REO Songwriters Retreat
August 26-30, 2020

with Jason Blume & Jeremy Bircher

Our 21st Annual Songwriters Retreat
Canadians: New FACTOR Funding for Songwriters

REO Songwriting Retreat

Enjoy an intimate songwriting retreat in the beautiful Canadian wilderness. Daily master classes for beginner to professional songwriters, co-writing sessions, advanced songwriting techniques and nightly performances. Delicious meals, daily yoga sessions, evening social hours, guided canyon hike, dark sky star gazing, hot tub entertainment area, nightly campfires, nature trails, private beach and beautiful glamping tents at the river's edge.
 
 
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With Jason Blume & Jeremy Bircher

This retreat is a wonderful and rare opportunity to study with -- and be mentored by -- Jason Blume, who is widely regarded as one of the top songwriting instructors in the world. Jason has taught for Berklee College of Music, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (founded by Sir Paul McCartney), and in over 13 countries. He has taught the BMI Nashville Songwriters’ Workshops for 25 years, and six of his students have written #1 singles, while countless others have signed publishing and music licensing deals. Jason will be paired with Jeremy Bircher, who has achieved extraordinary success in licensing his songs for TV and film. Jeremy will share his exceptional experience and insight into the craft and business of writing songs for television, film, and advertising. Additionally, he will share exercises and techniques to access your deepest levels of creativity, go beyond your limitations, and free the songs that are waiting inside you.

During daily masterclass sessions, Jason Blume will teach specific lyric and melodic techniques that contribute to successful songs in multiple genres. You will begin songs that incorporate these tools and receive constructive feedback and guidance from your instructors to bring these songs to completion.

And for those new to Jeremy, he is an international hit songwriter, film director and serial creative entrepreneur. He has worked with some of the largest commercial brands in the world including Apple, Facebook, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, McDonalds, Nike, Adobe, Lyft, T-Mobile and Canon. Jeremy co-wrote Coca-Cola's global theme song “Taste the Feeling”. 

Unplug with Jason Blume and Jeremy Bircher in an intimate, stunning wilderness setting, and give yourself the gift of taking your writing and creativity to where it was meant to be. But be forewarned:Your Songs Will Never Be the Same!
 


Absolutely Incredible and Inspiring Experience! ★★★★★
“I can't say enough about how amazing the songwriting retreat was at REO. So much talent and creativity. Fantastic people creating together everyday in the most gorgeous setting you could imagine!”
Gsilverakag


     

All-Inclusive Songwriting Retreat Package

  • 5 days of songwriting workshops & master classes with Jason and Jeremy
  • Low instructor-to-student ratio enhances intimacy & learning
  • Intensive co-writing sessions with songwriters under the auspices of our hit writers & mentors
  • Get valuable feedback from our mentors on daily writing sessions
  • Meet and write with an international group of songwriters
 
  • Social hour with wine, craft cider & beer, appetizers (daily at 6:30 pm)
  • Morning yoga, guided canyon hike, nature trails, private beach
  • Discounted whitewater rafting trip - the ultimate!
  • 4 nights in our river's edge glamping tents (double, queen and king bed options) or camp in own tent
  • 12 delicious meals, beverages, desserts & snacks. Vegan, dairy-free & GF options available.
Canadians: New FACTOR Funding for Songwriters

Rates

(All-inclusive of tuition, lodging, meals, social hours, yoga & more)

All prices are per person. Sale ends June 11, 2020
*Due to Covid-19, deposits required to confirm your booking have now been reduced to 15% with the balance due 7 days prior to arrival.
*If you cancel 7+ days in advance, the 15% deposit will convert to a credit voucher valid until August 1, 2022. View our updated cancellation policy linked below.

4-share Glamping Tent

Rate  Sale
 $1198  $1098
 

Extra Night Glamping & 2 Meals Aug 30

Rate  Sale
 $298 $198

 

2-share Glamping Tent

Rate  Sale
 $1398  $1298
 

Single Occupancy Glamping Tent

Rate  Sale
 $1598 $1498

 

Spouse/Partner/Friend (non-songwriter)

Rate  Sale
 $1098  $998
 

Camping/RV - Call or Email to Book

Rate  Sale
 $1098 $998

 

Lux King Bed Tent Upgrade: Add to Single Occ

2-Share Upgrade (PP)  Single Occ. Upgrade
 $100  $200
 


Retreat Contact: Bryan Fogelman
Call 604-307-3122 or email Bryan
For Reservations: 1-800-736-7238

 

Ready to book?

Add-ons

Whitewater Rafting

Rate
 $100
Choose Wed Aug 26 or Mon Aug 31
 

Shuttle - Vancouver to REO

Rate
 $100
Depart YVR @ 12:30 pm, arrive 4 pm
 

Shuttle - REO to Vancouver

Rate
 $100
Depart REO @ 1:30 pm, arrive 5 pm

 

All prices are per person (PP). Add 10% taxes & fees. USD prices based on current exchange rates. Trip locations may change due to water levels. Questions? Call 604.941.9777 or 1.800.736.7238 or email bookings | Cancellation Policy

 

Questions? Email us!
Bookings@reorafting.com
 

2020 Songwriting Mentors

Jason Blume

Jason Blume’s songs are on three Grammy-nominated albums and have sold more than 50 million copies. One of only a few writers to ever have songs on Billboard’s pop, country, and R&B charts, all at the same time--his songs have been recorded by diverse artists including Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, the Gipsy Kings, Jesse McCartney, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and international stars such as Christian Ingebrigtsen, Tomohisa Yamashita (#1 EP), Hi-5 (winners of Greek Idol, certified “platinum”), as well as country music stars including Collin Raye (6 cuts), the Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Azar, and John Berry (“Change My Mind,” a top 5 single that earned a BMI “Million-Aire” Award for garnering more than one million airplays). Jason had three top-10 singles with Dutch star BYentl—all certified “Gold” in the Netherlands— including a #1 on the iTunes R&B chart.

