Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat - ITALY

Amalfi Coast, Italy
21-24 July 2015 and
24-28 July 2015

Learn acoustic, fingerstyle, and jazz guitar with Martin Taylor and Peppino D'Agostino

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Players of all levels and styles are welcome at the Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast in Italy. Whether you’ve been playing for years, or you just know a couple of chords, you'll be able to immerse yourself in learning guitar at either a five-day or four-day guitar retreat with two of the world's leading acoustic guitarists; Martin Taylor and Peppino D'Agostino. 

From fingerstyle to acoustic to jazz and more, Martin and Peppino will give you insight into the techniques, styles, and tips to inspire and improve your playing. The retreat is designed to gather guitarists of all levels from around the globe with a common goal - learning, playing, eating and sleeping music.

This is the first time a Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat has been held in Italy. Don’t miss this chance to spend a few days in this romantic and historic country, home of some of the world's best foods, wines and landscapes. What could be better than a musical vacation where you really learn something and have a great time with like-minded people?

The Martin Taylor Guitar Retreats will take place from the 21st-28th July 2015 in the picturesque village of Atrani on Italy's Amalfi Coast, close to nearby airports in Naples and Rome.

While you are in Italy why not taste authentic Neopolitan pizza, discover ancient Pompei, explore the streets of Rome, taste wines in Tuscany, enjoy the museums in Florence, go shopping in Milan, or ride a gondola through the canals of Venice?

During the retreats you'll learn directly with Martin and Peppino and every evening you can sit back with a local wine or beer and take part in intimate, once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions. Just bring your guitar, get ready to learn, jam, make friends and have fun!

What Is The Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat About?

The Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat is all about hands-on playing.  This retreat is about helping you achieve REAL RESULTS and having fun in the process.

You will leave the retreat with:

  • Improved technique and a new confidence as a guitarist
  • Plenty of exercises to continue to progress your playing
  • New tunes for your repertoire
  • Inspiration and new friends
  • Opportunity to jam with Martin & Peppino

The Daily Schedule

Four-Day Retreat

Tuesday 21st July
2pm - Students Arrive
3pm-6pm - Retreat Welcome & Workshops
8pm-Late - Dinner & Evening Jam Session

Wednesday 22nd July
10am-1.00pm - Morning Workshop
1.00pm-3.30pm - Lunch (Pizza Pool Party)
3.30pm-6.00pm - Afternoon Workshop
8pm-Late - Atrani Festa and Fireworks

Thursday 23rd July
10am-1.00pm - Morning Workshop
1.00pm-3.30pm - Lunch
3.30pm-6.30pm - Afternoon Workshop
8pm - Dinner & Evening Jam Session

Friday 24th July
9.00am-10.00pm - Final Workshop

Five-Day Retreat

Friday 24th July
2pm - Students Arrive
3.00pm-6pm - Retreat Welcome & Workshops
8pm-Late - Dinner & Evening Jam Session

Saturday 25th July
10am-1.00pm - Morning Workshop
1.00pm-3.30pm - Lunch (Pizza Pool Party)
3.30pm-6.30pm - Afternoon Workshop
8pm-Late - Dinner & Evening Jam Session

Sunday 26th July
10am-1.00pm - Morning Workshop
1.00pm-3.30pm - Lunch
3:30pm-8.00pm - Afternoon free (or join us on a hike after lunch)
8:30pm-10:30pm - Evening Jam Session

Monday 27th July
10am-1.00pm - Morning Workshop
1.00pm-3.30pm - Lunch
3.30pm-6.00pm - Afternoon Workshop
8pm-Late - Dinner and Ravello Festa and Fireworks

Tuesday 28th July
9am-10.00am - Final Workshop

The Location

Atrani is a town and comune on the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy. It is located in the south of Amalfi, several minutes drive down the coast.

The town is located between the Civita Hill and Aureo Hill. Atrani is along the valley of the Dragone River, named for a legend saying there once was a terrible dragon that would breathe fire and would hide himself there.

Because of the beauty of its alley, gardens, squares, buildings, characteristic “scalinatelle” (stairs) and for its overall atmosphere, Atrani has been used as a set for film commercials. In 2012 it was used as the backdrop for a Fiat commercial. Though it is part of the Amalfi Coast, it is the only town along the coast to preserve intact its antique, traditional characteristics.


