Yosemite Songwriting Retreat

October 8th – 11th 2021



How was it for you?

If you attended the 2021 Yosemite Virtual 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?”

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October 2021 Retreat

Our next ‘In Person’ retreat will be October 8th – 11th 2021. Our instructors will include Mary Gauthier, Laurie Lewis and Joe Craven and we will be at a beautiful new venue, Big Table Ranch near Coulterville.

As this event approaches will be seeking the best advice available about how to have a safe, creative and fun event during the Covid-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our participants is our first priority.

We are currently working with the instructors, venue and caterer to create an inspiring, relaxing and creative experience for our participants. Please sign up for our mailing list so we can let you know when registration opens. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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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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…

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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A Message from Joe Craven

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