Expand Your World with Music and Learn from the Best

Adam Rafferty and Peppino D’Agostino

August 23 - 25, 2019

Benicia California

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Join us for three days of guitar playing, learning, jamming and hanging out with two of the greatest guitarists of our time, Adam Rafferty and Peppino D’Agostino. No matter your skill level, you’ll find that the California Guitar Retreat is a rewarding and highly educational experience.

We will touch on many styles of guitar playing from fingerstyle to groove playing to arranging and more. Adam and Peppino will give you insight into a variety of techniques, styles, and their personal favorite tips that are guaranteed to inspire and improve your playing.  This retreat is a full-on guitar intensive experience that also doubles as a fun-filled week-end getaway.

Not only will you get a chance to learn from these guitar masters, but there will be plenty of time for actual playing with the other students, practicing new arrangements, and even joining Adam or Peppino for a tune at the evening jams or the final student performance.

Part of the magic and joy of these week-ends is that they are relaxed, intimate gatherings with others who love the guitar and who come together to meet new musical friends, enjoy good food and wine, make music – and just have a GREAT TIME!



Peppino D'Agostino, , a native of Italy, has been hailed as “a guitarist's guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine, consistently named “One of the 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists” by Digital Dream Door, and recently recognized as “One of the 50 Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists” by Guitar Player Magazine. Even his Peppino D'Agostino Seagull Signature Guitar model has won accolades as one of the 10 best signature guitars by Guitar Player Magazine.

He has performed in more than 31 countries, recorded 18 albums, been featured at prestigious international music festivals, and played with prominent artists from around the world - including Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, and Eric Johnson to name a few.

When not performing, Peppino also enjoys teaching. Truefire released two of his online courses, he’s made other teaching videos, coaches individual students when time permits, and has done master classes at university and conservatory programs around the globe.

Now, as the founder of Music World Retreats, he is creating his own brand of supportive, music learning experiences with the musician’s he respects and admires the most. One thing is true – Peppino D’Agostino is always thinking about how to share his love of music and the guitar with the world.



Adam Rafferty was playing guitar by the age of six and studying with Woody Mann who introduced him to country and blues music. He went on to study classical guitar in college and then expanded his focus to jazz and improvisation. He has a long history of performing throughout the U.S. and Europe, playing in many musical configurations and covering many genre’s of music - R&B, jazz, hip hop, and funk.

Adam became enamored with solo fingerstyle guitar more than a decade ago and has never looked back. He brings to his solo guitar playing a "funky fingerstyle" energy that has led him to create guitar versions of songs ranging from the Great American Songbook, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Chick Corea - as well as his own original compositions. His guitar videos on YouTube have gotten over 13 million views.

He's an instructor as well, with a love for guiding his students through the mysteries of melody, harmony, groove, technique  and how to practice and achieve real world results.

His instructional materials include fingerstyle guitar DVDs, Jazz guitar DVDs, books and most recently his interactive online school called

What will You be Doing each day?

Playing Your Guitar (all day and into the evening too!).  This is a high-energy, hands-on retreat where all activities are designed to help improve your skills and performance.

Improving Your Technique

The instructors will observe your technical issues and offer real solutions that will make your playing better.

Elevating Your Practice

You’ll learn new exercises to use in your daily practice that will enhance your progress.

Exploring Multiple Styles

You’ll be exposed to a wide-range of musical styles and approaches to the guitar that will build your skills.

Learning New Tunes

Your repertoire will grow as Adam and Peppino show you how to play some of their favorite solo compositions.

Getting Inspiration

There’s nothing like a concentrated event like this to re-ignite that fire in your creativity and guitar playing.

Performing On Stage

If you want, you will be able to perform on stage with Adam, Peppino and other students at a local venue.

pricing and plans




ALL WORKSHOPS (14+ hrs instruction)

Welcome Goodie Bag

2 Lunches & 2 Dinners

Evening jam sessions & instructor performances

Sunday night student performance (optional)!

Free Bonuses




Free time

Explore the area

2 Lunches & 2 Dinners

Evening jam sessions & instructor performances!

Sunday night student performance (optional!)


Plus you will receive 3 Awesome FREE Bonuses!

(For Workshop Attendees Only)

  • BONUS #1: FREE - 1 month of (plus the 14 day trial = 6 weeks total for FREE! )

  • BONUS #2: 10% off all Peppino's Truefire Online Video Guitar Courses!

  • BONUS #3: Autographed copies of the latest CD's from both Adam and Peppino!

