Vibing on The Vineyard

Join Jorma Kaukonen and David Wolff for an unparalleled experience on Martha’s Vineyard! Spend the weekend with a small group of like-minded students and learn to play your favorite music on this beautiful island. You will arrive on-island Thursday evening, and your interactive experience will begin on Friday morning and continue through Sunday.

This unique experience includes 15-18 hours of instruction as well as video clips provided by Jorma and David so that you can review what you’ve learned at your leisure.

Lunches will be included. Overnight accommodations and all other meals are the responsibility of the student.

In addition, Jorma will hold a private concert for the students during the weekend.

Explore the idyllic island of Martha’s Vineyard and enjoy the intricacies of this great music!

We are offering two separate weekends for you to choose from:

May 31 – June 2, 2024

Level 2/3

Jorma and David will be choosing songs for this three-day workshop from the Hot Tuna/Jorma/Jefferson Airplane well. You should have knowledge of first position chords and be skilled with basic right-hand techniques; simple fingerpicking including arpeggios, with alternating thumb, and basic familiarity with hammering on, pulling off, and sliding on strings. The class will expand on these techniques and extend from patterns into melodic lines while emphasizing the liberation of the thumb, thus providing a steady alternating bass line. The material will be treated in a sophisticated way, but with more individualized instruction opportunities and at a pace commensurate with the skill level of this workshop. Don’t let this description deter you from signing up if you feel you might not be up to speed. We can get you up to speed with supplementary lessons from The goal here is to perfect your playing while still having a good time. No pressure!

June 7 – 9, 2024

Level 3/4

Jorma and David are planning a hearty three-day workshop with total emphasis on acoustic fingerstyle playing. Participants should be proficient with thumb independence with alternating thumb patterns accompanied by melodic lines, experience with songs that depart from pattern fingerpicking, and acquaintance with chord inversions in several positions up the neck. The focus will be on bringing pieces to performance level in terms of groove, tone, texture, and creativity. Their goal with this workshop is to further develop your skills and use songs as vehicles for teaching licks, riffs, runs, and embellishments in various keys. Songs will be broken down, but assume a level of skill permitting a brisk pace. If you are seeking a challenge via in-depth techniques such as interpretations, arranging, developing solos, improvising, and playing together then this class is for you.

Apply Here:

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Explanation of Tuition/Fees

Please pay special attention to the enrollment and cancellation deadlines highlighted in red. If you have any questions, please email, or call 740.992.2575.


  • $2,700 (Student Only)
    • Overnight accommodations are the responsibility of the student.

Tuition Covers:

  • 15-18 hours of instruction
  • Daily Lunch (All other meals are the responsibility of the student)
  • Private Performance by Jorma



A non-refundable deposit of $450.00 is required with each signed application. Deposits are credited toward your tuition. Deposits are used for processing fees and instructor deposits and are not student funds held in escrow. All deposits are non-transferable, non-refundable.

Tuition Balance

The tuition balance is due by the final payment date indicated on the invoice (60 days prior to workshop commencement). Students paying by credit card will be automatically charged the balance due on the designated due date to the account on file, unless prior arrangements have been made and approved.

You may make payments towards your final balance at any time by check or credit card: either mail a check, or notify the office of the desired transaction date and amount to make a payment by credit card.

For additional information contact Vanessa or Stephanie at 740.992.2575 or fax: 740-992-2575 Monday, Wednesday-Friday from 10:00 – 4:00 or e-mail

Any application received within the 60 days prior to workshop must include full tuition.

The Fur Peace Ranch accepts personal checks, business checks, money orders and all major credit cards.

Make check(s) payable to:

Fur Peace Ranch
39495 St. Clair Rd.,
Pomeroy, OH 45769

Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation must be given in writing (email is okay) and received no later than 4 PM ET of the final cancellation date. The $450.00 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. If notice of cancellation is received by 4PM ET of the final cancellation date, any tuition payments beyond the non-refundable $450 deposit will be refunded. Students may not transfer their workshop to another person under any circumstance.

No refunds will be given for any cancellation received after 4 PM ET on the cancellation date deadline. Cancellations received after 4 PM ET are automatically considered “next day”. Refunds will not be given for any reason after the scheduled workshop begins.

May 31 – June 2, 2024: Final Cancellation date is: March 31, 2024

June 7 – 9, 2024: Final Cancellation date is: April 7, 2024

If the Fur Peace Ranch must cancel a workshop, all moneys will be refunded or credited to another workshop. Fur Peace Ranch, Inc. is not responsible for travel expenses prepaid by students in the event of last minute cancellations. (If this is of concern for you, you may wish to purchase travel insurance).

Workshop Sessions Explained

Fur Peace On The Road Sessions are when we take Fur Peace Ranch workshops to various locals across the country and the globe. Sessions are held at camps and resorts where we re-create the atmosphere that the Fur Peace Ranch provides at our Pomeroy, Ohio home. Tuition covers all workshops, daily lunch and a private instructor performance.

Personal Conduct

Fur Peace Ranch offers an atmosphere which allows instructors, students, guests and staff, together, to create a responsible and responsive musical community. We expect all guests to take responsibility for their actions and their personal belongings. The Fur Peace Ranch will not be held responsible for loss or theft of any personal property. Students or guests, engaging in any behavior which endangers or puts someone at risk of danger, will be asked to leave without a refund of tuition. Students/Guests participate in activities and use services at their own risk. No liability or responsibility is accepted by the Fur Peace Ranch for any injury, illness, damage, loss, accident, expense, or any other claim arising from involvement in any activities or provision of any services howsoever suffered. Alcohol, illegal drugs and firearms are not permitted in Fur Peace Ranch workshop events and any student or guest found using or in possession of such will be asked to leave the Fur Peace Ranch workshop event without a refund of tuition. We request that participants restrict alcoholic beverages to non-workshop times.

Taping and Recording Policy

It is suggested that students record their classes for personal reference only, (no video recording permitted). However, recording of class is by instructor permission only. After you get permission, if you walk away from the Fur Peace Ranch with audio recordings in the form of cd’s/dvd’s/tapes or e-files or any form known or unknown at this time, let it be known that these recordings are for personal use only. They are not to be shared, downloaded, sold or posted on the internet ever. It is the student’s responsibility to abide by this legal request.

Equipment Requirements

All students are required to bring their own instruments and other materials needed for each workshop. Equipment rentals will not be available for the workshops.

Getting There

If you plan to drive to the island, please visit The Steamship Authority for schedules and information on car reservations. Note, it can be challenging to get the date/time you want, so we encourage you to book asap.

There are also flights into MVY (Martha’s Vineyard airport) from JFK in NY or Boston. Delta, Jetblue and Cape Air are all airlines you can explore.


We are centrally located, about 15 minutes from each town. (Our address will be provided with your confirmation/invoice email once you’ve been enrolled)

There are many hotels on the island – below are a few recommendations.

“Down Island”


Vineyard Haven:

Oak Bluffs:

“Up Island”

  • Menemsha Inn: 12 Menemsha Inn Rd, Chilmark, MA, 02535 – (508) 645-2521
  • Beach Plum Hotel: 50 Beach Plum Ln, Chilmark, MA 02535 – (508) 645-9454



We try our best to be gentle with our planet’s resources. With this in mind, we will e-mail you a receipt (whenever possible) rather than the paper and postal route.


Not available for our FPR On The Road sessions.