SEARCHING FOR YOUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY?

If you are like many people, you are craving connection more than ever right now. After a 3 year pandemic, there is nothing I can imagine more healing than sharing music with friends around a campfire! If you were at any of our past retreats, you know that the outpouring of love, appreciation and excitement that has been generated has been almost overwhelming! Our Summer camp last July was off the charts….I can barely find words to express HOW incredibly magical and transformative this weekend was for people!

We just finished an incredible time at our annual Winter retreat at the Oregon Coast and If you didn’t make it, never fear, the next NW Songwriter Soiree Retreat is around the corner! We are excited to offer two retreats each year moving forward — a Summer camp and an amazing Winter retreat for contemplation and renewal. We look forward to playing with you this year as you discover and life your creative self!

Summer Dates
July 24-28, 2024

Registration will be open soon — make sure to sign our mailing list (at the bottom) to be the first to know as it always sells out!


What’s Included

Open Mic Soiree

This is the heart of the soiree. Each night we will gather together in an intentional and supportive space, to share original songs. Participants are encouraged to talk about the process!

Songwriting Workshops

We are over the moon excited to have some amazing regionally recognized and talented teachers, performers and mentors join us. We will be offering daily workshop choices in all aspects of songwriting including lyricism, arranging, storytelling, form, musicality and more! All levels.

Music, Performance, and Creativity Workshops

Whether you are a professional or don’t identify as a “musician,” We have lots of dynamic ways you can participate and learn! Want to learn how to play the ukulele or guitar or just sing in a group? This retreat is for ANYONE who wants to be creative or just enjoy the community vibes. We will be offering workshops on circle singing, vocal improv, drumming, beginning guitar, ukulele, music performance, confidence and more!

Yoga and Dance

Begin each day with an optional, inspiring led yoga class taught by one of our renowned teachers, and an ecstatic dance on Sunday!

Group Connection and Play

Part of what makes the soiree unique is the safe, supportive and connected space we create. We will be taking some time to get to know each other (just like Summer camp!) and offer some fun, connecting activities to make the weekend even more awesome. Optional, yet encouraged!

Reflection Time/Nature/Fun

We came here to relax, right?! Take the time YOU need to unwind, be still and let inspiration find you. We will provide lots of free time and space for reflection, nature and connection with other activities. The camp is situated on 120 wooded acres, with mountain trails and a scenic lakefront just one block from the beach. The property offers hiking trails, big starry skies, and a serene and meditative nature experience! There are also plenty of games to play for that summer camp feel – Check it out!

Food and Accommodation at an amazzzing Retreat Center In Rockaway, OR!

We are very excited to announce a move to our new home on the Oregon coast at the Twin Rocks Camp, located on 120 magnificent acres in Rockaway, OR! Twin Rocks is a well established retreat center boasting stunning views of the coastline, and a deep rooted community which has been built to support community and connection. Twin Rocks is focused on providing a peaceful, nature-focused environment that promotes growth and community building through rest, reflection, and engagement.

They are very open and encouraging to groups of all beliefs and backgrounds. The meeting spaces are welcoming and versatile, with space for yoga, dance and performing!

Accommodations are clean, comfy and easily accessible within and near the main lodges. Sleeping arrangements consist of clean and cozy individual and shared rooms in different configurations (single/double/triple/bunks). First come first serve so sign up now if you want a specific room)! You can learn more on our accommodation page.

All food is included! Enjoy three nutritious and healthy home cooked meals a day, as well as 24 hour coffee, tea and other refreshments always available in the lodges. The kitchen staff is friendly to all dietary needs including vegan, GF, Kosher, etc. How awesome is that! 


ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFO FOR WINTER RETREAT

Check in is Monday, January 15th between 3:00-4:45pm. Orientation and opening circle is at 5pm followed by dinner and then performances. It is very important for you you be on site by 4:45pm at the absolute latest. If you need to make arrangements for a late arrival please contact us.

Check out is Thursday, January 18th at 3:45pm after closing circle (guests asked to be off land by 4:30pm).

You will immediately get more information on arrival/departure, schedule and accommodations after you register.

“I came to the retreat curious about how this might further inspire my fledgling songwriting. When I arrived, I felt excited but also nervous, what was I doing here?! I was warmly welcomed and immediately felt at ease. The entire weekend was full of authentic connection and beautiful expression. I left feeling more open, expansive, inspired and supported. I couldn’t have asked for a better audience to share with for the first time!”

— Maria Veltman



WHAT YOU’LL TAKE AWAY FROM THE WEEKEND

• Songwriting tools and tips
• Creative confidence
• New skills in music
• New friends and connections
• Magic
• Soothing time in nature at a world class setting on the Oregon Coast
• A feeling of relaxation and peace
• A new song!


