Yosemite Songwriting Retreat

October 9th – 12th 2020

Using Zoom for Music

If you’re using Zoom to share music while you’re isolating at home, here’s a really helpful video about how to set up your sound for best results.

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In October 2019, the Briceburg fire caused us to postpone the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat until March 2020.  Now, the coronavirus outbreak has forced us to cancel the rescheduled retreat. This means that we were not able to recoup the money that we had spent on promotion, materials, travel and other expenses involved in preparing for these events. So, here’s an opportunity to help us pay our bills while looking good and listening to some great music.
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Spring 2020 Retreat Cancelled

We’re sad to announce that we are cancelling the spring 2020 Yosemite Songwriting Retreat that was scheduled for March 20th – 23rd. We have assessed the risks of holding this event during the Coronavirus outbreak and decided that the risk to our participants and their families outweigh the benefits of going ahead. If you are registered for the retreat, please check your emails for more details.

The good news is that we’re already working on the fall retreat for October 9th – 12th. Laurie Lewis and Keith Greeninger have confirmed as instructors and we’re working with Mary Gauthier to get her on board too. Once we know more details, we’ll let you know.

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October 2020 Retreat

Can’t make it to the spring retreat? Just can’t get enough fantastic songwriting energy? Join us October 9th – 12th 2020, when Laurie Lewis will be coming back to Yosemite Songwriting Retreat.

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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.

Hear the 2018 Recordings

Everyone who attends the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat has the opportunity to record one of their compositions during the weekend with a professional recording engineer. This is a great way to capture your creations and share them with your friends and family. Visit the ‘Listen‘ page to hear recordings from last year’s retreat, recorded by Mike Christner.

Mary Gauthier

We are very excited that Mary Gauthier will be teaching at the 2019 Yosemite Songwriting Retreat. Mary is an extraordinary songwriter and a revolutionary educator. Watch her TED talk and get inspired…

How was it for you?

If you attended the 2018 Yosemite Songwriting Retreat, we want to know what worked for you and what didn’t. We take your feedback very seriously. Many of the things that you experienced over the weekend, like the Song Salon and Mentor Sessions, were created based on feedback from previous participants. Continue reading “How was it for you?”

Donate to Scholarship Fund

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It is our goal to never turn anyone away who wants to take part in the retreat. We use funds from our various fundraising events, merchandise sales and individual donations to help people pay for their tuition fees.

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