About My Retreat

My workshop provides 6 days of deep immersion into Gypsy swing and jazz guitar playing. Your time is devoted to intense, hands-on learning, practicing and playing individually and with a partner or small group.

I analyse each student’s needs from the outset and throughout the workshop, giving lots of personal attention to each and every student. Each student gets personalized assignments to practice as we go along – either on your own or with a friend.

You have a wonderful opportunity to meet and play with new people. We eat together, chat and get together at the end of each day to play together. It’s always lots of fun and holding the workshops in pastoral locations adds to the enjoyment and the feeling of really getting away from it all and putting your passion first.

DATES

July 7-13, 2019

VENUE

Our venue will be Villa Lina, a Landmark Relais, with 3 mansions each, all immersed in 80 acres of organic estate in the heart of Etruscan Tuscia with its extraordinary Archaeological and Nature sites, Roman therms & hot sulfur springs close by .

A place of magical energy it is also one of the “Great Italian Gardens,"
its eighteenth century botanical garden has many ancient rare species, in the midst of beautiful fountains. There is an Olympic pool from 1929 and a
small SPA & Sauna, a unique Plant Therapy & Kneipping course.

Villa Lina is also an organic farm estate producing hazelnuts, kiwis, chestnuts, oil, wine and lavender Managed by writer and film maker Paola Igliori (see Wikipedia).
It has inspired generations of artists from Jean Michel Basquiat in the 80'.. to this decade Nick Cave & Bella Freud.

Food is cooked by Lucia, the in-house cook, specialized in local dishes.


All together, the perfect venue for our retreat, and if you feel the need of some true town life, Ronciglione is only 5 minutes walk away, … shops, cafes, groceries, banks, pharmacy…Gelato!!!!

Rooms at Villa Lina are one different from the other, finishing is very original, goes from some antique pieces, to Asian furniture, to designer pieces…

Daily cleaning will be provided.

Meals include breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner.

SCHEDULE

first workshop on Sunday, July 7. at 6 p.m. During the week, we usually meet in the morning for breakfast, then have classes till lunch time (1pm)

We meet again at 3.30 pm, either outside and, if it is too hot, inside our big studio with air conditioning.

Last workshop is on Friday evening, we depart on Saturday July 13, after breakfast.

We start each session together and than we split according to your needs.  
Get ready to work hard!
I'm there all the time for you!


Number of participants:

 The group will be intimate. Up to 17 students. However, if we'll be more than 13, there will be another teacher with me to give extra attention to the beginners.  

***SPECIAL BONUS***
$200 coupon for any lesson of mine you want.

COST

995 EUR

Does not include lodging and meals

Due to the fact that the rooms are not all the same size, there will be different costs:

-       large room with private bathroom     €  120  (single accommodation)

-       large room with  private bathroom    €    100  (each – double      accomodation)

-       two rooms shared one bathroom       €   90 (single accommodation)

-       standard room                                  €  110 (single accommodation)

Rooms will be assigned according to your preferences: the sooner you register, the easiest to choose your favorite accommodation.

The cost includes lodging and 3 meals a day, including drinks, wine and also two coffee breaks a day. 

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

First payment of 545 EUR via PayPal.

Next payment of 450 EUR will be in cash, upon arrival.

Payment for lodging and meals directly to venue, in two payments as well, accordingly.

THE WORKSHOP GURU


My good friend Carlo is taking care of the logistics of the workshop. Please contact him for booking your place at Villa Lina and ask any question you may have. He knows the area very well and can assist with your partners plans as well. 

Carlo has been running photo workshop for 25 years, so he is the man!

carlo@tpw.it

Cancelation policy:

You have my  extended 60 days  money back guaranty. You can receive a full refund within the first 60 days of reserving your seat at the retreat, but not later than May 1, 2019

In the (very rare) case that we have to cancel the workshop, you are entitled the full refund of the money paid.

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Reviews

  • Donna Radin

    “It's just over a week since the retreat ended and I feel like I'm still living it. I literally can't get over it - and of course I want to hold on to the progress I made and deepen it all the time. Yaakov's uncanny teaching ability and rapport w...”

