About the Woodshed
The Woodshed – Yukon Acoustic Music Workshop is a four-day gathering for those wanting to sharpen their skills on a variety of acoustic instruments, including banjo, guitar, fiddle, double bass, mandolin, ukulele, as well as lead and harmony singing.
Featuring some of the best acoustic string musicians and instructors in the world, the Woodshed strives to create an intimate and intensive learning experience in a friendly and supportive environment. Located at the beautiful Sundog Retreat, just a short drive from Whitehorse, the setting provides plenty of inspiration as well.
The schedule includes class time twice a day, general workshops, slow jams, open jams, a band scramble and final student concert. Lots of playing and practice opportunities!
What level am I?
Novice: You are not brand new to your instrument. You have some basic skills and can strum, pick or bow. You can change basic chords, or play a simple scale or melody slowly but have little experience playing with others.
Intermediate: You can generally keep rhythm and/or play a few basic melodies in slow jams. You know some basic chord shapes and have some understanding of what chords are common in a few keys. You can sing and strum at the same time easily and learn chords to simple tunes fairly quickly. You may be able to play some simple fingerpicking or flatpicking.
Vocals & Harmony Singing: You are able to sing a melody reasonably in tune.
If you are still unsure please contact us to discuss – [email protected]. We want to make sure you get the most out of your time at camp.
What to Bring
- an open mind and a willingness to learn and share
- your instrument(s)
- all your own camping supplies
- warm clothes
- sun hat
- folding chair for around the campfire
- bug dope (avoid DEET-containing products that destroy instrument finish)
The 2017 dates for the Woodshed are June 22 to 26.
Sundog Retreat is a 65-hectare property near Whitehorse. It has peaceful, wide-open spaces and a gorgeous mountain view. Common areas, dining room, camping area and classrooms are all close together and within walking distance of each other. A bicycle might be handy for the short 10-minute cycle to the Yukon River. Click here for directions.
To stay on-site you must be in an RV or tenting. To explore RV rental options refer to Travel Yukon. To find out about other accommodation options in and around Whitehorse, please refer to Travel Yukon and also Whitehorse Bed and Breakfasts.
The fee is $550 and includes all instruction and workshops, meals and camping spots for tents & RVs (no hookups).
We provide health-conscious and delicious meals, starting with dinner on Thursday evening, breakfast, lunch and dinner from Friday to Sunday, and breakfast on Monday.
Questions? Email [email protected].
What our students and instructors say...
Recommendations? “Just provide the dates early so I can lock them in!”Rhythm guitar student
“Utterly inspiring, as a musician, a teacher and a citizen (because I got to discover a beautiful new community in Whitehorse). I took some ideas home to try out at my own camp. Great work.”Instructor
“It’s hard to think of any way the camp could be improved. The instructors have been treated with the utmost respect by staff and students. If there were international music camp awards, this camp could win. Very much worth the journey”.Darol Anger
“This was my first camp and I plan on returning. The instructors were so enthusiastic and their energy permeated the camp.”Flat-picking guitar student
“This is one of my favorite camps anywhere: the community is really great, the setting and food are hard to beat, and it’s abundantly clear that a lot of thought has been put into every aspect of the camp experience. I’m a fan!”Joe Walsh
“Top-notch quality! Very informative, interesting, fun and well structured.”Rhythm guitar student
“I really enjoyed working with the guitar students and found the relatively small class size ideal for making sure there was some time to engage with everyone individually as well as working with the whole group on tunes and more general concepts. What a great week.”Grant Gordy
“Wonderful camp! Great instructors who took part in jams and obviously enjoy music in every capacity. Good sense of community.”Mandolin student