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Cello Dreaming Summer Intensive Retreat 2024

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WHEN: Thursday 4 January 6pm welcome drinks & community meal followed by cello choir to Sunday 7th January 6pm 2024 with Retreat finale concert & closing drinks.  

WHERE: Eudlo Hall, Rosebed Street Hinterland Sunshine Coast (Gubbi Gubbi country) QLD 

WHAT:  3 full days and 1 night immersion offering varied wellness and musical activities to create connection, continuum, challenge, and comfort.

SUMMER CONCERTS:  Enjoy our Retreat Summer Concert Series on Friday Folk & Originals 7pm, Saturday Baroque & Tango 7pm, Sunday Classical Cellissimo! 3:30pm. For more info on artist line=up and to book concert tickets, please search concert title via Humanitix.  Concerts are sold as separate events on this ticketing platform. 

  • Cello Choir
  • Masterclasses
  • Teaching In Action
  • Workshops
  • Technique Classes 
  • Wellness Classes (yoga, mediation & naturopathy, Feldenkrais method - Awareness Through Movement) 
  • Public Concerts - Retreat Summer Concert Series with visiting guest artists and Retreat faculty 
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Community Talks & Music Industry Panel 


  • Early bird full package tickets $605 are available until 5pm 1st December 2023.  
  • Full price package tickets $825 are then available until 5pm 4th January 2024. 
  • Early bird tickets start for individual classes and public concerts at $35.
  • Full price tickets start for individual classes and public concerts at $45. 
  • Observer tickets for classes, workshops, masterclasses and rehearsals start at $15.
  • Retreat Day Passes available $195 early bird, $275 full price.
  • Please apply your discount code at the checkout and provide your valid AUSTA membership number or student ID card. 


  • Early bird registration and payment deadline is COB 5pm Friday 1st December 2023.  
  • Full payment is due upon registration and booking.
  • Book and pay for individual classes, activities and concerts via the ticketing link. 
  • The full retreat package covers all educational activities, public concerts, morning and afternoon tea refreshments during breaks from Thursday 4th January welcome drinks to closing event Sunday 7 January 2024. 
  • Lunches and dinners are BYO or can be purchased at Eudlo General Store or Sweethearts Cafe in Eudlo, walking distance from the hall.   


WHO: 2024 retreat artists, industry panel speakers and instructors are:

  • Louise King (Cello Dreaming, Muses Trio, Australian Chamber Music Collective, Long Listen Festival) Retreat Artistic Director
  • Gyorgy Deri (Senior Lecturer Cello, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane Queensland) 
  • Julia Janiszewski (Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Strings Teacher, Environmental Scientist) 
  • Monique Clare (singer-songwriter, contemporary folk artist, cellist) 
  • Chloe Williamson (Brisbane Tango Orchestra, Tango Enigmatico, Australian Romantic Classical Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata, double bassist and lower strings specialist)
  • Kathryn McKee (Indie pop artist, singer-songwriter, arranger, Angel Strings, cellist)
  • Sherab Holley (Strings Teacher, violinist, meditation teacher, naturopath) 
  • Liz Page (Feldenkrais Embodied Awareness)
  • Michelle Freeman (yoga, Nambour Yoga Centre) 

ABOUT:  The Cello Dreaming Summer Intensive Retreat redesigns how music is shared, taught, experienced and practiced. 

We offer an inspiring retreat designed to create space to pause, explore and refresh through community exchange and powerful learning.  

The intensive program offers something for every cellist and meets musicians at any level from beginner students to professional players, emerging artists, community practitioners and instrumental teachers seeking inspiration for their teaching year ahead.  

We offer a mixture of face-to-face masterclasses, skill enrichment workshops and talks led by a unique community of internationally acclaimed musicians, teaching artists and holistic practitioners that explore a range of skills relevant to the modern musician from the physical to the intellectual and spiritual

The retreat is designed to deepen your approach to practice, improve your musical knowledge and technical skills.  Learning experiences are with an international faculty of musicians and include talks on topics such as career pathways to meditation.  

The faculty are generous practitioners who share tips and tricks, and open ways to learn a range of music from folk to jazz, tango, contemporary, improvisation, baroque to classical. 

Our faculty include leaders in professional orchestras, contemporary folk, and chamber music practices, and specialists include practitioners in Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, yoga, meditation and Body Mapping. 

We address the physical, social and mental wellbeing of students, aspiring musicians, music teachers and professional practitioners.  We create supportive and safe sessions that empower you towards creative and personal freedom.  

We show you how to care for your body and your mind, as well as how to manage your inner-critic, self-doubt, performance anxiety, and provide strategies and resources to deal with injury and encourage freedom of movement and thinking. 


  • 8:00     Arrival & Class Physical Activity i.e. yoga 
  • 9:00     Technique Class
  • 10:00     Workshop Series 
  • 11:00    Morning Tea 
  • 11:30     Masterclass Series
  • 12:30    Lunch 
  • 1:30     Creative Class Series i.e folk, tango
  • 2:30    Afternoon Tea
  • 3:00    Community Talk 
  • 3:30    Cello Choir & Ensembles
  • 5:00    Daily Exercise | Personal Reflection Time
  • 5:30    Sound Check for Concert
  • 6:00     Dinner 
  • 7:00     Public Concert
  • 9:00    Close 

FAQ are available here www.cellodreaming/summerretreat 

This retreat is designed for every cellist and caters for beginner, intermediate and advanced level streams.  

Each participant can choose to participate at their own technical, physical and social comfort level with class material and group workshop activities specifically designed to cater for a multilevel and a multi-age environment.  

Masterclasses are more beneficial for grade 6 AMEB and above participants. If you are interested in participating in the masterclass series, please tick this box on the registration form.

COVID PROTOCOL:  Our first priority is to protect the health of everyone who comes to the retreat program, including our instructors, practitioners, participants, and audience, while respecting their personal health practices.  We follow state COVID-19 guidelines and protocols that are currently in place. 

Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell and present with covid related symptoms.  Please take a test and self- isolate.  If you have symptoms and test positive for Covid-19 during the retreat, we will ask you to return home to care for yourself. 

If you recently have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive before the arrival day, we encourage you to cancel your booking. Please email us if you are in this situation so we can send you more information.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Please advise any special requirements you may have including travel arrangements, special meals, or disabled access.

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