I am standing here today because of SongwritingWith:Soldiers. – Sgt. Nikki Shaw
What We Do
Songwriting – In workshop and retreat settings, veterans work collaboratively with professional songwriters to transform their experiences of combat and the transition home into songs. We supplement these sessions with creativity workshops—on photography, videography, cooking, and more—designed to nurture strengths and skills, as well as forge community. Our unique approach sparks individual renewal on multiple fronts. All songs are professionally recorded on-site and participants are registered as co-writers with ASCAP (Association of Composers, Authors, and Publishers). The songs are available for download on our site.
Connections – After retreats, SW:S participants receive lyric books, DVDs and CDs of their songs. These lasting artifacts serve as a source of pride and a means of reconnecting with family, friends, and communities. Our program sustains post-retreat growth with private retreat group calls, online SW:S forum and a quarterly teleclass (Creativity Calling) featuring songwriters, visual artists, chefs, and other special guests. Many participants return to volunteer at future events. The healing ripples outward.
The program covers all expenses for participants. Please help more military members transform their stories into songs and connect with others at our retreats. Donate now.
To think that I sat down with a perfect stranger and told him some of the worst things I have ever been through and now I have a beautiful song that I can share. That blows my mind. – Retreat participant
Coming soon: More retreats and Group Sessions in Arizona, Virginia, Colorado
Completed: Click the date to hear the retreat songs! (Group Songwriting Sessions are private.)
- May 19 – 21 All Female Veteran Retreat at Cedarbrake Retreat Center, Belton TX
- Mar 31 – Apr 2 – Retreat for EOD Couples at Boulder Crest Retreat, Bluemont, VA.
- Mar 20-21 – Group Songwriting Sessions at Boulder Crest Retreat, Bluemont, VA.
- Feb 21-22 – Group Songwriting Sessions at Boulder Crest Retreat, Bluemont, VA.
- Jan 24-24 – Group Songwriting Sessions at Boulder Crest Retreat, Bluemont, VA.