• Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
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  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
 
 

About Flute Haven

Flute Haven Color Flier Flute Haven is a retreat for musicians of all levels of experience. While our focus is the Native American flute, we seek to broaden all aspects of our musicianship and offer people the opportunity to go deep into many directions: flute playing, performance skills, percussion, voice, recording, facilitation, flute making, and jamming with other instruments.

Topics

We don't script our sessions — they evolve in-the-moment based on the needs and desires of those present. However, you can get a very good idea of the areas and topics covered by looking at:

Philosophy

We believe that expressing yourself through music is as natural a means of communication as speaking, and often more joyful and healthy. We also believe that all people are musical and that each person's level of musicality depends only on their level of experience in music-making.

We have learned that participants learn the most when they are actually playing the most. Participants will be playing most of the time! You will get an opportunity to play solo and in ensembles in many settings and many types of instruments, and work with facilitators from many different corners of music.

Regardless of your current level of experience, if you want to bring your flute playing to a new level, this is the workshop to attend!

To see a short segment of the public television production of Wider Horizons done on the approach and facilitation style of Flute Haven facilitator Ron Kravitz, click on this picture:

Wider Horizons segment on Ron Kravitz

 

Location

The Flute Haven Native Flute School is located in a true haven: The Clarion Exton Valley Forge in Exton, PA and near the historic town of Valley Forge, PA.

The location is just Northwest of Philadelphia. We use the facilities of the Clarion for most workshops. Some of the evening concerts and activities are located at nearby venues. Primary lodging is on-site at the Clarion, which also provides most of our meals.

Meals

A meal plan is available which provides most lunches and dinners on-site. Breakfasts can be purchased at the Clarion or at many nearby restaurants (including a Starbucks adjacent to the Clarion).

The Clarion can also accommodate special diet requests — just send us the special diet request form along with your registration. However, it is requested that you provide this special diet request form as early as possible (preferably by the mid-August) so that the chef can plan accordingly.

Maps

Go to a Google Map centered on main Flute Haven venue.

Address and Coordinates

This address should work in most mapping systems for the Clarion:

Clarion Hotel
815 N Pottstown Pike
Exton, PA 19341-1561
 
Reservations: 610-363-1100 (code: “Flute Haven”)

 Google Maps

Note that the Clarion was formerly the “Wyndham” and previously the “Inn at Chester Springs Hotel Conference Center” and is still known under that name in some places.

Transportation

The Clarion Exton Valley Forge is easily accessible. Here are some choices:

Auto

The Clarion is about 1 mile from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76, exit 312. (proceed East on Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) from the exit).

Airport

From the Philadelphia International Airport [PHL] in Philadelphia, PA, the best option is to contact Rainbow Cab and Limousine. They run hourly airport shuttle services between PHL and the Exton area.

They can be reached on their web site or at 610-696-6060 (Mon–Sat 7AM–7PM; Sun 7AM–5PM).

Amtrak

The Exton Station (425 Walkertown Road, Exton, PA 19341) is 4.5 miles SouthEast of the Clarion along Route 100 (Pottstown Pike). To explore rail options, consult the Amtrak Fare Finder service and enter Exton, PA (EXT) as your destination.

From the Exton Station, you could take the bus (the #204) that runs hourly from this station, but you will need to change busses to get to the Clarion. We suggest either contacting Rainbow Cab and Limousine or using an Uber service.

Video

Here are photo montages from earlier Flute Haven events. The first is a video from the 2009 Flute Haven event, held in Phoenixville, PA:

… and here's a video from the 2012 & 2013 Flute Haven events, held in Valley Forge. The photos are mostly of performances done during the event. The music is a sampler of recordings made during the 2013 workshop by David Webb, Janalea Hoffman, and Lynn Saltiel:

 

Lodging

The primary lodging is at the Clarion Exton Valley Forge, although many other possibilities are available.

If you would like to stay at the Clarion (in the same building as most of the workshops and convenient to all the evening events) you can register directly by calling the Clarion directly at 610-363-1100 (code: “Flute Haven”).

The Clarion is holding a block of rooms under the name “Flute Haven” until July 1, 2017. Rates for these rooms (including all taxes and charges — i.e. this is the price you pay) are:

  • Single (one person): $114.45 per room, per night
  • Double (for two people): $125.35 per room (not per person), per night
Note: There may be special offers from time to time that offer a lower rate for rooms at the Clarion (although not in our block of rooms). If you are looking to economize, being vigilant for these offers might get you a lower rate.

Resources

Here are some suggested background materials for the school:

... and, for a tremendous amount of published information on the Native American Flute, you can browse around Flutopedia (but know that Flute Haven focuses much more on improvisation and playing and not on “head-space” information).

What to Bring

We encourage you to bring any and all musical instruments!

