September 9-12, 2021
Songwriting Retreat Weekend with Cooking Class and Yoga Classes
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Return to Snake Island

The second annual Retreat Weekend in a beautiful setting on Lake Simcoe just one hour north of Toronto

With James Gordon and Arvi Gosmo

● Songwriting
● Songsharing
● Great Gourmet Food prepared on site from scratch
● Morning Yoga Classes


Sept 9th to 12th to 27th 2021

The Weekend (Thursday supper till Sunday Afternoon) includes:

  • An opening reception and song circle

  • 6 delicious and nutritious gourmet meals cooked from scratch on-site by Arvi, including a cooking class on the Saturday

  • A songwriting workshop, and an assignment that will get you started on the song you’ll write.

  • Additional workshops on lyrics, melody and structure, and whatever you’re interested in. Let us know!

  • Friday and Saturday night song circle and jamming

  • Lots of time and inviting spaces for you to work on your song

  • One-on-one time with James and Arvi to nurture along your song

  • Sunday afternoon session where you’ll share your new song, get positive feedback and a recording of it.

  • 3 night’s accommodation


Couples welcomed too and camping available if that’s your preference
Free boat ride to the retreat
Participants must be fully vaccinated for Covid
Let us know your dietary concerns. We know you’ll love the food. Coffee, tea, water and juice
will be available throughout the day. Light snacks will also be offered in between meals. Bring
your own alcohol.


The Price

575 dollars for the weekend. 625 dollars after August 15th
NO EXPERIENCE or Instrument necessary. You’ll write a great song and others will help.
Payment by e-transfer to


About the facilitators:

James Gordon is known in Canadian music circles as the “Songwriter’s Songwriter”. He’s
written more than 1500 songs, and released 40 albums solo or with his former band Tamarack.
He was songwriter-in-residence at CBC radio for many years, primarily with Arthur Black’s
show, has led many songwriting retreats, solo or with Katherine Wheatley, and has been
conducting his “Song Doctor” classes for a few years as well. His song “Frobisher Bay” has
been recorded by over 100 artists worldwide, and his song “Mining For Gold”, made famous
by the Cowboy Junkies, has appeared in numerous films.

Arvi Gosmo: After more than 20 years of culinary experience, Arvi Gosmo is a very
knowledgeable and highly successful culinary chef. She has cooked and owned her own
restaurant and established a successful catering business with numerous testimonials to back
up her expertise in the culinary trade.
Where many have developed their cuisine to fit the appetites of their customers, Arvi has
taken it a few steps higher by ensuring the menu is not only tasteful but has been cooked and
presented in a manner that is rich in appearance and when available, locally sourced. She has
also developed healthy and nutritious meal options for those who prefer vegan and gluten
free cuisine.
Her international menus include spicy Asian, tantalizing Mexican, mouth-watering Italian and
even North American. Over the years she has perfected her style, created and implemented a
niche and will wow you with her signature dishes and seasonal specials.

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