An intensive music retreat for performers and teachers seeking transformative growth in a immersive, supportive setting. Limited to 20 people per session.

Creative Strings Workshop Asheville

A music retreat for performers and teachers seeking transformative growth.
Session A: June 26- July 1
Session B: July 3-8

Build Musicianship; Gain Confidence

Do all this and more in a supportive environment (max 20 people) w/ Christian Howes & friends.

Most playing levels welcome- your desire to have a transformative musical experience is more important than your current playing level. Participants range from seasoned pros to adult learners with as little as 3 years playing experience. Email chris@christianhowes.com or schedule a free exploratory call.

Teachers- get professional development to meet national standards for music education in improvisation, composition, arranging, and eclectic styles. Schedule a free exploratory cal

Immerse Yourself

Find focus and calm in the beautiful Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy at the Christmount Retreat and Conference Center

The Asheville retreat is Creative String’s most intimate in-person workshop (max 20 participants per session). Get away from large crowds and enjoy a fresh breath of air.

Lodging is included Sunday night through Friday morning and comes with wi-fi, mini-fridge, microwave, practice space, easy access to mountain hikes, water holes, woods, rivers, and other attractions. Food is farm to table and adjustable to most-any diet sensitivities.

Want PD this summer but don’t want to travel? Take the Online Summer Workshop

Important: Participants will be subject to federal, state, and venue-based COVID-19 policies at the time of the events.  No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to adhere to policies. You can review current venue policies here

Transform your Musicianship

Connect with motivated  players and teachers in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Prior to the retreat we’ll set goals so that we can focus on the areas that you want to improve. The experience is totally customizable to your goals.  Experience progress and accountability without vibing or negative judgment with the support of Christian, guest artists, and other participants.

Sample day of activities:

  • 10:00 am- Small group rehearsal and coaching
  • 11:00 am- Individual coaching
  • 12:15pm- Lunch
  • 1:30 pm- Small group coaching with guest artist
  • 3:30 pm- Choose from two Clinic options
  • 4:30 pm- Large group rehearsal
  • 5:30-8 Dinner
  • 8-10 pm Individual coaching and practice
  • 10- jamming 
Performance Opportunities:

All participants are invited but not required to participate in a range of performances throughout the week. Wednesday evening the large ensemble will perform music by Michael Jefry Stevens with a professional rhythm section in a cool venue in historic downtown Black Mountain. Thursday evening you can perform solo (w/ backup band provided)  and/or in small ensembles with other participants and teachers.  See press release.
Creative Strings Asheville

A Great Value

Creative Strings Workshop




*Assumes single occupancy in a standard room, arriving Sunday evening and leaving Friday morning.



**Your cost will vary based on your eating habits. We will offer a meal plan covering most of the meals onsite while camp is in session. Each room is also equipped with a microwave and mini fridge.

Register today

Leave a deposit below to reserve your spot- the remaining balance will be due June 1st and will depend on your lodging and food preferences. Select your session below
Participants are welcome to register for both sessions if they wish.  Please make a separate deposit for each.

Deposits are non-refundable except in the case of complete cancellation of the event by the organizers. Credit for future events may be granted in extenuating circumstances at the organizer’s discretion.  

Not sure if joining us at Asheville is the right choice for you?  Schedule a call for more information.

Creative Strings is a non-profit organization with a mission to support music education through outreach, summer conference, and online curriculum.