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Dar Williams Retreat

Writing A Song That Matters 2024 In-Person Retreats

July 8 - 12 / August 5 - 9 / October 7 - 11

Writing A Song That matters with Dar Williams Announcement over Green leaves.

By popular demand, we are offering three (not two!) in-person retreats for 2024! Please join us at the beautifully appointed Guest House in Chester, Connecticut, a historic inn-turned-retreat-center midway between Boston and New York City on the train and an hour from Bradley airport in Hartford. Dar, her team of songwriters and special guest songwriters (TBA), will be on hand to guide and support your songwriting in various workshops and song circles. We'll offer morning yoga, vocal coaching, songwriting workshops, a private one-on-one with Dar, evening song circle, songwriting collaboration, inspirational field trips, coffee all day, and music 24/7. All rooms are spacious and well-appointed, with AC and private baths. The Guest House culinary team offers delicious buffet-style meals and can accommodate many dietary restrictions. We offer single, double and triple rooms with private bath at different price points and a friendly installment plan. All workshops, meals, lodgings (and fun) are included in the final cost.


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January 5 - January 7 2024


January 4 (8 PM ET) – Zoom greetings and intro with Dar, the team and you

*The closing circle ends at 4 PM ET on 1/7/24, but save your evening for the SoFab showcase!

Join Dar and our retreat team songwriters, ushering in the new year with music in our supportive and fun-loving community. Our days will include a menu of options like daily inspiration, yoga, Dar’s song breakdowns, mentored songwriting circles led by Dar and our team of songwriters, and nightly song performances. We will also include our optional (and very popular) SoFab Collab workshop where you can get paired randomly to co-write and present the last night. Basically, all the fun and connection we enjoy during our in-person retreats. (Even an after-hours song circle and a virtual lunch hang.) You can balance your writing, reflecting and connecting (or reconnecting) with each other as you feel it each day.

Cost: $350 / Limited to 48 people

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