2017 workshops

Lismore music retreats

18 to 25 September 2017 – Songcraft and Singing – £350 – SOLD OUT

Other workshops

Contact Mairi for info about upcoming retreats and workshops in case they’re not listed here.

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’.  

For information such as where Lismore is and how to get there, retreat accommodation, costs, and more, visit the FAQ page

Retreat testimonials

I felt very much that the way you ran the workshop gave me great freedom to explore some technical issues around my voice. Trust and support were built so that space cleared inside me, allowing my heart to connect to what felt at times like my authentic voice. No small thing.

Retreat participant

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


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. 

For answers to FAQs about Mairi’s Lismore music retreats, click the button below:


Other workshops

Mairi runs other music workshops throughout the year, including voice-only workshops, in locations around the UK and beyond. Examples of workshops that she runs throughout the year include: songwriting and fiddle retreats on Lismore; vocal workshops at Celtic Connections; Sounding Authentic retreats with Kath Burlinson who directed and co-devised Pulse; a fiddle retreat in Wales; vocal workshops using InterPlay techniques; and Campbell’s Ceilidh monthly sessions in Edinburgh.

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.

Visit the gigs page or contact Mairi for more information on attending any of her workshops in 2017.