SongMatrix: How Songwriting REALLY Works!

An Intensive Song Immersion Retreat with Wayne Chase 

Author of "How Music Really Works" & "Songmatrix"

July 29 - August 3, 2018

In addition to the retreat, each participant gets: 
1 year FREE post-retreat mentoring with Wayne Chase + FREE Book & Wall Chart

Deep Discount extended to June 1, 2018
6 day all-inclusive REtreat with Lodging fr $975 US

Canadian Songwriters: Apply for Factor Funding to Attend

SongMatrix Retreat
SongMatrix Retreat

Want to Write Phenomenal, Commercially Successful Songs? Then Come to REO, Learn SongMatrix, and Never Look Back.

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Course Content
  • The main emphasis will be on full, in-depth exploration of participants’ original songs.
  • Each song will be assessed on more than 40 specific SongMatrix musical & lyrical techniques, such as:
    • Specific techniques for creating brilliant melodies.
    • Techniques for creating musical unity, musical variety, lyrical unity, and lyrical variety.
    • Special emotion-evoking lyrical techniques
  • Your Free library & Post-retreat songwriting mentoring
    • Choice of 1 print book by Wayne Chase: - How Music REALLY Works, 2nd Ed. - or another print book from a selection of Roedy Black titles
    • Choice of 1 Roedy Black laminated music reference wall chart
    • All participants get one full year of free follow-up mentoring and SongMatrix audition scoring of their original songs, by SongMatrix author and retreat leader, Wayne Chase.
    Retreat Schedule, inclusions & Booking Info


    guitar 28Sunday July 29, 2018

    Optional whitewater rafting trip: arrive 1 pm (add-on: $80 US)
    Check-in: 5:00-7:00 pm
    Social hour: 6:30 pm (wine, beer & appies)
    Dinner: 7:00 pm

    Mon July 30 - Thur August 2, 2018

    Breakfast: 8:30 am
    AM Sessions: 9:45-1:15 pm
    Lunch: 1:15 pm
    PM Sessions: 2:30-5:45 pm
    Yoga: 6 pm (free, optional)
    Social Hour: 6:45 pm (Wine, beer & appies)
    Dinner: 7:15 pm
    Songwriters Circle: 9:00 pm

    guitar 3Friday August 3, 2018

    Breakfast: 8:30 am
    Farewells & Photos: 9:30 am
    Optional 1-on-1: 10 am - 11 am; 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    All-inclusive 6 day/5 night retreat includes:

    1. Twelve master classes with Wayne
    2. Choice of 1 FREE Book & 1 laminated wall chart by Wayne Chase & Roady Black
    3. FREE - 1 FULL YEAR of post-retreat mentoring
    4. Choice of glamping in our river's edge tents with full-size beds or camping in own tent/RV 
    5. Nightly song circle, campfire & stargazing/hot tub
    6. Delicious meals (14 in total) & beverages
    7. Daily social hour (wine and appies)

    All-Inclusive Retreat Packages: One low price includes everything........

    All-Inclusive of tuition/workshops, evening sessions, 5-nights camping or glamping, 14 meals, beverages, snacks, daily social hour w/ wine & appetizers & all amenities of REO's river retreat.

    Canadians: Apply for Factor Funding

    Advanced Booking Prices: For Bookings by June 1, 2018 (Save $150 US)

    All-Inclusive Rate Per Person (6 Days/5 nights) Reg Rate
    $CAD / $USD
    Pay by Jun 1
    $CAD / $USD
    Base rate, no lodging (camping in own tent/RV or offsite; limited avail) $1280 / $1000 $1090 / $850
    4-SHARE glamping tent w/ linen (1 Queen, 3 twin beds or 4 full-size) $1440 / $1125 $1250 / $975
    2-SHARE glamping tent with linen (2 full-size or 1 queen bed/1 twin) $1630 / $1275 $1440 / $1125
    Spouse/Partner or Family/Friend - Non-Songwriter (Base Rate) $1150 / $900 $960 / $750
    Add 10% Govt tax/fees to all packages/upgrades/add-ons

    Single Supplement Rates: For Bookings by June 1, 2018 

    Single Supplement Glamping: Rate Per Person (5 nights)  Reg Rate
    $CAD / $USD
    Pay by Jun 1
    $CAD / $USD
    SINGLE QUEEN (1 Queen bed) $1920 / $1500 $1730 / $1350
    SINGLE LUXE KING tent (1 Luxe King bed) $2100 / $1650 $1920 / $1500

    Note: only two single supplement units available for each type of unit above. Please add 10% government tax/fees to above rates. $US prices based on current exchange rates. Cancellation Policy

    Retreat Contact: Bryan Fogelman 604-307-3122 or email Bryan 
    Glamping Options & Upgrades (single, double or shared)

    4-share glamping tent: $125 US/$160 CDN pp for 5 nights (works out to just $25/night USD pp).  Our 4-share glamping tent offers 4 twin or full-size beds or 1 gueen bed and 3 twin beds. You can share with friends or or join a "mens" or a "ladies" glamping unit and we do our best to match up room-mates. We've done a pretty job and many songwriters have met life-long friends & co-writers.

    2-share glamping: $275 US / $350 C pp for 5 nights (just $55/night USD pp).  Each 2-share glamping tent offers 2 twin beds or 1 gueen bed and 1 twin bed. Couples or two friends who wish to share one bed can request a queen glamping unit.  You can also join a 2-share "mens" or "ladies" and we will match you up. Sorry we do not mix genders unless you both request.

    Luxe King bed glamping & Single Supplement (queen or twin)
    See rates above

    Canadians: Apply for Factor Funding

    Add-ons & Shuttle Transportation from Vancouver

      $US $CDN
    Whitewater Rafting Day Trip, Sun Jul 29  (1:15 pm arrival); Reg $140 US  $80 $100
    Shuttle Vancouver to REO (depart YVR @ 10 am, arrive 1:15 pm, July 29) $80 $100
    Shuttle REO to Vancouver (depart REO @ 10 am, arrive 1:15 pm Aug 3) $80 $100


    Call 800-736-7238 or email Bryan or call/text 604-307-3122