Deepen your flute playing. 

Nourish your musicality.

Rejuvenate by the sea.

The Refreshed Flautist Retreat


22nd - 25th June 2017

Group Playing
1:1 Flute Lessons

Expert Teaching

Meditation & Yoga Classes

Creativity Workshops

Performance Coaching

Deepen your musicality

Expand your influences

Explore your creativity

Refine your flute skills

Grow your confidence

Make new friends


St Agnes, Cornwall, UK 

Get away from it all
4 days of music & relaxation

All in a beautiful setting
on the North Cornish coast



Nourish yourself with fresh sea air, taste salt on your lips, and blow out those stagnant musical cobwebs. 

 Get a fresh perspective on your flute playing and
a deepening of your own unique musicianship.

This retreat is for you if...

You want to fall in love with your flute playing again
You're looking for some new 'ah ha' moments in your skill-set

You're craving a relaxed & friendly setting to let your musicality flow

The Refreshed Flautist Retreat is for adults and welcomes all 
levels of players, from beginner to advanced  

Walk away with the tools to:

Create a gorgeous tone, clean finger technique,
articulation, posture, breath control and vibrato

Deliver music you’re really proud of playing

Reconnect with your own musical expression 

Carry the confidence to be able to start improvising freely 

Use those extended techniques that you’ve had your eye on for a while

Experiment with a variety of musical styles and genres

Originally from the deserts of New Mexico in the sunny American Southwest, it took me a while to figure out that any so called ‘traditional’, ‘classical’ flute career wouldn’t work for me as an artist. 

Not that I always knew that: I am here as a result of finding 1,000 artistic ways that didn’t work first.

Instead of a formal concert hall, well, I’d also love to play for you in a relaxed intimate setting, where you are close. I want you to feel free to clap between movements, sing along, and get up and dance if it strikes you– whether I am playing the Prokofiev sonata or a Brazilian Choro.

Having delivered over 75+ professional recitals across the globe I’ve fallen in love with creating music that allows me to express spontaneity, playfulness, sensuality, improvisation and rhythmic groove in performance. 

Specialising in the tango flute music of Astor Piazzolla, I earned a Ph.D. at the University of Huddersfield, UK in musicology and flute performance. I hold further flute degrees from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music (USA), and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.

I love sharing my knowledge from over 27 years of playing, which is why I design training courses for flute teachers, deliver academic papers, write for numerous music publications, give university workshops and regularly deliver masterclasses. I am currently based in Cornwall where I run an active flute studio teaching clients from all over the globe. 

I believe that everyone has the potential to be musical and to create song. 
Flute playing is a celebration of your freedom, authenticity and personal expression– unique from anyone else’s on this earth.  It would be an honour to work with you on this retreat.

Your retreat host: Dr. Jessica Quiñones

For my full bio, visit

With Guest Practitioners

I'm a qualified meditation teacher and holistic therapist based here in gorgeous Cornwall, though originally born and raised in Italy. Having been immersed in the creative industries and music business for a long time, I strongly believe that meditation, holistic therapies and generally looking after ourselves, in both a physical way and in a mental/spiritual way, can improve our quality of life. It also helps our creativity, help us to feel better, more energetic, at ease with our body, mind, soul, and consequently with people around us.

The exploration of oneself is a big passion of mine and I love helping people finding their true self, their unique expression.

Since graduating from Exeter University in 1997 with a BA Hons degree in music I now combine a busy teaching career with casual solo and orchestral work in the South West of England and beyond.

Along with running 4flutes and the RWindband I also offer specialist tuition on all members of the flute family primarily piccolo, standard C flute, alto flute and bass flute to all levels. My time with you will be focused on ensemble skills and flute group musicianship. I aim to ensure that my teaching enables students to realise their full potential which ever level they aspire to achieve.

I am an experienced British Wheel of Yoga teacher with a degree in Music and Music Education. Prior to my yoga teachings I taught secondary music education for over a decade, having originally trained as a classical musician. I firmly believe yoga is for everyone, and my thorough training and experience enables me to cater for all needs and abilities. For this retreat, I’ll deliver a high-quality yoga class for all-levels that will be especially useful for flute performers including carpal tunnel relief, breath work and postures to open up the neck and shoulders. Our class will be taught in my beautiful, dedicated yoga studio in St Agnes, situated within the Miners and Mechanics Institute

Ruth Ballantyne

Odry Bastianello

Amy Jones

Sanchia Hylton-Smith

I am a qualified English lecturer, who has trained in narrative therapy, yet I am also a singer and lyricist who is passionate about the power of music to deepen our connection to ourselves, our passions and the world around us. 