Of course, please bring any and all Native Flutes you would like to play. In particular, we will focus on the keys of F# minor, G minor, and A minor (low, midrange, or high) for the purposes of playing in ensembles (duets, trios), but please bring any other keys you like as there will be ample work in other keys.

Also, please bring:

  • any percussion instruments you may have (drums, rattles, rain sticks, bells)
  • any other musical instruments you think are appropriate
  • a favorite piece of poetry

Flute Circle Program

We offer discounts for multiple participants from a flute circle or other group attenting Flute Haven together. On the registration form, please enter the name of your Flute Circle, as well as the names and email address of the other participants who have (or will shortly) register. You must provide both the name and email address for the discount to be applied.

The registration fee for the respective program (either Leadership or Weeklong) is reduced by these amounts:

  • If two participants are attending, both earn a 10% discount on the program fee.
  • If three participants are attending, all earn a 15% discount on the program fee.
  • If four or more participants are attending, all earn a 20% discount on the program fee.

Work-Study Program

We are offering registrations for several participants in the Work-Study program at this year's Flute Haven, in different roles. These slots are offered at substantially reduced rates in exchange for various duties throughout the week.

Grips

Two work-study grips assist with room setup, and transport of African drums and other musical instruments, transport of general workshop “gear”, locating tables, and some room setup duties. You will also be asked to assist in the setup and teardown of audio gear during some of the sessions.

We have a detailed Site Plan Document that maps out all the rooms that we use. If you are working as a grip and are new to the facility, it might be helpful to look this over to familiarize yourself with our setup.

Grips will need to arrive at least three hours before the start of the Leadership or Weeklong program (either 2PM Friday or 2PM Sunday).

Photographer

One on-site photographer work periodically to capture all aspects of the event. You need to have your own (reasonably high-end) equipment (a DSLR is preferred — no iPads or iPhones) and will be asked to occasionally take some time out from sessions to photograph. You will also need to have a laptop on site to select a subset of your photos for daily display to the group and to transfer your photos each day.

The photographer slot for 2017 has been filled.

Recording Assistants

The two recording studios are an important and integral part of Flute Haven. They allow people to clearly hear their own playing, explore looping, record their solo and ensemble playing, and record over pre-recorded background tracks. Two recording assistants support this process by periodically checking in on the recording studios to ensure that they are configured correctly and coordinating any special requests.

Recording assistants will also be asked to occasionally record some of the main sessions so that all participants can receive a copy of the audio from these sessions.

Recording assistants do not need to have experience in a recording studio, but should be reasonably comfortable and confident with technology issues in general. If you are particularly interested in the recording capabilities at Flute Haven, serving as a recording assistant might provide you with some unique opportunities.


Ideally, at least one participant in each of these roles will enroll in the Leadership Program, so that they are on-site and available througout the event.

The registration fee for the respective program (either Leadership or Weeklong) is reduced by these amounts:

  • Grips: 50% discount on program registration
  • Photographers: 25% discount on program registration
  • Recording Assistants: 25% discount on program registration

However, you will still be responsible for whatever lodging or commuter fee you choose for your accommodations and meals.

Scholarship Program

In an effort to make Flute Haven accessible to participants on a restricted budget, we have organized the event as a non-profit. This allows us to collect donations (which may be tax deductible to the donor), and place these in a scholarship pool.

Participants on a restricted budget may apply for discounts on the Flute Haven registration fee directly on the registration form. However, please note that we do not have sufficient funds to cover lodging expenses.

Please see the Registration Page for more information on scholarships.

Flute Maker Program

At this year's Flute Haven, we are expanding the program for participants who wish to offer flutes and related items for sale to other participants. Specifically:

  • If you join us as a participant at any of the Flute Haven programs, you are free to offer your products for sale during the period of time for the program for which you register.
  • There is no fee for offering your products, but you must register in full for one of the Flute Haven programs.
  • We will provide you one 72″×30″ table for your offerings, which will be located either in one of the workshop rooms that are used for sessions or in a separate, dedicated vendors room.
  • To comply with Federal law, you must display a sign that clearly states whether or not you are a Native American artist by the definitions in the IACA of 1990. If you are a Native American artist, you must indicate your tribal affiliation.
  • Be aware that you might need to re-locate your table at some point during the week.
  • Please indicate on your registration form if you plan on offering items for sale.

Reviews of Past Flute Haven Workshops

 

 

Weeklong Program

Leadership Program

Customized Program


Flute Haven Schedule
 

Flute Haven Staff
 

What People Say about Flute Haven
 

Registration, Lodging, Payment Plans
 


Recording Opportunities
 

Learn to Lead Flute Circles
 

Native Flute Handbook
 

Learn to perform and Play for Others
 



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Terry and Kathleen Duet at Flute Haven 2009


Boe Harris at the Flute Haven 2009 Closing Session


David Rogers at Flute Haven 2009



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