The MUSIC @ 10,0000 LAKES SCHEDULE is structured to allow plenty of free time for you to practice or spend as you wish. There are designated times to assemble as a group.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Registration is open as long as spaces are available.


SUNDAY, August 11
4:00 PM Check-in at the St. John’s Abbey Guesthouse for room assignments.  Welcome!
5:00 – 6:30 PM Dinner – TBA –  Casual outdoor meal or gathering at nearby restaurant (Sunday dinner cost not included in retreat fee)
6:30 PM Brief Tour of Campus and Music Hall; Coaching Schedule confirmation;
7:00 PM Musical Offering
8:30 PM Free time

MONDAY & TUESDAY, August 12-13
6:30 – 8:00 AM Breakfast – (All Monday – Wednesday meals in the Guesthouse)
8:00 – 11:45 AM Self-directed: practice, reflection, walk, swim, etc.; (Individual coaching available from Elizabeth Wolff**)
8:00 – 8:55 AM Yoga available depending on enrollment*
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 PM Forum topics***
2:00 – 5:30 PM Self-directed as above
4:00 – 4:55 PM Yoga available*
5:30 – 6:30 PM Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 PM Practicing Performance —
Monday, 8:30 PM – Free time
Tuesday, 8:30 PM — Wine and cheese reception

WEDNESDAY, August 14
6:30 – 8:30 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Check out

Instructor led yoga sessions offered by certified Vinyasa yoga instructor, Melissa Culloton.   If you wish to take yoga classes which are offered twice daily, please compensate Melissa with a separate payment of $40 at the retreat to cover all 4 classes or $20 to cover 2 classes minimum.

Individual coaching is available on Monday and Tuesday with Elizabeth Wolff. Contact Liz for scheduling.  For an additional fee more than one coaching session may also be available.

Forum topics may range from “performance anxiety” to specific technical issues. Indicate your interest area and any suggestions on the registration form.

MONDAY – “You Must Remember This . . . Music, Memory and Piano”  Dr. Daniel Rieppel, guest presenter.

TUESDAY – “An Introduction and Demonstration of the Alexander Technique”  Brian McCullough, guest presenter.

The Alexander Technique is a century-old method used to achieve optimal skill in daily living and all activities.  Alexander principles address how daily habits of the use of the self (such as sitting, standing and walking) affect seemingly disparate problems such as stage fright, musculoskeletal pain, playing induced injuries, and computer use injuries.  For musicians, the interplay of unconscious habits and the body mechanics of daily “use of the self” strongly affect tone production and technique.  The Alexander Technique provides tools to enhance fundamental coordination leading to improved performance, technical ease, and a reduction or elimination of chronic discomforts and nervousness.  More info is at:

St. John’s Pottery Studio, Nature Walk, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, Tours of St. John Abbey Church and other Marcel Breuer structures, etc.

Private Alexander Technique lessons will be available on Tuesday afternoon.  Take advantage of this opportunity!  The Alexander Technique is best learned in individual sessions.  You’ll feel great!  40-minute lessons are $40 (a 33% discount off the regular price of a single lesson).  Sign up for your private lesson here.


The cost of the retreat is $350 (depending on enrollment). The cost covers a single occupant room with private bath for 3 nights,  all meals on Monday, Tuesday & breakfast on Wednesday, one individual coaching session with Liz, Tuesday evening social, use of conference rooms and practice rooms, and performance.  (Yoga class sessions are extra and payable directly to Melissa.)

A first payment/deposit of $50 is due at time of registration with the balance due  ($300)  by August 1.  Please make your checks  payable  to “Music@10,000 Lakes“.  (The $50 deposit is non-refundable should your attendance plans change.)

Send your payments to:

Music @ 10,000 Lakes
5707 138th Street Court
Apple Valley, MN 55124