Come join artist development and publishing legend Judy Stakee for a life-changing retreat this year. Over the course of 5 days, you'll work and collaborate with a group of exceptional songwriters and industry experts, surrounded by nature and creative minds.


Harness your potential & take your songwriting skills to a new level on a 5 day long journey where you learn Judy Stakee’s renowned, step-by-step methodology that addresses the mind, body, and soul, as you strengthen your lyrics, melody, and voice.

The program includes specialist workshops, co-writing, on the spot critiques, morning yoga, vocal coaching and a guest seminar with an industry professional that give you the necessary tools for developing your perspective and craft.

Songwriting Retreat Enjoying Cowriting

Each evening, cowriters are given the opportunity practice performance skills by sharing their newly written songs in a safe and loving space. Afterwards, break out dance parties, jam sessions, and stories by the fire, connect you with fellow songwriters, building a community of collaborators and lifelong friendships.

Before retreats, songwriters receive a signed copy of Judy’s book, “The Songwriter’s Survival Guide”, and detailed information to prepare songwriters for the adventures ahead. Retreaters leave with a solid foundation to build a career, 3 live performance demos of their newly written songs, support from the Judy Stakee team, and a community of 300+ fellow writers and artists across the world to work with. (Want to visit Nashville or Los Angeles after the retreat? Make a post in our very active alumni Facebook group to find new cowriters!)

Expect the unexpected: surprise guests, impromptu performances, and life-changing experiences.

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The Sequoia Retreat Center
11445 Alba Road, Ben Lomond, CA, 95005
(45 mins from San Jose, 1.5 hours from San Fransisco) 

1) Monday, April 1st - Friday, April 5th, 2019
2) Sunday, April 7th - Thursday, April 11th, 2019


Beautiful shared cabins and bathrooms.
(Single occupancy cabins available upon request.)
Fresh linen and clean bedding provided in each room at the beginning of the retreat. 



The retreat is very easy to get to no matter where you're traveling from.  

Closest Airports:

  • San Jose, CA (45mins drive from the retreat)

  • San Francisco, CA (1.5 hours drive from the retreat)


Feel free to contact us with any questions or if you need assistance.

Pricing 2019

Judy Stakee Songwriting Retreat California

Tickets include admission to the retreat, workshops, 4 nights/5 days beautiful accommodation, and full catering. We have a specialist master chef on site who will be preparing beautiful cuisine using locally sourced organic produce.

  • Early Bird Tickets: $1695*

    Early bird special includes a preparation package with a signed copy of the Songwriter’s Survival Guide.

  • Standard Admission: $1895

With limited spaces available on each retreat, there is a selection process for applicants. I'm looking for motivated and talented individuals who are ready to take the next step on this journey with me.  If successful, we'll be in touch with you ASAP to confirm the details.

I look forward to receiving your application,
Judy Stakee & Team

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