Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

Vai Academy 3.0 is an event for players and music lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing one's self in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Vai Academy

Steve Vai’s Vai Academy is a unique guitar retreat, open to guitarists of all ages and levels and provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with and learn from Steve, Al, Carlos, and many more Vai family friends!

Asilomar Conference Grounds

I decided to hold Vai Academy in January this year because I think people have more free time the first week of the year. Everybody’s fresh from the holidays. In the summer, there are so many camps. This breaks the mold. Carmel is beautiful any time of year. I’m looking so forward to this experience.

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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 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 – which means it’s a perfect place to get those creative juices flowing.


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Area Activities

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

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Featured Artists

For starters, both of these gentlemen are not only incredible players, but phenomenal people. Word around the campfire is, this is Al’s first clinic of any kind, so we’re very excited and honored to have him! We’ll have a handful of the greatest guitar players in the world discussing their technique and then going beyond it. I’m excited! Moreover, Carlos is enabling us to show a different side of the instrument. He’ll be sharing his incredible rhythm technique, offering a well-rounded approach.


Zakk Wylde


Al Di Meola


Carlos Alomar


Stig Mathisen


Dave Weiner


Philip Bynoe


Jeremy Colson


Doug Doppler


There are certain things that are pretty standard for us. We’ll be learning from each other all day then we’ll be jamming at night! All of the classes in between are scheduled so you won’t miss anything. The classes repeat themselves, giving everybody the chance to experience each instructor and topic. Be ready to jam with me after dinner!

Your 4 days and nights at Vai Academy 3.0 will feature hands on, interactive workshops with Steve and his special guests, small group jamming sessions and full concerts from the artists beginning at 10am and going late into the night.

Check out the schedules and photos from past camps to see what you can expect in 2017!!

A detailed schedule will be available this coming spring.

SUN August 02

  • 3:00PM-5:00PM


  • 5:00PM-5:45PM

    Welcome Meet Up – An Intro to Camp with Steve

  • 6:00PM-7:00PM

    Photos with Steve

  • 7:00PM-8:30PM


  • 9:00PM-10:30PM

    Performance: Jam Session & Q&A with Steve and the band

  • 10:30PM-12:00AM

    Jam Rooms open

MON August 03

  • 7:30AM-9:00AM


  • 9:00AM-12:00PM

    Steve Vai & Takashi Hosono (from Ibanez): Building a Guitar: Video of Ibanez Guitar Build & Discussion

  • 12:00PM-1:15PM


  • 1:30PM-3:30PM

    Steve Vai and Paul Miles (PRS): Guitar Neck & Body: Discussion of various woods and their sounds

  • 3:45PM-4:45PM

    Guitar Clinics with Eric (last names A-K) and Sonny (last names L-Z)

  • 4:50PM-5:50PM

    Guitar Clinics with Eric (last names L-Z) and Sonny (last names A-K)

  • 6:00PM-7:30PM

    Camper Jamming with Steve’s Band (Last Names A-G) / Aaron Marino: Boss Pedal Clinic

  • 7:30PM-8:45PM


  • 9:00PM-11:00PM

    Performance: Steve’s Band /
    Eric Johnson & Sonny Landreth Jam with Steve /
    Steve and Campers Jam (Last Names R-Z)

  • 11:00PM-1:00AM

    Jam Rooms open

TUES August 04

  • 7:30AM-9:00AM


  • 9:00AM-10:30AM

    Stig Mathisen: Melody in Playing Leads

  • 10:45AM-12:45PM

    Larry Dimarzio: Pick Ups and Electronics

  • 1:00PM-2:15PM


  • 2:30PM-4:00PM

    Steve Vai: Listening Clinic

  • 4:15PM-5:30PM

    Camper Jamming with Steve’s Band (Last Names H-P)
    Doug Doppler: Amp Clinic

  • 5:45PM-6:45PM

    Guitar Clinics with Eric (last names A-K) and Sonny (last names L-Z)

  • 6:45PM-7:45PM

    Guitar Clinics with Eric (last names L-Z) and Sonny (last names A-K)

  • 7:45PM-9:00PM


  • 9:00PM-11:00PM

    Performance: Eric Johnson /
    Sonny Landreth /
    Steve and Campers Jam (Last Names A-G)

