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KINGLAKE VIC, JUNE 9 - 12, 2023

We are excited to announce our June 2023 songwriting 
workshop retreat to be held in Kinglake, Victoria
June 9 - 12, 2023

Places are strictly limited to 12
Residential and non-residential spots are available. 

This songwriters' retreat is perfect for songwriters of all levels. Whether you have never written a song or writing for a new album, our skilled leaders and structured learning sessions will give you the confidence and tools to be able to create songs that connect.

David and Merelyn (Carter & Carter) together with well-known award-winning songwriters Lyn Bowtell, and one more (to be confirmed shortly) will deliver skill learning workshops and also focus one on one with each participant teaching the skills they have gained through highly successful songwriting/artist careers and demystifying the songwriting process

Once you know how , songwriting will be a creative pursuit that you will be able to move forward with confidently, in your career as a songwriter and/or artist. All this is a positive environment with lots of laughs, learning and live music plus spectacular hilltop views.


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If you want to know more about multi-award-winning songwriters Carter & Carter click here:

If you would like to know more about Golden Guitar winner and The Voice finalist Lyn Bowtell click here:

If you would like to know more about Golden Guitar winner Lachlan Bryan click here:

Because the workshop is limited to 12 participants it means that we will have the flexibility to address issues of individuals and adjust the workshop sessions to best address the needs of the participants.

Some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • Writing for a Reason - a focused writing approach

  • The Rewrite - how to take a song from finished to amazing

  • Taking Aim - How to write songs that connect with your target market

  • How to improve the commerciality of your songwriting

  • The pathway through Writing, Arranging to Recording - bringing your song to life the way you hear it in your head

  • Effective brainstorming - ways to get into a creative space and overcome the doubts

  • Overcoming writing blocks

  • Co-Writing - an amazing networking experience

  • Rounding out your project - selecting songs for an album, finishing a book or achieving the goal of your creative project

  • How to pitch a song to artists

  • Analyzing song structure - learning from songs that have been commercially successful

  • How to record your own demos on Garage Band ( beginner and intermediate levels)

  • And much more (depending on participants' needs)

Both schedule and leaders are subject to change

Upon booking, you can tell us your songwriting experiences so far and we will tailor your course to meet your needs.

The gorgeous Cheeky Fox Retreat is an amazing B&B accommodation just 1km from our farm.  You will be accommodated there, with all meals provided, including morning and afternoon teas, light lunches and Friday & Saturday night meals.


We also want you to have a great visit to our beautiful part of the world, so we are planning a trip to the local waterfalls (both within 8 km of our home) on the local minibus which we will hire for the weekend to move us around.   The Kinglake Pub is also a great place to stop for a drink and if you are hungry between meals you can savour treats from Flying Tarts Bakery.  There will be opportunities to visit our farm, get close with the 50+ animals, and generally soak up the awesome environment.  You can actually see the back paddock of Hilltop Farm from Cheeky Fox Retreat – one day we might install a flying fox to transport us from The Cheeky Fox!


Here are the important details:

Date:  June 9th - 12th, 2023.  Plan to arrive Friday evening if not local.

Travel: You are responsible to get yourselves here.  If you are driving we will, of course, provide good instructions and if you intend to fly in, please see below.

Transfers:  For those flying in from interstate we will coordinate your arrival times on Friday and collect you at the airport to bring you to Kinglake (approx.. 70 mins from the airport depending on the time of day).  And return you on Monday evening.  Accommodation is all included (on a shared room basis) as are all meals, drinks etc. (except for alcohol).  We anticipate you will arrive Friday afternoon and leave Monday afternoon.  Three nights accommodation are provided, however, if you wish to extend your stay, that can be arranged at The Cheeky Fox Retreat or you might like to visit some other local areas.  If you stay on for further nights, you will need to find your own way back to the airport, but please talk to us about it - we might have something up our sleeve.


Payment Plan: 

Non - Residential: We have a limited number of non-residential spots available. These spots do not include accommodation.

Fee is $1000 inc GST - Several payments plans are available as shown below

  1.   $500 deposit upon booking.  Then $500 balance one month before the retreat starts. 

  2.   Fortnightly or weekly payment plans are available upon request by calling 0416 075 638

Residential: We have a strictly limited number of residential spots available. These spots include all accommodation and meals.

Accommodation is on a shared room basis.  The weekend is an all-ages retreat.

Fee is $1320 inc GST - Several payments plans are available as shown below

  1.   $660 deposit upon booking. Then the balance payment of $660 balance one month before the retreat starts. 

  2.   Fortnightly or weekly payment plans are available upon request by calling 0416 075 638


Invoices will be issued and some of you may be able to claim the trip on your tax

Refund Policy:  As you will appreciate there is no funding for this event and to secure the tutors and accommodation, catering etc, we need to be assured of numbers.  For this reason, course fees are not refundable, but if for some extreme reason, you cannot attend at the last minute, please let us know and we will discuss options to book you in for a future retreat.  The deposit payment is not negotiable as we have made a commitment to tutors, accommodation and catering.  Thanks for your understanding.

COVID Restrictions Policy: Due to the events of 2020 and the COVID restriction lockdowns that can occur our policy is :

  • If COVID restrictions occur and impact the date of the retreat, the weekend will be rescheduled as soon as practicable and all deposits, payments and places will be honoured in the rescheduled retreat dates.

  • The Cheeky Fox Retreat has a COVID safety plan that will be emailed to all participants in the weeks leading up to the retreat.

Venue:  Cheeky Fox Retreat – 1km from our farm.

HOW TO BOOK:  Call us on 0416 075 638.  Payment can be made via direct deposit (preferred option) to Crestway Music BSB 733044  A/c 500638.  A credit card will be accepted with a small extra fee to cover Pay Pal costs (approx $20 on the total amount).  Or you can go old school and send us a cheque! Need to know more before you book?:  Call us – 0416 075 638


About Cheeky Fox Retreat

Cheeky Fox Retreat offers a private, inspiring country location to work and relax for groups of up to 12 people.  Situated on 50 private acres with spectacular views over the Kinglake Ranges, the Retreat itself is a large six-bedroom home with features including a large living space with wood heater, boardroom/dining room, award winning kitchen, library, and private cinema.  We will also utilise the private cinema and set it up with some basic recording equipment so you can record your ideas as you go along.

Outside, guests have exclusive access to a solar heated swimming pool with stunning views, the house grounds and over 2 kilometres of private bush tracks to explore. Cheeky Fox Retreat is also home to some local farm animals including 30 sheep.

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