Retreat FAQs

Where is the retreat located? Are there restaurants in the area?
Who can attend the retreat? What is the weather like?
When can I arrive? What SHOULD I bring?
Will there be the "Meet & Greet" this year? What should I NOT bring?
What times is the office and booths open? Are T-shirts, CDs and other merchandise for sale?
Is there shuttle service available? Can I buy additional tickets for guests?
Are there classes for first-time players? Are there payphones? Do cell phones work?
Can I change classes? What are the emergency numbers?
Are there scholarships available? Is there a lost and found?
Are there sessions? How can I support the retreat?
Can non-students attend? Who do I contact for comments or additional questions?

How do I access my online account that I already set up? Click HERE

Where is the retreat located?
The retreat will be held at Hoblitzelle Camp and Conference Center, 8060 Singleton Rd., Midlothian, Texas 76065. For a map and directions, go to MAP. For more information about the camp, go to HOBLITZELLE.  For a site map, go to SITE. Please visit the location page to see pictures of the retreat site.

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Who can attend the retreat?
The retreat is designed primarily for adult students wanting to learn to play traditional Irish music. However, a small number of non-adult students, ages 12-17, may be invited to the retreat if they meet specific qualifications that demonstrate a high level of maturity, musical ability, and parental supervision while at the retreat and more. For applying for youth exceptions, go to EXCEPTIONS.

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When can I arrive?
You can arrive after 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 19th. We suggest when you arrive to immediately go to the “RETREAT OFFICE” in the Chapel (see site MAP).  You can park in the Chapel parking lot.  You will be able to pick up your room keys (if any) and packets and pay your balances there.  On Friday, we suggest checking in at least an hour before classes begin so you will have time to get familiar with the facilities and services available. See below for the Retreat Office hours.

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Will there be the "Meet & Greet" this year?
Most definitely! We will gather to officially begin our retreat at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 19th with a Texan BBQ (meal optional and available to those who paid). The event will be held at the Tejas Fort and, if inclement weather, the dining hall. This is a good time to meet our instructors, reconnect with folks you haven't seen since the last retreat, and make new friends. At 9 p.m., we will have our Kick-Off Ceili in the Rec Hall building. Of course, sessions will ensue too in various places!

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What times are the office and booths open?
When the Retreat Office is not open, please go to the TIMES booth for help. If neither is open, seek out our operations managers who will be traveling around the grounds on carts or call them on our Retreat Cell at (469) 215-1840.  Here are the hours for the office and all of the booths located in the Chapel:

Thursday
Retreat Office: 4-9 p.m.

Friday
Retreat Office: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Product Booth: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and during evening concerts

Saturday
Product Booth: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and during evening concerts

Sunday
Retreat Office: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Product Booth: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and during evening concerts

Monday
Retreat Office: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.


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Is there a shuttle from and to DFW Airport and from and to the Retreat Hotel - Courtyard by Marriott Midlothian Conference Center?
Yes.  See Shuttle Service for further information.

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Are there classes for people just picking up an instrument for the first time?
Unfortunately, no. Our classes are designed for students have some proficiency on their instruments. We offer a series of classes called "Fundamentals" that are for students who want to learn Irish music and are already playing at a beginning level on their instruments. If the Fundamentals classes are not challenging enough, students can switch to other classes if there is space available. Please visit the CLASSES page for more information.

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Can I change classes?
Yes. You can change your classes by logging onto your account and making the changes online any time before online registration ends on Saturday, October 14th but ONLY if the classes for which you want to enroll are not closed.  You may change classes at the retreat by first getting permission from the Retreat Office.  If the office is closed, call our Retreat Cell at (469) 215-1840.  You may also have to seek permission from the instructor whose class you want to join.

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Are there scholarships available?
Yes. The scholarship program is set up to award scholarships based on financial need only. Most of our scholarships are funded through the generous support of the Southwest Celtic Music Association and other sponsors. Visit our SCHOLARSHIPS page for more information.

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Are there sessions?
Yes. We encourage players to get together whenever time allows. Some sessions are organized by the retreat while others happen spontaneously. We offer sessions for different levels of play at different locations. Please session in the areas that we provide and refrain from playing near areas where classes are being held and where people are sleeping.

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Can non-students attend?
Yes. Everyone at the retreat must be registered and wear their badges.  Spouses and supervised kids not participating in the retreat are welcome on campus, however, they should register as “non-students” at no charge.  Non-students may attend concerts by purchasing concert tickets at check-in.

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Are there restaurants in the area?
There are lots of restaurants in Midlothian and in nearby Waxahachie.  The better deal (for the quality) is the food found at the camp. And you wouldn’t have to miss the wonderful meal-time concerts and camaraderie.

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What's the weather like?
It could be cold or absolutely beautiful. All of the rooms are heated and air-cooled. If it is nice out, some classes may elect to move outdoors. Before you come, please check www.Weather.com for weather predictions and prepare accordingly.

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What should I bring?
A digital recorder to record lessons (very important), rain gear or umbrella if rain is forecasted, a flashlight, a portable camp chair for outside sessions and classes if weather is nice, a digital recorder to record lessons (did we mention that already?), your instrument(s), extra strings in case you break one or more, a notepad to take notes, a great attitude for learning, and in case you missed it, a digital recorder to record lessons. Maximize the value of your tuition – record your classes! The camp is a great place to bike, so bring them if you can find a way to carry your instruments safely on them.

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What should I NOT bring?
Pets, alcohol or illegal drugs, and electric instruments (except for electric pianos).

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Are t-shirts, instructor CDs and other retreat merchandise for sale?
Yes, our organization TIMES operates a Products Booth each day at the retreat with many items for sale.  It is located next to the dining hall.  During the evening concerts, it will be set up in the Chapel selling instructor merchandise. There will also be a number of other vendor booths. For a listing and description about these vendors, go to our VENDORS page.

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Can I buy additional concert tickets for guests?
Yes, you can buy additional tickets for friends and family members. The concerts are free to registered students, but you may buy tickets for ages 6-18 for $10.00 and for everyone else for $15.00 . Children ages 6 and under are free (no ticket required).  Additional tickets can be ordered and purchased during online registration or at check in.  One concert ticket admits the purchaser to all of the evening concerts at the retreat.

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Are there payphones? Do cell phones work?
No. So, you are welcomed to bring your cell phones. During classes, however, please turn them off or set them on vibrate.  Please be advised that many cell services don't work well inside the camp.  Most work at the entry gate. AT&T is known to work on campus.

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What are the emergency numbers?
If you need phone numbers to give someone in the event of an emergency, give them the retreat office number at Hoblitzelle at (469) 215-1840. This is the number forwarded to our Operations Manager and it will be answered throughout the day and night. 

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Is there a lost and found?
Yes, at the Retreat Office.  We will hold items for 30 days after the retreat ends.

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How can I support the retreat?
We rely on the financial support given by individuals, organizations and companies. There are a number of ways to contribute to the retreat. For ideas, please visit our SUPPORT page.

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Who do I contact for comments or additional questions?

Before or After the Event:
Ken Fleming, Director, at director@oflahertyretreat.org, (469) 215-1840

About Online Registration and Lodging:
Rick Roberts, Asst. Director and Registrar, at enroll@oflahertyretreat.org

During the Event:
Managers will carry phones during the day and can be reached by calling (469) 215-1840.

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