We are offering two separate weeks

for you to choose from:

During the first week, February 5 – 9, 2024 – Jorma will lead a Songwriting Workshop. In the course of the week, participants will find themselves writing a number of songs. Be prepared to do some writing!

During the second week, February 12 – 16, 2024 – Students will be focusing on chasing melody as opposed to abstract patterns. The workshop will further develop these skills, and use songs as vehicles for teaching licks, runs, and other embellishments in various keys. David Wolff will be Jorma’s Teaching Assistant for this session.

February 5 – 9, 2024

Songwriting – SOLD OUT

This will be an extremely hands on session. In the course of the week, participants will find themselves writing a number of songs. We will be demystifying the creative process and hopefully opening the door to where each student will write songs without being intimidated by the process. I have always felt that music is a great way to dialogue. The really good songs are songs that when you hear it…there’s just something about it that touches your heart, and you don’t know why. I will mentor each of my students on how to keep their heart and ears open always listening for the story that needs to be told.

*This class requires that all students have fundamental guitar skills and a guitar.

This workshop is currently full. Please fill out an application to be added to the wait list. No deposit required.

February 12 – 16, 2024

Level 3 – SOLD OUT

Students should have thumb control whether an alternating thumb is required or not and be comfortable with chord inversions as necessary.

We will be focusing on chasing melody as opposed to abstract patterns. The workshop will further develop these skills, and use songs as vehicles for teaching licks, runs, and other embellishments in various keys. I will break down songs so your skill level should be such that you can move at a brisk pace. A list of songs that we’ll attempt to cover will come to the student via email one week prior to the scheduled class. David Wolff will be Jorma’s Teaching Assistant for this session.

Apply Here:

FPR Application

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.


  • $3499 (includes 4 nights lodging at The Dana on Mission Bay)
    • All rooms are Bay View Suites (upgrades are not available)
      • Bay View Suites include: one King bed or two Queens, private patio or balcony, separate bedroom and living areas, dining table with chairs, two televisions, and spectacular views of Mission Bay.
  • $2900 (without lodging)
  • Guest Fee: $799
  • Free Resort Parking
  • Deposit for San Diego Workshops is $450

Tuition Covers:

  • Workshops (15+ hours of instruction)
  • 4 nights at The Dana on Mission Bay (Mon, Tue, Wed, & Thur)
  • All meals (Monday dinner, through Friday breakfast)
  • Private Instructor Performance



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.

February 5 – 9, 2024: Final Cancellation date is: December 4, 2023

February 12 – 16, 2024: Final Cancellation date is: December 11, 2023

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.


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.