Songwriting 4 Nature: Spring 2020 Adult Camp

Date: June 18, 2020 – June 21, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Place: POSTPONED | Prince Albert National Park


Program runs from 6:30 pm Thursday through to 1:30 pm Sunday.

Early-bird (before April 30): $410 / person (includes taxes and admin fees)
After April 30: $460 / person (includes taxes and admin fees)


Our Facilitators

This program is coordinated by RSM Curator of Human Ecology, Glenn Sutter, who is also a performing songwriter.

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.

Kara Golemba, an award-winning songwriter with a voice that can be “sweet and charming or powerfully raised to rattle the teacups.”



What's included?

We will be staying in the Beaver Glen Campground, a short walk from Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park. We will be staying in otentiks and nearby camp sites and making use of a shared camp kitchen. Otentiks are a cross between a tent and a cabin. They have a raised floor can sleep up to 6 on beds that consist of a mattress pad on top of plywood, so you just need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. The campground also includes washrooms with hot showers and flush toilets and easy access to Waskesiu Lake and forested hiking trails.

We will provide all meals (please let us know if you have dietary restrictions!), facilitated songwriting sessions, and on-location demo recording. As well, songs inspired by the retreat may be featured on the program website and 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, June 18

  • 6:30 PM – Arrive at Beaver Glen Campground – check-in at otentniks
  • 7:00 PM – Supper and initial surveys
  • 8:00 PM – Opening, including welcome from Indigenous elder
  • 8:40 PM – Ice-breaker, weekend goals, and context
  • 9:30 PM – Campfire
  • 11:00 PM – ZZZzzzzzzz

Friday, June 19

  • 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 – travel to trailhead
  • 1:15 PM – Guided hike, with interpretation by PANP staff
  • 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, June 20

  • 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 – Sharing circle
  • 9:00 PM – Campfire
  • 11:00 PM – ZZZzzzzzzz

Sunday, June 21

  • 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 – Mentor song circle (public invited)
  • 2:00 PM – Pack up and depart

Travel and Lodging

  • Your park entry fee will be covered. Just let the people at the entry gate know that you’re with the Songs for Nature program.
  • You are responsible for your own travel arrangements.
  • We have rented 4 otentiks (can sleep 6 each) and 5 nearby campsites. These are available at no cost on a first come-first served basis. Otentik beds consist of a mattress pad on a plywood frame, so you will need to bring a sleeping bag pillow, or your own sheets and blankets.
  • Tenting – The campsites are available at no cost. 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 an otentik or use one of ours.
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad (if tenting), and pillow
  • 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: We are committed to making this camp a creative and comfortable experience for everyone. To that end, all Parks regulations need to be followed and we request that you limit your use of alcohol and recreational drugs during the camp.