Writing a Song that Matters

JUNE 27 - JULY 1, 2016

JULY 25 - 29, 2016

Garrison, New York

Please join me at the beautiful GARRISON INSTITUTE for five days of:

  • Songwriting
  • Morning Yoga
  • Inspiration
  • Singing
  • Excellent Vegetarian Meals
  • Sweeping Views of the Hudson River

This workshop is for anyone that wants to write a song that counts: for ourselves, for the people (or pets) we love and for the world. Our songs can be funny, heavy, catchy or sappy! We'll just be looking for ways to say what we really want to say.

INFO: Application

We'll explore everything from the bag of tricks we use in songwriting to discussions of why we need to write in the first place, how we can stay the course in writing, and how we can finish our songs, no matter how discouraging the voices in our heads might be.

Please fill in the application, including a note about why you'd like to attend, and we'll let you know ASAP if you're in. Space is limited to 32 people.

You don't have to send a song, but I ask that you have completed one whole song at some point in your life. It's important for me to know that you have experienced that spark of excitement about songwriting. A trunkful of half-written songs is fine, too.

I will be joined by musicians who will be around and available for one on one help tweaking lyrics and coming up with interesting music twists.

PRICING: Workshop, Meals & Lodging

Early bird registration: $1500 / Regular registration: $1700

(early bird deadline is May 15)

All applications need to be in by June 15.


(early bird deadline is May 15)

All applications need to be in by June 15. Same pricing is in place for each retreat.

Lodging is simple:

Single rooms and shared baths.

Double rooms available upon request.

There are no locks on the doors, but there are places to keep valuables. We do have cell reception.

You don't have to bring your car if you can get to the MTA's Metro North Railroad-Hudson Line. Metro North is the excellent commuter train out of New York City. You can take the train along the Hudson River to Garrison and be driven right to the Institute a mile away.


First Retreat: Monday, June 27 / 10 am-1 pm

Second Retreat : Monday, July 25 / 10am -1pm

We'll meet for lunch and get started at 1 pm.

Room check out is on Friday, July 1, and Friday, July 29, respectively.

We will end in the late morning.

I'm looking forward to it. See you soon!

Best, Dar