Join exceptional artists and learners from around the country on a life enriching Fingerstyle guitar retreat in the beautiful Tennessee autumn with legendary guitarists Phil Keaggy,

Trevor Gordon Hall and John Knowles.

2018 Fall Fingerstyle Retreat is SOLD OUT!

(The two remaining slots have been filled.)

But next year's 2019 Fall Fingerstyle Retreat is Thursday October 31st - Sunday Nov 3rd, 2019!

*Limited Availability to Only 20 Participants

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

Special Guests

Phil Keaggy

Legendary Fingerstyle Guitarist

Trevor Gordon Hall

CandyRat Records Artist

Steve Krenz

Founder of Guitar Gathering

John Knowles

Certified Guitar Player C.G.P.

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.

Breaking Fingerstyle Boundaries with Trevor Gordon Hall

Creating Memorable Fingerstyle Arrangements with John Knowles

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

"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


Phil Keaggy

Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy's mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. And in between are those who don't play guitar, yet find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies.

For three years in a row, Phil was voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers.

Trevor Gordon Hall

Rated one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Trevor is an instrumentalist from Philadelphia USA whose style ranges from edgy driving rhythms to delicate melodic themes.

Trevor Gordon Hall is a powerful emerging voice, albeit without words to his music, showing that combining honest heart felt compositions with precise technical virtuosity do not sideline an artist in today’s world but can launch a wider reach than ever before.

"Beautiful work! It is so refreshing to hear a player take a whole new approach to the instrument..."

- John Mayer

John Knowles

John Knowles has worked with the finest fingerstyle and classical guitarists including Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Lenny Breau and the Romero Family. His music has been recorded by Chet, Jerry, the Romero Family and James Galway.

Guitarists around the world subscribe to and learn from his FingerStyle Quarterly. John's work has won a Grammy and two Emmy nominations. In 1996, Chet Atkins awarded John the first Honorary CGP (Certified Guitar Player) degree and in 2004, John was inducted into the National Thumb Picker's Hall of Fame for the second time.

Steve Krenz - Conference Host

Steve 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 outstanding guitar instructional material.

Steve is the founder of which serves 11000+ 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."

  • One of Last Years Attendees

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 rooms with a total of 25 beds. There is one room that can accommodate one married couple.

No private rooms available. 

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

Rooms and room mates will be assigned when you register. (If you have a preference on who you would like to room, just let us know and we'll try to accommodate that after you register.)


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.



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

  • Early Bird Tickets: $949
  • Standard Admission: $1049 (After October 1st)

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

Before July 1st: Full Refund

Before August 1st: 75% Refund

Before September 1st: 50% Refund

After September 1st: No Refund

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."

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