Workshops and retreats

Throughout the year Mairi runs various workshops, which are designed to invigorate and awaken participants’ artistry. For now, most of Mairi’s workshops are happening online and are mainly focused around InsideOut Musician’s weekly Slow Sessions.

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. 

Slow sessions through InsideOut Musician

Mairi teaches slow sessions and other classes through the online portal InsideOut Musician. 

We cover the common tunes you’d find at a pub session in Scotland but we play them at a slow pace and several times so people can join in (melody, chords or harmonies).

By signing up to a slow session, you also get access to Mairi’s Tunes section. In there, there’s sheet music and you can slow down and loop the tracks, to learn them at your own pace.

Who are the sessions for: 

  • relatively new adult players (at least two years of playing)
  • players wanting technical support – tone, bowing and more
  • classical players wanting to try folk fiddling
  • players wanting to widen their repertoire and general playing
  • those interested in a multi-sensory music learning environment: reading and aural learning.

What participants say…

Lismore retreats – not happening for now due to the pandemic 

Mairi is an outstanding facilitator who brings her own unique approach to music teaching in her retreats.

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

Her deep respect for Scottish traditional music sits alongside a gentle encouragement to find new pathways and sounds.

Retreats on the isle of Lismore are held at Carnie cottage, a traditional Highland cottage with a studio out the back.

Read the Herald’s review or Lismore FAQs.

Retreats and workshops can be booked through Mairi’s shop, plus find information about what retreats and workshops are coming up. You can also stay informed about the latest retreats and workshops by signing up to the mailing list.