Players of all levels and styles are welcome at The Global Mandolin Retreat in sunny California, USA. Whether you’ve been playing for years, or you just know a couple of tunes, you'll be able to immerse yourself in learning mandolin at this three day mandolin retreat with two of the world's leading mandolinists;
Mike Marshall, Caterina Lichtenberg and Special Guests!
From bluegrass to jazz to classical and more, Mike and Caterina will give you insight into the techniques, styles, and tips to inspire and improve your playing. The retreat is designed to gather mandolinists of all levels from around the globe with a common goal - learning, playing, eating and sleeping music.
This is the third time The Global Mandolin Retreat has been held in the USA. 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 Mandolin Retreat will take place in Benicia in Northern California, just outside San Francisco on March 9th, 10th and 11th, 2018.
During the day you'll learn directly with Mike and Caterina and every evening you can sit back with a California wine or local handcrafted beer and take part in intimate, once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions. Just bring your mandolin, get ready to learn, jam, make friends and have fun!
Whether performing new acoustic music with Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck or Chris Thile, Brazilian choro music with Hamilton de Holanda or Baroque classical music with his partner, German mandolin virtuoso Caterina Lichtenberg, Mike is able to swing gracefully between all of those musical worlds with a unique blend of virtuosity and musical integrity that is rare in todays cross-cultural musical world.
As a mandolin educator Mike has become committed to passing on his knowledge through a variety of channels. In 2004 he founded the Mandolin Symposium at the Univ of CA in Santa Cruz with partner David Grisman. In 2012 his long time dream of a seminar for the brightest young virtuosos of today was realized when he founded the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival.
Mike now also heads The Mike Marshall School of Mandolin through the ArtistWorks educational company where he is teaching hundreds of mandolinists from around the world.
He has also published over 6 books on mandolin technique and has several video instruction DVDs out on the Homespun label.
Friday 9th March 2018
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Students Arrive
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Opening Session: Welcome & Introductions
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Workshop I
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm Evening Jams
Saturday 10th March 2018
9:30 am – 10:30 am Workshop II
11:00 am - 12:15 pm Workshop III
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Workshop IV
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Coffee Break
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Workshop V
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm Evening Jams
Sunday 11th March 2018
9:30 am – 10:30 am Workshop VI
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Workshop VII
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop VIII
3:15pm - 4:00 pm Rehearsal
4:30 pm - 5:30 Student/Instructor Performance
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Farewell Reception
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 $150 for non-participating partners.
Q. Can my partner attend even though they won't participate in the classes.
A. Absolutely, non-participating partners are very welcome and the price per non-participating partner is $150 which can be purchased at the link below. Partners may also sit in on a workshop session or two as long as there is adequate space in the room. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE PARTNER PACKAGE.
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 hotels/inns. These include the Shorelight Inn , Inn at Benicia Bay, Union Hotel (all in the center of the small downtown area of Benicia and a five minute walk from each other) and the Heritage Inn which is about a mile away. Call or go online to make your reservations 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. If you speak to the caretaker/front desk person, they will let you know if there is a discount because you are attending the Global Mandolin Retreats. You can also check out AirBnB.
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.