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Yosemite Songwriting Retreat at the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

10/11/2019 - 10/14/2019
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Back by popular demand, the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat announced a stellar line up for its 2019 weekend event. Grammy-nominated singer, guitarist, songwriter and educator Mary Gauthier is joined by Santa Cruz musical inspiration, Keith Greeninger and more highly skilled staff members for a relaxing, inspiring, educational and sometimes life-changing weekend.

The Yosemite Songwriting Retreat is scheduled for October 11 through 14 at the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort in Midpines, California. Tuition fees for the retreat are $400.00.

Accommodation prices start at $226 per person. All retreat accommodation packages include taxes and eight meals from The Bug’s gourmet café, which features fresh, organic and local foods with an emphasis on vegan and vegetarian offerings. Retreat participants also receive special discounts on spa services, including a hot tub and sauna. The retreat is open to anyone 18 years and over. Register online at

This special weekend retreat is designed to educate and inspire as well as provide performance and recording opportunities and the creative cross-pollination that comes from intimate interactions with like minded artists. The teaching staff also includes accomplished local songwriters, Gail Dreifus and Adam Burns. Recording engineer Mike Christner will be on hand to help participants bring their songs to life with high quality recordings they can take home with them.

The Yosemite Songwriting Retreat kicks off Friday, October 11th at 7:30 pm with a public faculty concert at The Yosemite Bug, headlined by Mary Gauthier and Keith Greeninger. Tickets are $10 for all ages and are available via the retreat website ( is limited and advance tickets are encouraged.

Regular retreat instructor Joe Craven said, “The Yosemite Songwriting Retreat has created and environment and set a table for you to bring your stories out onto paper so that they may be reborn as song with the help of a nurturing community of like-minded folks who have your back every step of the way. Come join us in October and begin your songwriting journey or take your songwriting to the next plateau, near the threshold of stunning Yosemite National Park.”

The Yosemite Bug is approximately 35 miles from Yosemite Valley and an estimated 45 minute drive from Yosemite National Park. The Merced River canyon is 10 minutes away, where participants can enjoy the beautiful scenery and cool swims in the river. More information is available, including links to The Yosemite Bug and faculty websites can be found at

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