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    “It's just over a week since the retreat ended and I feel like I'm still living it. I literally can't get over it - and of course I want to hold on to the progress I made and deepen it all the time. Yaakov's uncanny teaching ability and rapport with students made this retreat such a success. I felt a real revolution in my playing technique and in the results I was getting right on the spot. Just a few direct, clear and precise comments of Yaakov's seemed to give a breath of fresh air to my playing. His ability to target the exact needs of each student and to coax our playing in the right direction, on our own, in a large group or in small combos, seems to have jumped to an even higher level than it was last year. I'm now engrossed in the new study plan Yaakov helped me develop. Words can't express my amazement at every single student's progress. I noticed a big change even on the first day. The time went by so fast, yet was filled with worthwhile experiences. It was mostly playing and learning, but I got in some swimming in the picturesque pools, too. We all enjoyed each other's company, the good food, great organization and our friendly and welcoming hosts in the enchanting setting of Relais Villa Lina! I look forward to a great year of playing and progress, keeping in touch with my new and old friends and coming back next year! Yaakov introduced another, higher, sphere to the experience - the many aspects of is own playing and how he used it to mold the atmosphere and our approach as individuals and as a group. Yaakov's whole being was constantly focused on giving, on sharing the beauty he can create and opening our eyes, ears and hearts to let us enjoy it and create beauty too. He gave us the honor of playing an entrancing improvised unaccompanied solo for us on the very first night, he jammed with us and he played to give us the chance to accompany him and improve our accompaniment as a group and as individuals, in class and outside of class. He accompanied our solo playing, pushing it in the right direction. On the last night he presented a full-length solo performance to us, letting us participate in what was a new experience for him as well and enjoy his extraordinary musicianship in a friendly and intimate atmosphere with good acoustics and great vibes. All of his performances and all his introductions and explanations were in the spirit of friendship and sharing. His modesty is humbling in itself. He said he wasn't a genius like Django and therefore needed to study the theory of the music and spend a lot of time learning, yet he is his own kind of genius, with a great knack for teaching, a way of getting close to people and getting the best out of them and performing music in a way that not only touches the hearts of his listeners, but enters and warms their hearts. The final concert was an amazing experience for everyone, including non-playing partners and staff-members! The whole week was a joy. If you were there, I'm pretty sure I'll see you there again next year. If not, don't miss next year! ”

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  • Christian Rassi

    “This week was so wonderful in many different aspects. The location is amazing, the buildings and the park. And the pools. The people involved - Yaakov, Carlo, the staff, the students - like a family. So fantastic. And the teacher - Yaakov is amazi...”

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    “This week was so wonderful in many different aspects. The location is amazing, the buildings and the park. And the pools. The people involved - Yaakov, Carlo, the staff, the students - like a family. So fantastic. And the teacher - Yaakov is amazing, he is able to break everything down into small parts that everyone can digest and work on. He can perfectly see what to work on for each student. How everybody improved was astounding. Anabsolut recommendation.”

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  • Ashley Coupland

    “I spent 5 days with 12 other students at an incredible Italian villa in Tuscana, every day being tutored by Yaakov in both rhythm and improvisation. The whole course was an incredibly enriching experience, made fun and engaging, with plenty of tim...”

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    “I spent 5 days with 12 other students at an incredible Italian villa in Tuscana, every day being tutored by Yaakov in both rhythm and improvisation. The whole course was an incredibly enriching experience, made fun and engaging, with plenty of time to spend practising, joining evening jam sessions, and just relaxing in the beautiful surroundings. I learned a huge amount, and came away with so much informatio, and a structured practise routine that it should be enough to keep me busy for at least a year. A fantastic experience that I highly recommend to anyone wanting to improve their playing.”

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  • Avner Arnstein

    “Hi, As someone who has been through two of Yaakov's workshops i can tell you that you will not regret a single moment. Yaakov is exactly what you want in a teacher/mentor: knowledgeable (Very Knowledgeable!) , patient , quick in evaluating a s...”

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    “Hi, As someone who has been through two of Yaakov's workshops i can tell you that you will not regret a single moment. Yaakov is exactly what you want in a teacher/mentor: knowledgeable (Very Knowledgeable!) , patient , quick in evaluating a student and very quick to come up with a plan for improvement to tackle your weak points and help you improve and teach you how to do it yourself later on which is a exactly what you need in a workshop. Above all Yaakov is a very nice and kind person which counts for a lot in my book. So , i highly recommend it and im sure you will not regret a single moment coming out feeling you spent your time and money in the right place. Good Luck! Avner Arnstein...”

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  • Donna Radin

    “I've been learning from Yaakov Hoter online, one-on-one and in group workshops, including the two-day Samois 2016 experience and I am constantly amazed at hisinnate ability to feel what aspiring musicians need to transform themselves into real cre...”

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    “I've been learning from Yaakov Hoter online, one-on-one and in group workshops, including the two-day Samois 2016 experience and I am constantly amazed at hisinnate ability to feel what aspiring musicians need to transform themselves into real creative musicians with a rock solid foundation of understanding and skills. He teaches living, breathing people, not dry material. His unparalleled teaching sense is even more pronounced in live encounters with students where he has the uncanny ability to devine what each particularly needs at the moment and to provide tools to get over any obstacles and reach the goals at hand. Breathtaking! ”

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