Atrani - Amalfi Coast, Italy

About Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor is a Grammy nominated fingerstyle guitarist, solo jazz guitar virtuoso and online guitar teacher.  Pat Metheny says Martin Taylor is "one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument" while Jeff Beck thinks Taylor "out-shred’s all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it".  As one of the world's most popular online guitar teachers and providers of guitar lessons online, Taylor now helps people in over 80 countries learn how to play guitar and become better guitarists.

He has collaborated with the biggest names in guitar music including Tommy Emmanuel, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, Frank Vignola, Barney Kessell, Earl Klugh, Herb Ellis, Scotty Moore, Julian Lage, Andreas Oberg, Albert Lee, Ulf Wakenius, Tony McManus, Martin Simpson and Laurence Juber.  In addition to this he has been awarded two honorary doctorates, a BBC lifetime achievement award, an IAJE Jazz Educators award, Top 10 albums in both the USA and UK, a record 14 British Jazz Awards and in 2002 he was appointed MBE 'For Services to Jazz Music' by the Queen of Great Britain. Today his online jazz guitar lessons and fingerstyle guitar videos have been watched by over 1 million guitarists worldwide.

About Peppino D'Agostino

D'Agostino, a native of Italy, has been hailed as “a guitarist's guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine as well as “a giant of the acoustic guitar” (San Diego Reader), and holds many top guitar awards - even his Peppino D'Agostino Seagull Signature Guitar model was ranked in June 2014 as one of the 10 best signature guitars by Guitar Player Magazine.

D’Agostino has performed in more than 26 countries; been featured at prestigious international music festivals, and frequently plays with prominent artists around the world, including Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, and Eric Johnson. His 17 recordings include releases on Favored Nations, Mesa/Bluemoon, Acoustic Music Records, and other labels.

When not performing D’Agostino also enjoys teaching. He has made various teaching videos, has individual students, and leads group instruction and vacation learning packages like the Acoustic Guitar Cruises or Creative Vacances in La Moreau, France. Beginning this fall the leading online instruction company Truefire will release a series of videos in which D’Agostino explains his influential guitar techniques and approach to composition. One thing is true – Peppino is always thinking guitar.

About Alison Burns

Alison Burns - Vocal Coach

Alison Burns is an award-winning singer and vocal coach. In 2009 Alison received the International Association of Jazz Educator Award and in 2013 she was presented with the Brand Laureate International Brand Personality Award, whose previous recipients include Aretha Franklin, Steve Jobs and Nelson Mandela.

As a touring artist she has played in concert halls in Tokyo, London, New York, Cannes, Italy and Shanghai, has guested with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Big Band and performed at Windsor Castle for Prince William.

As a vocal coach she has helped countless professional and aspiring vocalists improve their singing at workshops in the USA, Europe and Asia.

* Note: Alison will be a guest vocal coach on the five-day retreat only

View of Atrani

Chillin' by the beach

Atrani's Shimmering Bay

On the water

Historic buildings

Fireworks on the Bay

Atrani at night

Nearby historic Paestum

What Martin & Peppino Will Teach At The Retreat

  • 7 Steps Of Solo Guitar Playing
  • Gypsy Jazz Guitar
  • Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar
  • Jazz Guitar Technique
  • Lead & Rhythm Playing
  • Improvisation
  • Guitar Composition
  • Lots of tunes...

Martin Taylor with some of his retreat students

Feedback from Martin on your playing

What Our Retreat Students Say About The Experience


The majority of students will stay at Villa Rosa which is where all classes will take place. We have also reserved rooms at four B&B's and apartments in Atrani (Eva Rooms, Torre dello Ziro, Emerald & Coral, Marea) which are all 10-15 minutes walk from Villa Rosa.

On the Lattari Mountains slopes, Villa Rosa borders and overlooks the small village of Atrani, practically reflecting in the Amalfi Coast sea, looking like a miracle of the nature given use by the past, it is characterized by breathtaking landscapes and lemon, myrtle and geranium heady scents.

