Harris Bridge Folk Festival Songwriting Camp
HARRIS BRIDGE SONGWRITING CAMP: A retreat exploring songwriting, folk music, community, nature, and how they all intersect. The 3-day camp includes workshops, small-group song swaps, co-writing opportunities, 1-on-1 time with instructors, as well as plenty of opportunities for jamming, writing, and exploring the gorgeous Harris Bridge area’s hiking trails, vineyard, river, and swimming hole! This is a welcoming and non-judgmental community where songwriters at any stage of experience can come and be inspired, connect with their creativity and to the land, and have the time and space to write, reflect, and play!
WHO ATTENDS AND HOW MANY? All levels of writing and musical experience are welcome. What matters most is that you are a great appreciator of music and people and the outdoors. Most songwriters play guitar or keyboards, but songwriters can also work acapella and on a range of other instruments. All genres are welcome. Note, all under 21 years of age must be accompanied by an adult due to the host site being a winery/vineyard. Attendance is capped at 25 guest participants.
OUR INSTRUCTORS: Beth Wood and Clara Baker have decades of experience writing songs, teaching, touring and performing professionally. They will lead guided workshops and small group classes, and can also offer 1-on-1 song feedback, guitar and vocal mini-lessons, and more.
OUR SCHEDULE: Check-in begins on Tuesday Aug 13th, at 10am. Participants set up and get to know one another the first afternoon with, followed by dinner and a campfire song circle. In the mornings we will gather as a group and share in writing exercises. Afternoons we will focus on co-writing and one-on-on mentor sessions with plenty of free time sprinkled in to explore and gather inspiration from each other and the beautiful setting. In the evenings we will gather in a circle and share songs.
The camp ends on Friday morning by 11am, after breakfast and a closing gathering. All guests are invited to stay as complimentary guests for the Harris Bridge Folk Festival, or we can see you safely on your way on Friday, just let us know your desire at the time you register for the song camp.
TUITION FEE: Tuition is $295 and includes the following.
- A spot for tent camping and/or vehicle camping (RV availability is limited).
- Access to all classes as well as the occasional opportunity for private instruction
- Nightly song circles
- Three meals daily from Tuesday Aug. 13 dinner to Friday Aug. 16 brunch (8 meals).
- Self-serve coffee and tea.
- Access to hiking trails, and the swimming hole on the Mary’s River.
- Complimentary tickets/all access passes to the Harris Bridge Folk Fest (Aug 16, 17, 18, includes complimentary camping! Value is $80)
OUR LOCATION: The camp is hosted by Harris Bridge Vineyard, on a 4 acre patch of paradise, located right in the heart of Harris Valley, Oregon, just West of Corvallis. The site includes a beautiful winery and tasting room, camp sites, 3 separate fire circles, and two distinct places to dip toes into the Mary’s river to restore after long day. It also includes access to hiking. The site is a 2-hour drive from Portland, and a 1-hour drive from Eugene.
OUR ACCOMMODATIONS and FOOD PROVISIONS: Most participants camp in tents or vehicles. We also have a limited network of friends who host guests in their homes. If you would prefer to be set up in a home, please contact us at email@example.com and we will attempt to connect you with a host (may involve additional cost). The camp is an outdoor experience: all classes, song circles and meals are outdoors. Weather is most often beautiful in August, but it can be cool in the evenings and possibly even rainy, so campers should come with enough clothes to keep them warm and dry.
We’ll provide three delicious meals a day, beginning with dinner on Tuesday through brunch on Friday. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available. Please let us know of any food allergies or restrictions when registering. Self-service tea and coffee is provided, and beer and wine will be available for purchase through the tasting room all day long.
If you have any other questions, please let us know by contacting Nathan and Amanda (Owners of Harris Bridge) at firstname.lastname@example.org.