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We are excited to announce our October 2024 songwriting 
workshop retreat to be held in Kinglake, Victoria
October 10 - 13, 2024

Strictly limited to 14 residential and 4 non-residential places

This songwriters' retreat is perfect for songwriters of all levels, from beginners to advanced. 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 Brendon Walmsley, Brett Wood (touring with Peter Murray) 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, 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 in a positive environment with lots of laughs, learning and live music.  Hosted at the stunning Karma Kinglake accommodation, all within walking distance of the centre of Kinglake .


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  • Golden Guitar Winning songwriters

  • 12 National #1 hits radio hits

  • International and National songwriting award winners in multiple genres including Country, Rock, Pop, Gospel and Childrens music




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If you want to know more about Multi - Award Winning songwriters - Carter & Carter click here:

If you want to know more about Multi - Golden Guitar Winning songwriter - Brendon Walmsley click here: Brendon Walmsley

If you want to know more about extraordinary guitarist and producer - Brett Wood (currently touring with Pete Murray, among others) click here:

If you want to know more about guitarist,producer, songwriter - Jake Sinclair

Because the workshop is limited to 14 residential and 4 non-residential 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)


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

The gorgeous Karma Kinglake is an amazing retreat accommodation just a few kms from our farm.  You will be accommodated there, with all meals provided, including morning and afternoon teas, light lunches and Thursday, Friday and Saturday night meals.


Here are the important details:

Date:  October 10 - 13, 2024.  Plan to arrive Thursday evening.

Travel: You are responsible for getting yourselves to the venue.  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 Thursday and collect you from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) at 4pm to bring you to Kinglake (approx.. 70 mins from the airport depending on the time of day).  And return you on Sunday at 5pm.  Accommodation is all included (room configurations shown below) as are all meals, drinks etc. (except for alcohol).  We anticipate you will arrive Thursday afternoon and leave Sunday afternoon.  Three nights accommodation are provided, however, if you wish to extend your stay, that can be arranged with Karma Kinglake directly 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 include meals, but 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 6 weeks 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 options are shown below  The weekend is an all-ages retreat.

There are three room configurations available (these will be assigned upon booking and availability).

  • 2 residential spots - single rooms with own bathroom - $1500

  • 6 residential spots - single rooms with shared bathroom with 2 or 3 others - $1420

  • 6 residential spots - twin share rooms and shared bathroom with 2 or 3 others - $1320

Payment plans are available as shown below

  1.   50% deposit upon booking to confirm your place. Then the balance payment of 50% is due 6 weeks 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 (an administration fee will apply).  Thanks for your understanding.

Venue:  Karma Kinglake -

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 $30 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

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About Karma Kinglake


Welcome to "Karma Kinglake"! Our beautiful and serene retreat is the perfect destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature. Nestled in the heart of the Kinglake Ranges, our property offers a variety of accommodation options to suit your needs.

Our cottages and guest suite are beautifully appointed with comfortable furnishings, top-quality linens, and all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Each two-bedroom cottage and studio have a kitchenette, equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker.


We also have a multifunction space where group meals and get-togethers can happen. The space is equipped with all the necessary facilities to make your event successful and memorable.

We hope you have a wonderful stay at Karma Kinglake and enjoy all that this beautiful town has to offer. 

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