The ‘Ukuleles are Coming!

Mark your calendars!

The seventh, annual

West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat

At Asilomar, on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula

May 17 – 21, 2017

“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 sing-a-longs while making new friends and enjoying the camaraderie of other ‘ukulele-minded individuals….the culmination of which is Band Night and the Student Cabaret, a showcase of everything learned.


Single (very limited) and double (with two double or two single beds) 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. Housing costs (which include 3 meals a day) will range from $772 (double) to $1155 (single) per person.  If you don’t have a roommate yet, but would like to share, Asilomar does a nice job of matching you up and has actually created some life-long friends in the process.


All 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. (With advance notice, Asilomar can 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 “Day Student,” all meals and any special catered events we plan are included in the price of your retreat registration.

Classes and Workshops

Classes and workshops will be held in various meeting rooms located close to our accommodations and begin Thursday morning at 9:00 am. 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. (Did I mention? We are just steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.)


Registration to the West Coast Ukulele Retreat is a two-step process and incurs two fees. First you will register for the retreat.  Then you will receive a housing application from us which you will file directly with Asilomar.  There is a separate fee for each step, outlined below.

Space at the retreat is limited and we encourage you to register early to ensure yourself a place. (By “following” this blog you will be notified as soon as registration becomes open to the public.) 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” 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.

We also open registration to “Day Students,” those who live in the area and would like to attend the retreat on a “walk-in” basis. However, in order to maintain the spirit of camaraderie that the retreat facilitates, we will not be offering registration on a “daily” basis. That is, you must participate in the entire retreat.  “Walk-in” registration will include Asilomar’s daily use fee; all classes and  workshops; all meals (except lunch on Sunday); and all retreat special events.

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 a double, 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.


1) Full Participant–entitled to up to 5 ‘ukulele workshops a day, and all special events ($629);

2) Full Participant plus their companion — Companion is entitled to a limited number of special workshops (very beginning ‘ukulele lessons,  etc.), all meals, and all special events. ($899 – reduced from last year!);

3) Day Student*–(defined as a full-paying participant who is NOT staying at Asilomar) entitled to up to 5 ‘ukulele workshops a day, all special events, and ALL meals, including dinner on Wednesday and breakfast on Sunday. ($869)

Still on the Fence?

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

Or, take a look at the video from last year and see how much fun we had:

Either way, you’ll have to agree, it’s “the most fun you can have with your ukulele on!” Hope you can join us.

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