“This retreat was easily one of the most influential and life-changing experiences of my life on both a musical and personal level.”
—Dustin K., 2015 attendee


Connect your practicing, listening, and
improvising in a holistic way.

This short video is about last year's retreat (2016) but will still give you a good feel for the experience:


Once upon a time, three Bob's had an idea...

What if there was a place to get a bunch of saxophone players away from all our modern distractions and focus on making better music for a few days?

A place where you could share the music-making process in a holistic way, with enough time for students to make game-changing progress?

Enter the Inside:Outside retreat

This is not a camp about playing inside or outside the changes (though we'll certainly dive deep into both of those topics). 

Making music—especially the highly personal, improvised version—requires a lot of knowledge and skill...but it also demands vulnerability.

To make great music on the outside you have to know—and be comfortable with—who you are inside.

What to expect

Come join 3 Bobs and 50 fellow saxophonists for a week designed to inspire, inform and invert the way you process, practice and perform music.

Held at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature in Only, Tennessee, this is an intimate group event. You will practice and perform daily, surrounded by people eager to learn and to share what they've learned.

We'll start Tuesday night by setting the groundwork for the connections that will follow. You’ll also meet chef John.

full days

Wednesday through Saturday you’ll rotate through 4 workshops per day with the Bobs—and special guest instructors. 

The daily workshops will focus on:

  • optimizing your practicing
  • improvising
  • listening
  • learning tunes
  • composing
  • playing in different styles
  • professional & career aspects
  • and more

There will be Q&A sessions, exercises and practice time, and performances in small groups. Bring your questions, your musical frustrations, and most of all, your enthusiasm and desire to grow.

Who it's for

This retreat is for the player who has a real desire to improve.

We are looking for those who have at least a couple years on the horn (intermediate to advanced) and are 17 years of age or older. If you have doubts of your level send us some video or recordings to check out and we will get back to you quickly.

Our focus will be getting you in touch with your inner musical self. We want to help you maximize your practice time, deepen your listening skills, and find a path toward improvisation that reflects who you are as a person.

Part of that journey will include something you've probably never experienced at any other jazz camp or school: an integrated experience with nature. Bob Hemenger will open your eyes—and ears—to how a deeper connection with nature can enhance your musical expression.

“For future attendees: do not underestimate the role of Bob Hemenger. His activities are designed to bring you closer to your real essence and beware contempt in yourself and in others. It' only a mechanism that stems from insecurity and prevents one from embracing the unknown.”
Pierre Guillemette, 2015 attendee



August 8-13, 2017


Wooten Woods (one hour outside Nashville, TN)


Saxophone players age 17 and up. (We've had players in their early 70s) You just need to have at least a few years of playing under your belt and a strong desire to improve. Don't worry about your experience level. We divide players into smaller groups to pair you with people in more or less the same boat as you. You'll get the instruction you need based on where you are in your development.


Tuition is $1,075 USD ($950 if paid in full before June 4, 2017)

A $400 USD non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. Balance due by start of retreat.


- on-site lodging
- ALL meals from dinner on Tuesday through breakfast on Sunday
- ground transportation to and from BNA airport
- and of course, four full days of classes, clinics, concerts, guest lectures, and your final concert with a pro band.

PLEASE have a look at these photos to get a feel for the retreat

The retreat is limited to 50 players. 

Don’t wait, Reserve your spot today!


Welcome to Victor Wooten's Center for Music and Nature


Wooten Woods is a 150-acre retreat center situated on the bank of the Duck River in Tennessee. The natural environment creates an optimal place to get closer to music, nature, and yourself.


Why in the woods?


"To become natural at anything, one must include nature."
—Victor Wooten

From the Wooten Woods website: "Our renowned and proven techniques* include combinations of Music and Nature education, outdoor experiences, and awareness exercises. We understand that to become "natural" at anything, one must include "Nature." Our evolutionary and revolutionary approaches have helped people of all ages and instrumentation from around the world to not only pursue, but reach their life goals no matter what they may be."

*Bob Franceschini and Bob Hemenger are veteran instructors at Victor Wooten's camps.

Watch this video to learn more about the camp facility and philosophy:


Meet your instructors

Bob Reynolds

If saxophonist Bob Reynolds had a business card his job title would read: Melody Architect. Recognized for his work with Snarky Puppy and John Mayer, Reynolds has worked with top talent in pop (John Mayer, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Usher, Amos Lee) and jazz (Richard Bona, Tom Harrell, Eric Harland, Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Gregory Hutchinson). Reynolds is a recipient of 4 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards and has released 5 albums of original material. His 2013 album, Somewhere In Between, debuted at #1 on iTunes' Jazz charts, and features John Mayer’s killer guitar work on two songs. An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, Reynolds spent a decade on the New York City music scene before settling in Los Angeles, where he teaches saxophone, composes for moving pictures, and experiments with music and technology.

Bob Franceschini

A world-class soloist, accomplished arranger, composer, musical director and formidable educator, saxophonist Bob Franceschini is one of the most in demand musicians around in many genres. Internationally renown he has traversed the globe performing with The Mike Stern Band, The Yellow Jackets, Jeff Lorber Fusion, The Omar Hakim Band, Paul Simon and Chaka Khan to highlight just a few. Franceschini has appeared on over 100 albums and has played on countless jingles and film scores. Born and raised in NYC, Bob was fortunate to spend his whole life, befriending, playing and apprenticing with all time great saxophonists, Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, Kenny Garrett, Joe Lovano, Steve Grossman, , Eddie Daniels and Bob Mintzer. Franceschini does master classes all over the world. He speaks Spanish fluently and Italian as a strong third language. Bob is a long time instructor of theory, improvisation and performance coach at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature.

Bob Hemenger

Bob Hemenger is a Colorado based musician, educator and naturalist. His soulful approach to the saxophone and years of teaching how indigenous people lived with the land have led him down many interesting roads. Bob has played (and recorded) with a long list of musicians including 5-time Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten, Darrell Scott, Zac Brown Band, The Motet, Band of Heathens, Elephant Revival, Railroad Earth, etc. He has been a high school teacher, the principal of an alternative high school, owned/operated a primitive skills workshop business, worked in the adventure travel business, successfully implemented a public school music program based on American Roots music and was a presenter at Stanford University.  He has also been an instructor at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature for the past 8 years where he helps people deepen the connection between music, nature and themselves.


2017 Guest instructors TBA, but past guest artist instructors include Joshua Redman, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Coffin, Victor Wooten, Aaron Goldberg, Steve Wilson, and Pedro Saxo.