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 12-18, 2020

VENUE

Our venue will be Montegridolfo Castle, (http://www.Montegridolfo.com/eng) a restored and Burgh from the 14th century with pool, a spa and beautiful gardens. 

Delicious food is cooked by Chef Mario and his team. Breakfast (probably the best we ever had!) is at the castle in the mornings. Lunch is buffet style in the old burgh restaurant and a rich dinner is served every night on the terrace overlooking the valley, with a view on the sea... 


All together, the perfect venue for our retreat and if you feel the need of some true town life, Modaino is only 10 minutes walk away - shops, cafes, groceries, bank, pharmacy and... Gelato!!! 

There are three different types of accommodation, with different costs, in the medieval burgh, at the palazzo, the oldest part at the new olives burhg. Rooms at the castle are one different from the other, finishing is very original, goes from Luxury suits to simple rooms in the burgh, to some newer and spacious rooms in the Olivi section

We will have a studio room that we will be able to use for classes, practice and jamming. Plus the use of beautiful outside gardens. 

Partners

You are welcome to bring your partner, who will be able to relax by the pool or explore the surroundings. Emilia Romagna is a beautiful region, very genuine, with incredible area dating from the roman to medieval times... some people already call it the new Tuscany.

We are only 30 minutes away from the famous Adriatic sea beaches and close to places of interest such as Ravenna, Rimini and Faenza. Bologna is close enough to go for a day trip. Daily cleaning will be provided. Meals include breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner and coffe breaks.

SCHEDULE

first workshop on Sunday, July 12. 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 for more individual and group lessons and playing.

Last workshop is on Friday evening, we depart on Saturday July 18, 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 13 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

1045 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, starting at  € 890 for the whole week.   

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 500 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 Castello di Montegridolfo 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 and guitar workshops 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, 2020

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

    “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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  • C G

    “First, I learned something very important about myself during the week. Yaakov assumed I could do more than I thought I could, and he was right - I learned more, and faster, than I thought was remotely possible for me. I heard daily improvement in...”

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    “First, I learned something very important about myself during the week. Yaakov assumed I could do more than I thought I could, and he was right - I learned more, and faster, than I thought was remotely possible for me. I heard daily improvement in my own playing as well as that of every other student. Yaakov has respect for all skill levels and the work it takes to address the difficulties, and he offers ways to be musical at even the most basic of skill levels. He has a lot to offer in terms of technique, but it's all in service of the music, not in service of virtuosity for its own sake. It's a highly focused, intense environment, but Yaakov is incredibly generous and patient, as were his assistant Alon (very helpful - thank you!) and the other students. At the end of the week Yaakov gives each student an individual set of goals and a work plan for the year, including practice routine. When I decided to do this, I thought it would be a one-off for me, but now I'm determined to get there again. 16 stars out of 5. Oh, and ... Carlo did an incredible job with logistics before and during the week, helping all of us non-Italian rubes with anything we needed. And the venue, staff, food, etc ... wow! All in all, a wonderful experience.”

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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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  • mike sciacca

    “Yaakov combined his experience as a master performer and serious student of Django with his excellent teaching skills to make this a very productive session for me. He is focused not just on technique, but on how to LEARN techniques. Bravo, Maestr...”

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    “Yaakov combined his experience as a master performer and serious student of Django with his excellent teaching skills to make this a very productive session for me. He is focused not just on technique, but on how to LEARN techniques. Bravo, Maestro! ”

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  • Donna Radin

    “ Yaakov Hoter's unique understanding of Django Reinhardt's way of seeing music, his ability to interpret it in such a way that students can understand and learn from it and his almost unearthly ability to identify the precise needs of each student...”

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    “ Yaakov Hoter's unique understanding of Django Reinhardt's way of seeing music, his ability to interpret it in such a way that students can understand and learn from it and his almost unearthly ability to identify the precise needs of each student make him by far the best teacher I've ever encountered. The personal attention available in a small group and the possibilities of playing together amplified the benefits amazingly. We could each feel our progress and that of our friends (because we quickly became friends) every minute! Hearing Yaakov perform in this intimate setting was phenomenal and actually having the opportunity to play duets with him was a treat for each and every one of us! The location was beautiful and convenient and the organizer, Carlo, is an angel!”

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