Craig & Sarah’s San Diego ‘Ukulele Retreat - 2020

August 30 - September 3, 2020

Hilton Spa & Resort - Mission Bay - 1775 E Mission Bay Dr. 92109


An ‘Ukulele Retreat with extensive classes in a relaxing environment….

Craig & Sarah have been running ‘Ukulele Cruises for the past 6 years, traveling the world and teaching for 15 years, and currently have an Online ‘Ukulele School with ArtistWorks. They are taking their favorite parts of past events, and creating a brand new event that they know you will enjoy!

The theme of the retreat is “Group Play”. Morning classes will be spent working on techniques and song arrangements put together by the teachers. Afternoon Classes will be chosen from YOU, our students. As we get closer to our 2020 date, participants will receive a survey to help us choose what the attendees would like to learn.


This Intimate Retreat is Limited to 40 Participants.

Non playing participants are welcome to join us for meals and evening activities! If we reach capacity, we will have a waiting list. If this waiting list grows quickly, we will look into booking a 2nd session, shortly after the first. As soon as details are available on a second session, we will post them ASAP.


Retreat Includes

  • 4 Nights at the Hilton Spa & Resort - Mission Bay

  • All Lunches & Farewell Breakfast

  • 16 ‘Ukulele Workshops

  • 20 + Hours of Workshop Videos - ALL WORKSHOPS ARE RECORDED

  • Limited Edition Kanile’a Oha Series - Tenor OR Concert Size

  • Evening Jams & Open Mics

Kanile’a ‘Ukulele

YES - Every ‘Ukulele Player Participant will receive a Limited Edition Kanile’a - Oha Model ‘Ukulele

  • Hand Crafted in Hawai’i

  • Solid Wood Koa Soundboard & Headstock

  • Solid Wood Mahogany Sides & Backs

  • Custom Hibiscus Fret markers - Sand Inlay

  • Commemorative Retreat Label (inside)

  • For Every ‘Ukulele given, a Koa Tree will be planted thanks to Kanile’a ‘Ukulele and Reforest Hawai’i.

  • Every instrument will come with Craig & Sarah’s Custom High G GHS String set.

  • Included Semi Hard Case made possible by The ‘Ukulele Site.

  • Tenor & Concert Sizes Available

Is This Event For You?

We recommend this retreat for those who consider themselves Advanced Beginners - Intermediate Players. This includes:

  • Basic Chords & familiarity with Barre Chords.

  • Popular Progressions such as Doo-Wop, Pop, and 12 Bar Blues.

  • Basic Picking & Strumming Patterns

  • Some Tab or Music Notation. An Intro to Tab Video will be made available to those attending the retreat, prior to arrival.

  • An open mind to Chord Substitutions, (a little) Music Theory, Right Hand Techniques, and desire to make music with others.

If you have any questions - please don’t hesitate to ask:

Retreat Staff

Neal Chin

Born and raised on Maui, Neal Chin has been playing the ʻukulele for sixteen years and teaching for fifteen. He moved to Honolulu, Hawai’i after High School to continue his teaching and performing career. Along with the teachers at the ‘ukulele school, ‘Ukulele Hale, Neal’s students performed throughout the islands at events such as The ʻUkulele Picnic of Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival, and volunteering for the Shriners Hospital for Children.. Neal has performed with over fifty musicians and acts, including Benny Chong, Erika Elona, David Kamakahi, Illisit, and Steven Inglis. Neal has credits on many recordings, including the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winning album, The Akira Project. During his time in Honolulu he received his A.S. in Music Business from the Honolulu Community College. Neal now resides in Seattle, Washington. His latest album ‘Ukulele Paintings was nominated for the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award.

Milo Fultz

With an insatiable urge to explore new and old sounds, Milo Fultz strives to work with as many styles and personalities as he can handle. From big bands and small jazz ensembles to pit orchestras and classical ensembles, blues, rock, funk, and soul groups to singer/songwriters, ukulele bands, and melodica duos, he finds joy in the variety and loves sharing every minute of it. Milo has performed all across North America, including the St. Johns Blues Festival in the Virgin Islands, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the International Blues Competition in Tennessee. He has worked with Craig & Sarah for the past 10 years, teaching at ‘Ukulele Festivals & Cruises across the country. His desire to see students thrive makes him a perfect staff member for this retreat. If you have any questions about the ‘Ukulele Basses, or would like to pre-order your bass, please e-mail Milo at

Marion Koleski

Marion is your travel agent and event coordinator, so if you have any questions or problems, she's your go-to person.

A lifelong percussionist, Marion is also a trained facilitator for Remo HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming.  Anticipating boredom upon becoming an empty nester, Marion started playing ukulele in 2012, and founded the KalamazUkes Ukulele Club.  Marion is a former member of the Battle Creek Sweet Adelines barbershop chorus.

She's also more than just a little obsessed with seeing as much of the world as possible before the curtain drops.  

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