April 2-6 2017 | Normandy, France | £995

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 while living in the inspiring countryside of Normandy, France.

The Retreat

This unique retreat will nurture and stretch your untapped potential to harness your songwriting skills to a new level. On this journey you'll be taken through Judy's renowned step-by-step methodology that addresses the mind, body, and soul to strengthen your lyrics, melody, and voice.

The programme includes specialist workshops,
co-writing with on the spot critiques, morning yoga, vocal coaching and guest seminars with multi-platinum songwriters that give you the necessary tools for developing your perspective and craft.

We have sound engineers to record session demos and videos of your performances throughout the retreat. On the evenings we'll sit round the fire, play songs and share stories. By the end of this process, you'll have a solid grounding to support you at every stage of your career.

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

About Judy

Judy Stakee is leading the new age of music. An author, speaker, and advisor, Judy encourages artists and songwriters to define their perspective and share a powerful creative message. 

Judy has an eye for talent. She is responsible for developing and signing many of today's most acclaimed artists, including Grammy-award winner Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry, Gavin DeGraw and Joy Williams.

With over 30 years of experience as an executive in the music industry and 20 years as Vice President of Creative at Warner Chappell, Judy advises creative minds around the world. She has developed an innovative methodology that is being adapted into the music curriculums of renowned music institutions in the US and beyond.

What You'll Learn

From start to finish, you will learn the tools used by platinum songwriters to create hit songs and engage in fun, interactive workshops that challenge you to think outside the box and develop your craft to a new level. The retreat will be a fine balance of experience and education; Tap into your creative potential and develop a solid strategy to position you, the songwriter, where you want to be. 




Creative Enhancement

  • Learn the secrets to writing hit songs
  • Transforming your creative process
  • Create the career in music that you want

Personal Growth

  • Learn how to focus your time, space and tools effectively.
  • Developing successful
    co-writing relationships

  • Change your thought process to be more intentional

Business Direction

  • Learn how to enter the elusive "inner circle"
  • Establish your identity as a songwriter - creating a brand
  • Turning songs into marketable products

Info & Lodging

Sunday 2nd - Thursday 6th April 2017

Location: The Mill Retreat Centre
Breteuil, Montmaequet
Normandy/Picardy Border, France

Lodging: Beautiful shared rooms and bathrooms.
Single occupancy rooms available upon request.
Fresh linen and clean bedding provided in each room at the beginning of the retreat. Remember to bring a towel for the pool!



The retreat is very easy to get to no matter where you're traveling from. Here are some options: 

  • Coach: We have a luxury coach picking up from London Victoria travelling directly to the retreat. (£125 return tickets) 
  • Air: The nearest airport is Paris Beauvais (30 miles south of the retreat). Take a taxi or a train directly to the retreat.


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

Application & Pricing: April 2017

Ticket includes admission to the 5-day retreat, all workshops, luxury accommodation and all meals. We have a specialist master chef on site who will be preparing French cuisine using locally sourced organic produce.

  • Early Bird Tickets: £995
  • Standard Admission: £1295

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