Songwriter Retreat: Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson, Gretchen Peters

Friday, February 10, 2017


The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier one of the best songwriters of her generation.  She has been praised by both Dylan and Waits, and her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Candi Staton.  Her songs have been used in film and television, most recently on the ABC hit show Nashville, HBO’s Banshee, and Masterpiece Theater’s Case Histories.  She has released six studio albums.  Filth and Fire was named #1 Best Independent CD of the year by the New York Times.  Her following three releases have been named in the LA Times and New York Times top three releases of the year.  MercyNow was named in the top 5 records of the decade by No Depression magazine.  

“...there’s no need to go looking for qualifiers.  [Mary Gauthier is] a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice.  And there’s never a surplus of those.” – Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times

Eliza Gilkyson is a two-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and activist and one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles.  Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV.  A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year.  In 2014 she received a Grammy nomination for her Red House Records release, The Nocturne Diaries.  On stage, Eliza presents a vibrant mix of laugh-til-you-cry storytelling, political diatribe, and love songs ranging from the global to the most intimate.

“Whether she looks into darkness or light, Eliza Gilkyson’s vision is impressive.  ...she’s given us another remarkable glimpse... on The Nocturne Diaries.” – All Music Guide

 Twice Grammy-nominated and CMA Song of the Year winner for the groundbreaking “Independence Day” (Martina McBride), Gretchen Peters Gretchen Peters has cut her own artistic path, touring continually in North America, the UK and Europe, and releasing nine critically acclaimed albums on the way.  Born in New York and raised in Colorado, the 25-year Nashville resident has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill.  Her album Hello Cruel World (2012) landed in the top 5 on the Americana chart and maintained the #1 position for a record-breaking 2 months on the EuroAmericana chart.  It was described by NPR’s All Things Considered as “the album of her career.”

“[Peters’ Hello Cruel World is] lean and poetic, unafraid to tackle the deep, poignant stuff, yet strongly melodic too… an affecting, beautifully measured, very grown-up affair.” – Q Magazine

Weekend Retreat
Feb. 10-12, 2017, Wimberley, TX


Three women, three guitars and the hard-won wisdom from three lifetimes spent in pursuit of the song.

Inspiration meets craft.
Find your songs. Sing them. Isn't it time?

4 sessions, song circle + concert
limit 21 participants / all experience levels welcome
$500 prepaid /
Meals included / lodging available at local B&Bs, cabins.

Three Women and The Truth is a trio of accomplished, multiple award winning female songwriters whose songs cut through the murky layers of life's complexities. Writing from their own experience, these songwriters are skilled in balancing personal tales with classic underpinnings, which hint at the evocative idea that all our lives are full of events and incidents that touch on the mythic and the timeless.

Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson and Gretchen Peters

Limited to 21 participants
$500 per person*
This includes meals and a ticket to the Saturday evening show ($40) with priority seating.
Friday Feb 10
Welcome 4:30pm - 9:00pm  SESSION I
Saturday Feb 11
8:00am - 4:30pm  SESSION II, III
8:00pm - CONCERT with Mary, Eliza, & Gretchen
Sunday, Feb 12
8:00am - Noon  SESSION IV
PRE-PAID reservations to secure your participation.  Additional instructions with RSVP.
*Cancellation policy: 100% refund if cancelled by December 1.   December 1 - January 1, 80% refund. 
No refunds after January 1, unless we are able to fill the spot.  We will refund 80% if we are able to find a replacement participant.  
Participants may designate their own substitute after full payment.  No additional payment will be required.  


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