About our Gathering

The Pacific Northwest Flute Gathering, often referred to as the Vashon Island Flute Gathering, is one of the longest-running residential retreats for enthusiasts of the Native American style flute.

Note for 2020: Due to the current situation around social distancing and travel restrictions, this year’s event was an online event held through Zoom.

This intimate gathering takes place in a beautiful, magical location in the US Pacific Northwest — Vashon Island. Just a short ferry ride out of Seattle, the venue for the gathering is Camp Burton, a wooded setting directly on the waterfront. In addition to the classes, workshops and concerts, the location itself offers much opportunity to get out in nature, see some wildlife, take a walk on the beach or a kayak through the water, and just enjoy the beauty of Puget Sound.

The weekend retreat features workshops, classes and concerts focusing on the Native flute, lead by some of the finest teachers, performers and recording artists in the US.  Our event is a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere designed to maximize curiosity, learning and creativity. In addition to flute, classes are also available for didgeridoo and percussion. Several flute makers are on site so you can test drive and take home some new flutes. One of the key ingredients of this gathering is the camaraderie — friendship, bonding, personal growth and expression are a big part of what makes this event so popular. All activities, accommodations and meals take place on site. Housing options include cabins as well as a small hotel-style retreat center.

Space is limited at this popular multi-day retreat. Advance registration is required.