Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

Rodney Crowell's Adventures in Song is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

An Invitation From Rodney Crowell

Hello everyone,
I’d like to invite you to “Adventures In Song,” my songwriting camp, which is slated for July 16-20 in idyllic Carmel, California. Writing songs is very much an exercise in adventure. Metaphorically speaking, expect our songwriting camp to be equal parts zip-lining through the trees and archaeological dig. With the cast of instructors slated for this year’s camp ready, able and willing to explore craft and offer hands on encouragement, I predict “Adventures In Song” will be an unforgettable experience..
I’ll be teaching, as will Joe Henry, Lisa Loeb, Allen Shamblin and Brennen Leigh. And there will be guest appearances by the legendary Bernie Taupin. Renowned session guitarist, Don Peake, will be on hand and you never known who else might turn up.
Lisa Loeb is a much-admired writer/actor, singer/songwriter. Joe Henry is an author, poet, singer songwriter and top shelf producer. Brennen Leigh is a devilishly clever and highly original songwriter out of Austin, Texas. And there’s sweet Allen Shamblin, writer of some of the biggest hit songs of the last ten years. Each will offer their unique perspective. There will be talks on the philosophy of songwriting. We’ll explore the mechanics and craft of songwriting. Over the four days, we’ll examine the power of revision. Participants will have an opportunity to see if their verses or stanzas need to be re-written. We’ll break down sections of songs. We’ll examine verse chorus verse structure as well as free-form narrative. We will deconstruct songs, find the flaws and fix them. There will be hands-on instruction. There will be morning, afternoon and evening segments, broken up into meals.
It’s a songwriting camp. Much of the focus will be geared toward the lyric. But I thought it would be a good idea to bring in some instrumentalists. Don Peake, an incomparable guitarist who played with everyone from the Everly Brothers to Marvin Gaye, will be there to offer guitar lessons.
I will interview Bernie Taupin, who has written the lyrics for most of Elton John’s hits, from the point of view as lyricist. We’ll look at how his lyrics shaped the way Elton John wrote his music. And there will be opportunities for the participants to ask questions.
Dan Levitin, who wrote the provocative book, This Is Your Brain on Music, will be a guest and add a twist to the camp. Dan, who is a neuroscientist and songwriter, will talk about the impact music has on your brain. He will also talk about how the brain is connected to the creative spirit.
We’ll have a lot of fun outside of workshops. There will be concerts and there will be jamming. The food will be great. We’re going to eat together. We’re going to get to know each other. We’ll be right off of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. You will learn much about songwriting and it will also be a great time that you’ll never forget.
All Best,
Rodney Crowell

Featured Artists

“You’ll learn a great deal coming out to Adventure in Song because of the instructors I have joining me. Not only do they know a great deal, they know how to communicate. They get their points across so you can be an effective songwriter.”

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Bernie Taupin

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Lisa Loeb

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Allen Shamblin

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Brennen Leigh

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Asilomar Conference Grounds

“I hope to see Clint Eastwood (a resident and former Mayor of Carmel). Maybe he’ll sign up for the camp. I would love to give Clint some advice. I’ll tell him what he needs to work on.”

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 Setting & Accommodations

Asilomar offers charming, rustic accommodations perfect for anyone dedicated to rest and reflection. In keeping with this tradition, guest rooms are free of modern-day distractions such as telephones and televisions. You can thank us later for the extra focus!  All lodging rooms have private baths, and many buildings feature common living rooms appointed with fireplaces and inviting overstuffed chairs. We look forward to watching you inspire each other in your downtime.

Area Attractions

Kayaking, sky diving, deep sea fishing and whale watching are just a hint of wonderful experiences available on the Monterey Peninsula. This spot is the epitome of relaxation brought on by inspiring nature – which means it’s a perfect place to get those creative juices flowing.

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Area Activities

  • Asilomar Walking Tours
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking & Walking Trails
  • Shooting Pool
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming
  • Surfing

*Visit www.visitasilomar.com for more information!

Schedule

“I’m looking forward to the evening performances. The instructors will illustrate what we were talking about in class and we’re going to have a good time.”

Adventures In Song will be limited to just 75 registrants! During the days we will break out in to small, rotating groups with our distinguished instructors and during the evenings the entire group will be together for meals, concerts, open mics, etc.

Monday July 16

  • 4:30 PM

    Check-In

  • 6:00 PM

    Opening Comments

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Concert

Tuesday July 17

  • 8:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 10:00 AM

    Morning Workshop

  • 12:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM

    Group Sessions

  • 4:30 PM

    Break

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:30 PM

    Evening Concert

Wednesday July 18

  • 8:00 PM

    Breakfast

  • 10:00 AM

    Morning Workshop

  • 12:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM

    Group Sessions

  • 4:30 PM

    Break

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:30 PM

    Evening Concert

Thursday July 19

  • 8:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 10:00 AM

    Morning Workshop

  • 12:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM

    Group Sessions

  • 4:30 PM

    Break

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Evening Concert

Friday July 20

  • 8:30 AM

    Breakfast

  • 10:45 AM

    Final Comments

  • 11:00 AM

    Check-Out

The schedule is subject to change. You will receive an official schedule upon arrival as well as a schedule posted daily during the camp for any updates.
This schedule is an example schedule. Our schedule will include workshops and Q&A during the day then concerts and jam sessions in the evening.

Travel Directions

Asilomar Conference Grounds

Address
800 Asilomar Ave
Carmel, CA 93950

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Pricing and Registration

“Everybody will have the chance to present their songs in front of our teaching staff. We’re going to encourage the campers to swap songs with each other.”

Pricing

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    $1,899.00

    A Standard Room with two beds and a roommate. Pricing is per person.

  • Single Room with One Bed
    $2,999.00

    Standard room with one King bed. Pricing is per person.

  • Bring Your Loved One with Two Beds (For Two People)
    $3,799.00

    If you would like to have you’re loved one join you in Carmel but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals in Carmel, and attend all evening concerts together. The room has two queen beds. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

  • Bring Your Loved One with One Bed (For Two People)
    $3,999.00

    If you would like to have you’re loved one join you in Carmel but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals in Carmel, and attend all evening concerts together. The room features one King Bed featuring an ocean view room. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Incredible welcome kit from D’Addario
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sighteseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own instruments

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on April 1, 2018.
    • Any registrations received after April 1, 2018 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy