Songwriters, music lovers and creatives of all types and styles are welcome at the Global Songwriting Retreat in sunny California, USA. Whether you’ve been writing songs for years, or want to get started, you'll be able to immerse yourself in learning songwriting and creativity at this three day retreat with one of the world's leading singer-songwriters;
From finding your creative voice to crafting you songs and more, David Wilcox will give you the inspiration and exercises, to build your creative confidence and turn your ideas into finished songs. The retreat is designed to gather songwriters, music lovers and creatives of all types from around the globe with a common goal - learning, playing, eating and sleeping music.
This is the first time The Global Songwriting Retreat has been held in the USA. Don’t miss this chance to spend a week-end in the Golden State of California, home of some of the world's best music. What could be better than a musical holiday where you really learn something and have a great time with like-minded people?
The Global Songwriting Retreat will take place in Benicia in Northern California, just outside San Francisco on August 25th, 26th and 27th, 2017.
During the day you'll learn directly from David and his guest teachers and every evening you can sit back with a California wine or local handcrafted beer and take part in intimate, once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions. Just bring your creativity, get ready to learn, write, jam, make friends and have fun!
Friday 25th August 2017
2:00 - 3:00 pm Students Arrive
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Retreat Welcome & Introductions
4:00 – 5:30 Opening Session
5:30 - 6:30 Workshop I
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Evening Jams
Saturday 26th August 2017
9:30 am – 10:30 am Workshop II
11:00 - 12:30 pm Workshop III
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:30 Workshop IV
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00 - 5:30 pm Workshop V
7:00 - 8:30 pm Dinner
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm Evening Jams
Sunday 27th August 2017
9:30 am – 11:00 Workshop VI
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Workshop VII
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Lunch
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm Workshop VIII
3:30pm - 4:00pm - Coffee Break
4:00 pm - 5:30 Workshop IX
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Performance at Local Venue (optional)
Wilcox released an independent album in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, and by 1989 he had signed with A&M Records. His first release on the label, How Did You Find Me Here, sold over 100,000 copies the first year largely by word of mouth.
Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.
Reflecting on well over 20 years of record-making and touring extensively around the US and world, Wilcox says, “Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night. It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me.”
“David Wilcox’s ongoing musical journey is compelling and richly deserving of a listen.” - Rolling Stone Magazine
D'Agostino, a native of Italy, has been hailed as “a guitarist's guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine as well as “a giant of the acoustic guitar” (San Diego Reader), and holds many top guitar awards - even his Peppino D'Agostino Seagull Signature Guitar model was ranked in June 2014 as one of the 10 best signature guitars by Guitar Player Magazine.
D’Agostino has performed in more than 31 countries; been featured at prestigious international music festivals, and frequently plays with prominent artists around the world, including Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, and Eric Johnson. His 18 recordings include releases on Favored Nations, Mesa/Bluemoon, Acoustic Music Records, and other labels.
When not performing D’Agostino also enjoys teaching. He has made various teaching videos, has individual students, and through the years has been a guest instructor at various guitar programs such as Creative Vacances in La Moreau, France, Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, Swannanoa Gathering, and Guitar Workshop Plus. Truefire, an online instruction company, has released two courses in which D’Agostino explains his influential guitar techniques and approach to composition. One thing is true – Peppino is always thinking guitar.
Q. When does the retreat take place.
A. The retreat classes run from the Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.
Q. Where does the retreat take place.
A.The retreat classes will take place in downtown Benicia close to the three main lodging spots.
Q. Can my partner attend even though they won't participate in the classes.
A. Absolutely, non-participating partners are very welcome and the price per non-participating partner (sharing room) is $295 which can be purchased HERE. Partners may also sit in on a workshop session or two as long as there is adequate space in the room.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. You can receive a full refund minus any credit card/hotel booking fees within the first 30 days of booking. Please consider getting travel insurance to cover unexpected occurrences.
Q. What about accommodation?
A.The Shorelight Inn, The Inn at Benicia Bay, and Union Hotel are in the center of the small downtown area of Benicia and a five minute walk from each other. The Heritage Inn, is about a mile away. The Heritage Inn also has an exercise room, outdoor pool, and spa. If you would like to request a specific hotel, check out their websites and send your request and any other accommodation questions to Donna Wapner at firstname.lastname@example.org . Priority for the downtown accommodations will go to participants who attend with a partner (when possible).
Q. Can I book extra nights of accommodation?
A. Yes. Once you know the hotel room that you are assigned, you can contact the hotel directly to book extra nights.
Q. Who can I contact if I have other questions related to the retreat?
A. Please email email@example.com
Q. Can you accommodate those with dietary issues?
A. We are happy to cater for people with diet issues. Vegetarian, vegans and basic diet requirements are included in the price.
Q. Is the venue and accommodation suitable for those with mobility issues?
A. We are not able to accommodate anyone with severe mobility problems. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your particular needs.
Q. How do I get there?
A. You can travel to Benicia either by air or road.
By air: Benicia is 45minutes from Oakland International Airport and an hour from San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
Public transportation to Benicia from the airports include: BART (to Pleasant Hill) - www.bart.gov - and Evans Airporter to Vallejo - www.evanstransportation.com.