  • 11:00PM-1:00AM

    Jam Rooms open

WED August 05

  • 7:30AM-9:00AM


  • 9:00AM-10:00AM

    Thomas Nordegg: Guitar Set Up

  • 10:15AM-12:15PM

    Sterling Ball: All About Strings

  • 12:30PM-1:45PM


  • 2:00PM-3:30PM

    Steve Vai: Q&A

  • 3:45PM-5:00PM

    Camper Jamming with Steve’s Band (Last Names R-Z)

  • 5:00PM-6:00PM

    Guitar Clinics with Eric (last names A-K) and Sonny (last names L-Z)

  • 6:10PM-7:10PM

    Guitar Clinics with Eric (last names L-Z) and Sonny (last names A-K)

  • 7:10PM-8:30PM


  • 8:30PM-9:30PM

    Signing Session with Steve, Eric & Sonny

  • 9:30PM-11:00PM

    Performance: Steve’s Band Performs /
    Eric & Sonny Jam /
    Steve jams with Campers (Last Names H-P)

  • 10:00PM-12:00AM

    Jam Rooms open

THURS August 06

  • 8:30AM-10:00AM


  • 12:00PM

    Check Out

Day 1

  • Arrival Day – Cocktail reception/meet and greet for all our guests, Steve & his special guests.
  • Get to know the masters and they will get their first opportunities to know you.
  • After the cocktail party, there will be a wonderful dinner served, followed by an intimate performance/Q&A session with Steve and his guests.

Days 2 -4

  • A minimum of 4 hours a day of master sessions with Steve and a panel of musicians and industry heavies (outlined on the home page).
  • Master classes by Guthrie, Vernon, and Skunk.
  • Evening jam sessions and concerts with Steve and the special guests EVERY NIGHT!
  • Tons of playing, learning, networking, and practicing!
  • Great food!

Travel Directions

Asilomar Conference Grounds

800 Asilomar Ave
Carmel, CA 93950

Asilomar Conference Grounds

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Instrument Travel

FAA Rules - Bringing Musical Intruments on Flights


Choose the Ibanez Upgrade at check-out and receive the RG421RW in Charcoal Brown Flat plus a gig bag for $350 when you arrive at camp!

The Ibanez RG Series Upgrade

The RG is the most recognizable and distinctive guitar in the Ibanez line. Three decades of metal have forged this high-performance machine, honing it for both speed and strength.


Register Now and Get a BOSS SD-1 Super OverDrive Pedal & TC Electronic Polytune Clip!!

Register by August 31, 2016 and receive one BOSS SD-1 Super OverDrive Pedal and TC Electronic PolyTune Clip when you arrive at camp.

The SD-1 Super OverDrive pedal produces the warm, natural distortion of an overdriven tube amplifier while maintaining the subtle nuances of a player’s picking technique, perfect for blues and rock.

The PolyTune Clip perfectly combines state of the art tuning technology with an unprecedented attention to aesthetics and functionality.


Pricing and Registration

You’re going to get an opportunity to sit there, watch, learn, and interact with these guys. It’s a gathering of a powerful group of achievers who have focused their lives on reaching this level. They’re sharing it here.

Personally, I am looking forward to talking about all of the obtuse quirky technique tools I have, which put me in my own little sandbox at the playground. That quirkiness makes you who you are as a player. Then, you can find those melodies and write songs. It all comes together.

Room Types and Pricing

  • Shared Room with Two Beds

    A Standard Room with two beds and a roommate. 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. Pricing is per person.

  • Single with One Bed

    Standard room with one King bed. Pricing is per person.

  • Bring Your Loved One

    If you would like to have your loved join you at Asilomar but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals at Asilomar, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar hero dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Carmel area.  Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

  • Couples Room

    A standard room with a King bed meant to be shared by a couple. Pricing includes registration for two people.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights (unless otherwise noted)
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sighteseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own instruments if you are not signing up for our premium upgrade

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 price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on Oct 1, 2016.
    • Any registrations received after Oct 1, 2016 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

D’Addario Merch!!

Everyone gets a bag stuffed to the top with items from our friends at D’Addario!


Steve is a proud endorser and exclusive user of Ernie Ball Strings

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