Retreat Schedule

Enjoy three days of exciting Conscious Songwriting workshops and exercises, meals, songwriting & sharing in a lovely setting with accomplished songwriting teachers and your peers.  View the 2018 schedule below to get an idea of what to expect at the upcoming retreat!

2019 SCHEDULE

Day 1Friday May, 31

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3:30pm - 4:30pm

Tara Room

Opening Circle

With John Stringer & Alan Roy Scott

Let's Get Started!

Join Co-Hosts, John Stringer & Alan Roy Scott & guest speakers for the 2018 Conscious Songwriting Retreat opening circle where you’ll be welcomed and get a chance to know your hosts a little better.

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4:30pm - 6:30pm

Tara Room

Intentions, Backgrounds & Sharing

About You & Your Music

We’ll get clear on our intentions and share a bit about ourselves. No matter what your background, this will be your opportunity to share something about yourself, your intentions and a song you’re proud of – so be sure to bring your instrument! Of course, if you don’t play an instrument, you can sing a cappella.. and if you haven’t written any songs yet, NO PROBLEM!  Just let us know that that’s why you’re here!!!!

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6:30pm - 7:30pm

Two 01 Restaurant

Community Dinner

Time for Nourishment!
All meals are provided during your retreat and will be enjoyed together as a group. We’ll announce locations at each meal.
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7:30pm - 10:00pm

Tara Room

ARS Songwriting Session #1

With Alan Roy Scott

About Your First ARS Session

You’ll receive an overview and co-writing session where Alan will explain some of his basic songwriting philosophy around the idea of “contrast” through analysis and examples, and then move into co-writing exercises that utilizes the principles laid out in a fun, hands-on fashion. Bring your instrument if you have one!

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10:00pm

Tara Room

Evening Jam Session

More About Our Jam Sessions
This is where we all share in sing & playing music together, so don’t forget your instrument.

Day 2 – Saturday June, 1

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6am – 9:00am

Two01 Restaurant

Breakfast

Time for Nourishment!
All meals are provided during your retreat and will be enjoyed together as a group. We’ll announce locations at each meal.
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9:00am - 9:30am

Tara Room

Mind Body Spirit Priming / Inspired Action

With John Stringer

Starting Our Day

How we begin our day can often create the momentum that either assists us in creating what we do or don’t want to experience.  As we come together to begin the day, we’ll focus on mind body and spirit to ensure we’re practicing what helps us remember our oneness, perfection to create from alignment.  Bring a journal, comfortable clothes for light exercise, and an open heart and mind.

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10:00am - 12:30pm

Tara Room

Group Songwriting Session

With Alan Schaefer & John Stringer

About Your First Group Songwriting Session!

BandingPeopleTogether.com Founder, Alan Schaefer & Joh Stringer will introduce behavioral science tools to help you get the most out of writing together throughout the retreat.   We’ll then create an original song together using the tools.  You’ll want to ensure you have a notebook and small recording device (smartphone voice recorder, etc.) for this session so you can take notes and continue practicing later on at your convenience.

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12:30pm – 1:30pm

Two 01 Restaurant

Community Lunch

Time for Nourishment!
All meals are provided during your retreat and will be enjoyed together as a group. We’ll announce locations at each meal.
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1:30pm – 3:00pm

Tara Room

Free Time

 

Write, Rehearse, Relax, Exercise & More

Whether you want to continue practicing what you’ve learned so far, write alone and/or with others, rehearse new songs you’ve written, relax before your next session, maintain your fitness routine or something else, this is your time to enjoy yourself.  The Crowne Plaza has a wonderful assortment of wellness opportunities nearby, including indoor billiards located in the bar lounge area. Guest room seating areas also have table tennis tables.

