Songwriting Workshop in Austin, TX

On the weekend of December 5-7, 2014 Gordy Quist and Owen Temple will again host Songfarmer, a songwriting retreat launched earlier this year taking place on Lake Travis in the beautiful hill country around Austin, Texas.


The creative retreat will be limited to 12-14 folks who are interested in exploring the craft/process/art of songwriting in a collaborative group setting. Through small group discussion, some one-on-one mentorship, and some co-writing sessions, Gordy and Owen will focus on exercises, techniques, and habits for training the mind to always be songfarming/treasure hunting. 

The hope is that this relaxing, yet intensive weekend at a beautiful lakeside, hill country getaway, will renew your inspiration and commitment to the cultivation of better songs and we can build a community of new friends that will stay in touch and continue collaborating.



Very Loose/Tentative Schedule:

Friday December 5

12pm - Lunch together in Austin for whoever can make it. This is informal. Those who can make it will caravan together out to Lake Travis where we will explore the grounds, play some music and wait for everyone to arrive.

5pm – Group Session: Intros, Inspiration, Work, Process

7pm – Dinner together

8pm – Group Session: TBD

9pm – Songcircle - Choose to perform or just listen

Saturday December 6

9am – Breakfast together

10am – Community Yoga / Creating Time

11am – Group Session: TBD

12pm – Writing Time 

1pm – Lunch

1:45pm – Solo writing time / 1-on-1 meetings

3pm – Group Session: TBD

5pm – Creative Time, Co-writing or 1-on-1 Meets

7pm – Dinner

8pm – Group Session: TBD

9pm – Songcircle, Co-writing, Music, Creative time

Sunday December 7

  9am – Breakfast together

10am – TBD

12pm – Depart


Register here to reserve your spot in this workshop:

Registering will automatically add you to the workshop attendee email list, and you will receive complete details shortly.

If you have any questions that we could answer to help you decide if the December 5-7 Songfarmer weekend is right for you, please send an email to and Owen or Gordy will get right back with you…




What to bring:

  • An instrument that you enjoy writing on and can easily be moved around
  • Paper, pens, pencils, typewriter or laptop for writing, whichever you prefer
  • As many unfinished song ideas as you can create, we recommend spending some time in the weeks leading up to the Songfarmer weekend trying to gather ideas
  • If you intend to camp, bring camping gear (tent, pillow and sleeping bag). Showers will be provided
  • A book by an author that inspires you to create, or just something you’ve been meaning to read
  • A swimsuit if you want to enjoy the lake. Totally optional.
  • There will also be opportunities for yoga and Thai massages if you’d like. Again, totally optional.


Workshop Pricing:

Early-Bird Pricing until Aug 31, 2014: $400 per person (includes all sessions and chef prepared meals before, during, and after sessions) + Lodging Selection Price (see below)

Regular Pricing $450 per person + Lodging Selection Price (see below)

Click here to register

Lodging for 2 nights is also available on the property.

Click here for a complete listing of on-site lodging options



*Because cancellation after registering would prevent another from participant from joining us for the retreat, we can’t offer refunds on workshop registration. However, if for any reason, you are unable to attend after registering, we can apply your workshop fee to any future Songfarmer retreat.