Retreat 2013

JULY 16-18th 2013 (Tuesday-Thursday)
AUGUST 6-8th (Tuesday-Thursday)
AUGUST 9-11th (Friday-Sunday)
  • Why a Guitar Retreat?

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    I have been holding workshops for many years now. Teaching one on one or in group, the most memorable and rewarding was my 8 year stint at the Blues Week programme through the European Blues Association in UK. I taught slide beginner classes within acoustic blues and that was tremendous fun. I’ve learned just as much as my students I guess.

    But the Retreat? Isn’t a retreat something spiritual..?
    If a traditional workshop is a process of teaching by showing and then practicing until it’s perfected, a retreat is more than that, I believe. Come and relax as well, enjoy the nature, take the time only for yourself, besides getting a best possible workshop...

  • Retreat - what are we going to do?

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    During the retreat we live, play and eat together for three days, please understand that none of the scheduled content is obligatory, it's all up to you if you wish to participate or not.

    The main subject is going to be acoustic guitar playing within many styles, touching the techiques, tunings and all other aspects of playing. I will however not cover classical guitar, just to make it clear...

    At the same time, I do hope that an accomplished classical player can only gain from a gathering like this, so do feel welcome if you’re one of them.

    The retreat will contain individual and group teaching, gatherings, jams, guitar talks, we’ll be discussing the life wisdom and simply enjoy each other’s company.

    There will be time for practicing or just relaxing, reflection, recovering, it’s all up to you.

    I have limited the number of participants to 12 per group just to be able to provide a highest possible quality of this gathering.
    But I do offer several dates and I'll be happy to accommodate everybody interested.

  • Who is the Retreat for?

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    Guitar players of all levels (even beginners with only the basic chord knowledge)
    Guitar players within various music styles
    Musicians with another main instrument but playing the guitar as well
    Music lovers interested in all aspects of an acoustic guitar

    You don't need to be able to read music or guitar tablature, lot of teaching is done by making video recordings of the tuition both prior to, during and after the retreat. The latter is a special bonus.
  • What Are You Getting?

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    • 12 one hour slots of varied content whereas 6 hours are traditional workshop worth ca €450
    • You will learn new licks, new songs, you’ll be trying new playing techniques and improving the ones you already have, we’ll be working with open tunings etc.
    • NEW STUFF! “Student’s Request Song” is my invention folks, you send me a song prior to the retreat and I’ll prepare a traditional lesson and a video you can take with you. All this before you’ve even set your foot at the campus
    • I will pass my knowledge of doing a professional guitar setup regarding the guitar physics, choice of strings and the action for you best playing comfort, and I’ll also advise you how to take care of your precious instrument.
    • We’ll be talking acoustic guitar pickups of all kinds, I’ll be demonstrating various products - from under-saddle and magnetic pickups and microphones to several hybrid systems, I’ll be talking about and showing PA systems and amps for acoustic guitars as well as many useful accessories.
    • I will talk about playing live, choosing the right song for the occasion and audience, dynamics of playing and many other aspects of being out there in the spotlight
    • You get to spend some quality time with yourself or with other participants, get some insight about your playing
    • Detach from the outside world for a couple of days, the Island of Ven is a fantastic place...
    • Please don't forget that you, as a participant, can initiate new content at the spot and we'll find the time to address it as well.
  • Retreat pricing deals

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    SEK 3.495:- incl. VAT (€377) for the retreat during weekdays
    SEK 3.995:- incl. VAT (€430) for the weekend options
    We are staying in wonderful bungalows for 4 persons in each (two 2-bed rooms).
    Please notice that the accommodation, breakfast and lunch for two days are included in the price.

    If you don't want to share the bungalow, there is an option of hiring the whole bungalow for yourself at an additional cost. Please contact me for more information.

    If you’d wish to take a guest with you who is not a participant, it is possible towards an additional fee that will cover only the stay and same deal about the meals etc. Please feel free to contact me in this matter as well.

  • Retreat Schedule - hour for hour

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    The reminder - dates for the Retreat 2013:
    JULY 16-18th 2013 (Tuesday-Thursday)
    AUGUST 6-8th (Tuesday-Thursday)
    AUGUST 9-11th (Friday-Sunday)
    Each of the dates above represents the three day-retreats with the following schedule:

    Day 1

    We start with a relaxed participants drop in between 12:00-15:00. Check in, mingle & get to know each other, relax, warm up, take a quick swim in the sea….

    15:00 - 18:00 Workshop, getting to know each other musically and hearing your wishes and expectations from the Retreat. We take breaks after 45 minutes sessions, for reflexion and rest.
    18:00 - 19:00 Open hour (well, do what you want or grab me for some additional guitar instruction)
    19:00 - 20:30 Evening meal & gathering
    21:00 - 22:00 An intimate concert with Homesick Mac, only for the Retreat participants.
    22:00 - ..? Evening gathering at one of the houses and possible jam session if the feeling is right, or simply a good night, it's all up to you.

    Day 2
    08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast (included in the Retreat fee)
    09:30 - 12:00 Workshops/tuition/playing in groups etc etc.
    12:00 - 13:30 Lunch break (the lunch is included in the Retreat fee)
    13:30 - 15:00 Open hours (resting or grabbing me for additional guitar instruction)
    15:00 - 18:00 Workshops/tuition/playing in groups etc etc.
    18:00 - 20:00 Evening meal, we all pay for our dinner, we eat either at the place we're staying or at the restaurants nearby. We eat together or as you wish.
    20:00 - 22:00 Open hours, gathering in the teaching room or in smaller groups in the bungalows, as you wish, I'm available for additional tuition of all kinds.
    22:00 - …? Possible jam sessions

    Day 3
    08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast (included in the Retreat fee)
    09:30 - 12:00 Workshops/tuition/playing in groups etc etc.
    12:00 - 13:30 Lunch break (the lunch is included in the Retreat fee)
    13:30 - 15:00 Workshops and rounding up the Retreat tuition
    15:00 The Retreat ends officially, I thank you all for your participation
    15:00 - 18:00 I'm available for any additional guitar tuition and coaching
    18:00 Mac is goin' home :-)