I wrote to Jon and wished him well in the endeavor, and suggested that he/they consider a similar event for hammered dulcimer players. I received a prompt reply saying that they are just easing their way into the retreat thing, and that they were certainly open to most anything. I committed to do a bit of exploration in an effort to gauge interest.
So, are there any HD players here in Mudcatland that would be interested in participating in a retreat weekend along the Suwanee? How about mid-April? Cost would depend on committments to instructors and performers. Hopefully, folks might be encouraged to participate on a pro bono basis the first time round, just to help get it off the ground.
If you're interested, you can post here, or send me a PM if you prefer.