Players of all levels and styles are welcome at the Global Guitar Retreat in sunny California, USA. Whether you’ve been playing for years, or you just know a couple of chords, you'll be able to immerse yourself in learning guitar at this three day guitar retreat with two of the world's leading acoustic guitarists;
Adam Rafferty and Peppino D'Agostino.
From fingerstyle to groove playing to arranging and more, Adam and Peppino will give you insight into the techniques, styles, and tips to inspire and improve your playing. The retreat is designed to gather guitarists of all levels from around the globe with a common goal - learning, playing, eating and sleeping music.
This is the second time a Global Guitar Retreat has been held in California. Don’t miss this chance to spend a week-end in the Golden State of California, home of some of the world's best music. What could be better than a musical holiday where you really learn something and have a great time with like-minded people?
The Global Guitar Retreat will take place in Benicia in Northern California, just outside San Francisco on the August 17, 18 and 19, 2018.
During the day you'll learn directly with Adam and Peppino and every evening you can sit back with a Californian wine or local handcrafted beer and take part in intimate, once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions. Just bring your guitar, get ready to learn, jam, make friends and have fun!
D'Agostino, a native of Italy, has been hailed as “a guitarist's guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine as well as “a giant of the acoustic guitar” (San Diego Reader), and holds many top guitar awards - even his Peppino D'Agostino Seagull Signature Guitar model was ranked in June 2014 as one of the 10 best signature guitars by Guitar Player Magazine.
D’Agostino has performed in more than 31 countries; been featured at prestigious international music festivals, and frequently plays with prominent artists around the world, including Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, and Eric Johnson. His 18 recordings include releases on Favored Nations, Mesa/Bluemoon, Acoustic Music Records, and other labels.
When not performing D’Agostino also enjoys teaching. He has made various teaching videos, has individual students, and through the years has been a guest instructor at various guitar programs such as Creative Vacances in La Moreau, France, Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, Swannanoa Gathering, and Guitar Workshop Plus. Truefire, an online instruction company, has released two courses in which D’Agostino explains his influential guitar techniques and approach to composition. One thing is true – Peppino is always thinking guitar.
Friday 17th August 2018
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Students Arrive
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Opening Session: Welcome & Introductions
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Workshop 1: Arranging - Tricks of the Trade
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Workshop 2: Grooves, Scales and Patterns
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Faculty Concert/Open Mic
Saturday 18th August 2018
9:30 am – 10:30 am Workshop 3: The Science of the Groove
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Workshop 4: Masterclass
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:45 pm Workshop 5: Essentials of Harmony
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Coffee Break
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Workshop 6: Building your own Guitar Arrangements
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Open Mic
Sunday 19th August 2018
9:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop 7: Masterclass Continued
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop 8: Creating a Bass Line
3:30pm - 4:30 pm Workshop 9: Elements of Improvisation
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Wrap Up/Review/Q&A
Q. When does the retreat take place?
A. The retreat classes run from the Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.
Q. Where does the retreat take place?
A. The retreat classes will take place at Upstairs at First Street Cafe in downtown Benicia or The Guard House, a nearby venue. Upon registration you will receive a Fact Sheet with location information. Six weeks before the retreat you will receive the final retreat schedule.
Q. What is the cost?
A. The cost per participant is $1399 and $199 for non-participating partners.
Q. Can my partner attend even though they won't participate in the classes.
Absolutely, non-participating partners are very welcome and the price per non-participating partner is $199. Partners may also sit in on a workshop session or two as long as there is adequate space in the room. Here is the link to register your partner.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. You can receive a full refund minus any credit card fees within the first 30 days of booking. Please consider getting travel insurance to cover unexpected occurrences.
Q. What about accommodation?
A. Accommodations are not included in the price of your retreat ticket. Upon registration you will receive a Fact Sheet with links to nearby accommodation options. These include the Shorelight Inn , Inn at Benicia Bay, Union Hotel, Holiday Inn Express (all in the center of the small downtown area of Benicia and a five minute walk from each other) and the Heritage Inn which are about a mile away. You can also consider using AirBnB. Call the hotels or make your reservations online for accommodations as soon as possible - there is limited availability at each location. It is your responsibility to make and attend to your lodging reservation.
Q. Who can I contact if I have other questions related to the retreat?
A. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Can you accommodate those with dietary issues?
A. We are happy to cater for people with diet issues. Vegetarian, vegans and basic diet requirements are included in the price - just let us know at email@example.com
Q. Are the retreat venues suitable for those with mobility issues?
A. We are not able to accommodate anyone with severe mobility problems. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your particular needs.
Q. How do I get there?
A. You can travel to Benicia either by air or road.
By air: Benicia is usually 45minutes from Oakland International Airport and an hour from San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
Public transportation to Benicia from the airports include: BART (to Pleasant Hill) - www.bart.gov - and Evans Airporter to Vallejo - www.evanstransportation.com. From BART taxi or Rideshare to Benicia.