california ukulele academy

California Ukulele Academy • Southern California Mountain Retreat
Alpine Meadows, between Redlands & Big Bear, So. Cal. • Oct 30 – Nov 2
*NEW! Halloween Spook-ulele Party Only Option!*

*The Ultimate Ukulele Halloween Party for those of you who can’t make it to the full retreat. Full overnight accommodations, dinner, breakfast, and a Halloween Party for only $109 per person!

View all details & price options here.  Or call 775.220.0995 • Or email

The semi-annual mountain retreat of the California Ukulele Academy is becoming one of the most popular retreats in the west! This year, as in 2013, the fall retreat takes place on Halloween weekend, which gives those of us who haven’t completely grown up to dress up and have a Spook-u-lele Party!

All inclusive pricing includes lodging in our cozy, heated cabins, 3 outstanding meals a day, full-day workshops with Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee, and nightly festivities anchored by the best Open Mic experience of all our events! Large, appreciative, enthusiastic audiences cheer you on! Optional hikes take place in the mornings.

Spend relaxed, full day workshops with Craig & Sarah in the fresh mountain air of Alpine Meadows! (So. Cal., not the Tahoe Ski Area!)



The California Ukulele Academy Mountain Retreat has a definite family feel to it. Our total group is only about 70. The quiet stillness of the forest is interrupted only by the crunching of pine needles under foot and the sweet strumming of four strings. Everything is relaxed and laid back, except for the nightly uke parties and open mic sessions! CUAgroup1650


About the accommodations: Family or groups are assigned their own cabins. Singles are paired off, two to a cabin that is built for 6 or more, so there’s space for you to achieve semi-privacy. All cabins are heated with private baths. Towels, bedding, and amenities are provided, but some like to bring an additional blanket, sleeping bag, towel, or pillow for additional comfort. All cabins have multiple large, sturdy bunk beds, two for each person so everyone gets a lower bunk and can use the upper for storage. Most campers only use the cabins for sleep as there is so much going on. If you think you might like to sit in your cabin for alone time, you might want to bring a folding chair if you don’t wish to sit on the bed.
Our workshops are full day affairs with breaks as needed and a lunch buffet in the middle. Without the clock watching rush of an hour long workshop, there is much time for Q&A and individual attention.



Our True Beginner’s Track is something special: We supply you with a nice, student grade ukulele and we start from the beginning. By the second night, you are performing as a group, on stage, in front of a live audience!


Our chef’s prepare three gourmet meals for every type of diet. In the mornings, the heartiest souls meet at 7AM for a hike, while the rest of us amble into the dining hall around 8 for a nice breakfast.

New acquaintances are made over coffee, tea, or juice and the energy builds as we approach class time.



We typically have 3 or 4 ukulele and music related vendors that set up shop in the main lodge. Bring your cookie money!




By Friday night, everyone is pretty loose and many new friendships are being created. By Saturday night, everyone is a big happy family. Some folks turn in early, some burn the midnight oil. Sunday morning we have breakfast and start the goodbye process. A few heartfelt songs may be offered up from stage. We are sad to leave, but happy to have seen old friends and made new ones!

View price options here. Call 775.220.0995 or email for details


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