We're very happy to announce that this is our 5th year at Writing a Song That Matters. We're 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've evolved over the course of our seven previous retreats. 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.
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 and send you further information on completing your registration. Space is limited to 25 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.
Early bird pricing applies to applications and their accompanying deposits ($500) received by April 15. Payment in full must be received one month prior to retreat (June 16, 2017). Visit Final Details page and click "Skip to Payment" to utilize our secure online payment options. For your convenience, you can make as many installments as is comfortable for you. Receipts will be automatically emailed via PayPal.
Early bird pricing applies to applications and their accompanying deposits ($500) received by May 15. Payment in full must be received one month prior to retreat (July 21, 2017). Visit Final Details page and click "Skip to Payment" to utilize our secure online payment options. For your convenience, you can make as many installments as is comfortable for you. Receipts will be automatically emailed via PayPal.
Single private rooms and a shared bath
Double rooms are available upon request
Both locations are safe environments so have 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.
Stony Point has air conditioned bedrooms and Garrison Institute provides a room fan and venting system. Common group rooms at both locations have cooling for our comfort.
Stony Point Center (Sorry! This retreat has been filled!)
Registration is Sunday, July 16th between 3 - 6 PM
We'll meet for dinner and begin with an opening song circle that evening.
There is shuttle service to and from trains and bus stop and a variety of ways to get there. (More on this in your welcome email.)
Our retreat concludes after lunch on Friday, July 21 at 1 PM.
Registration is on Monday, August 21st between 10AM -1PM
We'll meet for lunch at 1 PM and get started at 2:30 PM
Our retreat concludes before lunch on Friday, August 25 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.