Enjoy a weekend away in a wonderful venue with good food, a lovely dance space, fabulous countryside and live music from Bob Minney, Jo Denham and Maya Buckley.  Come join the Caravan and relish the journey! There's room for more!!!

From Albania to Istanbul- The Residential                  20-22 April 2018                                                                 Kington, Herefordshire

It is very exciting to be offering this new venture, a residential weekend with LIVE MUSIC, and to be going to a very special venue and location, Dunfield House, in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. 

The weekend will take us on a journey, travelling the VIA EGNATIA, an ancient trading route used by the Roman and Ottoman empires. Our 'caravan' will begin in Albania, travelling over the mountains into Macedonia, through Northern Greece, Thrace and into Turkey, meeting different dances, ethnic groups, music and musicians on the way!! The great thrill of the weekend will be  live music from Bob, Jo and Maya, all superb musicians and well known in the circle dance network. 

Dance sessions begin on Friday evening and the weekend ends after lunch on Sunday. There will be free time on Saturday afternoon to enjoy the area, the many walks from the door, a swim or just relaxing!


Dunfield House www.dunfieldhouse.org.uk is a unique and special place.  The house has a comfy lounge with glorious views and our dance space is a separate, large hall.


the view from the house 


the recreation hall 

The grounds around Dunfield are lovely with several outdoor areas: a peace garden, a firepit and a labyrinth. Dancers are invited to bring their swim suits to enjoy the indoor swimming pool! 

the labyrinth 

Accommodation is basic in shared dorm-style rooms but the bunks are adult sized- chunky wooden bunks. If you are unable to sleep in a top bunk, you can reserve a bottom bunk, on a first-come, first-served basis.  The rooms vary in size, but there is plenty of room to spread out. These dorms are not like the usual 'hostel' type. They are large, airy and some are en-suite.

If you are travelling by rail, the nearest station is Hereford. Group transportation to and from Dunfield House can be arranged from Hereford Station. Please let me know if you are interested in this option. 

Costs: £250 including full board from Friday night evening meal to Sunday lunch, and all dance sessions with live music.                         Follow this link for the booking form.                                          

Note: Residential weekends are not suitable for those new to circle dance. Some familiarity with circle dance steps and rhythms is needed.

Comments about From Albania to Istanbul, the workshop, September 2016: "A wonderful journey!" "The best workshop I've been to!"  "Wonderfully inspirational-challenging at times, but whetted my appetite for more of theses "unusual" rhythms. Great taste of far off lands...very helpful style of teaching." 'Delightful dances...' "Yummy!"