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The Way of the Dulcimer
Fall Retreat
September 19-22

Check back in January for the dates for the 2020
Spring & Fall Retreats at Wildacres Retreat Center

in the mountains of Western North Carolina

Classes include:
Dulcimer History, Traditional Ballads, Sacred and Secular Songs and Tunes as well as some more Contemporary Folk Songs.
A variety of playing techniques and methods will be covered, including strumming, single string melody playing, playing in different keys simple fingerpicking, some easy chording and more.
Limited enrollment (15) insures more individual attention as well as facilitating fellowship amongst the participants.
Concerts and Jamming with instructer Don Pedi.

Don Pedi has been playing the dulcimer since 1968. Before moving to the mountains of Western North Carolina in 1974, Don spent most of the 1960's and early seventies frequenting the Coffee Houses, Folk Music Clubs, Folk Festivals, Pubs, etc. around Boston and Cambridge, MA .

Richard and Mimi Farina at Club 47, 1965.

The first dulcimer player Don ever met was Richard Farina, who was playing a concert with his wife Mimi, at the Unicorn Coffee House on Boylston Street in Boston in 1965. Richard's music has had a lasting effect on Don's playing.
In 1969 Don traveled to Vermont to meet the gifted and influencial dulcimer player Margaret MacArthur. In 1970 Don met Jean Ritchie. Later that year he journeyed to Washington, DC to meet Howie Mitchell who is pretty much the father of contemporary style dulcimer playing.
After experiencing the playing styles of the folks mentioned above, Don, like many dulcimer players of the time, experimented with chording and playing popular songs of the day as well as folk music from varied traditions.
After moving to Western North Carolina, Don immersed himself in mountain culture and music. He developing a style of playing the dulcimer that matched the traditional fiddles note for note, including a rhythmic feel suitable for dancing and vocal accompaniment.
A gifted player and teacher, Don shares his knowledge in a relaxed, friendly, and non-competitive manner, creating an atmosphere conducive to everyone learning at their own pace.

Please note: As all levels of players are welcome, the following schedule is more or less an indication of what really happens.
Actual classes are adjusted to be most beneficial to those in attendance


The Mountain Dulcimer
Fall Retreat Schedule


4:00 - 5:30pm Registration
5:30 - 6:30pm Greeting Session
6:30 - 7:30 Supper
8:00 - 10:00 (?) Jamming


8:00 - 9:00am Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 T'ai Chi Exercise
9:30 - 11:00 am History of Dulcimer
11:15 - 12:15 Playing Techniques
12:30 - 1:30pm Dinner
2:00 - 3:15pm LIttle Songs
3:15 - 6:00pm Free Time
6:00 - 7:00pm Supper
7:30 - 8:30pm Concert
8:30 - 10:00pm (?) Jamming


8:00 - 9:00am Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 T'ai Chi Exercise
9:30 - 10:30pm Traditional Songs
10:45 - 12:15pm Traditional Ballads
12:30 - 1:30pm Dinner
1:45 - 2:45pm Fiddle Tunes
3:00 - 3:30 Shiatsu Massage
3:30 - 5:00pm Folk Song Mix
6:00 - 7:00pm Supper
7:30 - 8:30pm Concert
(Saturday Concert and Jamming with Bruce Greene and Don Pedi)
8:30 - 10:00pm (?) Jamming


8:00 - 9:00am Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30am Check Out
9:30 - 11:00am Farewell Gathering

Wildacres is a true retreat, nestled in the mountains, undisturbed by traffic or noises of the city. The 1,600 acres are adjacent to North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway and thousands of acres of the Pisgah National Forest.

The conference center facilities are modern yet rustic. There are no televisions or telephones in the rooms. Well prepared meals are served family style each day in the dining room.

Classroom Cabin

2018 Spring Retreat Group photo

2017 Spring Retreat Group photo.


Dulcimer Heroes:

Jean Ritchie

Howie Mitchell

Margaret MacArthur


Includes meals, lodging, workshops, concerts & activities
Double occupancy only
Cost: $350. per person.

To register contact Don Pedi, at donpedi@hotmail.com
or call 828-689-9126, (8am - 8pm, North Carolina time).

Enrollment is limited to 15 students.

Once contact is made, a non refundable deposit of $50. is required to hold your place. The remainder ($300) is due at registration. Please bring check or cash as neither Don nor Wildacres is set up to accept credit card payments.

Make deposit check payable to: Don Pedi
and send to:
Don Pedi
5456 Grapevine Rd
Marshall, NC 28753


2018 Mountain Dulcimer
Fall Retreat
September 20-23, 2018


$50 deposit

(non refundable)
The balance ($300) is due on the first day of the retreat at the Retreat Registration Desk.

Pay through PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express.

- or pay by mail -
write $50 (non refundable deposit)
check payable to: Don Pedi

and send check to:
Don Pedi
5456 Grapevine Rd
Marshall, NC 28753