I will be using highly sensory and creative activities to facilitate the creation of some unique and individual playing and lyricism-- all which will help to revitalise your relationship to your flute and the music that you play. I aim for our session to be exciting and lots of fun too! 

Martin Miller

I’m a coach, speaker & motivator of people. I enjoy living my life with an open & inquisitive mind, sharing the lessons I’ve learnt along the way. I passionately believe that helping others realise their potential in life is what my true purpose is. I’m from Cornwall & grew up in and around the area that you’ll get to experience at the retreat, which I know will be a truly magical experience for you.  

I know that performing in front of others scares most of us, yet we can come to understand that performance skills, like any other skill, can be developed with practice. Most people do not consider themselves natural performers. I don't change that. I help you take ownership of processes you are happy to undertake, which naturally lead to better performance as a byproduct of your actions which can help you, as flautists, enhance your own performance skills. 

I look forward to meeting you in June and to making great things happen for your musical lives..

9.00am - 10.15am: Yoga with Amy at the MMI

11.00am - 12.30pm: Flute group and ensemble playing with Ruth Ballantyne at the MMI

12.30 - 2.00pm: Lunch Break, which can be made for takeaway 

to any nearby location you wish, (e.g. the beach!)

2.00pm - 3.30pm: Creativity for flautists with Ruth Ballantyne at the MMI

3.30pm - 5:00 pm: Freetime or 1:1 Flute Lessons with Jessica in the Flute Studio *

5.00pm - 6.00pm: Coastal walk around St Agnes with guide (optional)

5.00pm: - 10.00pm Practice sessions open at the MMI

6.00pm: - Evening group meal booked at No. 4 Bistro, St Agnes (optional)

8.00pm - 9.30pm: Performance workshop with Martin Miller

9.00pm onwards: Drinks at wine bar, cocktails, cocktails and local beers at the Tap House (optional)

Your 4-Day Retreat Schedule

3.00pm - 6.00pm: Arrivals into St Agnes. 

6:00pm: Welcome drinks & nibbles for our retreat introduction at the St Agnes Hotel

7:00pm: Group meal at the Driftwood Spars to watch the sunset on at Trevaunance Cove Beach (optional)

8.30pm: Freetime or 1:1 Flute Lessons with Jessica in the Flute Studio *

* During the evenings of Thursday and Friday you could take your flute lesson (included in price),

check out some live folk music in the local pubs, take an evening beach walk to stargaze,

sample the local pub scene, indulge in local award-winning foodie restaurants

or go into nearby Truro, Newquay or St. Ives for a night out.



9:30am - 12.30pm: Group flute classes with Jessica at the MMI.
Includes teas, coffees and snacks provided throughout your breaks.

12.30pm: Lunch Break, which can be made for takeaway
to any nearby location you wish, (e.g. the beach!)

12.30pm - 4.30pm: Freetime or 1:1 Flute Lessons with Jessica in the Flute Studio *

4.30pm - 6.30pm: Sparking your musical creativity workshop with Sanchia Hylton-Smith.

7.00pm: Evening group meal booked at Taste Restaurant, St Agnes (optional)

8.00pm - 10.00pm: Freetime or 1:1 Flute Lessons with Jessica in the Flute Studio *

* in your free-time during the day on Friday and Saturday you could 

take your 60-minute private lesson (included in price), 

sunbathe at the local beaches, take a spa treatment, walk the Atlantic cliffs, 

browse the local shops, take a surf lesson, go sea kayaking, cozy out at a café, snooze…. 



9.30am - 12.00pm: Group flute classes with Jessica at the MMI

12.15pm - 1.15pm: Meditation and breathwork for musicians
with Odry Bastianello overlooking the Coastal cliffs

1.15pm - 2.30pm: Lunch Break, which can be made for takeaway 

to any nearby location you wish, (e.g. the beach!)

2.30pm - 4.00pm: Closing group flute class with Jessica

4.00pm onwards: Farewell Cornish Cream Tea (optional)


Reserve your space with a £100 deposit. 

Early bird prices valid through to the 23rd of April 2017, prices rise by £40 from 24th April.

There are only 10 spots available on this retreat to ensure you will 
receive the highest quality of attention during our time together.


Retreat includes

1x  Welcome drinks and nibbles 

1x Cornish Cream Tea welcome made by the Cuckoo Cafe

5 x 75 minute group flute masterclasses with Jessica designed to help you refresh and refine your playing. 

