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Intensive 3-Day Songwriting Retreat

With Mary Gauthier & Verlon Thompson

Limited to Only 14 Students

Exclusively for PSCW Alumni — a couple of spots left!

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2018 • At Dyer Observatory in Nashville, TN

Email Lydia with any questions.

Join Mary and Verlon on top of Nashville’s highest peak for 3 days of intensive songwriting. With an intimate group of only 14 alums, you will bring songs you’ve been working on or start new ones—you’ll basically immerse yourself in uninterrupted creativity with Verlon and Mary with you the entire time to help dig into your songs with you, guide you, and offer instant feedback with whatever you’re working on as you need it.

It will be a very free-flowing, unscheduled few days so anything can happen. We can make it up as we go, based on what the small group wants and how the songs are coming along. We can have spur-of-the moment lessons on whatever some of you might want—from guitar tips, song presentation, song structure and even business questions. We might have a circle of song feedback in the morning, and then spend the rest of the day working on songs based on that while Verlon and Mary spend plenty of individual time with each of you. And in the evenings Verlon and Mary will play their songs and break down the writing of them for you.

We will start the evening of Saturday, Sept. 29 with a reunion dinner at Lydia’s house. Then we’ll spend the next three days (Sun/Mon/Tues, Sept. 30-Oct. 2) at the gorgeous Dyer Observatory, on the summit of a 16-acre wooded hill (the tallest peak in Nashville) where all the meals will be provided so you won’t need to leave until you had back at night to your hotel (or wherever you’re staying). It’s a beautiful, remote and peaceful setting just 10 miles south of downtown Nashville that inspires creativity. And Rocky will even be with us to open the telescope and show us the night skies for more inspiration…

Registration is open!

Email Lydia if you have any questions.

LIMIT: 14 Alums

DATES: Sun/Mon/Tues, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 (With opening dinner the evening of Sat. Sept. 29)

COST: $1,495 per student. This includes three full days of a very small group with Mary and Verlon (Sunday/Monday/Tuesday), a Saturday evening gathering and dinner, all lunches and evening dinners at Dyer Observatory on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

LODGING: Dyer Observatory is located 10 miles south of downtown Nashville off of Granny White Pike, close to Brentwood, TN. I’d recommend staying at one of the hotels located in Brentwood, less than 2 miles from where we’ll be each day. Here’s a TRIP ADVISOR link to the nearest hotels (ignore the top sponsored one…), and I can also provide a list of others registered as it gets closer in case anyone wants to get a room together. Also, if you’re staying in one of those hotels (which are mostly all next to each other) you could share a car since you’re not going to need one other than to get up to Dyer in the mornings and back in the evenings.

REFUND POLICY: A deposit of $495 is required to hold your spot, $200 of which is non-refundable. You will be invoiced for the remaining $1000 that will be due by Aug. 15. If you are fully paid and cancel by Aug. 15, 2018 you’ll be refunded $1295. After Aug. 15 there is no guaranteed refund unless we fill the spot (we will have a cancellation list). If the spot is filled by Sept. 15, then you’ll still receive your $1295 refund. If you cancel after Sept. 15 there are no refunds.

Registration is open!

Email Lydia if you have any questions.

Dyer_Observatory_logoThe Dyer Observatory, also known as the Arthur J. Dyer Observatory, is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Vanderbilt University. Built in 1953, it is located in Brentwood, Tennessee, and is the only university facility not located on the main campus in Nashville. The observatory is named after Arthur J. Dyer, who paid for the observatory’s 24-foot (7.3 m)-wide dome, and houses a 24-inch (610 mm) reflecting telescope named for astronomer Carl Seyfert. Today, the observatory primarily serves as a teaching tool; its mission is to interest children in the fields of science and engineering. The observatory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 6, 2009.


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