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Feeding The Bard   
Songwriting Retreat

Joe Crookston/ Ithaca, NY

3 Days of Songwriting & Workshops Music  Art  Food  Wine  Beauty  200 acres
& More Songwriting! 

Visit the Finger Lakes & Explore Songwriting 
w/ Joe Crookston
 & Mike Ellis
 

2024 3-Day Songwriting Retreat  Dates:  
JUNE 28 -30,  2024  (sold out)
AUG 31 -  SEPT  2, 2024  (2 spots available)
OCTOBER 18-20, 2024  (sign up now)
DECEMBER 13-15, 2024 (sign up now)


EMAIL JOE TO REGISTER & GET MORE INFO
 

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Hello from Joe Crookston & the “Feeding The Bard” Songwriting Retreat Staff!

"Feeding The Bard," is a dynamic songwriting retreat in Ithaca, NY

designed to liberate the truths we carry and birth them into song. 

(and to have a great time connecting to each other and ourselves on 200 beautiful acres)  

 

We are thrilled to hear from fellow music lovers who are eager to explore the depth of their artistry. 

This intimate gathering is led by Joe Crookston and Mike Ellis.  We are both excited to inspire, challenge, support, and nourish you every step of the way,

(and also feed you delicious food!)    

We as humans need authenticity, creativity and human connection.

We will gather to renew ourselves and bring forth our best selves.  


What Happens During the Retreat?

 

For three days, you will be fully immersed in the craft of songwriting in a safe, creative space, engaging in activities that will open your heart, refine your technique, and expand your lyrical and compositional horizons. You can look forward to honest, hands-on sessions where your original compositions will take shape, bolstered by the invaluable feedback and collaborative spirit of your mentors and peers.  

What if I am a writer but not a songwriter?

Although, Joe's mastery is in songwriting, THIS WEEKEND RETREAT IS 100% OPEN TO WRITERS, POETS & CREATIVE WRITERS OF ALL KINDS (EVEN IF SONGWRITING SPECIFICALLY IS NOT YOUR FOCUS) 

 

In addition to the expert insight and guidance you will receive during group activities, you will have ample time for personal writing in any number of quiet spaces available to you. Evenings will be aglow with the warmth of campfires, the crackling immediacy of open mics, and the groovy vibe that passionate songwriters cultivate. Before you leave, you'll have the chance to record demos of your songs in simple studio sessions with Joe and Mike guiding you through the process.  

 

EMAIL JOE TO REGISTER & GET MORE INFO  

Where Will We Stay?

 

Participants from out of town will enjoy simple, comfortable, and beautiful lodging at Ecovillage at Ithaca (more info about this unique community at www.ecovillageithaca.org). 

Situated on 200 acres, Ecovillage offers a serene natural environment to reflect, write, and recharge. 

In addition to the lodging and retreat sites, participants will have access to woodsy walking trails and a spring-fed, swimmable pond. 

 

What Will We Eat?

 

The hosts and their team will provide a delicious, simple breakfast and inspired lunch, snacks, beverages, and exquisite homemade, family-style dinners for participants. 

Please let us know ahead of time if you need any dietary accommodations. We will be delighted to provide you with what your body needs.  

Big Thanks to our foodie chef and cook extraordinaire, 

Elisabeth Harrod.  One of her passions in life is to nourish people with yummy food.  We will accommodate your dietary needs.  

How Much Does the Retreat Cost?

 

The cost of the retreat, including lodging, is $800.00 per participant. The cost without lodging is $550.00 per participant. 

Most retreats like this cost thousands.  We are juggling many factors to create a very rich, thoughtful and inspiring event with less overhead 

so it can be as affordable for you as possible.  


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