2015 REO Songwriter's Retreat

Dates: TBA Dec 2014

Retreat Contact: Bryan Fogelman

What makes the REO Retreat different from any other songwriting camp?

Start with an incredible setting right on the edge of a beautiful jade-green river with rushing rapids, canyon backdrop and surrounded by unlimited mountains and forest.

Add some of the best songwriting mentors on the planet; a low instructor to student ratio to enhance the intimacy and one-on-one time with our instructors and attendees; private critique session with your choice of instructor; valuable co-writing opportunities; and last but not least, the chance to participate in whitewater rafting (intense) or scenic float rafting (relaxing) on the Nahatlatch and Fraser Rivers.  Join participants from around the world for an amazing week of songwriting and camaraderie.


More details: http://www.reorafting.com/site/retreats/songwriters-retreat.html

Previous Retreat Instructors

Pat Pattison

Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Pat developed the first Songwriting Major in the USA. He has published three best-selling books on songwriting including Writing Better Lyrics (Writers Digest, 1995). Pat has hosted nine Songwriters Retreats at REO since 1997. Pat teaches across the North America, Australia and New Zealand and is involved with TAXI, NSAI, SAC and many other songwriting associations.


Bonnie Hayes

A Grammy-nominated songwriter with huge international hits including “Have a Heart” and “Love Letter”, which restored Bonnie Raitt to superstardom with the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-winning CD Nick of Time. Writing for artists as diverse as Bette Midler, Robert Cray and many more. Plus, Bonnie has toured as a keyboardist/backing vocalist with various arena acts.

Retreat Highlights

  • One-on-one sessions!
  • Vocal & Performance Master Classes
  • Melody & Music Master Classes
  • Songwriting Master Classes
  • Evening open-mic and campfire entertainment!
  • Co-writing sessions
  • Song Critiques and Peer Review
  • Inspirational Setting
Enjoy an intimate songwriting retreat in the beautiful Canadian outback. REO Rafting Adventure Resort is located in a wilderness canyon overlooking the beautiful jade-green Nahatlatch River and is surrounded by forests of pine, cedar, spruce and fir.

REO is a recreational paradise for rafting, hiking, kayaking, biking, and canoeing. After a day of inspirational songwriting, unwind on the private beach, walk the picturesque nature trail or soak in the riverside hot tub. Our wilderness chefs will impress you with their daily creations. Evenings are special with a fun and relaxing night of campfire entertainment.


All-inclusive Prices

Retreat fees are all-inclusive of tuition, meals, choice of lodging, beverages, snacks, resort amenities (hot tub, hot showers, private beach), 1-on-1 critiques & evening sessions for 6-day / 5-night retreat.

Prices per person for each lodging option are as follows (All-inclusive. Early bird prices are in effect until April 15, 2015 (please call for specials):
  • Camping in own tent/RV $909 CDN
  • Quad Cabin tent with linen (3-4 sharing; twin beds) $1089 CDN
  • Family Cabin tent with linen (3-4 sharing; twin beds) $1139 CDN
  • 2 - Queen Bed cabin tent (2 sharing; 2 queens) $1289 CDN
  • 1 - Queen Bed (Single, queen) $1389 CDN
  • 1 - King Bed Luxe (Single; king) $1639 CDN
  • Call for non-songwriter/spouse/partner details
Note: 5% GST tax and 5% Land & Water Access Fee needs to be added to all prices. Prices in CDN dollars. Prices quoted are for regular registration.  A $400 non-refundable deposit will secure your seat and accommodation option.

Vancouver International Airport: Start times and Info

The retreat check-in is Sunday afternoon at 5 PM.  If arriving from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), please schedule your flight to arrive by 1:30 pm at the latest as REO is 3-3.5 hours drive from the airport.  Seattle Airport (SEA-TAC) is 4.5-5 hours south of REO so we recommend you fly in on Saturday or arrive no later than 12:00 PM on Sunday at SeaTac.

The retreat officially opens at 6 PM on Sunday with our social hour.

Check out time is 12 PM Noon on Friday. There will be a light snack prior to departure.
Please call for pre and post-retreat package options.

Car-pooling will be arranged when possible to assist getting to and from Vancouver. Please be flexible if you require a ride. Weekly car rentals start at $250 US for the week so sharing a car is economical and gives you more options and flexibility.


Bryan Fogelman, Retreat Organizer

Select Image to viewBryan Fogelman is a songwriter and the owner of Blue Crush Music. He is also a member of SAC, SOCAN, and NSAI. He has organized and hosted the retreat for the past 14 years.
Bryan has several music projects on the go including Bryan O'Ryan (www.bryanoryan.com).

To book this Songwriter's Retreat in order to secure your spot or ask for more details, please call 1.307-3122 or email at

How to Get to REO Rafting Resort
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a 3 hour drive from REO (longer during busy travel times). Car-pooling will be arranged when possible. Seattle Airport (SEA-TAC) is 4.5 hours south of REO. Renting a vehicle for a week is also an option.

To Book The Songwriters Retreat:

Call Bryan first: 604-307-3122

Reservations/Payments: 800.736.7238

Email: bryan@reorafting.com or bryan@bluecrushmusic.com

Mailing Address:
1611 Stoneridge Lane
Coquitlam, BC V3E 3K9

Jessica Meider, songwriter-performer and past attendee
Select Image to view "This is a convergence of the 3 things i love best; environment, songwriting and learning. The environment: pine trees, sandy ground, bright crisp blue skies, cool dewdrop grassy mornings accompanied by a climbing sun that peaks over the ridges of high mountains, a gazillion stars across an ebony night sky, jade-green river and white granite river rocks, campfires and songwriting circles, music discussions over home-cooked meals, always adorned with fresh fruits and veggies, a quiet that exudes peace, with the background of the rush river always a low rumble passing by. Also, no mosquitos!! Pat Pattison's lyric writing lessons are a wonderful wake up call to a songwriter - at any level. i love how much awareness he brings to the table, and his enthusiasm for poetry and lyrical excellence only cheers on my own enthusiasm for better songwriting. The 2nd day we took the Nahatlatch on a raft, an invigorating and challenging activity. The sun heating our skin, cruising on the cleanest, clearest, coolest water; navigating on the Nahatlatch was a fine symbol of the challenges we face in our own lives - how to take them head on at times, and if you fall in the river, how vital it is to have a team of caring friends around to work together to get you back on course! Even though it pains me to promote something i would rather keep to myself, this good thing is something for anyone who has a love for songwriting - there is no better environment for this to take place, and no better inspiration for motivating yourself to improve!"

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