars, etc. 4-hand, 6-hand, and 8-hand dances will be taught throughout the weekend to prepare you for Saturday night's Hooley. Be sure to wear comfortable, supportive shoes and clothing that breathes.




Learn a bit about the beautiful Irish language through your favorite Celtic songs.  Throughout the weekend our friends from the Gaelic League L.A. will teach an "Introduction to Gaelic Language" class. You will learn about Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx (the language of the Isle of Man). These classes are designed for new students and those who would like to brush-up on what they learned at our last retreat.






We will be staying in a “Lodge” made up of a central meeting room with two separate dormitory wings, each with their own bathroom and shower facility. A number of twin-size bunk beds occupy each room.  You will need to bring your own bed linens and/or sleeping bags, pillows, and towels.

Please indicate any special lodging requests in the comments section when you register (e.g., handicap access, bottom bunk only).  No pets please.



All meals will be provided from dinner Friday through lunch Sunday.  Please indicate any special food requirements you may have in the comments section when you register (e.g., lactose or gluten intolerant). No alcohol please.



Retreat Fees


*POI Member:  $215.00  Become a member today!

Non-Member:  $245.00

Saturday night Hooley (only): $15.00

To guarantee your spot, a full-paid registration or a $50 non-refundable deposit must be received no later than March 22, 2019.


*NOTE: If do not wish to become a member at this time you may register for the retreat at the member rate.  You will need to become a member before the retreat starts. Memberships are available on our Membership page, through our online shop, or at the registration table at the retreat.


Fees Include:

  • Classes

  • Lodging

  • Meals

  • Concert  & Hooley



Camp Wrightwood

1401 Linnet Rd.

Wrightwood, CA 92397

Google Map

From LA, OC, San Diego, and Las Vegas:

Make your way to the I-15 (south from Las Vegas, north for everyone else).  Take the exit for Hwy 138 East toward Palmdale; the exit is 20 miles south of Victorville and 17 north of San Bernardino. After 8.6 miles, you’ll come to a stoplight.  Turn LEFT onto Hwy 2.  Drive 5 miles to the town of Wrightwood, until you see a sign for Elm Street. Turn left onto Elm Street, drive another ¼ mile and you’ll be at the entrance to Camp Wrightwood.


From Lancaster, Palmdale, Santa Clarita:

From the intersection of Hwy 14 and 138, follow Hwy 138 east for 35 miles.  You’ll turn right onto Hwy 2, and drive 5 miles to the town of Wrightwood.  Turn left onto Elm Street, drive another ¼ mile and you’ll be at the entrance to Camp Wrightwood.

All major cell service providers have coverage in and around Wrightwood.  Call the office at 760-249-3453 if need help finding your way.

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