Retreat Schedule


Schedule for Winter 2024 Twin Rocks

**********Schedule subject to minor changes. Workshops to be announced soon!!**********

Workshop descriptions

MONDAY Jan 15th

  • 3:00 – 4:45 Arrive and Check In
  • 5:00 – 6:00 Opening Circle and Welcome (Please plan to arrive by this time)
  • 6:00 – 7:15 Dinner 
  • 7:30 – 11:00 Soiree: Teacher Feature Performances (+ some participants)
  • 9:45 – Late Campfire & Indoor Jams 

TUESDAY Jan 16th

  • 8:00 – 9:00 Yoga 
  • 8:30 – 9:45 Breakfast 
  • 9:45 – 10:15 Group Orientation: Group Sing, Workshop Intros, Announcements, etc
  • 10:15 – 12:15 Morning Workshop Session
    • Emergent Songwriting | Matt Meighan | All | Macy Chapel
    • Word Harvest:Poetry to Play With | Jorah LaFleur | All | Lower Friendship Center
    • Medicinal Pocket Songs | Samara Jade | All | Pacific Woods Lodge
    • Hearing and Playing the Melody of Rhythm Part 1 | Sara Tone | All | Meeting House
    • Opening Lines | Ken Gaines | All | The Annex
    • Songcircle | Lewis Childs | All | Soiree Central (UFC)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch & Orientation for Afternoon Workshops
  • 1:40 – 3:30 Afternoon Workshop Session
    • Arranging: Bringing Your Song Home | Shireen Amini | Intermediate/All | Pacific Woods Lodge
    • Free Your Voice Free Your Soul | Robin Jackson | All | Lower Friendship Center
    • Performance and Presence | Matt Meighan | All | Meeting House
    • Silly Songwriting | Hannah Sophia | All | Macy Chapel
    • Songcircle | Lewis Childs | All | The Annex 
    • How to Jam | Krivo Flores | All | Soiree Central (UFC)
  • 3:30 – 5:30 Writing time/Session time/Free time
  • 5:30 – 6:15 Small groups (Pods)
  • 6:15-7:15 Dinner
  • 7:30 – 11:00 Songwriter Soiree!
  • 9:30 – Late Campfire & Indoor Jams
  • 10:0011:00 Sound Bath with Dana Hersh in soiree space

WEDNESDAY Jan 17th

  • 8:00 – 9:00 Yoga 
  • 8:30 – 9:45 Breakfast 
  • 9:45 – 10:15 Group Orientation: Group Sing, Workshop Intros, Announcements, etc
  • 10:15 – 12:15 Morning Workshop Session
    • Hearing and Playing the Melody of Rhythm Part 1 | Sara Tone | All | Meeting House
    • Write a Song With a Famous Songwriter! | Ken Gaines | All | Lower Friendship Center
    • Optimizing Vocal Wellness for Professional Voice Users (PVUs) | Myla Duane | All | Macy Chapel
    • Word Harvest:Poetry to Play With | Jorah LaFleur | All | The Annex
    • Alternative Tuning Fluency | Samara Jade |  Intermediate/All | Soiree Central (UFC)
    • Songcircle | Lewis Childs | All | Pacific Woods Lodge
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch & Orientation for Afternoon Workshops
  • 1:40 – 3:30 Afternoon Workshop Session
    • Moveable Jazz Chords for Guitar | Matt Meighan | Intermediate | The Annex
    • Drum and Sing AT THE SAME TIME in Community | Shireen Amini | All | Meeting House
    • Restorative Singing | Hannah Sophia | All | Soiree Central (UFC)
    • Recording Basics: Essential Skills & Tools for Songwriters | Lewis Childs | All | Lower Friendship Center
    • Opening Lines | Ken Gaines | All | Pacific Woods Lodge
    • Stage Presence: The Art of Holding Attention | Jorah LaFleur | All | Macy Chapel
  • 3:30 – 5:30 Writing time/Session time/Free time
  • 5:30 – 6:15 Small groups (Pods)
  • 6:15-7:15 Dinner
  • 7:30 – 10:00 Songwriter Soiree Space
  • 9:30 – Late Campfire Jams 

THURSDAY Jan 18th

  • 9:00 – 10:15 Morning Options: Ecstatic Dance, gentle movement, or nature song circle.    
  • 9:30 – 11:00 Breakfast  
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Group Orientation: Group Sing, Announcements, etc
  • 11:30 – 1:30 Workshop Session
    • Note-Worthy Strategies: Amplify Your Music with Social Media | Myla Duane | All | The Annex
    • Arranging: Bringing Your Song Home | Shireen Amini | Intermediate/All | Lower Friendship Center
    • Hearing and Playing the Melody of Rhythm Part 2 | Sara Tone | All | Meeting House
    • Medicinal “Pocket Songs” | Samara Jade | All | Macy Chapel
    • Emergent Songwriting | Matt Meighan | All | Pacific Woods Lodge
    • Songcircle | Lewis Childs | All | Soiree Central (UFC)
  • 1:30  – 2:30 Lunch 
  • 2:30 – 3:45 Closing Circle & Group Photo
  • 3:45 – 4:30  Participant Pack, Clean & Depart

“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