Dar Williams Retreat

Summer 2021 In Person Retreats on sale now!

Summer 2021 In Person Retreats on sale now

Welcome to Writing a Song That Matters with Dar Williams!

A Little Bit About Us

Dar’s first voyage into Writing a Song That Matters was an in-person retreat experience in 2013, with a tiny team of co-leaders and some trusting songwriters in attendance from all over the U.S. and Canada. This leap of faith resulted in many more retreats and a year-round group of songwriters that often feels more like a community and even a family.

In 2020, finding it impossible to gather in person safely due to a global pandemic, Dar and her team organized a series of online retreats based on the retreats that they’d developed over the years at the Garrison Institute.

And now, thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine, we are now BACK in person for 2021!! While The Garrison Institute, our usual gathering place, is closed for the year, we will have full run of Stony Point Conference Center in Stony Point, New York, just over the Hudson River.

Going forward in the future we look forward to having both in person and online retreats. Online retreats range from one to five days and will be offered throughout the year.

We welcome diverse songwriters of all levels over the age of 16 (under 18 with parental permission) and seek to foster an environment inclusive of all histories, sexual orientations, ranges of gender, ethnicities, skin colors, and creeds, as we are of all genres and narratives ourselves.

We ask that you have written at least one song in your life before coming on board so you recognize that spark of inspiration.

Check out this summer's options here!

Take a look around to learn more and write us here to join our mailing list so we can keep you posted on upcoming workshops and retreats.

updated: 4 months ago

And the blessings were like poets that we never find time to know,
But when time stopped I found the place where the poets go.
And they said, "Here have some coffee, it's straight, black and very old, "
And they gave me sticks and rocks and stars and all that I could hold,
I had the blessings, a moment of peace even when the night ends,
Yeah, the blessings, can we meet? Can we meet again,
At the crossroads of disaster and the imperfect smile,
With the angel in the streetlamp that blinks on as I walk on a mile, the blessings.
– Dar Williams, The Blessings

updated: 9 months ago

updated: 3 years ago