A Message From Neil

A Big Welcome To All!

After 6 years of running our incredibly successful International Guitar Camp in Northern California, TotallyGuitars is returning to Amsterdam for our second IGC-Europe. Once again I will be at The Samaya Conference Center the weekend of July 25-28, 2019 with my talented colleague Vanessa Bot.

The camp will revolve around concentrated learning time with the instructors and other students, and on improving performing skills with Open Mic time and Performance Workshops. There will be sessions set aside to play in groups and collaborate with others, semi-private lessons with Vanessa and me, and even a bit of free time to get some practicing in.

IGC Amsterdam will be limited to 15 students in order to maximize individual interaction with the instructors. Don't miss this great opportunity to take your playing to another level and meet a group of musicians who are part of the TotallyGuitars Family.

Neil Hogan

International Guitar Camp 2019 - Samaya Center - Amsterdam

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What Is The International Guitar Camp

The International Guitar Camp, or IGC for short, is a Guitar Player's community event presented by Totally Guitars offering some of the finest guitar playing, training and instruction by an elite panel of guitar instructors who truly are "Masters of the Craft".

This International Guitar Camp event, the brainchild of Neil Hogan, Matt Williams and others in the TotallyGuitars.com family, started in 2013 and was held annually in beautiful settings in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California. In 2017 the IGC was moved to the shores of Monterey Bay at the Asilomar Conference Center.

Once again we are taking a mini version of the IGC to Amsterdam for a weekend with our two master instructors, Neil Hogan and Vanessa Bot. We expect to be joined by guitar playing enthusiasts from all around the world, many from the TotallyGuitars.com community and a lucky few who find their way to the "Register" button on this page.

Most of our players have come to multiple camps, continuing their journey of musical development and recharging lifetime bonds formed at earlier camps. Be sure to check out some of their experiences on our IGC Highlights page.

For those players who decide to join us at IGC Amsterdam we promise the musical experience of a lifetime, a concentrated learning environment with guidance, advancement, and immersion in all things guitar and music.

When and where will IGC Amsterdam be held?

The International Guitar Camp is truly going international this year as we bring our staff to Amsterdam the weekend of July 25-28, 2019, at the Samaya Conference Center, outside of Amsterdam. More info on the venue is further down this page.

What will we do at IGC Amsterdam?

We will first meet on Thursday evening for an informal night of getting to know each other and playing some music. Friday will start with Neil and Vanessa playing a bit and talking about music, then opening into a Q&A session. The rest of the day will include time for individual and group instruction, a Play-Along class, and a Performance Workshop (offering suggestions on stage presence and playing in front of others). The plan may change directions depending on what the players might like to do. We can easily adjust things to what people might want to accomplish because of limiting the size of the group. The evening will be time for everyone to join us for an Open Mic Night and playing a song or two for the group. This is totally optional of course but if you have not done much of this you would not be able to assemble a better audience for your first public performance.

What does SAMAYA say about the food?

We can proudly say that we are known for our Burgundian vegetarian cuisine. If we are allowed to accept the reactions of our guests, you will taste the care and attention with which the fresh dishes are prepared. Eating at Samaya is pure culinary enjoyment. Guests who are used to dining in restaurants, which have a big name, also like to come back to us.

All dishes are freshly prepared daily with pure ingredients. The chefs use as many organic and regional products as possible. We are happy to adjust the number of courses of your dinner to your wishes. And when you want you can complete your meal with our delicious house wine. For breakfast and lunch you will find a richly varied buffet. At lunch there is also soup, salad and in consultation a hot snack waiting for you.

Our apple-pear juice comes from our own garden and we can also recommend the homemade apple pie.

Who are the “Masters of the Craft” that will be training?

We are proud to announce that we have reassembled our very knowledgeable and talented crew of in-house experts and instructors as staff for the IGC, These VIP, "Masters of the Craft" instructors will be offering subject specific classes over multiple days and will be on-site and accessible over the course of the event. These inspirational instructors will include:

Neil Hogan: Your host and Master Guitar Teacher for the IGC, Neil will be involved in all aspects of this event and will be involved in all sessions. He will also be offering semi-private lessons to everyone. Besides the incredible teaching he will be providing, Neil will be literally "everywhere" at this event. So reach out to him if you need anything.

Vanessa Bot: Vanessa is certainly no stranger to anyone who has spent any time at TotallyGuitars.com. She has become an integral part of the TG teaching team since she joined in mid-2013. She now has nearly 200 detailed lessons on the site which are very popular, and brings us a new one every week. She will be on hand to give one-on-one teaching sessions, coordinate the open mics, assist with collaborations, and will run play-along group sessions. We are thrilled that we are able to bring the mini-IGC to her home in The Netherlands.

*** Special Note ***

Space is limited for this incredible event as we are committed to every student having easy and personal access to all the instructors. We need to limit attendance to 15 campers. Time is of the essence and don't let this event sell out without you. We don't want you wait until the last minute and miss out on what is destined to be one of the best Guitar Playing, Training and Guitar Instruction live event presentations of the year!

Be sure to visit the Guitar Instructor bios below to really understand the power of what we are offering you at this event. We are excited and look forward to seeing you at this event.


Neil Hogan

Vanessa Bot

Venue Location

Samaya Conference Center

AsilomarLocated in Central Netherlands in the beautiful Kromme Rijn area between Betuwe and Utrechtse Heuvelrug. While you are only 15 minutes away by car from the city of Utrecht, our guests here experience a soothing silence, which is only interrupted by the sound of birds.
It is a historic place, on the border of the Limes, the ancient Roman Empire. Historically, because here the last convent of the Netherlands was built, according to the old guidelines of the Catholic Church. Our building is known in the area under its old name: priory Gods Workyard.

GardensThe building is surrounded by a 4-hectare English landscaped garden with beautiful sightlines. Because of the diversity of trees and places, many of our customers actively participate in the development of their program.


Guest RoomsThe building itself is a municipal monument. Unique are the light, wide corridors and the spacious view from every room and almost every guest room. Wherever you walk, you always have a view of the garden and / or the surrounding area.

Setting & Accommodations

Samaya is a small-scale conference center in the heart of the Netherlands, near Utrecht on a green spot between Betuwe and Utrechtse Heuvelrug where it can still be really quiet. You will find an atmosphere of beauty, lightness, space and tranquility and a team that guarantees a carefree stay. We offer a hospitable stay for groups as well as for individual guests.

Our 4 rooms all have their own outdoor space. Our 26 guest rooms are comfortably furnished and have their own sanitary facilities. In the Chapel you can go for meetings like a concert, a lecture or a silent meditation.

Browse the Samaya Conference Center website for a complete list of services.


Early Bird Registration for IGC EUROPE is €895. It includes 3 nights lodging at the Samaya Conference Center, all workshops and events, and 3 meals a day. Rooms at this rate are based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available for €1045 and a room with a non-playing loved one runs €1495.

Refund Policy

All registrations must be paid in full in advance. If you need to cancel, up to 50% of your payment may be refundable until April 30, 2019, with the balance available as a credit toward our next IGC. After April 30, 2019 we would need to fill your reserved spot with someone you refer or one from our waiting list. In that case we would refund your payment minus €200 for administrative costs. For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy


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Samaya Conference Center

Hollendewagenweg 20
3985 SG Werkhoven (prov Utrecht)

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Samaya Conference Center
Werkhoven, Netherlands
JULY 25 - 28, 2019

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