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A Recording Event in Scotland with Verlon Thompson

May 17-24, 2022 • Kincardine Castle • Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Limited to 15 Participants

Exclusively for PSCW Alums. This retreat has been filled.

Please Email Lydia if you have any questions.


After 3 years of being separated from our friends in Scotland, Verlon Thompson and I decided this would be the perfect year to do something a little different … so we’re gathering a group of alums who’ve already experienced the Scotland Retreat and mixing it up a little!

After experiencing the magic of Verlon playing in Migvie Kirk with Paul Anderson’s gorgeous fiddle playing, we thought it would be fun to see what might happen if he did a live recording of some of Verlon’s songs for an album there. And to have our group be witness to it, experiencing it together.

So that’s what we’re going to do! Instead of the songwriting classes we had in the past, we would just start the first morning and afternoon at the castle preparing to record and planning the sessions with Paul and other musicians that might be involved. We’ll learn about pre-production, the technical set up, and choosing the right songs.

Then we’ll spend the next couple of days at Migvie Kirk recording! Verlon said he wants it to be “a document of our experience together as a group; a beautiful opportunity of being together with world-class talent in an awe-inspiring setting.”

Of course Fiona Kennedy and Shona Anderson will be with us, and Verlon’s wife Demetria Kalodimos—who’s an award-winning journalist and filmmaker—will be videoing it, so that’s another thing we’ll get to help with and be a part of.

AND, we’ll be one of the first groups to welcome Andie and Nicki Bradford’s son Ed, his wife Rose and their children as the hosts of Kincardine Castle! They moved there in 2021 and have been making the place their home. Andie and Nicki have just moved down the road, though, and have promised that they will be a part of our gathering as always—I can’t imagine our evening drinks and dinners and music circles without them!

This trip will be less minute-to-minute planned than before, with more time to hang at the castle, play music together with Verlon and each other, and then have the flex time needed to make sure we’re able to do the recording we need. But we will still have our night in Tarland at Aberdeen Arms pub with Paul and his friends, the concert at St. Margaret’s in Braemar, and this year we’ll take a special full-day trip to Inverness and a Loch Ness cruise! So it adds up to more fun and adventure with our group of kindreds and Scottish family of friends.

A few of the things included:

  • Transportation to and from the castle on May 17 & 24
  • All meals for the week, including all at the castle and dinners out in Tarland & Braemar
  • A night at Aberdeen Arms for a jam session with Paul, Shona and their friends
  • A special fund raiser concert for St. Margaret’s in Braemar with Verlon, Fiona and Paul
  • An afternoon in Inverness and then dinner at a restaurant there
  • An afternoon cruise on Loch Ness
  • … and more

So come join us for this once-in-a-lifetime trip to see our friends in Scotland again, and see where the magic and music will take us!

—Lydia & Verlon

All-Inclusive Week of Music, Food, Fun & Friends • Limit 15 People

Details and Registration

Once you’ve arrived at Kincardine Castle, you will be completely taken care of. There’ll be a shuttle to get you to the castle from the Aberdeen train station or airport on May 17, and then back on May 24. We will follow all Covid protocols (which I’ll stay on top of and communicate details to you as we get closer), and anyone joining us must be fully Covid vaccinated.

All-Inclusive Pricing Per Person (except for airfare):

  • $3,495 Double Occupancy Room With Private Bath (Available for 10 People) NOTE: You’ll need to have your roommate planned—we won’t be assigning people to room together.
  • $4,595 Single Occupancy Room With Private Bath (Available for 5 People)


  • $1000 Deposit (Plus $1000 Single Room Supplement if Applicable) Upon Registration
  • [$2000 Total Deposit If You Register On or After Feb. 1, 2022]
  • Second Payment (If You Registered Before Feb. 1) of $1000 Invoiced and Due February 1, 2022
  • Third Payment of $1000 Invoiced and Due March 1, 2022
  • Balance Invoiced and Due April 1, 2022

Cancellation Policy:

  • All payments and deposits are non-refundable if we are not able to fill the spot. If we are able to fill the spot, however, you will be refunded all but $300. And if we need to adjust our plans due to covid we of course will remain flexible.

This Creative Retreat to Scotland has been filled. Please email Lydia if you have any questions.