Yosemite Songwriting Retreat

Online Event – October 8th – 10th 2021

How was it for you?

If you attended the Autumn 2021 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 (October 18th), we’ll enter you for a draw to win a guitar strap. Thank you in advance.

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Opening Concert

Join us for a night of live music online as we kick off the Autumn 2021 Yosemite Virtual Songwriting Retreat with a concert featuring our instructors. Live performances by Mary Gauthier, Laurie Lewis, Joe Craven, Gail Dreifus, Adam Burns and more. Friday, October 8th at 7:00pm.

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October 2021 Retreat

Join us for a weekend of online classes, mentor sessions and performance opportunities to connect with other songwriters and develop your skills – October 8th – 11th 2021. Our instructors will include Mary Gauthier, Laurie Lewis and Joe Craven.

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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…

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October 2021 Raffle

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on performing artists. You can help support our instructors during this time by buying tickets for our raffle during the retreat. Scroll down to find out about the prizes.

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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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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 2021 Yosemite Songwriting Retreat. Mary is an extraordinary songwriter and a revolutionary educator. Watch her TED talk and get inspired…

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