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Retreat to Ireland!

July 21-27, 2024

Falls Hotel
Ennistymon, County Clare

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Join Drunken Fiddles for an experience of a lifetime!

Grab your passport and fiddle -  we are going to Ireland! We will take a musical journey deep into the heart of Celtic lands rich in fiddle traditions and the culture that inspires them. Regardless of whether you’re a true first time absolute beginner, an intermediate player or just want to come and support, the Drunken Fiddles Retreat to Ireland offers a beautifully unique way to travel, meet new people and enjoy music.


What's Included

  • Six nights' accommodations at the 4 Star Falls Hotel
  • Two meals per day: traditional full Irish breakfast buffet and three-course dinner.
  • Daylong tour and ferry adventure to the Island of Inis MĂłr 
  • Burren, Dunguaire Castle and Galway City Tour
  • Instructional workshops and evening jam sessions with Laurel and Sascha
  • Group ground transportation to/from Shannon Airport to the hotel
  • Personal downtime to explore, hike, nap, visit pubs, go to the spa and just be)
  • Pub night with Irish session musicians


The Falls Hotel

Nestled in its wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh, the distinctive building known today as the Falls Hotel & Spa is regarded as one of the finest Clare Hotels.

The Falls is a 140-bedroom family-run hotel that gets its electricity from the power of the river running alongside it. They run on hydropower from a hydroelectric turbine on the powerful river cascades beside the hotel. 

The hotel is on 50 acres of woodlands with lovely walks on the doorstep. The town with shops, cafes and pubs is a 5-minute stroll along the river. Lahinch, with its golf club and the beach, is 4 km away.



Tour of Inis MĂłr

We will take a ferry to the island of Inis MĂłr, one of the Aran Islands, with the option to explore by bicycle or pony drawn carriage. Travel to and from the island will be via ferry, with views of the famous Cliffs of Moher.

Galway Tour

This daylong tour will take us to several castles and ancient sites across Co. Clare and Co. Galway.  We will visit the Burren, famous for its remarkable biodiversity of plants and animals and then we will head to  Dungauire Castle - a towering 16 Century fortress. We'll continue on to Galway City, with opportunities to eat, drink, and shop. Our guide will enrich our experience with the true history of Ireland as we travel.

Retreat Leaders

Crossover violinist Laurel Morgan Parks has been following her musical path since the young age of 4 when her dad brought home a banged up fiddle with a bow that lacked most of its hairs – it was love at first listen!

As a professional musician Parks has performed with acts such as the Eagles, Sarah McLachlan, Amy Grant, Evanescence, Josh Grobin and Disturbed, but also with her own projects – The Wires String Duo, Of Tree, and In the Pines.  She’s traveled throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, playing with her bands, the Mantovani Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony.

Parks is currently the founder/instructor of Drunken Fiddles – a fiddle workshop for adults who want to learn to play a stringed instrument from the absolute beginning while incorporating fiddle styles and non-classical techniques along the way.  When not performing or teaching Parks can be heard on the NPR affiliated radio station 91.9 Classical KC as the co-host of Sound Currents – a show dedicated to championing New Music.

Sascha Groschang, cellist, has performed extensively across the United States and Asia.  She has appeared at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall numerous times, and gave her solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2009. She has been a soloist and lecturer at the Thailand International Composition Festival, performed for the King of Malaysia with the Kuala Lumpur International Festival Orchestra, and traveled all across China on two tours with the Mantovani Pops Orchestra. She has shared the stage with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, The Eagles, Vince Gill, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Michael Bublé, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Sarah Mclachlan, Idina Menzel, Amy Grant and her recording credits include NBC, Atlantic, and Rhino Records. Sascha is the cellist and co-composer of the alternative string duo, “The Wires“, which explores a variety of non-traditional string techniques and styles through original compositions.  The Wires have released three full length albums and their arrangements and original compositions are published with Mel Bay Publishing Co.  They are also co-hosts and curators of “Sound Currents” on 91.9 ClassicalKC – a weekly radio program that explores and discovers a broad range of new music. In addition, Sascha is principal cellist of NewEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, dedicated to playing the works of living composers. In 2022, she joined the St. Petersburg String Quartet – one of the world’s most esteemed chamber ensembles. Their accolades include a Grammy nomination, “Best Record” honors in both Stereo Review and Gramophone, an opening night performance at Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, a five-year residency at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and hundreds of concerts on many of North America, Europe and Asia’s most prestigious series and festivals.   Sascha lives in midtown Kansas City with her husband, four Persian cats and two daughters.

Things to Know

Getting There

Please sit tight for a moment and wait to book airline tickets until you get the green light email from Drunken Fiddles.

You will be booking your flights to Shannon Airport (SNN).

There will be group airport shuttles to transport you to and from Shannon each way. After you receive the green light email make sure you book your flights within the given timeframes if you plan to take advantage of the group shuttle.


Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or an unexpected illness, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans or need medical expenses covered. Participants are responsible for their own travel insurance as Drunken Fiddles does not cover flight issues, illness or other potential hazards.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch at [email protected]!


Paying the tuition in full will secure your spot for the trip!  After you register we will begin communications with you about further logistics.

Save the Date: On June 3rd we will have an informal gathering where we will meet other retreat participants and ask questions about the trip. 

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us at [email protected].

Once full payment is made, any refunds are contingent on resold or cancellable elements of the trip.

Single Occupancy


per person

A private hotel room.

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Double Occupancy


per person

A shared hotel room.

You will be matched with another retreat registrant of the same gender. Friends and couples may room together upon request.

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"Thank you for arranging this LIFE CHANGING trip and for all of your wonderful instruction!""


"We loved being in Ireland with you! Such a fun, beautiful time! Memories we will cherish."


"You've set a VERY high bar for life experiences. Thank you for all that you put into the trip - from the travel to the tunes to the great camaraderie!"


"Thank you so much for my first international trip. It was really wonderful!"


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