Workshops & Retreats 2007

“The price of registration is worth it just for the room, board and setting alone, complete with resident harbor seals and incredible array of birds.”
- Linda, Woodinville

“What a bargain! I thought it was more than a reasonable (fee) for all that we had. Where else could one find such things all in one place? The experience of being in your home was priceless; witnessing your dream. All that wonderful (delicious and healthy) food, comfy beds and a hot tub to boot.”
-- Maryann, Tacoma, Wash.

Workshops run Friday night to late Sunday afternoon unless otherwise indicated.
A two-day personal retreat option is available directly after the workshop.
We can also arrange for retreats for songwriters and writers groups.

Our current 2007 workshop schedule is below. More presenters may be added, so please check back. Click on a workshop link for a course description or click here to register online. If you want additional information or need to register by phone, please call 360-468-3964 or email

May 18-20: “Songwriting: Heart, Head, and Voice
Presenter: Award-winning singer/songwriter Cosy Sheridan

May 25-28: Northwest Folk Life Festival, Seattle Center.  
5:40 p.m. Sunday, May 27: Maggie Savage performs at Cafe Impromptu in McCaw Hall.

June 1-3: A Song Journey Workshop
Presenter: Grammy-nominated songwriter Kye Fleming

June 15-17: “Writing a Book? Now What?”
Presenter: Award-winning publicist and former book editor Alice B. Acheson

June 24-26: Lopez Writers Retreat 
Retreats: For more information on songwriting and writing retreats for your group, or for personal retreats, email us at

July 13 Concert: Emma's Revolution with Special Guest Holly Near
7:30 p.m., Shaw Island Community Building, San Juan Islands
$12, $10 students; reservations required

July 13-15: “Writing (and Singing) the Hard and Joyful Truth
Presenter: Singer/songwriter, activist, author Holly Near

July 27-29: “Songwriting Construction Zone: Tips & Tools for Your
Songwriting Toolbox

Presenter: Hit-making songwriter Sue Ennis, of Heart

Aug. 10-12: “Coming Into Your Own: Finding Your Songwriting Voice
Presenter: Hit-making songwriter Sue Ennis, of Heart

Sept. 7-9: “Travel Writing for Fun and Profit
Presenter: Travel book author Myrna Oakley

Sept. 14-16: “Capture the Magic: Write Memorable, Meaningful, Moving Songs:
Presenter: Grammy-nominated songwriter Steve Seskin

Sept. 28-30: Who Do You Think You Are?
Presenter: Songwriter/publicist Dinah Brein

Retreat option

“Now that I’ve been here I’m creatively focused again. Battery recharged. Lens wiped clean … I found my way back onto the path, into the zone.”
-- Heather, Lopez Island

On a first-come, first-serve basis, two participants from each workshop have the option to stay for a two-day personal retreat directly after the workshop to work on songwriting and writing projects. While new ideas and enthusiasm are fresh, focus on your projects, sit in solitude along Parks Bay, brainstorm with Maggie or Sharon, or just take the time to unwind after an intense weekend workshop. Sign up when you register.

We can also arrange retreats for your songwriters or writers groups, and participate in the learning process to the degree that you wish. For information, contact us at


“The experience you extended to me was complete in every way. You are both gracious hosts and dear people who could not have made me feel more welcome and cared for throughout our time together. Yet with all the hospitality, you still provided space for me to enjoy my own quiet moments. You have a kind and gentle energy and it fills your retreat home.”
-- Lauren, La Grange, Ill.

“You are both powerful and loving women and it was a pure pleasure to be in your home and to soak up all the beauty that you have both created. I really could not ask for anything else.”
-- Becca, Newcastle

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