Tuscany, Italy • July 14-20, 2019

You’ll 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.

Pls bring your own  guitar. It can be any electric   guitar.
In case it is complicated to travel with your guitar, pls let us know. We have a couple of extra guitars, and if more are needed we can rent them.

July 14-20, 2019
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, and  unique Plant Therapy 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 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  and two coffe breaks

first meeting on Sunday, July 14. 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 20, after breakfast.
We start each session together and then we split in groups, 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 12 students.


xxx 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.


First payment of xxx EUR via PayPal.
Next payment of xxx EUR will be in cash, upon arrival.
Payment for lodging and meals directly to venue, in two payments as well, accordingly.

The closest and most practical airport is the one of Rome
We can organize a shuttle from the airport to Villa Lina, the cost is € 100, if it is 3/4 of you, it can be split.
This will be paid directly to the driver in €.
Shuttle from Roma Termini train station is 100

Departure is the following Saturday, after breakfast.
IMPORTANT         when booking your flight, make sure that you will arrive at the chosen airport not too late during the day. With the time to collect your bags, rent a car or meet our driver and get to Ronciglione, you will need at least 2 hours to arrive to Ronciglione , and we have a first meeting at 6 pm.

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 more than 25 years, so he is the man!

Cancellation 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 20, 2019
In the (very rare) case that we have to cancel the workshop, you are entitled the full refund of the money paid.


Guitar Workshop 2019- Mike _Campese -1

Mike Campese is known as a guitar virtuoso, he is an all-around music performer, session artist competent in many musical styles, electric and acoustic.  Mike is a very versatile musician, he writes vocal and instrumental arrangements that he records and performs live.  Mike has been featured and is a lesson writer for many national guitar magazines such as Guitar World, Guitar One and Guitar Player, he has done several full page lessons for these magazines.  Currently, Mike has his own monthly column in Italy’s premier magazine, Axe magazine.  Mike also writes lessons for several online sites such as Guitar9.com, ibreathemusic, Chops From Hell, Shred Academy, Premier Guitar, The Sound Guitar mag and many more. Mike teaches over 60 students a week and is one of the top teachers in the NY area.  He has released 3 instructional DVDs for Chops From Hell, “Virtuoso Rock Fusion Concepts”, “Creative Speed-Building Picking Techniques” and “Melodic Shred”.

 Mike attended one of the worlds top guitar school Musicians institute (GIT) in Hollywood, California and graduated with Honors.  He studied with many great players such as Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Norman Brown, Stanley Jordan, Keith Wyatt and many more.

 Mike was a member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and received a Gold record for his work and has appeared on the Jason Becker tribute Cd “Warmth In The Wilderness” on the Lion Music label in Finland, which was a international release.  Mike performed and opened for many national acts such as Yngwie Malmsteen on 3 tours, Michael Schenker, The B-52’s, Lou Reed, The members of Yes and Asia, KC and the Sunshine band, Spin Doctors, Little Steven, Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls, Sebastian Bach on 2 tours, Dokken, Kip Winger, Rik Emmett Of Triumph, Lizzy Borden, Vinnie Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Jon Oliva, Geoff Tate of Queensryche, Avatar, Iron Butterfly and many many more.  Mike also performed at the Cruefest 2 show which featured Motley Crue, Godsmack, Drowning Pool, Theory of a Deadman, Rev Theory and more.  Also, Mike is a regular performer at “First Night” in Saratoga Springs, NY on New Year’s Eve and he is the first person to ever play along with a fireworks display in Saratoga.

 Mike has released 10 solo Cd’s to date and performs locally and nationally.  January 2007-2018 Mike played at the NAMM show in Anaheim California for companies he is endorsed with.  This year Mike performed with members of Lady Gaga’s band, Public Enemy and Sting.  During the summer of 2013 Mike released his 8th solo record “Chameleon”.  This 12 track Cd features some of Mike’s best compositions and Mike dials in his versatile writing skills, which he is known for and there is a special guest solo by Vernon Reid of Living Colour.  In the fall of 2013, Mike traveled to Italy to do a Italian guitar clinic tour, that was very successful. Mike’s fan base is growing internationally and has appeared on national radio and TV and his music has been used for a Lions Gate movie.  During the summer of 2016, Mike released his 9th solo album, titled “Chapters”.  This 15 track, 67 minute album is mainly all acoustic, with a splash of electric guitar.  The music was written in Italy and Hawaii, during Mike’s journeys and inspiration.  In Spring of 2017, Mike did another tour of Italy, that was very successful.  Mike will be releasing his 10th solo album, “The Fire Within”, for June 2018 and a European tour will follow as well.  Also, he is endorsed by several national companies, be sure to visit www.mikecampese.com for more info and shows.


WHERE  Villa Lina, Ronciglione Italy