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Medomak Retreat Center is located just ouside the village of Washington in Mid-coast Maine.
Open from June to September, MRC is the perfect location for small to mid-size conferences, as well as artistic and educational workshops.
We are able to accommodate up to 60 overnight guests for committee or leadership programs, spiritual retreats, social-action planning, men's or woman's group events, drama, literature, music, dance or other educational retreats. For extended stays, it is best to book several months in advance.
The Conductors Retreat at Medomak has been working with Medomak Retreat Center over the past 16 years. This unique summer program offers a safe, non-competitive environment for both novice and veteran conductors to learn skills and techniques that will influence them throughout their musical lives. Founder and director, Kenneth Kiesler (director of orchestras and professor of conducting at the School of Music of the University of Michigan), also a Medomak Camp alumnus, shares with his students not only a love of music, but a deep appreciation for the New England landscape. At Medomak conductors, ranging in age from sixteen to sixty, have the ability to be successful at their art in front contemporaries but without the scrutiny of the public all the while under Kiesler's passionate analysis.
The newly renovated barn, on the Retreat Center property, has the charm of the old and the comfort of the new. Offering an open functional interior for the conductor's numerous skill sessions with a raised stage, loft and vestibule. The Barn is completely insulated which allows for temperature control and extraneous sound. The well lit space allows conductors and musicians alike the ability to easily read their music.
Each year the culmination of the retreat is a public concert highlighting the participants conducting skills as well as a large chorus of experienced singers. The conductors join a professional orchestra for a rare Washington, Maine performance at Medomak. The concert is free to the public. However, call ahead for time and directions. For more information, visit www.conductorsretreat.org
Tom Wessels has guided lovers of New England in Reading the Landscape: A Connection to Place at Medomak over the past eight years. Professor of Ecology in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch New England Graduate School, Wessels is also the author of Reading the Landscape: A Natural History of New England and Reading the Granite Landscape: A Natural History of America's Mountain Domes from Acadia to Yosemite and The Myth of Progress Toward a Sustainable Future. In the course of this seminar, participants explore a variety of forest, wetland, and mountain communities in mid-coast Maine including the granite domes of Acadia National Park. The historic 250 acre Medomak property lends itself to this wonderful program. Science teachers, environmentalists, nature writers and lovers of the New England Landscape have all benefited from Wessels' knowledge as well as the beauty and serenity found at our retreat center. For more information on Tom or his workshops, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our annual retreat offers participants a variety of activities focused around the fiber arts. Knit, spin, dye, felt, and weave; visit local artists' studios and farms; work on your own projects, and enjoy the beautiful, Maine-woods surroundings. The opportunity to share a passion with like minded people, learn new skills, relax, and eat fabulous food has brought participants back to Medomak again and again. Join us next summer for our 9th annual retreat and what promises to be the best knitting circle you could imagine!