A Message From Neil

A Big Welcome To All!

TotallyGuitars.com has held The International Guitar Camp in Northern California since 2013. Our 8th IGC will bring us back to the Santa Cruz Mountains at The Green Mountain Retreat, formerly The Presentation Center and the home to our get togethers in 2015 and 2016,

Previous year's activities included sessions on Performance (Open Mic Nights), Songwriting, Playing With Others, Vocal Harmonies and General Singing Techniques, Sing & Strum Along Groups, Slack Key Guitar, DADGAD & Alternate Tunings, Hand & Finger Exercises, Essential Theory & Techniques, Guitar Player’s Gadgets, Working with Audio & Recording Techniques, and even some time to walk the Labyrinth, take a swim, or hike the Redwood Forest.

This year will feature similar workshops, break-out sessions, open mic nights along with afternoon Mini-Sets for those wanting to play more than a single song, time to collaborate with other for our closing night’s concert, and semi-private lessons with any or all of the instructors.

We have also had many guest artists like Al Stewart, Alex de Grassi, and Muriel Anderson, as well as visits from luthiers like Richard Hoover (Santa Cruz Guitar Company) and Ed Claxton.

Be sure to join us for:

  • Masterclasses with our expert instructors, Guitar Styles, Instrumentals, Vocals, Songwriting…
  • Scheduled Semi-Private Lessons with any of the five teachers
  • Seminars on theory, technique, vocal harmony…
  • Mini-sets each afternoon (3-4 songs per student)
  • Open Mic nights for single song performances
  • Strum & Sing Along sessions for group practice

Our space is limited to 35 students and I look forward to seeing many familiar faces as well as some new ones in the Fall of 2020.

Neil Hogan


International Guitar Camp 2020


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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 being 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 brain child of Neil Hogan, Matt Williams and others in the TotallyGuitars.com family, will be attended this year 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 Now" button on this page.

Most of our players have come to multiple camps, some even returning for their eighth time, 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 new IGC attendees this will mark the beginning of their guitar instruction journey and they will discover why this years' International Guitar Camp continues to be heralded as a lifetime experience that promises to give its patrons guidance, progression, and immersion in all things guitar and music.

When and where will the International Guitar Camp be held?

TotallyGuitars.com is excited to share with you several incredible details regarding our eighth, highly anticipated, International Guitar Camp. This year we are returning to the Redwood Forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just minutes from San Jose and Los Gatos in Northern California. Take a deep breath and settle in for a time of serene relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. The historic Presentation Center has been resurrected, refurbished, and rechristened The Green Mountain Retreat This incredible venue will play host to the lucky group of eager guitarists looking to take guitar playing to a whole new level the week of September 14-18, 2020.

Don’t forget the FOOD!

The food being presented at the IGC could be an event by itself. The IGC will include cooked meals from Monday evening through Friday morning prepared by the world-class chefs at the Green Mountain Retreat. You'll enjoy an authentic taste of California's Central Coast from their fresh, sustainable menu. At its' heart is the simple use of quality local ingredients such as beef, fish, vegetables, fruits, cheeses and wines prepared with delicate seasoning, and with attention to sourcing from regional farmers, ranchers and fishermen. They have no problems accommodating most dietary requests or restrictions.

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

We are proud to announce that we expect to reassemble most of 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 of course include Neil Hogan, Dave Nachmanoff, Max Rich, Doug Young and vocal master Jim Bruno.

Will there be anything else?

Well, of course there will be. As we continue to reach out to others, we will be announcing possible special guest instructors, songwriters, music business professionals and other VIPs who will join us. Really, who knows what else we may conjure up?

So simply we are saying, stay tuned to this site, the TotallyGuitars.com Forum and your emails for further updates and announcements over the coming days, weeks and months.

