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23081
California

Bridge at Hidden Valley

Learn to evaluate your hand properly, master bidding conventions and acquire new techniques from experts as you immerse yourself in bridge at Hidden Valley Institute.
Rating (4.5)
Program No. 23081RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,149
California

Bridge at Hidden Valley

Learn to evaluate your hand properly, master bidding conventions and acquire new techniques from experts as you immerse yourself in bridge at Hidden Valley Institute.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,149
Length
6 days
Rating (4.5)
Starts at
1,149
Program No. 23081RJ

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DATES & PRICES

On Campus Private Bath On Campus Upgraded
Accommodation Details

Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a private bathroom.

Accommodation Details

Upgraded on-campus faculty housing. Accommodations are newly constructed and feature a large room, queen beds and a private bath.

Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,149
On Campus Upgraded 1,449
Itinerary Note

This program date is for ADVANCED bridge players who are ready to explore in-depth concepts at a higher level. We will hone in on the fine points and advanced techniques like endplays and slam bidding.

Jan 29 - Feb 3, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,499
Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,499
Aug 27 - Sep 1, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,499
Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,499
Itinerary Note

This program date is for ADVANCED bridge players who are ready to explore in-depth concepts at a higher level. We will hone in on the fine points and advanced techniques like endplays and slam bidding.

Nov 12 - Nov 17, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,499

DATES & PRICES

On Campus Private Bath On Campus Upgraded
Accommodation Details

Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a private bathroom.

Accommodation Details

Upgraded on-campus faculty housing. Accommodations are newly constructed and feature a large room, queen beds and a private bath.

Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,449
On Campus Upgraded 1,749
Itinerary Note

This program date is for ADVANCED bridge players who are ready to explore in-depth concepts at a higher level. We will hone in on the fine points and advanced techniques like endplays and slam bidding.

Jan 29 - Feb 3, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,799
Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,799
Aug 27 - Sep 1, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,799
Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,799
Itinerary Note

This program date is for ADVANCED bridge players who are ready to explore in-depth concepts at a higher level. We will hone in on the fine points and advanced techniques like endplays and slam bidding.

Nov 12 - Nov 17, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,799

At a Glance

Elevate your bridge game with expert instruction at the serene Hidden Valley Institute on the central California coast. Immerse yourself in the world of bridge each day, learning techniques and strategies in sessions with a master instructor followed by supervised play reflecting the skills learned in class, complete with scoring and discussion and relaxed play in the evening. The combination of bridge lessons and practice gives you the discipline to play your hands properly and communicate with your partner at a higher level. Between bridge sessions, discover the fascinating Monterey region with a free afternoon and presentations from local experts. By week’s end, be amazed at how much fun you had while your skills improved.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking along flat terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Become a better bridge player by immersing yourself completely in the game, surrounded by fellow enthusiasts.
  • Enjoy the nature and beauty of sunny, oak-studded Carmel Valley with classes and lodgings at Hidden Valley Institute.
  • Master bidding conventions like Stayman, Jacoby Transfers and Takeout Doubles. Perfect play-of-the-hand techniques and acquire lethal defensive methods like leads and second- and third-hand plays.

General Notes

This program is designed for intermediate players who have mastered basic bridge concepts and scoring and are excited to move to the next level. Appropriate for social, party and tournament players. The October program dates are for advanced students. The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
Featured Expert
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Frank Smoot
Frank Smoot is a popular teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area, with over 30 years experience teaching bridge to all levels. His wonderful sense of humor and common-sense style keeps his students coming back again and again. Frank was raised in New England and has degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and Santa Clara University. Frank worked in Silicon Valley for many decades, starting when it produced silicon chips next to fruit orchards. When he is not enjoying bridge, he likes to be outdoors.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Rick Yramategui first performed a Joplin rag at Shakey's Pizza Parlor in Los Alamitos, California while in high school in the 70s. He received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Whitworth College. He serves as pastor of Carmel Valley Community Chapel, performs with the Carmel Piano Trio, and was the pianist for a revival of George Gershwin's musical, “Oh, Kay!” He is passionate about the connection between music and spirituality.
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Gael Gallagher has a passion for the Monterey Bay area and pursues ongoing coursework in local history, ecology, architecture, and the natural sciences. Gael serves as a docent a the Point Lobos State Reserve and is a guide/trainer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She is also docent at the National Steinbeck Center and is an instructor for the National Wildlife Federation's Conservation Summit.
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Frank Smoot View biography
Frank Smoot is a popular teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area, with over 30 years experience teaching bridge to all levels. His wonderful sense of humor and common-sense style keeps his students coming back again and again. Frank was raised in New England and has degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and Santa Clara University. Frank worked in Silicon Valley for many decades, starting when it produced silicon chips next to fruit orchards. When he is not enjoying bridge, he likes to be outdoors.
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Deanna Ross View biography
Deanna Ross is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Born in California, she began her studies at age seven at the Redwood Empire Ballet in Santa Rosa, then spent 12 years at the San Francisco, Pennsylvania, and Milwaukee Ballet Schools, the HARID Conservatory, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Deanna lives in Monterey, Ca., where she has choreographed numerous works, and has served as Bay Area guest artist. She also teaches ballet, modern dance, dance improvisation, E-STRETCH, slow breathing and stretching.
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Matthew Shea’s roots in the Carmel Valley go back two generations. The son of a master gardener, Matthew grew up with an inherent understanding of the valley, its horticulture, and ecology. After graduating from Oregon State University and successfully managing 1000’s of acres of vineyards in Oregon, he returned to focus on the Estate Vineyards of Bernardus Winery in Carmel Valley. Using his background in organic, sustainable agriculture, Matt has brought a balance to the vineyard through increasing diversity, composting, and water and soil management.
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Peter Meckel View biography
Peter Meckel is the founder and General Director of Hidden Valley Music Seminars. Born and raised in the Midwest, he attended university at Rockford University in Illinois, and Occidental College in California. His leadership of Hidden Valley has resulted in one of the most respected opera training centers in America and a major contributor of arts education programs for vocalists, instrumentalists, and dancers. Students from throughout the world come to study with master teachers from many of America’s most prestigious orchestras and opera companies.
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