Symposium XX Postponed Until Further Notice

While we were looking forward to hosting our friends for the XX Classical Series this coming weekend, due to COVID-19 safety concerns we have decided to postpone until further notice. Our thoughts are with each and every one of you, near and far, and we hope that you are safe and healthy in this most unprecedented of times. 

However; we are pleased to still offer our full range of books and videos as seen on the website, including reprints of Alchemy of Lightness!  Continue your Classical Education from the safety and comfort of your own home, let the Mestre come to you. As a special offering, any purchase over $95 will receive a free Barbier Training Manual, and any purchase over $175 will receive a free Symposium DVD!

The Classical Series – Symposium XX in March 2020

Make your plans for the spring, and join us in beautiful Dry Creek Valley for the 20th Classical Series, hosted by Dominique and Debra Barbier.

Symposiums are designed for auditors’ learning benefit, with the addition of twice daily lectures delivered by the Mestre himself. This is a fantastic introduction to the principles of French Classical Training, with the opportunity to have questions answered by Dominique personally.

If high hotel prices have you hesitating to book your trip, get in contact with Debra and she will help you find more economical options. Send your inquiries to barbierfarm@aol.com.

Space is limited, do not delay! We look forward to seeing you.

Fadista Marylou Lawrence to join us for An Evening in Portugal!

Fadista Marylou Lawrence to join us for An Evening in Portugal!

Photo courtesy of Marylou Lawrence

As per tradition, this coming week we will host our Saturday evening Symposium champagne reception, rider exhibition, and dinner in the barn catered by Dancing Horse Events! Saturday, March 23, Marylou Lawrence will join us for a live fado performance.

Marylou was born in Manteca California, the daughter of immigrant parents from Terceira Azores. After seven years of living in the states, her parents started their own dairy farm, keeping their culture alive through Marylou by speaking Portuguese and listening to Portuguese music, as was common among the Luso-American kids of her generation.

While she always had an interest in music, her true love for fado came through records of Amalia Rodrigues and other famous fadistas played by her mother throughout her childhood and she enrolled in choir at the age of 12. As she sang for various city and social events throughout junior high and high school, her passion for singing fado never left her mind.

Her dreams of singing were placed on hold after her marriage at the age of 18 and subsequently raising a family. With encouragement from her husband, Steve Lawrence, she decided to begin singing again at the age of 45 and has since been invited to sing in several fado events among well-known fadistas such as David S. Garcia, Zelia Freitas, Isalino Santos, and most well known Sara Pacheco.

Whether you are a devoted fado fanatic, or have never heard of the genre, we are all in for a treat.

Photo courtesy of David Grulke

Exquisite Lusitanos, fine food and wine, live entertainment, and good company…Needless to say, it is a night to be remembered.  Whisk yourself away to the best Portugal has to offer…right in our backyard!

Join us! And claim your seat at the table here. 

 

 

March 22 – 24, 2019

March 22 – 24, 2019

THE NEXT SYMPOSIUM will be MARCH 22, 23, & 24!  Make plans to join us as we continue to create and expand the teachings of compassionate, sustainable, honorable and enlightened training practices. Our 18th Symposium in October was another marvelous success….come join the fun! More information to come, including topics for discussion during the lectures. But make your plans now to join us! Don’t forget, on Saturday night there will be our famous champagne reception followed by dinner in the barn with entertainment… weather permitting… catered memorably by Dancing Horse Events with Tianna Barbier! Call DRY CREEK INN for a great rate for Barbier Farm. Our room block sells out quickly, be sure to call as soon as possible. 707-433-0300.