Is the “Mountain” Songwriting Retreat focused on mountain or folk music?

No. It is for people working in any genre of music. That said, our featured instructor Dave Nachmanof is an award winning songwriter known around the world primarily for his work in folk/pop/rock crossover and adult contemporary music, so this retreat may appeal more to writers looking to dive deeper into Dave’s area of expertise. Ronan Chris Murphy’s background is incredibly diverse and regularly works in everything from folk music to pop and rock. He recently produced and co-wrote on a hard rock project that debuted on the billboard charts.

What are the dates?

May 13-17, 2019. Orientation is at 5pm on May 13. The Retreat ends after lunch on Friday May 17.

Getting to the Mountain Songwriting Retreat

The Retreat is held at Capon Springs and Farms Resort on the very eastern edge of West Virginia. It is 90 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport. There is no public transportation to the resort. The Address isĀ 3818 Capon Springs RoadĀ Capon Springs, WV 26823. As we get closer to the retreat date we will have a way for attendees to connect if they want to look at ride share options.

Can I stay off-site and get a discount?

No. The Mountain Songwriting Retreat is an all inclusive immersive program.

What if I have a special diet or special needs?

Meals are served family style at capon springs but we can make special arrangements to provide options to meet many dietary restriction. We also have options to assist with various special needs or mobility issues. Please let us know at the time of registration if you need any special consideration of assistance.

Is anything not included in the “all inclusive” price?

Your tuition includes the workshops, private room with bath, 3 all you can eat meals a day, and most amenities including the par 3 golf course. There additional charges if you choose to play the regulation golf course, use the spa services, or get snack between meals.

Who is presenting the retreat?

Mountain Recording Retreat is presented by Recording Boot Camp, a company founded in 2003 by producer-engineer, Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson, Jamie Walters, Martin Sexton, Steve Morse). Recording Boot Camp has been on the cutting edge of alternative recording education: Creating the first audio blog / podcast and creating many education events around the globe.

Can I bring a spouse or family member?

Attendees may bring one non-participating spouse. The cost for the is $497. non-participants are welcome to join in all meals and social activities but may not attend any of the workshops.

What is the food like (and dietary restrictions)

Capon Springs food is fantastic. Meals are served family style and is mostly based on traditional country cooking, using many of the same recipes for the last 60 years (and some of the same cooks for decades). For guests with special dietary needs, the resort will do their best to accommodate them, but those with very rigid dietary restrictions might want to have some back up options in case the available options do not fit your needs.

What is the cancellation policy?

Because of the high costs involved with presenting this event and our desire to keep class sizes small and costs extremely affordable, we need at least 7 attendees registered by December 31, 2017. If we do not reach 7 registrations by this date we will cancel the event and refund 100% or all deposits.

Deposits are refundable up to December 31, 2017. After this date deposits are non-refundable. If you think you are likely to cancel we recommend you take your chances that there will still be space and sign up closer to the start date or look into trip insurance.