The Woodshed Guitar Experience is a 3-night retreat for guitar players of all kinds!

August 26-29, 2021
Lake Frances Retreats - Crossville, Tennessee

Jam, create, and learn from the best artists in the industry.

An incredible setting on the beautiful Cumberland plateau paired with amazing music and one on one instruction from some of the best guitarists in the world. The Woodshed Guitar Experience is a 3-night retreat, hosted by Andy Wood, for guitar players of all kinds! Jam, create and learn from Andy and his friends, some of the best artists in the industry.

This exclusive experience is designed to inspire and educate musicians by offering hands-on opportunities with some of the most talented artists in the industry. Our host location, Lake Frances Retreats, is a 150 acre private property, including a private lake, and amenities nestled within the beauty of eastern Tennessee. Attendance will be limited to a guest list of 110 General Admission and General Admission + participants, as well as 15 VIP spots. If you are looking to spend quality time with amazing individuals, learning, listening to, and creating music and more, this experience is for you!

Please know that given the current pandemic, the health and safety of our guests is of the utmost importance. For more information regarding our COVID-19 policy, please contact


*Artists are subject to change due to dates and scheduling changes


Activities and times are subject to change.

2:00-3:00pm – VIP Check-in

5:00-7:00pm – VIP Meet & Greet/Cocktail Hour

5:30-6:30pm – General Admission & General Admission+ Check-in

7:00-8:20 – Dinner & Opening Ceremony with Andy Wood

9:00pm-12:00am – Open Mic/Jam with All Attendees

8:00-9:00am – Breakfast

9:00-10:00am – Class 1:
– Andy Wood (Group 1), Mark Lettieri (Group 2)

10:30-11:30am – Class 2:
– Tyler Larson (All Attendees)

11:45-12:30pm – Lunch

12:45-1:45pm – Class 3:
– Andy Timmons (Group 1), Greg Koch (Group 2)

2:00-3:00pm – Class 4:
– Robben Ford (Group 1), Brent Mason (Group 2)

3:15-4:15pm – Artist Q&A
–  With Mark Lettieri & Andy Timmons Hosted by Andy Wood

4:15-5:15pm – Free Time

5:30-6:45pm – Dinner

7:00-10:00pm – Artist Jam Session

10:15pm – Open Mic (All Attendees)

8:00-9:00am – Breakfast

9:00-10:00am – Class 1:
– Mark Lettieri (Group 1), Andy Wood (Group 2)

10:30-11:30am – Class 2:
– Lari Basilio (All Attendees)

11:45-12:30pm – Lunch

12:45-1:45pm – Class 3:
– Greg Koch (Group 1), Andy Timmons (Group 2)

2:00-3:00pm – Class 4:
– Brent Mason (Group 1), Robben Ford (Group 2)

3:15-4:15pm – Artist Q&A
– With Brent Mason & Robben Ford Hosted by Greg Koch

4:15-5:15pm – Free Time

5:30-6:45pm – Dinner

7:00-10:00pm – Woodshed Finale Concert

10:30pm – Open Mic/Attendee Jam

8:30-10:00am – Breakfast/Fairwell

10:30-11:30am – Attendee Departure/Check-out

Schedule is subject to change.

Welcome to Lake Frances

We’re proud to be hosting this year’s Woodshed Guitar Experience at the fabulous Lake Frances outside of Crossville, Tennessee!

Lake Frances is a 150-acre retreat location found nestled on the top of the Cumberland plateau, just outside of Crossville, Tennessee. It’s easy to get to, yet you experience the seclusion of being in nature and hanging out on the lake. Comfortable cabins, top-notch facilities and an amazing setting make Lake Frances the perfect getaway for your church or school group, as well as the ideal fit for your special event or a unique wedding neither you nor your guests will ever forget. Lake Frances is the retreat location you probably haven’t heard of, but the last one you will ever want to visit. Retreat to the wild.


Lake Frances Retreats boasts a variety of rooming options fit for everyone. VIP attendees will choose their rooming first, followed by first come, first serve selections. We also offer the option for attendees to stay in local hotels.

Standard Rooming
VIP & Standard Rooming
VIP & Deluxe Rooming

Cabin option I

  • Standard cabin

  • Twin bunks

  • 1 guest per room

Cabin option II

  • Deluxe cabin

  • Twin/queen beds available

  • 1 guest per room

Cabin option III

  • VIP cabin

  • 1 guest per room

  • Private bathroom

  • Only 15 available!

A world class spread of meal options will be offered to all attendees, with special accommodations for campers with food allergies.


The Woodshed Guitar Experience offers a variety of pricing models that vary based on their accommodations, etc.

