Yosemite Songwriting Retreat

Online Event – October 9th – 11th 2020



Opening Concert

Join us on Friday, October 9th for a night of live music online as we kick off the 2020 Yosemite Virtual Songwriting Retreat with a concert featuring our instructors. Live performances by Joe Craven, Ben Morisson, Rita Hosking, Gail Dreifus, Adam Burns and more. You don’t need to be registered for the retreat to attend this event. Buy your tickets today and we’ll email you a link to the show on October 9th. If you are registered, you don’t need to buy a ticket – admission is included in your tuition fees.

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Yosemite Virtual Songwriting Retreat

Join us for a unique online 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, Rita Hosking, Ben Morrison, Gail Dreifus, Adam Burns and more. Continue reading “Yosemite Virtual Songwriting Retreat”

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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.

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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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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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…

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?”

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