Acousticamp 2024 is a 4-day event for players and music lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes. Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, this four-day camp offers activities and workshops for you. You will have the experience of working closely with a special group of artists, referred to as our Faculty, handpicked by Chris. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Acousticamp includes:

  • Exclusive, private performances by Chris and our all-star Faculty
  • Intimate breakout groups at all levels led by Chris and the Faculty – from true beginner to advanced – on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, bass, and vocals – every day
  • Masterclasses every day by Chris and Faculty
  • Signing session with the artists
  • All meals provided
  • Daily coffee service and coffee classes with worldclass roasters, Madcap Coffee
  • Cocktail classes and evening cocktail hours with legendary bartender Abigail Gullo
  • Wonderful accommodations at the historic Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds on the Pacific Coast

An Invitation from Chris Thile

Dearest Fellow Acoustic Music Obsessors,

I am OVERJOYED to invite you to the second annual Acousticamp!!! We’re headed west this year, to beautiful Pacific Grove, CA, from August 22nd to the 26th at the Asilomar Hotel and Conference Center.

Whether you’re a professional musician looking to increase the range and depth of your work, or a passionate concertgoer eager to understand more about the music you love, this is the camp for you! Prepare for a hands-on, ears-up deep dive into ALL the nooks and crannies of acoustic music-making: performance, composition, lyric-writing, improvisation, collaboration, recording, and on and on!

Once again, I’m honored to be joined by a dream lineup of instructors, known as our faculty, including herofriends Chris Eldridge, Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny, Michael Daves, Ashley Hoyer and Julian Lage, PLUS some brilliant first timers like my pals Louis Cato and Sierra Hull.

Your days will be filled with instruction that meets you where you are, discussions and Q&A’s to help you determine where you want to be, performances by our faculty AND some very special guests to fuel you on your way, all topped off with late night jam sessions between you and your fellow Acousticampers. For those who prefer to listen and talk rather than sing and play at the end of the day, I’ll be hosting nightly listening parties where I’ll share music that inspires me, invite other faculty to do the same and we can all have a cocktail (or mocktail) or two about it!

Speaking of which, said c/mocktails AND our daily coffee will be WORLD CLASS, presided over by legends of those life-giving crafts, who will inspire you as you strive to make and appreciate Good Things.

Last year’s Acousticamp was a euphoria-inducing fusion of education, practice, and joy, and I have a feeling this year’s will be even better. LET’S DO THIS!!!



Chris Thile

Chris Eldridge

Brittany Haas

Paul Kowert


Louis Cato

Sierra Hull

Julian Lage

Ashley Hoyer

Michael Daves

Sample Schedule

Acousticamp 2024 will start August 22 at 3pm and conclude August 26 at 11AM. An official schedule will be announced later this year.
Schedule subject to change

Typical Day

  • Morning


  • Sierra Hull Masterclass + Q&A w/ Chris Thile

  • Breakout sessions led by Chris Thile (mandolin), Paul Kowert (bass), Brittany Haas (fiddle), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Louis Cato (songwriting), Julian Lage (guitar), Chris Eldridge (guitar), Ashley Hoyer (mandolin), Michael Daves (guitar) & more

  • Afternoon


  • Julian Lage Masterclass

  • Breakout sessions led by Chris Thile (mandolin), Paul Kowert (bass), Brittany Haas (fiddle), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Louis Cato (songwriting), Julian Lage (guitar), Chris Eldridge (guitar), Ashley Hoyer (mandolin), Michael Daves (guitar) & more

  • Evening


  • Punch Brothers Evening Concert

  • Camper jam sessions / nightly listening party

Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds

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 Setting & Accommodations

Asilomar offers charming, rustic accommodations perfect for anyone dedicated to rest and reflection. In keeping with this tradition, guest rooms are free of modern-day distractions such as telephones and televisions. You can thank us later for the extra focus!  All lodging rooms have been newly renovated, have private baths, and many buildings feature common living rooms appointed with fireplaces and inviting overstuffed chairs. We look forward to watching you inspire each other in your downtime.

Area Attractions

Kayaking, sky diving, deep sea fishing and whale watching are just a hint of wonderful experiences available on the Monterey Peninsula. This spot is the epitome of relaxation brought on by inspiring nature. Feel free to book your own accommodations before or after the event to experience all that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer.

Area Activities

  • Asilomar Walking Tours
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking & Walking Trails
  • Shooting Pool
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming
  • Surfing

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Travel Directions

Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds

800 Asilomar Ave
Carmel, CA 93950

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

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Pricing and Registration

Chris Thile’s Acousticamp has sold out! Please click Register to sign up to the wait list and we will notify you if a spot becomes available.

Room Types and Pricing

  • Commuter Package

    Stay wherever you like but be at Acousticamp for all daytime activities, workshops, concerts, signings, etc. Does not include accommodations , but does include everything else! Pricing is per person.

  • Shared Room with Two Beds

    Share a room with another camper each with your own bed. You may either name your own roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. Price is for one person.

  • Single with One Bed

    Standard room with one king bed for one participant. Price is for one person.

  • Attend With A Friend – Sharing One “Large” Bed in a room

    This registration is for 2 people sharing one bed: one person will be fully participating in all daytime and night time activities and one person will be accompanying them but only attending meals and evening concerts.

  • Attend With A Friend – Sharing Two Beds in a Room

    This registration is for 2 people in 2 beds in one room: one person will be fully participating in all daytime and night time activities and one person will be accompanying them but only attending meals and evening concerts.

  • 2 Players, 1 Bed

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at Acousticamp and attend all activities and workshops, we recommend this price point. It will get both of you a room with one bed as well as access to all activities, workshops, concerts, and meals. Price is for one couple.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • All meals provided
  • Daily coffee with Madcap
  • Evening cash bar
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sightseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any package or offering at any time.
    • All rates are subject to 11.9% surcharge, which includes state and local taxes plus service fees.
  • Installment Payment Plan – Upon checkout, you have the option to pay in full or one 50% installment.
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • The remaining balance will be automatically charged to the credit card on file on July 1, 2024.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable unless you enroll in the Active Cancellation Insurance program. The Active Cancellation Insurance program is a program that will enable you to receive a full refund should you cancel your registration for any reason as long as you file your claim no less than 48 hours before the event.
    • To enroll in this program, you can purchase the Insurance at check out. The cost to consumers is 20% of the cart total after any discounts have been applied. It will clearly spell out the amount in dollars it will cost at the time of checkout.
    • Active Refund is only available to those in the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand. Anyone registering outside of those countries will need to purchase trip cancellation insurance from a 3rd party of their choice.

If you have any questions, please call our customer service number (+1) 800-852-9277, or send us an email at

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy and Cancellation FAQ