Hidden River Songwriting Camps Long Beach Washington July 19-23 and July 27-30, 2017
Seventh annual
Hidden River Songwriting Camps
July 19-23 and July 27-30, 2017

Hidden River Songwriting Camp is a weekend songwriting retreat in the Pacific Northwest. Songwriters gather for several days to write, share songs and enjoy the beauty of the natural site. Led by Matt Meighan with Chrissie Natoli (July 19 camp) and Sofia Ekberg (July 27 camp).

2017 dates are July 19-23 (four days) and July 27-30 (three days).

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Writing workshops in the mornings, with free time to write, collaborate, and enjoy the site in the afternoons. Evenings we gather for song circles and camp fires. Emphasis is on crafting songs that ring true and express the unique voice and experiences of the writer. All levels are welcome. Limited to 30 particpants per camp.

This year's camps will be held on the shores of Willlapa Bay near the town of Long Beach, Washington. The 13-acre site is rustic and beautiful, providing camp sites, kitchen, fire circle, wood-fired sauna and showers, a great view of Willapa Bay, canoes and paddle boats for use in the bay, and the Pacific Ocean a mile away.

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Comments from past Songwriting Camps:

"I've got wonderful music running through my mind. This camp conjured the muse. I look forward to next year!"

"Wonderful content, music, people, tone, sharing. Thank you Matt & Chris."

"Thank you so much for helping to make such a gorgeous, memorable retreat... now just want to write songs and sing them forever! " Hidden River Songwriting Camp

"I floated home on such a high I haven't come down to earth yet."

"Just spent three days in a beautiful retreat camp in ZigZag,Oregon. A gathering of wonderful songwriters. Morning workshops with Chris Kokesh and Matt Meighan, I could not ask for more. Good Songs Good friends ... what a treasure. Thanks everyone!!!!!!!!! See you all next year"

"Wonderful! 10 out of 10!.. thanks!"

"Thank you. Can't wait for next year...it was perfect."

Hidden River Songwriting Camp Instructor Matt Meighan
Matt Meighan co-founded Hidden River Songwriting Camp with songwriter Chris Kokesh in 2011. Matt teaches the popular "Songwriting as Truth-Telling" class and hosts Songwriter Roundup at Artichoke Music in Portland. He studied poetry at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where he earned an MFA in writing and poetics. He has been called "one of the most honest voices in folk music." His third album, Unique, will be released in 2017. www.MattMeighan.com




Hidden River Songwriting Camp Instructor Chrissie Natoli
Chrissie Natoli plays with her husband Jimmy Joe in the Austin, Texas husband-wife duo The Better Halves, whose CDs have won accolades and placed on the folk music charts all over the world. Chrissies whimsical, melodic songwriting earned her the chance to perform on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion". Chrissie is a skilled and compassionate acupuncturist with an office in South Austin. www.thebetterhalvesmusic.com




Hidden River Songwriting Camp Instructor Sofia Ekberg
Sofia Ekberg trained at the Ballet Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden and has performed in various musical theatre productions both in Sweden and England. In recent years she has focused on her own songwriting, teaching and performing, both solo and with the Swedish trio My Quiet Companion, which plays its "Americana with a Scandiavian edge" all across Sweden. Sofia runs the singer/songwriter course at Lftadalens Folkgskola in Asa, Sweden. www.myquietcompanion.com

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