"I knew that I would enjoy this retreat but I never expected to amass so much knowledge from one weekend. The tutors were excellent, and very adept at adjusting the lessons to suit individual aims and interest. It was bespoke at its' very best."
"I will be booking for next time at the earliest opportunity, and will be highly recommending to all my guitar playing friends and acquaintances.
Well done NWGR."
Joanne Middleton, 2017 Retreat
"From the moment of arrival, we were encouraged to feel completely at home and to immerse ourselves in the experience. A home where you could sit and play and exchange ideas with other guests or the tutors, or just wander around the home and gardens and lose yourself in tunes or thought. The whole experience was a juxtaposition between a very tranquil dream-provoking environment to one which consisted of a great vibrancy and energy - an energy which pervaded the entire weekend."
Karl Shone, 2017 Retreat
"What an experience!...Quality tuition, great company in a fantastic location. I would not hesitate in recommending NWGR to anyone who wants to take their playing to the next level."
Tom Wilson, 2017 Retreat
I did the one day retreat at Stanley Palace in Chester last Saturday. I really enjoyed the day and learned so much that I can now take away and work with. I would definitely recommend this to others.
The venue was perfect, fairly easy to get to with ample parking across the road. We had the run of the building, which was full of charm and character, and this provided a really relaxed and kinda cosy setting.
Jim and Skeet were brilliant. Immediately setting everyone at ease on arrival with their friendly, lively enthusiasm and putting the kettle on. No egos on show here.
Once the lessons started, we had four one-hour lessons (two with each tutor) through the day. It was obvious straight away that Jim and Skeet are both brilliant players in their own right and very patient and engaging teachers. No-one was made to feel inadequate, the more capable students were challenged and nothing was too much trouble for the teachers.
The food and hospitality throughout the day was superb and this helped everyone to feel so relaxed. It was such a friendly and engaging group.
Big thanks to Jim and Skeet!
Absolutely fantastic course. Skeet and Jim are very professional and personable tutors who Taylor their approach to all levels of ability.
I highly recommend these courses to anyone who is interested!
Stuart Kennedy, 2018 Stanley Palace
Great day, learned a lot, now to practice! Enjoyed the company and mixture of ‘students’, the tutors were great and I would go again - when I have perfected round 1. No doubt Skeet will be on my case as he is my weekly tutor! I would recommend this course to anyone.
Glyn Hudson, 2018 Stanley Palace
Had a great day on Saturday at Stanley Palace: plenty of new ideas for my guitar playing (technical and musical); really enjoyed meeting other guitar folks; we all loved the food a little bit too much; and a perfectly quirky venue. Big thank you to Skeet and Jim for organising these retreats, sharing their expertise and spreading the love of guitar.
Isabelle Ryder, 2018 Stanley Palace
Had a great time at the North Wales Guitar Retreat on Sunday 4th March. I would like to thank Skeet and Jim and fellow students for making the day warm, welcoming and fun. I felt fully supported and encouraged to feel relaxed in order to be able to learn and get the best out of the day. The lessons were well planned and both tutors were able to be flexible to the needs of the students. It was good to meet fellow guitar lovers and learn from the experience . The setting was perfect and added to the whole experience with great food. Thanks to all that made it a great day of learning.
Penni Neale, 2018 Stanley palace