The ‘Ukuleles are Coming!

Uh! Oh!

You missed it!

The fourth, annual

West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat

At Asilomar, on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula

Is now a thing of the past.

To avoid missing out on any of the fun next year, mark your calendars:

May 13 – 17, 2015

And follow  this blog so you get the latest info as it is posted.

In the meantime, here’s a little more information on

“The most fun you can have with your ‘ukulele on!”

Nestled along the shoreline of California’s famed Monterey Bay Peninsula, Asilomar is a tranquil oceanfront retreat, cradled by pine forests and white-sand beaches–the perfect place to unpack your ‘ukulele, meet new friends, and make beautiful music together. For four, action-packed days, the West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat occupies one significant corner of this 107-acre historic state park. Through-out the weekend participants rub shoulders with some of the most notable ‘ukulele instructors in the world, enhance their skills with classes and workshops, and have a jolly good time participating in impromptu jams and camp-fire sing-a-longs, while making new friends and enjoying the camaraderie of other ‘ukulele-minded individuals….the culmination of which is the Student Cabaret, a showcase of everything learned.


We will be based in Asilomar’s lovely Fireside area, where each of the spacious rooms and meeting rooms have balconies and fireplaces, and a common courtyard guarantees that everyone crosses paths and knows what’s going on. Single (very limited), double (with two double or two single beds), and a few triple rooms are available, each with a private bathroom. All arrangements for accommodations are made directly with Asilomar, using the ‘Ukulele Retreat’s Housing Form, which you will receive after registering for the retreat. Those who choose not to stay at Asilomar can register for the West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat as “walk-ins,” (see below) though registration is for the entire retreat only, and not on a day-to-day basis.


Most meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be served (semi-cafeteria-style) in the Crocker Dining Hall and are included with the price of your Asilomar accommodations. Meal service begins with dinner (6:00 p.m.) on Wednesday and ends with lunch (12:00 – 1:00 p.m.) on Sunday. (We provide a box lunch on Sunday for those who need to hit the road early!) If you are staying off the grounds and attending the retreat as a “walk-in,” lunch and dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and any special catered events we plan, are included in the price of your retreat registration. (Walk-ins are on their own for breakfast.)

Classes and Workshops

Classes and workshops will be held in various meeting rooms located close to our accommodations and begin Thursday morning at 9:00am. Morning classes meet for three consecutive sessions. Afternoon workshops are usually “one-offs” and tend to be more casual. Enrollment in individual classes and workshops will be limited to enhance the learning experience. No guests are allowed in the classes or workshops.  In addition to classes and workshops there will be myriad learning and playing opportunities all around you from sunrise to well after sunset. And, there will plenty to do for non-players, as well.


Registration to the West Coast Ukulele Retreat is limited and we encourage you to register early to ensure yourself a space at the retreat and the opportunity to get into the classes of your choice. Advance registration, with payment in full, is required. Registrations and class requests will be processed in the order in which they are received. If the retreat is full when your registration is received, you will be notified immediately and may choose to be wait-listed or to receive a full refund. Remember, your registration is not complete until payment in full has been received.

Companions: “Companions” of retreat participants are very welcome, but they must register for the retreat, as a “companion,”  and also register for housing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included with housing registration and companions are also welcome to join us at any of the retreat’s special meals and social events, unscheduled jam sessions, and performances.  There are also a limited number of workshops open to companions. Otherwise, only registered students are allowed in the classes and workshops.

Walk-ins: You do not have to stay at Asilomar in order to attend the retreat. However, you must still register for the retreat, in advance, in order to participate. “Walk-in” registration includes Asilomar’s daily use fee; all classes & workshops; lunch and dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, only; and all retreat special events. It does not include breakfast.


Retreat Registration: Fees will be announced once registration is opened.  Please note, there is usually an “earlybird” price to encourage folks to register as early as possible. 

Housing Registration: Housing registration and special housing requests will all be handled by Asilomar. These fees cover your sleeping accommodations for four nights and all meals, from dinner Wednesday evening through lunch on Sunday. Single accommodations are very limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are registering as  double or triple, Asilomar will help you find a roommate. Remember, you must register for the retreat BEFORE you can register for housing. Please remember that the earlier you register, the better chance we all have to accommodate you.

Still on the Fence?

You can see what past participants have to say by clicking here.

Take a look at the video from 2012 and see how much fun we had:


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