PRICING AND REGISTRATION INFO

The NW Songwriter Soiree Retreat has strong values around inclusion and accessibility. Part of our ethos is to provide an experience where people from many different backgrounds and situations can gather and learn from each other — not just those with the privilege or resources to attend. Our location offers multiple pricing options based on the accommodations you choose. Financial assistance is available for those in need. Please inquire if interested.

ROOM PRICING

We SO look forward to having you join us for this truly magical weekend! Your tuition is per person and includes:

• Facilities
• Accommodations
• Workshops
• 9 meals, and 24hr beverage service!

The difference in costs are dependent on the type of accommodation you choose. You can choose to be in a single, double (you and 1 roommate), triple (you and two roommates) or bunks (8-10 bunk beds ) occupancy room. You can choose your roommates, or we’ll assign you one. All rooms come with access to a shared bathroom. All single rooms in the Pacific Woods Lodge come with private bathrooms. Linens can be added on for a $15 fee or you can bring your own (towel, pillow, and blanket). Rooms are a mix of queens and bunks, and people will be assigned to queens based on how soon they sign up

Accommodations will be in the Pacific Woods Lodge, the Cabins of the Trees, and Shorebird Cabins.

If you want to view the accommodation options before you register, please check out our accommodations page.

All room levels are first come first serve and all room availability type is limited. We expect to sell out in advance as usual so make your choice soon. You can pay all at once or we offer a payment plan (info on next page).

Bunk Rooms (up to 10 people per room) $699

Triple Occupancy Room $859

Double Occupancy Room $989

Single Occupancy Room $1389*** ONLY A FEW LEFT!!!

* We may also offer a 4 month payment plan upon request.
**We have a limited amount of work trade and financial assistance options available. If interested, please contact us before signing up!
***For couples sharing a single room, please each fill out a separate registration form for a double and note who you are sharing the room with under “roommate preferences” plus a note about sharing a single room. You will be placed in a single room together.

NEW! Retreat Bonus Add-ons

This year we are excited to announce some special perks you can add to your post camp experience! (register for them on the next page).

  • Pre Retreat Preparation Workshop (online): $97

    Workshop Date and Time: Sunday, January 7th from 5-6pm PST on Zoom.

    Wondering how to make the most of your experience at the retreat? What do you really want to get in coming to this event? Do you have questions or concerns about how it’s going to be for you or how you might fit in? In this 60 minute workshop, you will:
    • Create clear goals for what you want from the weekend
    • Get a head start on your creative process with some powerful writing tips and ways to pave the way for inspiration!
    • Receive support and guidance on how to get the most from your time at camp
    • Connect with participants before camp so you have collaborations and friends before you arrive!

We look forward to meeting you before camp and helping you to get the most from your experience! Facilitated by Soiree staff. Includes an inspiring and experiential handout and guide.

Our past 4 retreats have all sold out and we expect this one do to the same. We have limited options available in all accommodations, so if you are ready, sign up now!

* We may also offer a 4 month payment plan upon request.
**We have a limited amount of work trade and financial assistance options available. If interested, please contact us before signing up!


Cancellation Policy: 
We offer a 75% refund up to one month before the event. No refunds given after a month prior. If the retreat is cancelled by the Soiree or the venue due to safety concerns or an act of nature, we will offer 90% of your credit to any future event (expires after one year). The fees help us cover admin costs, thank you for your understanding.



WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING


SAFER SPACE POLICY

The organizers of the NW Songwriter Soiree Retreat recognizes that oppression is real and that some of us (white people) reap unequal benefits from a legacy of privilege. 

We believe that anytime people gather and hold space, it is a powerful opportunity to acknowledge and shift the ways oppressive systems harm and disconnect us from ourselves, from each other, and from the earth. We see it as a necessity in order for growth and transformation to take place.

We recognize that there are people in bodies which are marginalized. We aspire to co-create a space that is as safe as possible for all people, with the understanding that a fully safe space is impossible in our world. People of all races, sizes, ages, cultural backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations, trauma backgrounds, and religions are welcome. Intentional words and actions that promote racism, misogyny, hatred, bigotry, supremacy, sizeism, transphobia, ageism, or divisiveness will not be tolerated and will constitute expulsion from the retreat. 

I had wondered, as a non-singer, non-songwriter, and non-musician, what I could possibly get from this weekend. And, I got a lot. Songwriting was just the vehicle for the retreat’s true purpose: this was a creativity retreat! That’s something worthwhile even for someone whose only instrument is the kazoo.”

— Avi Kindle