4 Days and Nights of Zen and the Art of Guitar!

Robert Fripp’s Introduction To The Guitar Circle is a four-day-long event for guitar players and music-lovers of all levels, interests, and tastes. Whether you are a master player, a beginner who has never played guitar before but wants to play for the first time, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four-day programs offer activities and workshops for you. The environment is strictly non-competitive and is about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely Fall Foliage surroundings of Saratoga Springs, NY! Robert Fripp’s Introduction To The Guitar Circle will only be open to participants who are 18 or older.

Some of the activities at this event will include:

  • Introduction to the New Standard Tuning
  • Working in a Guitar Circle
  • How to Play Schizoid Man!
  • The Right Hand
  • The Left Hand
  • Fingerboard Exercises
  • Counting and Rhythm
  • How to Make and Recover from Mistakes
  • Proper Posture
  • The Practice of Doing Nothing
  • The Alexander Technique
  • Tai Chi
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Walking Meditation
  • Audience Craft
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE GUITAR CIRCLE
October 22-26th. 2020

If music is to enter our world, the role of the audience is as necessary as the role of the musician.

So, for the first time in the life of Guitar Craft and the Guitar Circle, we are inviting audients to this Intro, to learn the techniques and approaches available to Crafty Guitarists.

Music has its own intelligence, but can music change the world? If so, how? How does a musician become present in the place within them where music lives, or visits for a while? How is an audient present within themself when music visits? How does music come into our lives? What is involved in the process of musical performance?

For those interested in guitar playing, work will be on acoustic guitars in the New Standard Tuning – CGDAEG. Guitar meetings / workshops will be in groups of all sizes, including individual meetings with the Guitar Buddies.

This Introduction to the work of the Guitar Circle will also include classes in Alexander Technique, Orchestral Maneuvers, T’ai Chi, Zen meditation, The Process Of Performance, and Doing Nothing – As Much As You Can!

There is nothing solemn about any of this, and I’m intending to have a good time. This is an approach to play, playing, serious play and playing seriously.

I recommend that everyone come with an aim.

You are invited.

Robert Fripp
Friday 8th. November, 2019;
Middle England.

Schedule & Itinerary

An Introduction to the Guitar Circle with Robert Fripp will begin at 3 PM on October 22nd and end at 12 PM on October 26th. Our full schedule will be announced in the spring, but every day will be filled with classes, workshops, concerts, and personal instruction led by Robert and his team of coaches and musicians. Listed below is an example of a typical day.

Typical Day October 22

  • 7:00am – 7:45am

    Morning sitting (led by Robert)

  • 8:00am – 9:30am

    Breakfast and Q&A (with Robert and staff)

  • 10:00am – 11:00am

    Multiple Breakout Sessions #1

  • 11:15am – 12:15pm

    Multiple Breakout Sessions #2

  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm

    Tai Chi or wellness workshop

  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm

    Lunch and Q&A (for Robert and staff)

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm

    Multiple Breakout Sessions #3

  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm

    Tea time and Q&A (for Robert and staff)

  • 5:15pm – 6:15pm

    Multiple Breakout Sessions #4

  • 6:30pm – 7:00pm

    Tai Chi or wellness workshop

  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm

    Dinner and Q&A (for Robert and staff)

  • 9:00pm – 11:00pm

    House of Guitars, Concert or some other activity involving everyone

During Robert Fripp’s Introduction to the Guitar Circle, nothing is compulsory but some things are necessary. Robert feels strongly that alcohol and drug use are incompatible with this work and are strongly discouraged. Hey, the anticipated polyrhythms* alone are enough to deter anyone from even thinking about drinking! So, any participant who partakes in drugs or alcohol during the event may be asked to forego participating in our activities. Thank you for your cooperation.

*Polyrhythms: The simultaneous combination of contrasting rhythms in a musical composition. Rhythmic conflicts, or cross-rhythms, may occur within a single metre (e.g., two eighth notes against triplet eighths or worse!) and may even be reinforced by simultaneous combinations of conflicting metres. You will happily experience some of these during Robert’s event!

Featuring members of the League of Crafty Guitarists, Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists, The California Guitar Trio, a host of wellness and lifestyle coaches and more!