Hotel Package

$ 2499
  • Woodshed Guitar Experience will book guest's hotel room
  • Shuttle services will be available to and from Lake Frances

General Admission

$ 2199
  • Room on property (one person per room due to COVID-19)
  • Shared bathroom with one other guest; bathrooms have 4 sinks, 4 toilets, 4 showers
  • Rooms on property will be limited

VIP (Limited to 20 guests)

$ 3299
  • Private room on site
  • VIP Amp Room Experience with artists
  • One on one instruction with artists
  • Jam sessions with artists

guest add-on

Add a guest (spouse, etc) for the week; $400 to package (includes all meals and activities, except for classes)

See rooming accommodations below.

cancellation policy

We will refund all payments, minus a $200 processing and registration fee to all participants who send in cancellation notice to by August 13th, 2020, and receive cancellation confirmation. 

No registration fees are refundable within 14 days of the Woodshed Guitar Experience. 

If the Woodshed Guitar Experience is cancelled for any reason, all participants will receive a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

All levels of playing ability are welcome at The Woodshed Guitar Experience! New guitar players and veteran guitar players are encouraged to attend. Our only requirements are that you love people and music!

Live Q&A with the The Woodshed Guitar Experience artists are built into all of our instructional classes and sessions. This is a very organic environment that encourages artists and attendees to communicate and learn from each other.

Yes! You are welcome to bring your own guitar, but if you don’t want the hassle of traveling with your own instrument, we will be providing an amp room with plenty of amps and guitars from our sponsors at Open Chord MusicSuhrREVV, and Wampler for you to try out.

We encourage you to bring along your favorite gear, as long as attendees are respectful of volume. We have plenty of space to spread out and play as loud as you want!

It’s our goal at The Woodshed Guitar Experience to create a musically organic vibe for musicians of all ages and levels. There are scheduled attendee jam sessions every night. In addition to the scheduled jam sessions, there will be organic jam sessions popping up throughout the event. Attendees who purchase the VIP Package will have opportunities to hang out and jam with The Woodshed Guitar Experience artists throughout the event.

A professional chef will be preparing all guest meals, served on the scenic, covered, deck at Lake Frances Retreat. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available.

All alcohol will be provided for free by The Woodshed Guitar Experience. Guests are also welcome to bring any alcohol.

There will be designated smoking areas on site. Smoking is not allowed in the cabins.

Photos and videos can be taken and used for personal use. We want to respect the artists’ privacy, which means that rebroadcasting of live concerts, shows, or classes will not be allowed, depending on each artists’ consent and agreement.

Yes, attendees will need to sign a photo release form, but you will have the opportunity to opt out of any promotional photos.

Access for people with disabilities is limited. We will do everything we can to make it possible for everyone to attend and participate. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Covid-19 Safety Measures

The comfort and safety of the guests of Woodshed Guitar Experience is of the utmost importance to us. Please read our Covid-19 Policy at the link below.

Contact Us

Bradey Smithson
Retreat Coordinator
(615) 882-4821

There are many of us who have been craving music in recent months, and we feel this is the perfect opportunity in the ideal setting to have a unique event like the Woodshed Guitar Experience. We can’t wait for you to join us!

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Robben Ford

An avid songwriter with an inclination towards production, Ford excels at spending time in the studio and working on a variety of projects. This new era of creative output features him at the helm, highlighting both up-and-coming artists as well as some of the best instrumentalists that “Music City” has to offer.

Brent Mason

Brent Mason is a Nashville recording studio guitarist and songwriter performing primarily country music. Guitar World Magazine listed him as one of the “Top Ten Session Guitarists of All Time”. Discovered and mentored by Chet Atkins, Mason has been named “Guitarist of the Year” 12 times by the Academy of Country Music and was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019.

Andy Wood

Andy Wood is known for blurring the lines of preconceived genres. Andy spent most of his childhood playing and competing in bluegrass festivals. Touring the bluegrass circuit with his cousin and grandfather provided Andy with the necessary exposure that helped refine and sharpen his skills.

Mark Lettieri

Mark Lettieri is a guitarist, composer, producer, and instructor based in Fort Worth, TX. Proficient in a multitude of styles, he records and performs in virtually every genre of popular music with both independent and major-label artists. He also composes and produces original instrumental music under his own name.

Andy Timmons

Andy Timmons (born July 26, 1963) is an American guitarist who has played in the bands Taylor Bay Band, Danger Danger, Pawn Kings, and Andy Timmons Band (ATB). He has also released several solo albums and has worked as a session guitarist. He has released two CDs on Favored Nations, the first being That Was Then, This Is Now and Resolution on May 2, 2006.

