Songwriting 4 Nature: Adult Retreat

Date: September 12, 2019 – September 15, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Place: LAST MOUNTAIN LAKE | Arlington Beach Camp

$460 / person. Includes taxes.


Calling all adult songwriters! Our popular Songwriting for Nature program is happening again, this time at Arlington Beach on the shores of Last Mountain Lake. As always, this weekend retreat will give you a chance to write songs and gain insights about songwriting in a wonderful natural setting. You will also be contributing to cutting-edge research about creativity and nature connection.

Our Facilitators

This program is coordinated by RSM Curator of Human Ecology, Glenn Sutter, who is also a performing songwriter. Our facilitators and songwriting coaches are:

2019 Juno Nominee Megan Nash, winner of numerous Saskatchewan awards and Western Canadian Music Awards two-time nominee.


Ryan Hicks, a Regina-raised singer-songwriter, who makes melodic, cinematic alt-pop music. If McCartney, Brian Wilson and Fleet Foxes made music for David Lynch.

What's included?

We will be staying at the beautiful Arlington Beach Camp, a fully-equipped camp and conference centre just south of the Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary and National Wildlife Area. We will be using the main lodge, which includes a large dining hall, and the historic Arlington Beach House, which sleeps up to 20 people. Built in 1910, the Beach House was a popular destination for steam ships that moved people up and down the lake before the railroad came to the region. The site also includes a marina for sheltered access and a boat launch to Last Mountain Lake (canoes will be available), and an inviting shoreline for nature study, hiking, and songwriting!

We will provide all meals (please let us know if you have dietary restrictions!), facilitated songwriting sessions, and on-location demo recording. Participants will be invited to perform at a Songs for Nature Showcase at Le Relais in Saskatoon on Saturday, September 28th, and songs inspired by the retreat may be featured in the RSM’s “Nature Inspires” listening station.


Our days will start with yoga, and include hiking, writing, group work, and plenty of time to reflect and create. The perfect way to get your juices flowing!

Thursday, September 12

6:30 PM – Arrive at Arlington Beach Camp – check-in at Beach House

7:00 PM – Supper

8:00 PM – Welcome and initial surveys

8:40 PM – Ice-breaker, weekend goals, and context

9:30 PM – Campfire

11:00 PM – ZZZzzzzzzz

Friday, September 13

7:30 AM – Yoga

8:30 AM – Breakfast

9:30 AM – Nature immersion and art stations

10:30 AM – True Nature Writing (TNW) session

Noon – Lunch en route to National Wildlife Area (40 min)

1:15 PM – Guided hike at NWA

2:15 PM – Travel back to camp

3:00 PM – Songwriting tips and tricks

4:00 PM – Reflection/writing time

6:00 PM – Supper

7:00 PM – Start group song

9:00 PM – Campfire

11:00 PM – ZZZzzzzzzz

Saturday, September 14

7:30 AM – Yoga

8:30 AM – Breakfast

9:30 AM – Art stations, optional TNW session

Noon – Lunch

1:00 PM – Reflection/writing time

5:00 PM – Supper

6:00 PM – Finish group song

8:00 PM – Public concert

9:00 PM – Campfire

11:00 PM – ZZZzzzzzzz

Sunday, September 15

7:30 AM – Yoga

8:00 AM – Breakfast

8:30 AM – Reflection/writing time

11:15 AM – Group check-in

11:30 AM – Research time

Noon – Lunch

1:00 PM – Pack up

1:30 PM – Depart

Travel and Lodging

  • You are responsible for your own travel arrangements.
  • The Beach House includes 8 bedrooms and can sleep up to 20 people These are available at no cost on a first come-first served basis. All beds have only a comforter and pillow. Guests are required to bring their own sheets, towels, and extra blankets.
  • Tenting – Campsites are available at no cost, if you want to tent. You are welcome to bring your own or borrow one of our 8-person tents.

Things to Bring

  • Your own tent, unless you want to stay in the Beach House or use one of ours.
  • Your instrument of choice (an electric keyboard will be provided)
  • Warm layers, hat, clothes and shoes or boots for light hiking
  • Rain pants and rubber boots
  • Insect repellant
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook, pens and/or pencils

Special Note: No alcohol or non-prescription drugs are allowed on the premises