1 x 60 minute private 1:1 flute lesson with Jessica

1 x 75 minute Yoga for all-levels session with Amy 

1 x 60 minute Meditation and breathwork with Odry 

1x 90 minute Creativity for Flautists session with Ruth 

1x 120 minute Creativity in score interpretation session with Sanchia 

1 x 90 minute ensemble session with Ruth 

1 x 90 minute performance anxiety and finding confidence workshop with Martin 

1x Guided coastal walk with local St. Agnes guide

Unlimited Teas/ coffees and organic homemade goodies provided throughout your time 
when at the flute studio, in the practice lounge and at the group flute classes

(vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available throughout the retreat)

Access to the retreat’s private practice lounge complete with Wi-Fi from 9am -9pm each day

Small group settings (max. of 10) allow individual attention to delve into issues such as tone, technique, posture, breathing, interpretation, improvisation, extended techniques, performance confidence, musical burnout, pedagogy, and performance anxiety in depth.

Retreat does not include:

Accommodation in St Agnes

Camping from £8 per pitch

Local Bed and Breakfast from £35pp

Airbnb from £35 per room

Self-catering from £55 -£65 per night

Village Centre Hotels from £99 per room

Upon booking I will send you a comprehensive list of local accommodation options for all budgets

Transfers from Newquay airport or Truro train station to St. Agnes upon arrival and departure

Accommodation (available from £8 a night, see options below)

Additional food, snacks or drinks outside of retreat sessions. 

 (a group meal option will be provided at all mealtimes, ie. all lunches and dinners if you would like to take part)

The Flute Studio

Situated in a Grade-2 listed building, the flute studio and the practice lounge are on the premises of a former Edwardian shoe shop.

Both rooms are stocked to enhance your musicality and lend aesthetic calm to your retreat. You will find the original Edwardian wooden floorboards, stained glass art deco glass, large shopfront windows overlooking the St. Agnes main street and globally sourced vintage décor, all designed to help you chill out and ignite your creativity. 

Relax with your own Scandinavian wood burner (don’t worry we can run this for you if needed!), light some candles, play old vintage records, CDs, cozy up to a large selection of creativity/art/ spirituality/ music books. Also provided is high-speed Wi-Fi, and a large armchair and sofa to use if you just need a break from it all to take a snooze.

About St. Agnes, Cornwall

St. Agnes is in the heart of Poldark Country, and is a stunning coastal village 9 miles north of Truro. During your free time you can walk to the nearby beaches, meander the cliffs, sunbathe, take surf lessons, book a massage,  browse the village shops, hang out at the cozy cafes, or explore the numerous pubs here at will.

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How To Get Here

St Agnes village itself is small enough to explore on foot (if you don’t mind a few hills!), and the area is a haven for walkers and cyclists. If you’d prefer to leave the car at home it’s only a 40 minute taxi ride from Newquay Airport, or 15 minutes from Truro train station. By car, you enter the St. Agnes area straight from the A30; just head to the coast from the Chiverton Cross roundabout.

Fly direct into Newquay on Flybe from these Cities

Aberdeen - Amsterdam - Belfast - Birmingham - Doncaster - Dusseldorf - Edinburgh - Glasgow - 

Hannover - Inverness - Isle of Man - Leeds Bradford - London Gatwick - London Stansted -Manchester - Newcastle - Paris CDG - Sumburgh - Zurich

Fly direct into Newquay with Aer Lingus from Dublin & Cork

"There was something so much more than music that happened…When I arrived there was such an easy, relaxed welcome. It was impossible to ignore the radiance, the glow, the warmth, the love, a truly a transcendent experience…couldn't help but do well from that start." -- Sean O.

"Wow, what a great day we had last Saturday and I have really benefited from the work we did. This week I have felt so much more free in my playing, as if I've been given permission to step outside of the box called 'traditional classical flute training' into somewhere else, unknown and exciting"… -- Fiona R.

" was a lady who was talking about shaking up the way you think about making music, about finding your own way of doing things, breaking out of the 'box' of traditional expectations around flute playing, and really sharing your music from the heart. …Jessica absolutely 'got' what I wanted to achieve …."
-- Rachel S.

"Just back at station after a fabulously inspiring & reinvigorating flute workshop with @JQflute"
-- David B. via Twitter

"If you play the flute and are looking to spark up your creativity, then @JQflute is the lady for you!" 

-- Tanya B., via Twitter

"Wow, what a great day we had last Saturday and I have really benefited from the work we did. Have already been trying out some of the tonguing and vibrato techniques in our orchestra rehearsal -- Sandra F."

"Loved having the opportunity to perform and to listen and watch others perform, too. The vibrato section was great as it wasn't something that I'd understood before (and the technique section was very useful - thank you) -- Jason B."

"Great to hear and meet other flute players and to watch such a fabulous teacher in action. I’ve come away with lots to work on so expect lots of updates on my progress" 

— Claire. H., via Instagram"

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