Special Guest Artists

Richard Smith

National Fingerpicking Champion

Sean McGowan

Fingerstyle Jazz Virtuoso

Gareth Pearson

International 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 Gareth Pearson

Solo Fingerstyle Jazz with Sean McGowan

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


Richard Smith

“The most amazing guy I know on the guitar. He can play anything I know, only better.” - Chet Atkins, CGP


National Fingerpicking Champion, Richard Smith is constantly touring with a repertoire of fingerpicking classics, originals, fiddle tunes, blues,  Joplin rags, jazz standards, classical repertoire and everything from pop to Sousa marches. Richard has performed or recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Tommy Emmanuel, Suzy Bogguss, Steve Wariner, Earl Klugh, Martin Taylor, Joscho Stephan, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, John Schneider, Lee Roy Parnell, Brent Mason, and a host of others. 

Sean McGowan

...His sense of harmony and amazing technique are world class – he is an inspiration to any serious guitarist. - Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

Sean McGowan is a fingerstyle jazz guitarist who combines many diverse musical influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of textures within arrangements for solo guitar. His first recording "River Coffee" won Best Independent Release of the Year Award from Acoustic Guitar Magazine. His project, "Sphere" was named one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s “Essential Albums of 2011”, and Sean has been featured on the cover of Fingerstyle 360 Magazine.

Gareth Pearson

"Gareth is fast becoming one of the worlds most renowned instrumental guitarists"  - BBC Radio

Gareth Pearson, aka “The Welsh Tornado” is appropriately named, seeing he combines fingerstyle pyrotechnics, with explosive lead runs making Pearson one of the most exciting acoustic musicians gigging today.

Gareth's distinctive style can be heard, sharing the stage with Tommy Emmanuel and Andy McKee with his creative and innovative arrangements covering a wide spectrum of genres, including country, folk, classical, pop, and Jazz along with his own beautiful original compositions.

Steve Krenz - Conference Host

Nashville guitarist, Steve Krenz has played guitar with numerous Grammy winning artists live and in the studio. A sought after guitar educator and speaker, Steve’s top-selling guitar instruction course, Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar won 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 GuitarGathering.com which serves 28000+ YouTube subscribers and over 4 million views with guitar training and live streaming lessons.

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 are two rooms that can accommodate a 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.

If you would prefer lodging off-site, our retreat hotel partner is the Holiday Inn Express - Spring Hill.  A short 10 minute drive from the retreat.  You are responsible for acquiring your own reservation.  

There is no discount if you choose to room off-site.  


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 October 26th

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 Walter Rodriquez Jr.

Friday October 27th

8:00am Breakfast

9:00am Morning Guitar Workout with Steve Krenz

10:30am Walter Rodriguez Jr Guitar Masterclass

Noon Lunch

1:00pm Workshops

2:00pm Let's Learn a Tune

3:00pm Guest Artist Masterclass

4:00pm Free Time / Jam Time

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm Student Performances

7:30pm Evening Concert with Thomas Leeb

Saturday October 28th

8:00am Breakfast

9:00am Morning Guitar Workout with Steve Krenz

10:00am Guitar Masterclass with Thomas Leeb

Noon Lunch

1:00pm Workshops

2:00pm Let's Learn a Tune

3:00pm Guest Artist Masterclass

4:00pm Free Time / Jam Time

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm Student Performances

7:30pm Evening Concert 

Sunday Oct 30th

8:00am Breakfast

9:00am Guitar Masterclass

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. 

“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."

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