Expand Your World With Music

At Music World Retreats we partner with world-class musicians and together create small, intimate gatherings where people come together to play music, learn from the best, and enjoy good food and wine - all while in a supportive, non-competitive environment. These retreats are designed to inspire and delight while helping you tap into your creativity. Being guided by, and having the opportunity to interact and receive feedback from some of today’s most recognized performers will definitely expand your musicality, and take your playing to the next level. 

Darol Anger leading a fiddle jam circle.

Darol Anger leading a fiddle jam circle.

Some retreats are 3-day weekend getaways, others are longer events that can be considered a music mini-vacation. All are in beautiful locations. Regardless of the length of your music experience, what we value most is connection. Participants come from all over the world and many leave with long-lasting friendships. Some even invite a partner or family member along for the ride. One thing is for sure, there will be plenty of music-making and many extraordinary moments to remember.

Students practicing with Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg.

Students practicing with Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg.


Sergio Assad reviews a passage with a student.


California Songwriting retreat:

november 1-3, 2019

David Wilcox with special guests Peppino D’Agostino and Annabelle Marie

Benicia, California November 1-3, 2019

David Wilcox, American folk singer and songwriter will join forces with acoustic guitarist, Peppino D’Agostino, and vocal coach Annabelle Marie for a 3-day exploration of songwriting, vocal expression, and accompaniment in Northern California…

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martin taylor

guitar retreat

January 24 - 26, 2020 Benicia, CA.

Martin Taylor, internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist, composer and teacher, and Peppino D’Agostino will combine their formidable guitar skills for a 3-day exploration into improvisation, arranging, and “all things guitar” in Northern California….


Mandolin world retreat:

mike marshall and caterina lichtenberg

MARCH 13 - 15, 2020 BENICIA, CA .

with Special Guest: Sharon Gilchrist

Join two masters of the mandolin as they take you on a tour de force exploring worlds of music and styles. It will be three days of mandolin bliss!!

International Performer, Master Guitarist, and Co-Creator of Music World Retreats.

International Performer, Master Guitarist, and Co-Creator of Music World Retreats.

Whether you are a beginner or advanced musician, proficient at reading music or learn by ear, have formal training or are self-taught, there is something for you at our music retreats. 

Surround yourself with others who share your passion. Get a chance to jam with fellow players, learn from performers you might only know from the stage, and expand your musical horizons. You will improve your skills, expand your community, and immerse yourself in the magic of music. 

We have been hosting fantastic music retreats in locations across the globe. At some events I am an instructor while at others I provide musical support and act as the “MC of Fun.” Check out the schedule to find the retreat that is right for you.

I hope to meet you soon and get to play some music together!

Peppino D’Agostino

Join some of my favorite musicians and myself to study, play, and travel the world. (drawing by Ada D’Amico - mia Mamma)


Our Retreats have been life changing musical experiences for many who have attended. Here’s what a few say about the Retreats or Learning from the Best…

“The teaching was really great and I was so thrilled with the overall atmosphere - the connection of the students and teachers was really special, and I made quite a few new friends. I know from being in the event business for almost 50 years that this unique, magical, environment doesn’t happen by accident and I realize that you all were the secret sauce. Thank you.”

John L., guitarist

“Darol Anger is a genius, both musically and in general. He's a great teacher because he can communicate things in such a way that they at first seem very specific and then turn out to apply to a great many things. He's wonderful at articulating ideas in a way that makes total sense but also becomes more profound the more you think about it. And he's really fun and hilarious to boot! It's not often that you find a teacher who can make you laugh so much while not even straying from the course of study. He's endlessly creative, which makes learning from him feel like a joint exploration.” 

—Brittany H., fiddler


"Peppino D'Agostino has impacted my guitar playing like no one else.  His passion for the guitar is contagious.  The breadth of skills and techniques that he brings to his students seems endless.  And his ability to make the learning experience valuable, rewarding and fun to an entire group of students with mixed backgrounds and skill levels is second to none.  Whether in historic Benicia, California or the Amalfi coast in Italy, every retreat with Peppino strengthens my playing in ways I couldn't have imagined.  Peppino's influence has enabled my guitar to bring me "Close to Heaven."  Grazie!"

—Miles B., guitarist


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Learn From The Best

Mandolin World Retreats with Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg

Mandolin World Retreats with Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg

Songwriting with David Wilcox

Songwriting with David Wilcox

Darol Anger’s California Fiddle Intensive

Darol Anger’s California Fiddle Intensive

Composition and Classical Guitar with Sergio Assad

Composition and Classical Guitar with Sergio Assad

Funky Fingerstyle Guitar with Adam Rafferty

Funky Fingerstyle Guitar with Adam Rafferty

Martin Taylor Guitar Retreats: California (in conjunction with P3 Music)

Martin Taylor Guitar Retreats: California (in conjunction with P3 Music)



are hosted by Peppino D'Agostino and Donna Wapner. Our goal is to partner with some of our favorite musicians and together create supportive, learning experiences. We pick locations that will encourage the exploration of one’s creativity and musicianship. When participants walk away having learned something new, made new friends, are content and inspired, can’t wait to join us again and had fun too - we know we have done our job. Thank you to all who have supported these efforts through the years.

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.
— Plato