Yosemite Songwriting Retreat

October 7 – 9 2022



October 2022 Retreat

We are currently planning the next Yosemite Songwriting Retreat, which will be happening on October 7th – 9th in Mariposa, California.

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Opening Concert

Friday, April 8th at 7:00pm on the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat YouTube channel – Join us for a night of live music online as we kick off the Spring 2022 Yosemite Virtual Songwriting Retreat with a concert featuring our instructors. Live performances by Reggie Harris, Cosy Sheridan, Teresa Tudury, Matthew Suttor, Joe Craven, Gail Dreifus, Adam Burns and more.

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Spring 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 online classes, mentor sessions and performance opportunities with Joe Craven, Reggie Harris, Cosy Sheriden, Gail Dreifus and Adam Burns and more.

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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…

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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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