The 2020 Buxton Retreat will be August 7-9th, 2020. Registration will be open soon! Please email if you would like to be notified. 


The 7th annual 
Buxton Guitar Retreat

June  21- 23, 2019 – Buxton, England

FULL Please email for wait list


                       photo: Jo Dennis

Beautiful historic setting in the Peak District of Derbyshire /

Individual instruction / Student performances / Inclusive & non-competitive  


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The Buxton seminar focuses on practical approaches for developing technique and learning new repertoire from the early roots of the country blues masters to modern fingerstyle compositions. 

Our site for the weekend  is the  historic The Old Hall Hotel in the spa town of Buxton, in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, England.  It is the perfect location to create the relaxed an creative environment necessary for learning and taking musical chances. The goal is to develop a practical “toolbox” of techniques  and demystify the process of improvisation.

Some of the techniques include syncopated picking, creating chord melodies,  playing in open tunings, ways to develop your own sound. and how to create variations within a tune. The concepts will be illustrated through learning a wide-ranging repertoire of tunes including the arrangements of Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Blake, Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Eddie Lang as well as Woody’s original compositions.  

The emphasis will also be on solo performances and playing in a group setting.  Saturday evening there will be a student concert. In addition to the scheduled morning and early afternoon sessions, there will be informal workshops and individual instruction.  The weekend is designed as a compliment to previous sessions with new material that will challenge returning students as well as new attendees.
This is a hands on practical workshop for people who want to take their music to the next level and learn some great tunes in the process.  Please feel free to
email me if you have any questions. See you in Derbyshire for this always very special musical weekend retreat.  – Woody 




Friday  June 21,2019
Afternoon Arrival / check in.  Meet up at 4pm

Saturday  June 22
10 am- 6 pm.   
9pm- 11pm  Informal performance / jam session

Sunday June 23
10 am – 5pm  


The Old Hall Hotel, The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire, England. SK17 6BD


Participants book their own accommodations. The hotel offers us a very good special inclusive rate for the weekend, including meals. Please email  the hotel for information.

Tuition / online registration
£385 GBP


Tuition includes all materials, recordings, Friday Dinner,  Saturday and Sunday lunch.

If you would like pay with a UK or USA bank transfer please email for bank details

We will send you a confirmation email with additional information once we receive your registration.

10% discount during the month of February.
(Once you register we will send a 10% refund) 


We look forward to meeting everyone
– Woody and Valerie



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