Four days of world-class fingerstyle instruction, hands-on workshops and intimate evening concerts in the stunning Tennessee autumn during peak fall colors.


Limited Availability. ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT!

Join artists & learners for a life enriching guitar retreat in the beautiful Tennessee autumn with Fingerstyle masters Don Ross, Ian Ethan Case, Van Larkins & Collin Hill.

Special Guest Artists

Don Ross

International Fingerstyle Champion

Van Larkins

CandyRat Records Artist

Ian Ethan Case

Double Neck Guitar Looping Fingerstyle

Collin Hill

Spotify Fingerstyle Artist

What You'll Learn

Fingerstyle Guitar Skills

Essential fingerstyle skills from basic to advanced will be covered to give you a solid foundation.

Proper Right & Left Hand Position

Gaining Control of Your Hands

Advanced Fingerstyle Techniques

Tapping, Tremolo

Artist Masterclasses

Up close hands on instruction from world-class fingerstyle guitarists. Get answers to your questions from the best.

Advanced Fingerstyle Techniques with Don Ross

Tapping, Looping & Beyond with Ian Ethan Case

Percussive Fingerstyle with Van Larkins

Daily Guitar Workouts with Steve Krenz from Beginner to Advanced

All Skill Levels are Welcome - but a Basic Understanding of Guitar Chords, Skills and General Fingerstyle Technique is Encouraged.

Essential Musicianship

Learning how to think like a fingerstyle guitarist.

Arranging Songs for Solo Guitar

The Gear You Need & The Gear You Don't

Setting Up Your Guitar for Ultimate Playbility

Practice Strategies for Results

Learn. Relax. Play.

"The retreat was a perfect fit for me - it is one of the best experiences I've had in years."

- Dave W., Asheville, North Carolina


Don Ross

In 1988, Don Ross became the first Canadian to win the U.S. National Fingerpick Guitar Championship. He won again in 1996, still the only two-time winner of the competition.

Don was the flagship fingerstyle artist on CandyRat Records and has released numerous projects with them. He tours extensively across Canada, the USA, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Russia and India. He has played with symphony orchestras and collaborated live and on recording with Andy McKee, Dan McCrary, Tony McManus and others.

Don is one of the true "founding fathers" of modern fingerstyle guitar known for his pristine technique and lyrical melodies.

Ian Ethan Case

“One of the most creative and engaging fingerstyle guitarists in the world”

- International Center for Creativity

Double-neck guitarist and CandyRat recording artist Ian Ethan Case's video of his song “Butter II” introduced his music to over 6 million listeners around the world in the course of a month. Hardly an overnight sensation, Ian is a true craftsman and thoughtful composer bringing a fresh sound to the guitar through innovative tapping, use of double-necked guitars, altered tunings and multiple loopers layering a rich kaleidoscope of sound.

Listeners have described his music as a cross between Michael Hedges and Pat Metheny.

It is rare to find an artist truly forging new creative ground on the instrument - Ian is doing just that.

Van Larkins

“Van Larkins’ technique is a fluid motion of beauty in sound.” - Mixdown Magazine

Australian guitarist, Van Larkins, is quickly distinguishing himself as an artist whose command of the instrument combined with musicianship and energy captivates the listener.

Van Larkins plays a modern fusion of traditional styles with a mesmerizing “one man band” percussive approach incorporating bass, rhythm, melody and harmony. Van’s eclectic music has transitioned from Metallica to finger-style acoustic guitar to playing transpositions of 400-year-old harp songs.

A true artist and excellent teacher, Van brings a fresh approachable-ness to those he helps learn fingerstyle.

Collin Hill

Collin Hill is a 21 year old Fingerstyle guitarist based in Nashville TN.

Originally from California, Collin brings great technique to a sense of musicianship. This young artist is finding his voice to the delight of his many fans on YouTube, Instagram and Spotify.

With over a million streams on Spotify and over 14000 Instagram followers, Collin's exciting music is turning heads in the fingerstyle world.

He's also a gifted and conscientious educator with some of the best reviewed classes of any of our events.

