Retreats and workshops


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Courses available

As well as running Sounding Authentic retreats with Kath Burlinson who directed and co-devised Pulse, Mairi runs four main workshops that invigorate and awaken participants’ artistry. These are:

  • Feeling the Pulse
  • Singing for all
  • Scots Song
  • Scottish Step Dancing

Mairi has an incredible ability to facilitate, support and encourage. Workshop participants get the chance to  expand and explore their own voices, playing and creativity, and have fun with others. No particular level of musicality is required – willingness is the only requirement.

Lismore music retreats

Awarded ‘Tutor of the Year’ in 2012, Mairi is a outstanding facilitator who brings her own unique approach to music teaching. Her deep respect for Scottish traditional music sits alongside a gentle encouragement to find new pathways and sounds.

Mairi’s music retreats are either run as fiddle or voice retreats, or occasionally both.

Fiddle courses  

Exploring harmonies, technical support for bowing, tone, tuning and style. From beginner to professional player – all levels accommodated.

Great food, beautiful place, new friends and a fabulous kitchen ceilidh!

Voice courses

Mairi’s three-day voice retreats aim to create a supportive environment and opportunity to meet others in music and discover your voice. Mairi introduces songs and leads fun group improvisations, allowing each participant to experience resonance and community through singing. Maximum 7 participants.

‘Contemplative, inspiring, homely and fun’.

Lismore FAQs

Lismore is a small, stunning island off the west coast of Scotland, in the Inner Hebrides, which you get to by ferry from Oban or Port Appin.

Mairi’s music retreats on Lismore are held at Carnie cottage, a traditional Highland cottage with a studio out the back. Retreat prices are very reasonable, and accommodation and meals are included in the cost of the retreat.

All of Mairi’s retreats are suitable for people of all musical abilities.


Retreat testimonials

I had a wonderful weekend, rich in music, laughter and creativity. I was fascinated by the way in which you were able to attend to everyone’s individual needs within a group setting, and make it useful and interesting for all involved. Ray Fielder