The Art to Artist retreats are guided by the value that songwriting is inherently good: as an art, a means of personal expression, and in the power to transform the writer and listener. Good songs can lead to emotional movement, change, and connection between people.
The Woodsong and Seasong Writers Retreats provide experiences that
- nurture the personal development and soul of the songwriter
- provide tools necessary to develop skill in the art and craft of songwriting for professional and non-professional writers, and
- foster personal and/or professional development through mentoring, coaching, and song critiques
Two equally magnificent settings provide the spiritual geography to enhance relaxation and inspiration.
At Woodsong, horses grazing in the valley below the Music Barn against the backdrop of the Appalachian mountains recalls an old way of life rooted in the natural cycle of planting, growth, and harvest.
Seasong is located in the quaint NC coastal village of Southport, where giant oaks overhang sidewalks, strangers become friends over espresso, and musicians perform against the backdrop of sunsets over the marsh, sailboats floating in silhouette.
Dr. Branscomb draws on her 30 years as a Transformational Psychologist, 45 years as a performing and recording musician, and lifetime of songwriting to provide structured, interactive, and facilitated individual and group experiences that empower the songwriter and facilitate depth, expertise, and personal fulfillment in the art and craft of songwriting. Dr. Branscomb also facilitates group process to give writers more input on their work, and presents guest faculty among some of the most revered artists and composers in bluegrass, country, and Americana music.