Other offerings include the following (see front-desk for details):

  • American Football
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Billiards
  • Hiking
  • Jogging Track
  • Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis or Ping Pong
  • Volleyball
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3:00pm – 5:00pm

Tara Room

Guest Speaker Songwriting Session

With Traci Hale, #1 Hit Songwriter

Anatomy of a Hit
Traci will take you through her workshop designed to unlock the elements that separate a song from a HIT. We’ll also discuss the structure of Hit, including split sheets, picking a P.R.O. (Performing Rights Organization) and Overcoming Writers Block. 
Also, as a bonus, You can bring one song to be critiqued. But, be ready for her honest opinion. 
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5:00PM – 6:30pm

Your Choice

Free Time

Write, Rehearse, Relax, Exercise & More

Whether you want to continue practicing what you’ve learned so far, write alone and/or with others, rehearse new songs you’ve written, relax before your next session, maintain your fitness routine or something else, this is your time to enjoy yourself.  The Crowne Plaza has a wonderful assortment of wellness opportunities nearby, including indoor billiards located in the bar lounge area. Guest room seating areas also have table tennis tables.

Other offerings include the following (see front-desk for details):

  • American Football
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Billiards
  • Hiking
  • Jogging Track
  • Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis or Ping Pong
  • Volleyball
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6:30pm - 7:30pm

Two01 Restaurant

Community Dinner

Time for Nourishment!
All meals are provided during your retreat and will be enjoyed together as a group. We’ll announce locations at each meal.
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7:30pm - 10:00pm

Tara Room

ARS Songwriting Session #2

With Alan Roy Scott

About Your Second ARS Session
Come prepared with instruments for more group collaboration and co-writing exercises drawn from various ideas and assignments such as writing songs for a specific artist, writing songs for a Film/TV show, writing to a pre-existing recorded tracks (“toplining’), and more!
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10:00pm

Tara Room

Evening Jam Session

More About Our Jam Sessions
This is where we all share in sing & playing music together, so don’t forget your instrument.

Day 3 – Sunday June, 2

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6:00am – 9:00am

Two01 Restaurant

Breakfast & Check Out

Time for Nourishment & Retreat Center Check Out!
This will be a great time to go ahead and check out before or after breakfast. Just make sure to complete both in time so you don’t miss the next session.  All meals are provided during your retreat and will be enjoyed together as a group. We’ll announce locations at each meal.
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9:00am - 10:00am

Tara Room

Mind Body Spirit Priming / Inspired Action

With John Stringer

Starting Our Day

How we begin our day can often create the momentum that either assists us in creating what we do or don’t want to experience.  As we come together to begin the day, we’ll focus on mind body and spirit to ensure we’re practicing what helps us remember our oneness, perfection to create from alignment.  Bring a journal, comfortable clothes for light exercise, and an open heart and mind.

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10:00am – 12:00pm

Tara Room

Guest Speaker Songwriting Session

With Jill Colucci, #1 Hit, Multi-Platinum, Award Winning Singer-Songwriter

Write, Write, Write

Jill will give you a backstage look into her songwriting methods so you can apply her insights to your songwriting and get real time feedback from a seasoned multi-hit, multi-platinum songwriter.

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12:00pm – 1:00pm

Two01 Restaurant

Community Lunch

Time for Nourishment!
All meals are provided during your retreat and will be enjoyed together as a group. We’ll announce locations at each meal.
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1:00pm - 3:00pm

Tara Room

Final ARS Songwriting Session #3

With Alan Roy Scott

About Your Final Session
This will be the final group collaboration and co-writing exercises culminating with a fun songwriting free for all at the end under the banner of “TopTune” (groups are selected and given a title and 17 minutes to write a song and then perform it for the other groups).
****This may sound a bit scary to some people, but trust us, it’s a TOTAL BLAST !!!!
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3:00pm - 4:00pm

Tara Room

Closing Circle

Reflections & Honoring Our Contributions
This will be a time of reflections, expressions of gratitude and sharing what we’ve learned together during the 2018 Conscious Songwriting Retreat! Afterward, we’ll say our goodbyes and head home with new songs, new practices, new wisdom and new friends & collaborators!
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4:00pm - 5:00pm

TBA

Final Concert

Sharing our Songs with Everyone

This is where we share what we’ve created at the retreat (& before) with others in a showcase style concert, ending the retreat on a high note!

*This agenda is subject to change at any time due to the truth of the moment.

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