Only 300 steps separate Villa Rosa from Atrani beach, that is reachable slipping into little lanes and quiet and secluded alleys, decorated with colorful flowers, which communicate the villagers' warmth, affability and hospitality. Nearly all Villa Rosa's rooms have views of the sea, the apartments are equipped with everything you need to have a nice stay, far from the noise of the city, furthermore, the swimming-pool near them represents an exceptional alternative to the wild and indented shore of the Amalfi Coast. More info at

This small cosy family run bed & breakfast, is a perfect choice for those who wish to explore the splendid Amalfi Coast, from a beautifully spectacular, romantic location, truly full of charm.
All recently renovated rooms, have a spacious terrace directly overlooking the sea with a great view along the coastline and the pretty little town of Atrani. A true uplifting treat not only for the eyes but also for the heart! Signora Maddalena, will personally take care of you during your stay and will also look after any of your needs for advice and hints on this charming tourist area. Furthermore you will experience true southern Italian hospitality, in an authentic and splendid family atmosphere.

Eva Rooms offers bed and breakfast along with personalized service in an intimate and welcoming setting. This wonderful location is not only right beside the beach, but also very close to all the main areas of interest along the Amalfi coast, thus offering a central location from which to easily tour, and best enjoy the numerous attractions in the vicinity, in absolute comfort and relaxation. More info at

Perched on the hill that slopes towards the sea from Ravello to Amalfi, caressed by the aroma of lemons and cuddled by the slow roar of the stream that flows to its base, the “Torre dello Ziro” (Literally translated “The Ziro Tower”) is the ideal refuge for those fleeing from the bustle of everyday life in search of an intimate, intense, full of charm and historical one.

The recent restoration which was completed in May 2010, while erasing the signs of the times, was able to leave intact all the charm of the house’s story: the vaulted ceilings, the pergola in the garden with the panoramic view, the hand-painted tiles, and the colors of the Mediterranean all draw guests into a timeless world.

The house, complete with private parking, overlooks a terraced garden which offers a splendid panorama framing the actual “Torre dello Ziro” silhouette against the blue sky meeting the sea. More info at

Lights and heights are the main features of this house, giving it charm and character. From a high rock the house overlooks the sea and it is exposed to the vivid rays of the sun, absorbing all its light. From inside the house and particularly from the very bright and high-level terrace that recalls the foredeck of a ship hanging over the sea, the sky and the land, you can admire a sight that never fails to amaze: you will be delighted by the changing colours of the sky, that is enlightened by the shining sun in the morning and moonlit in the evening; you will enjoy the view of the bell tower, with its top peeping through the surrounding roofs; you will be carried away by the magic of the sea and finally your gaze will rest on the green cliffs of the Atrani valley. More info at

The apartment Marea is located just in the heart of Atrani. It is a very comfortable apartment a short walking distance from the beach. Marea has a balcony overlooking the sea, the coastline and the characteristic arches. Passing the arches you get in the main town’s square.

The apartment recently restored is made up of; a large living/dining room, a very equipped kitchen, a double bed with balcony and sea view, a bedroom with a bed an an added bed and balcony and sea view, a bathroom with bathtub/shower, half bath. More info at

Villa Rosa

Eva Rooms

Torre dello Ziro

Emerald & Coral



4-Night/5-Day Retreat (24-28 July)

3-Night/4-Day Retreat (21-24 July)

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    * All Workshops (15.5hrs of instruction)
    * Welcome goodie bag
    * 3 Lunches & 3 Evening Meals
    * Wine/beer at Dinners
    * Evening jam sessions!


    * All Workshops (13hrs of instruction)
    * Welcome goodie bag
    * 2 Lunches & 2 Evening Meals
    * Wine/beer at Dinners
    * Evening jam sessions!



    Travel to and from Atrani
    Sightseeing excursions in the area
    Personal musical gear – please bring your own guitar


    Travel to and from Atrani
    Sightseeing excursions in the area
    Personal musical gear – please bring your own guitar

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When do the retreats take place.

A. The four-day retreat classes run from the Tuesday afternoon until Friday morning. The five-day retreat classes run from the Friday afternoon until Tuesday morning.

Q. Where do the retreats take place.

A. The retreat classes take place in Villa Rosa, Atrani. A full schedule will be emailed to all attendees six weeks before the event.

Q. Can my partner attend even though they won't participate in the classes.

A. Absolutely, non-participating partners are very welcome. The price for partners is €400 for the five-day and €300 for the four-day. Just click on a Partner Package order button to book.