Tom Redmond

Guitarists and More

Dev Ray

Guitarists and More

Jacqueline Binder

Guitarists and More

Curt Golden

Guitar Buddies

Tony Geballe

Guitar Buddies

Paul Richards

Guitar Buddies

Sandra Bain Cushman

Orchestral Maneuvers

Erin Wigger

Alexander Technique

Carol P. Prentice

Alexander Technique

Michael D. Fredrick

Alexander Technique

Chris Doering

The Process of Performance

Dr. Dennis Tirch

Zen Meditation

Plus many more Guitar Buddies and special guests, who will be leading classes on T’ai Chi, The Alexander Technique, Orchestral Maneuvers, The Process of Performance, Zen Meditation, and much more!

Gideon Putnam Resort

Gideon Putnam Resort

The Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa combines over 75 years of historic character with exceptional service and modern facilities. It’s a long-favored vacation destination, offering guests a wealth of desirable amenities.

Setting & Accommodations

Gideon Putnam Resort is located in the foothills of the Adirondacks, surrounded by the beauty of Saratoga Spa State Park.  The resort features spacious guest rooms, luxurious bedding and upscale bath amenities.  The Roosevelt Spa at Gideon Putnam offers a full menu of services that primp and pamper.  Browse the complete list of services on their website.

Area Attractions

Saratoga Springs provides the perfect mix of beauty, history, culture and activity. The town features world-renown horse racing, a prominent performing arts center, natural springs spas, several golf courses, and a historic battlefield. Window shop in town, relax at the spa or visit one of the areas 10 museums. It’s tree-lined streets feature grand old Victorians and gardens filled with flowers of every color.  Nearly everything in town is within walking distance!

Travel Directions

Gideon Putnam Resort

Address
24 Gideon Putnam Rd
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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Instrument Travel

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Pricing and Registration

When registering you have the choice of paying a 50% deposit with the balance due on June 1, 2020 (no interest fees charged) or paying in full.

Room Types and Pricing

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    2,099

    Standard Room with two beds and a roommate. You may either name a fellow registrant as your roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. Roommate must also register for Guitar Circles. Pricing is per person.

  • Single Room – Double Bed
    3,099

    Standard room with one double bed. Pricing is per person.

  • Single Room – King or Queen Bed
    3,399

    Standard room with one king or queen-sized bed. Pricing is per person.

  • Double Occupancy – King Bed (2 people)
    3,999

    If you would like to have a loved one join you at the event whether they are participating in the workshops or not, we recommend this price point. The room includes one king bed.

  • Junior Suite with King Bed and Pull-Out Couch (2 or 3 people)
    4,199

    Junior Suite for two or three people who may be participating in the workshops, or just accompanying those who are participating. Accommodations include one king bed and a sitting area with one sofa bed. Pricing is per couple – add $400 for a 3rd person.

  • Full King Suite with Pull-Out Couch (2 or 3 people)
    4,499

    Executive Suite for two or three people who may be participating in the workshops, or just accompanying those who are participating. Accommodations include one king bed, an expansive sitting area, and a workspace with a pull-out couch. Pricing is per couple – add $400 for a 3rd person.

  • King Porch Suite with Pull-Out Couch (2 or 3 people)
    4,599

    Premium Porch Room for two or three people who may be participating in the workshops, or just accompanying those who are participating. Accommodations include a king bed, pull-out couch, and French doors leading out to your own private, screened-in porch. Pricing is per couple – add $400 for a 3rd person.

  • Optional Breakfast Add-on
    110

    Breakfast is not automatically included in the purchase price for this event, but there is an option available to you before checkout. Includes breakfast for each day of the event.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • Lunches and dinners. Breakfasts will need to be added to your registration.
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Parking
  • Shuttle service from the Saratoga Train Station
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks. Alcohol will be completely prohibited at this event.
  • Sighteseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own instruments

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 9.9% surcharge, which includes all state and local taxes, plus service fees.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on June 1, 2020.
    • Any registrations received after June 1, 2020 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

If you have any questions, please call our customer service number (+1) 800-852-9277, or send us an email at info@dreamcatcher-events.com

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

During Robert Fripp’s Introduction to the Guitar Circle, nothing is compulsory but some things are necessary. Robert feels strongly that alcohol and drug use are incompatible with this work and are strongly discouraged. Hey, the anticipated polyrhythms* alone are enough to deter anyone from even thinking about drinking! So, any participant who partakes in drugs or alcohol during the event may be asked to forego participating in our activities. Thank you for your cooperation.

*Polyrhythms: The simultaneous combination of contrasting rhythms in a musical composition. Rhythmic conflicts, or cross-rhythms, may occur within a single metre (e.g., two eighth notes against triplet eighths or worse!) and may even be reinforced by simultaneous combinations of conflicting metres. You will happily experience some of these during Robert’s event!