His songs have been included in films and television shows including “Scrubs,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Assassination Games,” Disney’s “Kim Possible” and “First Kid,” MTV’s “Next Big Thing,” “Teen Mom,” and “Taking the Stage,” “MVP,” “The Dating Guy,” “Barbie of Swan Lake,” “Dangerous Minds,” “Kickin’ it Old Skool,” “Fame,” “Swimming With the Fishes,” “The Guiding Light,” “The Miss America Pageant,” “Frog and Toad Are Friends,” and many more. He shares an Emmy Award and an additional nomination for his musical contributions to episodes of PBS’ “Frontline.”

Jason Blume is the author of 6 Steps to Songwriting Success: The
Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs, This Business of Songwriting, and Inside Songwriting: Getting to the Heart of Creativity, (all published by Billboard Books/Random House). He produced and narrates a 4-part instructional audio CD series. When he is not writing hit songs he teaches others how to do so. Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s top songwriting instructors, Blume developed and teaches the BMI Nashville Songwriters workshops. He presented an acclaimed master class at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (founded by Sir Paul McCartney) and teaches workshops for Berklee College of Music, as well as at conferences, colleges, and universities throughout the U.S. and in countries including Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Ireland, the U.K., Canada, Bermuda, and Jamaica. Recognized as an expert in the field of songwriting, Blume has been interviewed as a songwriting expert for media outlets including CNN, NPR Boston, and the New York Times. For information about his workshops, webinars, additional articles, and more, visit www.jasonblume.com.
 

Jeremy Bircher

Jeremy Bircher - Jeremy is an international hit songwriter, film director and serial creative entrepreneur. He has worked with some of the largest commercial brands in the world including Apple, Facebook, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, McDonalds, Nike, Adobe, Lyft, T-Mobile and Canon. Jeremy co-wrote Coca-Cola's global theme song “Taste the Feeling” in their biggest re-brand since 1971 ultimately becoming the most widely distributed ad song ever reaching 4.2+ billion listeners. As a filmmaker, he was on Mark Zuckerberg’s editing team, and he has worked with Arthur Brooks, Jane Goodall and Jewel. As a designer and technologist, he has been brought on by the MLB and Intel to design the future of sports playback. He has served as technical director and post production supervisor for international events and conferences for Facebook, Samsung, WPPI and Instagram. His work in film has garnered international acclaim, winning multiple film festivals. Meanwhile, his creativity incubators and masterminds for entrepreneurs have left audiences and participants inspired, clear and purpose driven.


Our New Retreat Center

REO's new retreat center overlooks the jade-green Nahatlatch River and offers amazing canyon, forest and mountain views. The retreat center features a 2,000 sf covered events space and 10 adjacent glamping tents, all with river's edge decks.



Check out these pictures from previous songwriting retreats

 
Retreat Information

Airport Shuttle

Vancouver International (YVR) is the best gateway for flights.  REO offers an optional shuttle departure from YVR airport at 12:30 PM on Wednesday August 26, 2020
 

Car Share Rides / Rentals

We can help arrange car share rides with other songwriters. Car rentals from Vancouver (YVR, 3 hours to REO) and Abbotsford (YXX, 2 hours to REO).

Retreat Start Time

Please arrive at REO between 4 and 5 pm on Wednesday June 24. Our keynote presentation and first social hour begins at 6 pm with craft, beer and cider, BC wine and appetizers. All meals are included in your retreat package from Sunday dinner to Friday breakfast.
 

End time & Departure

Our last master class ends at 12:30 pm on Sunday August 30th. If you arrived independently you can leave at any time. Our shuttle to Vancouver leaves at 1:30 pm; we recommend flight departures after 6:30 pm.  Or you can add another night and return to Vancouver on Monday June 29th.

   

Pre and Post Retreat Extensions

A retreat extension is a popular add-on to enjoy our beautiful wilderness resort. Great for long-haul travelers to unwind before or after. Rates (4-share tent) are $198 CAD pp ($145 USD) with 2 meals & 1-night glamping and full use of resort amenities. Please call for details on all of our amazing pre and post-retreat package options.


Retreat Organizer

Bryan Fogelman has organized and hosted the REO retreat for the past 20 years and has learned from many of the best songwriting mentors in the world. Bryan started Blue Crush Music Ltd as a mini-label and artist development company in 2019. In addition to his own songs, Bryan is writing and producing songs with Bo Henrik, Niclas Steinkamp, North Easton, Adam Buckingham and other Canadian and international artists.




 

REO Songwriter Retreat Instructor Alumni

Marty Dodson
Marty Dodson (2015-17; 2019)
Co-Founder, SongTown
  Clay Mills (2015-16; 2019*)
Co-Founder, SongTown
  Jason Blume (2013-14, 2020)
 
The Business of Songwriting
 
Mary Gauthier (2014)
 


Bonnie Hayes (2012, 2018)
Chair, Berklee College of Music
  Deborah Holland (2018)
Director, Langara College
 
Jason Duke (2017)
Karen Taylor-Good (2013)
Pat Pattison (1998-2012)
Don Osborn (2011-12)
Steve Leslie (2012)
Clare McLeod (2012)