Yosemite Songwriting Retreat

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY – October 7 – 9 2022

October 2022 Retreat

For our 10th Anniversary, we are excited to be bringing Joe Craven, MorganEve Swain, Johnny Franco and other inspiring musicians and educators to historic downtown Mariposa. Join us for a weekend of music, classes, mentor sessions, and opportunities to connect with other songwriters while developing your skills.

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Fall 2022 Retreat

The Yosemite Songwriting Retreat celebrates the craft of songwriting and the art of performing original songs. Our mission is to support songwriters of all skill levels and genres, create an inspiring and supportive community and provide a safe space where individuals can express themselves through music.

Join us for a unique event designed to connect members of the songwriting community and develop our craft. Two days of “LIVE” classes, mentor sessions and performance opportunities with MorganEve Swain, Johnny Franco, Joe Craven, Gail Dreifus, Adam Burns and more.

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The Songwriting Retreat is “LIVE”

The Yosemite Songwriting Retreat is back and “LIVE” October 7-9 at The Grove House in Mariposa, California. The Faculty Concert is on Friday, October 7th at 7pm. Sessions are held on Saturday and Sunday. Come and join this wonderful community of musicians for a weekend of creativity in the foothills of the Sierra.

Revisit the Spring 2022 Opening Concert

If you missed the Faculty Concert Friday, April 8th at 7:00pm click the red button below to see the concert on the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat YouTube channel – You’ll enjoy a night of live music online from Spring 2022 Yosemite Virtual Songwriting Retreat. The concert features our instructors with (recorded) live performances by Reggie Harris, Cosy Sheridan, Teresa Tudury, Matthew Suttor, Joe Craven, Gail Dreifus, Adam Burns and more.

How was it for you?

If you attended the Spring 2022 Yosemite Virtual Songwriting Retreat, we want to hear from you. Please share your thoughts using the form below. As an added incentive, if you submit your feedback by next Monday (April 18th), we’ll enter you for a draw to win a guitar strap. Thank you in advance.

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To apply for a scholarship for the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat, please complete the application form and click the ‘Submit’ button. We will be in touch within two weeks to let you know if your application has been successful or not. Our funds are limited and we want to help as many people as possible, so any fundraising you can do for yourself is helpful.

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How to use Zoom for the retreat

What is a ‘virtual’ retreat anyway? If you’re confused, frustrated and / or anxious about using Zoom, you’re not alone. Fortunately, Adam has all the information you need…

Better Live Acoustic Guitar Tone

We’re really proud of the live sound at our concerts and open mics. Last year, David Jacobs-Strain commented that he’d never before heard so many acoustic guitars sound like acoustic guitars, and he knows a thing or two about guitar tone! If you’d like to get a better amplified acoustic tone, retreat coordinator and Beat Harvest educator Adam Burns has some tips for you in the video below. To learn more come to Adam’s live performance class at the 2019 retreat.

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