The ‘Ukuleles are Coming!

The eighth, annual

West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat

At Asilomar, on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula

May 2 – 6, 2018

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

Is now one for the record books! 

In case you missed it, click on the photo for a little recap from Ukulele Magazine.

Or, check out this video from 2017!

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) range from $752 (double) to $1156 (single) per person.  If you don’t have a roommate yet, but would like to share a double room, 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 (with the exception of Sunday lunch) 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 be 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 and a couple of miles from the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium!)


Registration to the West Coast Ukulele Retreat is a two-step process and incurs two fees. First, you register for the retreat by mailing in the Registration Form along with your fees.  Once we receive that, we will send you the housing link so you can book your room (and all meals) directly with Asilomar.  (Since space at Asilomar is limited this year, we will make sure Asilomar has a room for you before processing your application.)

Once your room at Asilomar is confirmed, we’ll send you a link to complete your registration to the retreat.  If Asilomar does not have space for you, your deposit will be returned, unless you would like to be put on the “waitlist” or register as a “walk-in.”  (Walk-in registration will not be opened until we have filled all of our contracted rooms at Asilomar.) 

“Companions” of retreat participants are very welcome, but they must register for the retreat, as a “companion,” and also register for housing. Companions are also welcome to join us at any of the retreat’s special meals and social events, unscheduled jam sessions, performances, and if they choose, they can be in one of our infamous “bands.”  Unless specified otherwise, only registered students are allowed in the classes and workshops.

Once we have filled all of our contracted rooms at Asilomar, we will open “walk-in” registration which includes Asilomar’s daily use fee; all classes and workshops; all meals (except lunch on Sunday); and all retreat special events.

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

Or, take a look at the video from 2016 and see how much fun we had:

Anyway you look at it, it’s “the most fun you can have with your ukulele on!” Hope you can join us next year!

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