Q. Can I rent a guitar?

A. It may be possible, but the nearest town that might have a music store that would rent is in Naples or Salerno. Contact Donna ([email protected]) and she will give you some suggestions if she can find any nearby options.

Q. What about accommodation?

A. Villa Rosa, Eva Rooms, Torre dello Ziro, Emerald & Coral and Marea are all a 10-15 minute walk from each other. We will provide transport each morning and evening to Villa Rosa from the other lodging spots if walking is difficult. We have negotiated discount room rates with them which is included in your package. If you would like to request a specific room then send your room request and any other accommodation questions to Donna Wapner at [email protected]

Q. Can I book extra nights of accommodation?

A. Because we are doing two workshops in the same location, extra nights with our providers will not be possible for those in the 4-day package. For those in the 5-day workshop we may be able to get you an extension if you request it early (this is peak season on the Amalfi Coast). If you are wanting to stay in the area longer, just email Donna Wapner at [email protected] and she can offer suggestions for you no matter which workshop you are attending.

Q. How do the meals work?

A. Life in Italy revolves around one large meal per day and that's what we'll be doing for these retreats. See the schedule above. Those booked into Torre dello Ziro and Eva Rooms receive complimentary breakfasts while those staying in one of the apartments will have their own kitchen to prepare breakfast.

Q. Can you accommodate those with dietary issues?

A. We are happy to cater for people with diet issues. Vegetarians and basic diet requirements are included in the price.

Q. Is the venue and accommodation suitable for those with mobility issues?

A. We are not able to accommodate anyone with severe mobility problems. Please get in touch with [email protected] to discuss your particular needs.

Q. What is your cancellation policy?

A. If you do need to cancel you can receive a full refund minus any transaction/credit card/booking fees until March 20th, 2015.  After that date, you will only get a refund if we can fill your spot in the workshop.  We recommend that you consider Traveler's Insurance to safeguard against any unforeseen events that may arise that would cause you to cancel after the March date.  Learn More...

Q. How do I get there?

A. You can travel to Atrani either by air, rail or road.

The closest airport to the Amalfi Coast is Naples International Airport - (NAP) also known as Capodichino airport which is about a 1.5 hour north of Atrani. This is the airport to use for international as well as European flights. You can also come by train getting a ticket to the Salerno Train Station which is south of Atrani.

From the airport or the Salerno train station you can get to Atrani by a combination of public bus, train, ferry, or private transport.

From the airport:

There is a bus service provided by the Curreri company, with numerous daily trips to Piazza Tasso in the center of Sorrento. It takes 1.15 minutes to Sorrento and from there you can take a SITA bus that can take you to Amalfi. Once in Amalfi you can take a taxi to Villa Rosa or your lodging location. trasporti.pdf

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You can also take a ferry from Naples to Amalfi. It usually sails via Capri. Check with ferry companies to get costs and timetables. Once in Amalfi you will have to take a taxi to Atrani lodging.

By train:

You can take a train from anywhere in Europe and go to Salerno. If you fly into Naples, you can also take a train from Naples (at Piazza Garibaldi) to Salerno although you have to first take a bus or taxi to Piazza Garibaldi if coming from the airport.

From the Naples Capodichino airport, take either city bus 3S (appx. 1.10 euro Unico Napoli ticket, purchased at a tabacci shop, convenience store kiosk, or some newsstands) or the specially-marked Alibus (3 euro ticket, purchased onboard) to the Napoli Centrale train station at Piazza Garibaldi. Be sure to validate your Alibus or city bus ticket in the onboard box.

Alternatively, a taxi from the airport to the train station can be hired for approximately 15-25 euros, but use caution as taxi drivers can overcharge. Trains to Salerno run very frequently and cost about 10 euro each way.

Once in Salerno you can take a ferry (to Amalfi), or bus, or taxi to Atrani. Check ferry and SITA bus companies for timetables and costs.

Private Transport:

We can arrange door-to-door private transport from the Naples airport or Salerno to your lodging in Atrani. Cost will depend on pickup location, how many in your party, and when you arrive in the area but usually it is from 50 - 70 euro per person (with a minimum of 2 people). Email us if you are interested in us making your private transport arrangements.

We do not recommend driving on the Amalfi Coast. Driving is difficult, the roads are narrow, and parking is limited.

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