June 19-23, Boulder and Loveland.

Camp Faculty


Christopher Yohmei Blasdel

Akihisa Kominato

Yd Kurahashi

Riley Kho Lee

David Kansuke Wheeler


Yoko Hiraoka


Rocky Shakuhachi Camp returns to the mountains of Colorado
It is still too good to miss!

Beginners welcome!-Click here

The Experience 

As over 70 participants from all over the world in KYOTO recently learned, the Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies (aka Rocky Shakuhachi Camp), in addition to special concerts by the faculty, has an emphasis on total immersion in playing, learning and experiencing the profound world of the shakuhachi, with Honkyoku, Sankyoku, Folk, Modern Improvisation and more.

The Community 

Previous participants of Rocky Shakuhachi Camp want to share the special experiences and community of shared study, practice and living that this camp creates with new participants from Japan, Europe, Australia, China and around the world. Our venue, Sunrise Ranch, is the ideal place for this. Located in a beautiful mountain valley just west of Loveland, Colorado, it enables all participants to study, dine and live together for the duration of the Camp.


Shakuhachi Camp participation will directly enhance any shakuhachi player's musical life. Participants at camp will study with some of the greatest masters, learning and practicing pieces in preparation for the Student Concert (jump link), and attending lectures and workshops regarding all aspects of shakuhachi theory, history and practice. You are welcome to join in a variety of extracurricular activities, including Sunrise Robuki (jump link), Morning Yoga and Meditation (jump link) and evening socializing, in a full-tiime celebration of this community.

Beginners Welcome!

Beginner students will be provided with their own core curriculum, and all levels—from absolute beginner to advanced—will have the opportunity to study a select number of pieces with great thoroughness and depth.

Special this year, first-time participants get a
on the registration fee! 


All lectures and classes will be conducted bi-lingually in English and Japanese, with Chinese translation when needed.
Rocky Shakuhachi Camp T-shirt   

Commemorate Rocky Shakuhachi Camp Kyoto with an original Rocky Shakuhachi Camp T-shirt.(jump link) 

Photo Credits: Ken'ichi Nagata David Yd Sawyer, David Kansuke Wheeler, Elliot Kallen, Rainier Wheeler


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