Yosemite Songwriting Retreat

March 20th – 22nd 2020



Opening Concert – March 20th

Join us for an intimate concert with Grammy-nominted singer / guitarist / songwriter Mary Gauthier, Santa Cruz musical inspiration Keith Greeninger, Adam Burns and Gail Dreifus. This concert is presented by the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat and open to everyone. Seats are limited so get your tickets online today or at the Grove House in Mariposa. Make sure you come early so you can enjoy dinner at the June Bug Cafe before the show.

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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…

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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?”

Register Today!

Registration is now open for the Spring 2020 retreat featuring Mary Gauthier, Keith Greeninger and more. Go to the registration page to sign up. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have questions.

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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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Compilation CD

CDThe Yosemite songwriting retreat CD is a compilation of 17 songs written and recorded by participants at the recording sessions we offer during the retreat. This eclectic collection showcases the depth of talent and diversity of styles that make up our creative community. All of the profits from CD sales go to our scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to people who want to come to the retreat.

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