Spring Getaway

Spring Getaway

2016 Northern Muse Songwriter Getaway
April 15-17, 2016

songwriter getawayTreat yourself to a songwriting vacation. Combine an intensive songwriting retreat with a relaxing weekend getaway in Udora, Ontario, Canada!

The getaway weekend includes songwriting workshops and original song feedback, group sing-alongs, individual song feedback, bonfires (weather permitting), and plenty of free time for you to write songs and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. All meals are included – and delicious!

The delightful, cozy house sits on a 50-acre property with a picturesque pond, lovely wooded areas and farmland near by. Guests are welcome to don a lifejacket and take a canoe out on the pond to visit with otters, frogs and fish. There is also a pool table, darts, and mini-golf. The Leaskdale Manse National Historic Site (where author Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote Anne of Green Gables) is just minutes away.

A typical menu for the weekend includes chicken curry, salmon filets, roast beef, roasted vegetable and brie paninis, cheese plates, crepes, and omelettes. Dietary restrictions are happily accommodated!

Whether you are new to songwriting or an experienced professional, you will return from this weekend energized by the break – with a handful of new original songs! We aim to give everyone who attends a great weekend experience, some new insights into songwriting, and the inspiration to keep writing songs after you leave. Includes one-on-one feedback from Murray Foster, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with two platinum and five gold records.


Single Room – $500/person – SOLD OUT!
Shared Room/Separate Beds – $400/person. One space remaining.
Non-songwriting Partner – $300*
DayPass – $250/person
Saturday-Only DayPass – $150/person

DayPass – Join us for songwriting lessons, meals, and socialization without spending the night. A great option for Uxbridge/Udora locals.

Saturday-Only DayPass – Join us at the first workshop on Saturday morning. Stay for lunch, dinner, and the evening singalong before heading home that night. Saturday lunch and dinner included.

A 3-payment installment plan is also available to reserve a Single or Shared Room. Must make first 2 payments by Feb 15, 2016 to take advantage of this plan.
Single Room Payment Plan – 3 payments of $175. Shared Room Payment Plan – 3 payments of $142.

First payment due by: Jan 15.
Second payment due by: Feb 15.
Final payment due by: March 15.

*Non-songwriters can join their partner’s room for the weekend and participate in group meals and evening sing-alongs. It’s a beautiful area to relax in while your partner is doing songwriting workshops.


Friday – Make your way to the cottage in Uxbridge, where you will enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by us. That evening, join in on a campfire sing-along (hopefully around a real bonfire!) where you will get to know your fellow songwriters.

Saturday – Enjoy a fantastic breakfast to start the morning right! Throughout the day, take part in group songwriting lessons aimed at different levels of songwriting proficiency, or write and relax on your own. Book an appointment with Murray to get feedback on some of your songs. A light lunch and full dinner will be provided. That night, we will watch a music-themed movie and then share our new songs at another campfire sing-along.

Sunday – Another breakfast and an opportunity to share songs written throughout the weekend and to schedule one-on-one feedback from Murray. More time to write or relax. Departure is mid-afternoon.

Non-alcoholic beverages provided at all meals, but you are welcome to BYOB.
While we will provide all meals, if you would like to bring along a side dish or snack for the group, it will be gratefully accepted.
Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. We are happy to accommodate.

The numerous bedrooms at the cottage offer a wide variety of sleeping arrangements whether you’re interested in having your own room, sharing a room with someone else (separate beds), or a room with a shared bed (for partners or close friends). If you already have a roommate in mind for a room with separate beds, please include a note stating this when registering. We can also pair you in a room with another same-gender songwriter. There are queen beds, double beds, and single-over-double bunk beds available. Please bring bedding for the weekend.


Note: Once you select your room type on the registration form, you must click Attendee Information to complete your registration


Murray Foster retains his portion of the royalties for songs he contributes to including songs written in any class, getaway, workshop, or private lesson.