May 2019 | New York, US | $1695

Applications now open

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 staying in the stunning surroundings of the Catskills, New York.

The Retreat

Judy Stakee Songwriting Retreat New York

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.

Judy Stakee Songwriting Retreat New York
Judy Stakee Songwriting Retreat New York

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

Judy Stakee Songwriting Retreat New York

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 concrete strategy to position you, the songwriter, where you want to be. 

Creative Enhancement

  • What is the secret to writing hit songs?
  • How do I create the career in music that I want?
  • How can I focus my time, space, and tools effectively to transform my creative process?

Personal Growth

  • What are the keys to personal motivation and results?
  • How do I develop great co-writing relationships?
  • How can I change my thought process to be more intentional?

Business Direction

  • How do I establish my identity as a songwriter?
  • How do I turn my songs into winning products?
  • How do I enter the "inner circle"? (Clue: there isn't one!)

Info & Lodging

Judy Stakee Songwriting Retreat New York
Judy Stakee Songwriting Retreat New York

1) Monday 13th May - Friday 17th May 2019
2) Sunday 19th May - Thursday 23rd May 2019

Location: Menla Mountain Retreat Center
375 Pantherkill Rd, Phoenicia, NY 12464

Lodging: Beautiful shared guest houses and bathrooms.
(Single rooms / deluxe queen rooms available upon request.)
Fresh linen and clean bedding provided in each room at the beginning of the retreat. 


Judy Stakee Songwriting Retreat New York

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

  • Two and a half hours north of New York City by car, approx three hours by bus
  • One and a half hours from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY / Two hours from Albany International Airport
  • Three and a half hours from Boston by car

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

Application & Pricing: May 2019

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

  • Early Bird Tickets: $1695
  • 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