Dean’s Beans Fund Scholarships

Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company, a Massachusetts purveyor of fair-trade organic coffee from around the world, has created a scholarship fund to support the Arabic Music Retreat. The fund is focused on bringing talented young musicians from Palestine to the Retreat.

President and CEO Dean Cycon is a close friend of the Arabic Music Retreat.

“I created the scholarship because I believe in the power of music to bridge cultures and effect change,” Cycon says. “I want to make the incredible Retreat experience available to young musicians from Palestine who might not otherwise be able to attend.”

The mission of Dean’s Beans is to use high quality specialty coffee as a vehicle for progressive change throughout the coffeelands of Asia, Africa and the Americas. They do this through activism, ecological responsibility and innovative direct development programs with cooperative partners.  If you are interested in learning more about their project, visit

We are grateful for this generous donation, and look forward to welcoming the Dean’s Beans Scholarship students to the Retreat in August.