Summer Songwriting Getaway

Summer Songwriting Getaway

Summer Songwriting Getaway
June 8-10, 2018 :: Castleton, Ontario, Canada

Our 10th Songwriting Getaway will be a summer songwriting retreat to beautiful Castleton, Ontario. Our getaways combine songwriting workshops with a relaxing songwriter retreat and plenty of time to write and soak up the surroundings.

Our Summer Songwriting Getaway will take place in a 19th century farm house which sits on 100 acres of gardens, orchards and forest trails. Songwriting workshops will take place in a yurt, and one-one one feedback sessions will be held in a small cabin on the property. The space is a piece of paradise less than two hours from Toronto.

Songwriter Getaways are a mix of returning songwriters and new faces. They are a welcoming and supportive environment for all levels of songwriters from beginners to seasoned pros. You’ll head home with some new insights on your songwriting process, feedback on your songs, and a group of new friends who have bonded over meals and music.

What’s included in the Summer Songwriter Getaway?

  • One-on-one feedback from Murray Foster, a songwriter and musician with two platinum and five gold records among his credits.
  • Small group songwriting workshops in a spacious yurt.
  • Evening song circles and singalongs.
  • Quiet time to write, enjoy the property and find new inspiration.
  • All meals from dinner on Friday to breakfast on Sunday.
  • Lodging for those who register to stay at the farmhouse – and recommendations on local hotel options for daypass songwriters.


Single Room – $625/person – EARLY BIRD PRICE $600
Shared Room/Separate Beds – $525/person – EARLY BIRD PRICE $500
Non-songwriting Partner – $250
DayPass – $250/person
Saturday-Only DayPass – $150/person
*Early bird pricing ends February 28, 2018


Songwriting Getaway Agenda

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Friday – Make your way to the farmhouse where you will enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by us. That evening, join in on a campfire-style sing-along where you will get to know your fellow songwriters. Guests are welcome to arrive any time after 4pm. Dinner will be served at 7pm.

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 buffet lunch and full dinner will be provided. That night, we will share our new songs at another sing-along.

Sunday – Another breakfast and an opportunity to share songs written throughout the weekend and to schedule one-on-one feedback from Murray. Departure is early 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.

Songwriter Retreat Lodging

songwriting retreat castleton ontario canadaThe numerous bedrooms at the farmhouse 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.

Note: Once you select your room type on the registration form, you must click Attendee Information to complete your registration and provide dietary restrictions so we can plan accordingly.


Local Hotel Options

Lodging at the Songwriter Getaway goes fast! If you wish to stay at a local hotel, there are several options within 20-30 minutes of the Songwriter Getaway. DayPass holders are invited to join us for all meals. We will soon add recommended hotels.

Many of our Getaway attendees stay in nearby Airbnb rooms when joining our getaways. There are many Airbnb options in the Greater Castleton area. We encourage you read reviews and host policies if you select this option. If you are new to Airbnb, use our Referral Link to receive a credit toward your first reservation.