(Space is limited to 30 students ONLY, so hurry! )

 What Do You Get?

All Workshops

Over 14 hours of fiddle sessions with Adam and Peppino.

Good Food

Join Adam and Peppino and all of your guitar buddies for two lunches and two dinners at nearby restaurants.

Evening Open Mic/Jam Sessions

Bring your guitar to these post dinner music sessions where we just let it all hang out.

Faculty Performances

Close-up and intimate performances with Adam and Peppino just for our participants.

Welcome Goodie Bag

You’ll get some nice surprises in that goodie bag when you arrive.

Sunday Concert

If you want, you can join Adam and Peppino perform at a local venue.

What Will You Learn?

  • The “Science“ of the Groove

  • Scales, arpeggios, and patterns

  • Percussive guitar techniques

  • Funky fingerstyle guitar arrangements

  • Harmony & theory basics

  • Jazz and blues progressions

  • Alternative tunings

  • Walking bass lines

  • Dynamic expression and tone

  • Relaxation and performance Tips


Benicia is a small historic town in the Bay Area, located on the Carquinez Straits about halfway between San Francisco and the Napa Valley. Its quaint, small downtown has a host of boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and other interesting establishments that lead right to the water’s edge. This one-time state capital (1853-54) has a colorful history that can still be felt today – and is part of the charm that has attracted many artists and musicians to call this place home.

BENICIA waterfront: on the carquinez straits

between San Francisco and the Napa valley

evening meals at local restaurants

Even Dunlop Manufacturing, a leading producer of electronic effects, picks, capos, slides, strings and other musical instrument accessories has made Benicia its headquarters ever since its beginning days in 1965 when they started making such legendary products as the Crybaby wah-wah pedal and Tortex picks. We are so grateful for their years of product development and service to musician’s all over the world.


Friday, August 23

Friday, August 23

  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm Students Arrive 

  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Retreat Welcome & Introductions 

  • 4:30 – 6:30 Workshop I 

  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Dinner 

  • 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Instructor Concert & Evening Jams

Saturday, August 24

Saturday, August 24

  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am Workshop II

  • 11:00 – 12:30 pm Workshop III 

  • 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch 

  • 2:00 pm – 3:30 Workshop IV 

  • 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Coffee Break 

  • 4:00 – 5:30 pm Workshop V 

  • 7:00 – 8:30 pm Dinner 

  • 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm Evening Jams

Sunday, August 25

Sunday, August 25

  • 9:30 am – 11:00 Workshop VI 

  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Workshop VII 

  • 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Lunch 

  • 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm Workshop VIII 

  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm – Coffee Break 

  • 4:00 pm – 5:30 Workshop IX 

  • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Performance at Local Venue (optional)

*Subject to Modification

This is What Participants tell us…

Our Retreats have been life changing Guitar moments for many who have attended. Here’s what a few had to say about their experience…

Aaron Carlino

"Every single thing you said really helped, and things started coming together immediately. I can’t believe what improvement I’m seeing just from you pointing out a few screws to turn. It’s really starting to have that signature Adam Rafferty sound that always managed to elude me. I love it!"

Alan Passey

"The process was a perfect launch pad for me as I had become tired and a little lazy with my guitar playing. I dug in for more and became charged not only by the inspiration of learning new material but also new techniques."

Duncan Soule

“Thank you for all of your efforts, attention to detail, and hard work to make the guitar retreat such a success. It was an extraordinary experience for me. The teaching was inspiring and the camaraderie was wonderful. There was great playing by teachers and students alike.”



The retreat classes will take place in Benicia, CA. from August 23 – 25, 2019, 2019 at Upstairs at First Street Cafe in downtown Benicia or The Guard House, a historic building about a mile away. Upon registration you will receive more detailed information about local lodging, retreat venues, and transportation to Benicia. Six weeks before the retreat you will receive the final retreat schedule.


Absolutely, non-participating partners are very welcome and the price per non-participating partner is $199 which can be added to the retreat fee when you register. Partners may also sit in on a workshop session or two as long as there is adequate space in the room.


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.


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 or Holiday Inn Express 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 retreat. You can also check out AirBnB.

Please contact us.


We are happy to cater for people with diet issues. Vegetarian, vegans and basic diet requirements are included in the price – just contact us.


We are not able to accommodate anyone with severe mobility problems. Please contact us to discuss your particular needs


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) – – and Evans Airporter to Vallejo – From BART taxi or Rideshare to Benicia.


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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