Our ranch is located 10 minutes north of Auburn CA, off Highway 49 in
Nevada County, nestled in the foothills of the California Gold
Country. This tranquil haven on 7 acres with green pastures and shady oaks, is our place to enjoy and share.
On our ranch (Loping Horse Ranch), we raise chickens for their awesome
for their beautiful fiber and we enjoy promoting
the beautiful music of the
Loping Wolf Flute & Drum Circle: Our musical journey is
primarily the healing music of the Native American Flute (NAF)!
We began our flute journey in 2005 at Lake of the Pines. When
Dan and I saw this ranch in early 2007, we knew it was a sacred place
for this wonderful musical journey
to flourish in.
We have hosted the
Youngblood Retreats here from May to October
on the first Saturday of each month since 2008. We have
experienced so much growth as a group in listening to each other so
we can ALL contribute to playing beautiful music!
Use the links below to experience the joy of a collaborative group
opportunity of these retreats to learn from Two-Time Grammy
winner, Mary Youngblood! Those interested in joining the
Retreats or learning to play
this wonderful instrument can contact Dan at
Video's by Mike Ely
- Photo Link: Ranch Picture's:
Wolf Events Calendar
View our interactive calendar.
Sign up on our
Loping Wolf Shutterfly site to be notified of our
events, add flute events, view our event pictures or read
- Lopus One CD: Available for $15.00 at
- Music Galore:
See "ClintGoss.com" for NAF
Music Tabulature and more"
Flute ~n~ Drum Circle:
My name is Dan, and I am a “flute-a-holic.” I am
writing these thoughts as a hopeless Fluter, attempting to share as
much information with you as I am able. So, as Sue and Ely say, “get
your ‘A’ up there” (your ‘A’ minor flute), grab on and hold tight,
because the “Journey” will be the BEST one you will not forget. If you would like the LOPING WOLF Gazette newsletter, email Dan at
firstname.lastname@example.org It is filled with
the flute community events and news!
Mary Youngblood Musical Retreat:
May through October:
Loping Wolf Flute Members and Guests! Refresh your spirit! Retreat
for a day at these special musical NAF retreats with Mary Youngblood.
This one day retreat on the first Saturday of each month from
May through October includes a potluck by all attendee's from Noon
to 1:30 and a Mary Youngblood NAF Workshop for $45.00. Share Native American Flute (NAF) techniques,
attend workshops or participate in open mic session's to practice
what you've learned or just jam. Check out some of the
For information, directions and to make your reservation(s) prior to
each retreat, call Dan at 530-613-4197or email him
Click here for more
Retreat Schedule (Subject to change)...
- 12:00 PM: Potluck Lunch
- 1:30 PM: ANNOUNCEMENTS & BASKET CEREMONY
- 2:00 PM: Musical Presentation
- 2:30 to 4:00 PM: M.Y. Workshop
- 2:30 to 4:00 PM: Open Mic
- 4:00 to 5:00 PM: Music Jam
Mary's Native American Flute workshop is $45.00 per person.
Bring your "A" Flute for the class!
The Huacaya [wah-KAI-ah] has
waviness or "crimp" which makes the fiber stand out about the animal
like a teddy bear. These are the type of alpaca's on our
ranch. They are shy, intelligent creatures and a delight to
have on the ranch. Alpaca's are gentle on the land and are our
fiber herd. Also see "Suri's".
See our Ranch
Here are some interesting Alpaca YouTube links:
Alpaca History: Click on this link for
history of alpaca's and the Peru Project!
Secrets of the Alpaca Mummies (pdf)
Fiber Art: People who work
with natural fibers are discovering the virtues of alpaca for
creating a wide range of products. Some purchase fiber,
or yarn from alpaca owners. We enjoy these gentle creatures
and are working on developing private workshops to teach fiber
processing to spin into yarn for weaving,
knitting and crocheting.
Workshops: A variety of workshops are
available upon request
Private Art Theory and Sketching Workshops: Dan DiCicco
Learn to play the Native American Flute:
Alpaca Fiber Workshops:
If you are interested in a workshop, email Dan at