Retreat Schedule

This is a preliminary schedule. After you register, you will be notified of updates. To view the page of complete workshop descriptions, click HERE.

THURSDAY

  • 4:00 – 7:00 Arrive and Check In
  • 6:00 – 7:00 Dinner 
  • 7:00 – 8:30 Opening Circle and Welcome
  • 8:30 – Late Soiree: Teacher Feature Performances (+ some participants)
  • 9:15 – Late Campfire Jam 


FRIDAY

  • 8:00 – 9:00 Yoga 
  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast 
  • 9:30 – 10:00 Group Orientation: Group Sing, Workshop Intros, Announcements, etc
  • 10:00 – 11:30 Workshop #1
    • Cultivating Confidence On The Spot | Zig Zag
    • Medicinal Poetry & Lyric Writing |Niema Lightseed
    • Guitar Chops for Songwriters  | Lewis Childs 
    • Songwriting as Truth-Telling | Matt Meighan
    • Songwriters Circle | Hannah Sophia
  • 11:30 – 11:45 Break
  • 11:45 – 1:15 Workshop #2
    • Monkeys and Lollipops in Performance!  | Kathleen Hollingsworth
    • Merging with the Muse: A Creativity Playshop | Jonathan Brinkley
    • Embodied Rhythm & Intro to Drumming | Sara Tone
    • Voicestra and Vocal Improv | Robin Jackson
    • Songcraft: The Art of Song | Pete Kartsones
  • 1:15 – 2:15 Lunch 
  • 2:15 – 4:00 Workshop #3
    • Song Forms – an overview | Matt Meighan
    • Closer to the Bone | Zig Zag
    • Recording Basics: Essential skills for the emerging songwriter (Part I) | Lewis Childs
    • Circle Singing | Ali Boyce and Robin Jackson
  • 4:00 – 6:00 Free Time / Writing / Nap Time
  • 6:00 – 7:00 Dinner 
  • 7:00 – Late Songwriter Soiree
  • 9:00 – Late Campfire Jams 

SATURDAY

  • 8 – 9am Yoga 
  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast 
  • 9:30 – 10:00 Group Orientation: Group Sing, Workshop Intros, Announcements, etc
  • 10:00 – 11:30 Workshop #1
    • Unlock your throat, Awaken your Voice | Blair Borax
    • Closer to the Bone | Zig Zag
    • Voicestra and vocal improv | Robin Jackson
    • Take your recordings to the next level (Part II) | Lewis Childs
    • Songcraft: The Art of Song | Pete Kartsones
  • 11:30 – 11:45 Break
  • 11:45-1:15 Workshop #2
    • Medicinal Poetry & Lyric Writing | Niema Lightseed 
    • Intro to Jazz Chords | Matt Meighan
    • Beginning Music Theory for Songwriters  | Kathleen Hollingsworth
    • Speak Easy: How to Free Your Voice – A Singing Playshop | Jonathan Brinkley
    • Song Share | Pete Kartsones
  • 1:15-2:15 Lunch 
  • 2:15 – 4:00 Workshop #3
    • Ensemble skills: Play your songs with a full band | Lewis Childs 
    • Songwriting as Truth-Telling | Matt Meighan
    • Embodied Rhythm and Continued Drumming | Sara Tone
    • Merging with the Muse: A Creativity Playshop | Jonathan Brinkley
    • Voice Tech | Kathleen Hollingsworth
  • 4:00 – 6:00 Free time / writing / nap time
  • 6:00 – 7:00 Dinner 
  • 7:00 – Late Songwriter Soiree
  • 9:00 – Late Campfire jams 

SUNDAY

  • 9:00 – 10:15 Ecstatic Dance   
  • 9:15 – 11:00 Breakfast  
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Group Orientation: Group Sing, Workshop Intros, Announcements, etc
  • 11:30 – 1:00 Workshop #1
    • Beginning Music Theory for Songwriters  | Kathleen Hollingsworth 
    • Merging with the Muse: A Creativity Playshop | Jonathan Brinkley
    • Circle Singing | Ali Boyce
    • Embodied Group Drum | Sara Tone
  • 1:30  – 2:30 Clean Cabins and Pack
  • 1:30  – 2:30 Lunch 
  • 2:30 – 3:30 Closing Circle 
  • 3:30 – 5:00  Guests Depart and Clean Up

“The Songwriter Soiree is music church for me. I’m inspired every time by the vulnerability musicians embody. Thank you Robin for creating a cocoon that feels untouched by the outside world. Songwriter Soiree is the medicine we all need right now!

— Uma T