Greg Koch

Greg Koch is an American guitarist from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Koch grew up in the Milwaukee area and began playing guitar at the age of 12. He was influenced by the guitarist and singer-songwriter Jimi Hendrix. In April 2012 Fender Musical Instruments Corporation named Koch one of the top 10 unsung guitarists.


Lari Basilio was born into a musical household in São Paulo, Brazil. At the age of 4 she started studying organ and later, at the age of 8 her father taught her first chords on an acoustic guitar. That’s when she fell in love with the guitar. In 2011, Lari started working on her instrumental five-song Extended Play (EP), named, simply, Lari Basilio, which features Felipe Andreoli, bass player of Angra. The EP was produced by five-time Latin Grammy winner Lampadinha.


Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website “Music is Win.” His entertaining, satirical content about life as a musician along with insightful, uncomplicated guitar lessons receive millions of video views per month, and his online guitar courses tout thousands of students with a cumulative 4.7 rating on Udemy. Tyler is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has been teaching guitar for over a decade.

How are we dealing with covid-19?

Normally, Lake Frances Retreats, the host site for the Woodshed Guitar Experience, can house up to 350 people and can handle events of well over 1,000 attendees. For the Woodshed Guitar Experience, we are going to have a maximum of 125 participants. This will allow all participants as much social distancing as they desire. In addition, all events and classes will take place outside, weather permitting. If we do have weather issues, we have 30,000 square feet of well-ventilated indoor space which will allow us to continue classes with plenty of space.

Below is a summary of the guidelines we will be implementing this summer:

Cleaning and Disinfecting:

  • We are working in conjunction with a local Servpro professional to create a responsible cleaning plan. We will be disinfecting using CDC recommended and EPA approved products.
  • All facilities will be cleaned and disinfected daily. This will include a wiping down of frequently touched areas and surfaces, as well as a complete disinfectant fogging of each facility.
  • Attendees will be required to wash or sanitize hands specifically when exiting/entering buildings and prior to meals.
  • Each attendee will be encouraged to bring his/her own small bottle or spray bottle of hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol). They will be able to refill it here at Lake Frances as many times as needed for free.
  • Attendees will not be required to wear masks, but are free to do so, should they choose.

30,000 sq ft Indoor Facility:   

  • The size of this facility allows for significant social distancing for all participants.
  • Our eleven large garage doors will remain open throughout the summer which will maintain a very open and ventilated environment, as recommended by the CDC.
  • This facility will be utilized only when needed because of weather. Otherwise, all events and classes will take place outdoors on our 150-acre facility.


  • General admission occupancy in the sleeping areas will be a maximum of 4 individuals. Typically, our largest sleeping rooms can hold up to 19 people.
  • All attendees have the option to stay at a hotel. If you are choosing the hotel option, we are working with the Hampton Inn, Crossville for your accommodations.  The Hampton Inn has instituted the Hilton Clean Stay program to help ensure a safe comfortable stay.  For more information about the policies visit their website


  • Attendees will be staggered at meal times to ensure plenty of space for guests.
  • Most seating during meal times will be outside.
  • We will be eliminating all self-serve food stations and buffet style service (e.g. the salad bar). All food will be prepared and served by our dining staff.
  • Dining staff will be health screened daily.
  • State restaurant guidelines will be followed including frequent handwashing, disinfecting of surfaces, and use of gloves and required use of masks while serving.

Check-in & Check-out:

  • Our contact free check-in plan will allow attendees to check-in without close direct contact with any of our staff and without getting out of their vehicles.
  • Each attendee will receive a short health and exposure questionnaire prior to their departure to come to the event, as well as have their temperature taken upon arrival, to help reduce the likelihood of bringing Covid-19 onto facility grounds.
  • Should a attendee have a temperature of 100.4 or above, he/she will not be allowed to attend the event and will receive a full refund.


  • Each attendee and staff will receive a daily temperature check prior to participation in the daily events.
  • Should a camper or staff come down with symptoms of Covid-19, including a temperature of 100.4 or above, he/she will be required to exit the property immediately. They will receive a refund prorated for the time they have been at the event.

Lastly, the CDC has identified a list of pre-existing conditions that can lead to a greater risk of serious complications from Covid-19.  Although this risk still may be very small, we are asking that any attendees with any of the preexisting conditions identified on the CDC website not to attend this years Woodshed Guitar Experience. 

We all understand, that no plan is perfect, and ultimately, you all need to make your own decision and feel comfortable attending the Woodshed Guitar Experience.  Please do your own due diligence and know we respect every one of you and whatever you choose to do.