Steve Krenz - Conference Host

Nashville guitarist, Steve Krenz has played guitar with numerous Grammy winning artists live and in the studio. He is a sought after guitar educator and speaker. Steve’s top-selling guitar instruction course, Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar received the Acoustic Guitar Magazine Player’s Choice Award for Best Guitar Instructional Material.

Steve has helped countless thousands of guitarists in almost every country in the world learn how to be a better musician through easy to understand, no-nonsense guitar instruction.

Steve is the founder of which serves 15000+ YouTube subscribers with guitar training and live streaming lessons.

“This has to be the highlight of my guitar journey so far. I’ve never played outside of my house. It was a great experience to just be around other guitar players."

Info & Lodging

All Meals & Lodging Included with Registration!


All events, meals, and lodging will be at the beautiful Deer Run Retreat in the Lodge. Directions, photos and more can be found at the link below.



Lodging will be in 8 beautiful lodge-style rooms with a total of 25 beds. There is one room that can accommodate one married couple.

You will be bunking up with new guitar friends in a variety of beds and bunk beds in very comfortable rooms. Each room with private bath and WiFi. Unfortunately, there are no private rooms available. 

If you have a preference on who you would like to room with, just let us know and we'll try to accommodate.


Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks included with registration. Breakfasts are full, hot breakfasts with items such as eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, french toast, coffee, juices. Lunches and dinners may include items such as lasagna, brisket, burgers, BBQ chicken. Delicious desserts to possibly include cheesecake, chocolate cake, fruit.

Gluten free menu options available - just let us know when you register.

Daily Schedule

Thursday Oct 31st

3:00pm Check In / Registration

4:00pm Welcome with Steve Krenz

5:00pm Group Fingerstyle Lesson

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm Student Performances

7:30pm Evening Concert with Collin Hill & Van Larkins

Friday Nov 1st

8:00am Breakfast

9:00am Morning Guitar Workout with Steve Krenz

10:30am Percussive Guitar Master Class with Van Larkins

Noon Lunch

1:00pm Workshops

2:00pm Let's Learn a Tune

3:00pm Tapping, Looping & Beyond with Ian Ethan Case

4:00pm Free Time / Jam Time

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm Student Performances

7:30pm Evening Concert with Ian Ethan Case

Saturday Nov 2nd

8:00am Breakfast

9:00am Morning Guitar Workout with Steve Krenz

10:00am Workshop / Question & Answer Time

Noon Lunch

1:00pm Workshops

2:00pm Let's Learn a Tune

3:00pm Advanced Fingerstyle Masterclass with Don Ross

4:00pm Free Time / Jam Time

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm Student Performances

7:30pm Evening Concert with Don Ross

Sunday Nov 3rd

8:00am Breakfast

8:45am Morning Guitar Workout with Steve Krenz

9:30am Group Lesson

10:30am Pack & Check Out



Registration includes admission to the retreat, all workshops and concerts, 3 nights/4 days beautiful accommodation and all meals.

  • Registration: $1095

Registration does not include:

  • Personal Guitar Setups with Greg Voros. Prices are per instrument. $60/Acoustic $55/Electric (New set of strings included with each setup.)

With limited spaces available for this retreat, spaces are on a first come - first served basis.

Cancellation Policy

All Purchases are Final and Non-Refundable.

However, if cancelled before dates below, funds can be credited to a future Guitar Gathering conference or Fall Fingerstyle Retreat registration.

Before July 1st: Full Credit of Funds to Future Event

Before August 1st: 75% Credit of Funds to Future Event

Before September 1st: 50% Credit of Funds to Future Event

After September 1st: No Credit of Funds to Future Event

Got a Question?

Have a question or concern? Contact us at [email protected] with any questions you might have.


"Everyone felt like family...a wonderful group and setting...presented very well a totally new dimension to fingerstyle guitar...and what it takes to get there. In short everything was an incredible experience."



Come to Learn. Come to Relax.

Imagine sitting steps away from some of the world's greatest fingerstyle guitarists surrounded by big stone fireplaces and autumn colors - a truly unique learning experience.

Space is limited and this event will surely sell out. Reserve your spot today.

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