Writing a Song that Matters

JUNE 25-29, 2018

AUGUST 6-10, 2018

Garrison Institute

Please join us for:
  • Songwriting
  • Yoga
  • Inspiration
  • Singing and Song Sharing
  • Delicious Farm to Table Meals
  • Gorgeous Hudson River Views

We're very happy to announce that this is our 6th year and we're offering up our 10th and 11th retreats here at Writing a Song That Matters! We're incredibly grateful for the many returning songwriters that have become like family, the new retreaters who have taken a chance with us and the positive and useful feedback we have gathered as we continue evolving. Many new songs and deep friendships have been born from our circle and we have a very active, supportive and engaged private Facebook community of songwriters who have shared their magic with us.

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.

To join us, 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 and send you further information on completing your registration. Space is limited to 26 for June, 54 for August. This is the first year we will be offering one larger retreat (August) and we have heard your feedback and ideas and are VERY excited to put a new format together for that retreat. There will be smaller-than-ever breakout groups of 6-8 focusing on vocals, guitar and songs where everyone gets heard and also has that important bonding with other songwriters, plus I will still offer each songwriter one-on-one private song consultations. In addition, we will have optional day trips for inspiration in the local area – museums, hikes and historical buildings. The evenings will be filled with music sharing so we really get to know each other. Both retreats will offer up the magic and beauty of the repurposed monastery on the Hudson that is the Garrison Institute, fresh farm to table food, morning yoga and plenty of nature to inspire.

You don't have to send a song, but we ask that you have completed one whole song at some point in your life. It's important for us 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 help tweaking lyrics and coming up with interesting music twists.

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



PRICING: Workshop, Meals & Lodging

FIRST RETREAT / JUNE 25-29, 2018

Early bird pricing (pre-Feb. 15) for June is $1525. After that, tuition is $1725. To secure a spot at early bird pricing, a deposit of $500 must be received on or by February 15, 2018. Payment in full for June must be received by April 15.


Early bird pricing (pre-Feb. 15) for August is $1250. After that, tuition is $1400.  To secure a spot at early bird pricing, a deposit of $500 must be received on or by February 15, 2018. Payment in full for August must be received by June 1.


Single private rooms and a shared bath

Double rooms are available upon request

The Garrison Institute is a safe environment, so there is no need for locks on the doors. There are places to store valuables and refrigerate special meds and foods. 

Cell reception and access to printers

Clean sheets and towels are provided. There is no daily housekeeping service. 

Garrison Institute provides a room fan and venting system. Common group rooms have cooling for our comfort.

Arrival and Departure Information

Registration:  Monday between 10AM -1PM

We'll meet for lunch at 1 PM and get started at 2:30 PM

Our retreat concludes Friday at 12 PM.  

The GI is easily accessible via train and car and provides a free shuttle service to and from the Garrison train station.