Wrapping up

It is our expectation that our eighth International Guitar Camp completely blows you away. We will keep this a regular event on the Totally Guitars annual agenda, and we need you to help us make it a success. This camp is for you, the TotallyGuitars.com family of guitar enthusiasts and we welcome your ideas, suggestions and any insights that will make the guitar camp even better. So, come on and join us for this fun-filled and enlightening guitar instructional and educational event.

*** Special Note ***

Space is limited for this incredible gathering as we are committed to every student having easy and personal access to all the instructors. We need to limit attendance to 35 campers. Time is of the essence and don't let this camp 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 things you can do for your guitar playing and learning, as well your overall well-being and peace of mind!

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 here.

Instructors

Neil Hogan

Dave Nachmanoff

Dave Nachmanoff


Doug Young

Doug Young

Jim Bruno

Jim Bruno

Max Rich

2020 Schedule

Monday

  • 4:00PM
    Check-in
  • 6:00PM
    Dinner
  • 7:30PM
    Teacher Intros & Concert

Tuesday

  • 8:00AM
    Breakfast
  • 9:00AM
    Workshop 1
  • 10:30AM
    Workshop 2
  • 12:00PM
    Lunch
  • 1:00PM
    Strum & Sing Along
  • 2:00PM
    Semi-Private Lessons & Practice Time
  • 4:30PM
    Mini-Sets
  • 6:00PM
    Dinner
  • 7:30PM
    Open Mic I

Wednesday

  • 8:00AM
    Breakfast
  • 9:00AM
    Workshop 3
  • 10:30AM
    Workshop 4
  • 12:00PM
    Lunch
  • 1:00PM
    Strum & Sing Along
  • 2:00PM
    Semi-Private Lessons & Practice Time
  • 4:30PM
    Mini-Sets
  • 6:00PM
    Dinner
  • 7:30PM
    Open Mic II

Thursday

  • 8:00AM
    Breakfast
  • 9:00AM
    TBA
  • 10:30AM
    TBA
  • 12:00PM
    Lunch
  • 1:00PM
    TBA
  • 2:00PM
    Semi-Private Lessons & Practice Time
  • 4:30PM
    TBA
  • 6:00PM
    Dinner
  • 7:30PM
    Collaboration Night & Closing Concert

Friday

  • 8:00AM
    Breakfast
  • 09:00AM
    Free
  • 11:00AM
    Check Out
  • 1:00AM
    Lunch at TG Central

Location

Green Mountain Retreat

Asilomar Green Mountain Retreat contains a number of historic structures including a few that were relocated from the Tevis Estate in 1909. The Tevis Estate was located on the adjacent property which is now part of the Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve (Mid-Peninsula Open Space District).

Guest Rooms
The building structures range in design from rustic, Spanish Colonial Revival, to modern. The newest structure is the Welcome Center and Dining Room, which was built in 2005. The Welcome Center is a Leed Gold Certified building for its energy efficiency and green construction. The Main Hall (Pueblo Lodge) is the largest building and is a strikingly beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival design. There are also several smaller rustic cottages on the property. Julia Morgan, the renowned architect of the Hearst Mansion was instrumental in the architectural designs when Green Mountain was owned by Montezuma Mountain School for Boys from 1911 to 1955.

Labyrinth

Setting & Accommodations

Surrounded by nature, supported by attentive staff, more cost effective than comparable facilities...

Whether you are part of a large retreat group or small, we can provide the setting you need to meet your needs, with meeting, gathering, and worship spaces to accommodate up to 195 retreatants.

Browse the Green Mountain Retreat website for a complete list of services.

Pricing

General Registration for IGC USA is $1895. It includes 4 nights lodging at the Green Mountain Retreat, all workshops and events, and 3 meals a day. Rooms at this rate are based on double occupancy in bedrooms in one of the historic cottages. Register Now

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 May 31, 2020, with the balance available as a credit toward IGC 2020. After May 31, 2020 you 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 $350 for administrative costs. For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

 

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Green Mountain Retreat

Address
19480 Bear Creek Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95033

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Green Mountain Retreat
Los Gatos, California
September 14-18, 2020

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