After the resounding success of last year's extended songwriting retreat, we've decided to do it again – a full week of co-writing, workshops, campfire crooning and unmitigated hygge.
We've had to raise the costs somewhat, but the retreat remains a bargain. The normal price is 1250 kr (roughly £145/€170/$175), which covers lodging, meals, and 2022 membership in ÅSV, with all the rights and obligations appurtenant thereto. The next generation price – i.e. if you're a songwriters age 30 or younger – is 1100 kr (about £125/€150/$155).
Current ÅSV and DMF members can subtract 150 kr. from the price :-D
For songwriters coming from abroad, the fee also covers transport to & from Billund Airport, loan of a guitar, loan of linens/sleeping bag and, if you want to sleep outside, a tent.
The price with dues includes a nonrefundable deposit of 500 kr..
There is a cap of 40 participants for the retreat, with 10 places initially reserved for international songwriters. Otherwise it's first come, first served.
To register for the retreat:
Denmark has no corona restrictions at present. As a courtesy to other participants (and yourself), we strongly suggest that you be vaccinated and boosted, if you aren't already, and get tested shortly before your arrival.
If you’re flying to Denmark, the Billund airport (BLL) is reasonably close, and we will arrange to pick you up from the airport. The Aarhus airport (AAR) is another possibility, esp. if you want to spend time in Aarhus before or after the retreat; you’ll need to take a bus to Aarhus and get a ride from there. It often makes sense to fly into one airport and out the other. Send your arrival and departure details to Misha at firstname.lastname@example.org or +45 22985543, so that he can organize pickup and dropoff.
If you'd like to spend a couple days in beautiful Aarhus before or after the revels, we'll do our best to house and entertain you. We'll be holding a song circle on Monday, August 1st.
Address: Riishytten, Østerhovedvej 47 Give, 7323 Denmark
The retreat will offer a variety of co-writing sessions, workshops, a few song circles, and nightly opportunities to play for each other and jam. Check out the detailed program by clicking this link. It’s up to you to decide what you participate in.
If you haven't had a song at an ÅSV song circle (værksted) before, we do ask you to bring a song (half-finished is fine!) to be workshopped. There's also room for informally organized activities like blueberry picking and yoga.
Major highlights: On Sunday, July 24th, we’ll have an intro round at 5 pm, so try to get here before then. We’ll have a masquerade on Weds., so bring some courtly duds. And on Saturday, we’ll have a farewell blowout.
Mornings will, as a rule, be devoted to co-writes; most afternoons will be reserved for workshops, song circles, and physical activities. And we’ll play our new and old songs for each other in the evenings, both formally and informally.
Since it’s summer, and yes, we're still a bit corona-shy, we're urging people to bring a tent to sleep in when practicable. We will try to provide sleeping bags/tents for foreign participants, or linens if you’d rather sleep indoors. A towel too. Please write “tent” or “room” in the comment field when you sign up below.
If you wish to sleep indoors, note that the rooms are shared (2–6 bunks per room), as are the bathrooms.
In addition, we will lend you a right-handed acoustic guitar if you're coming from abroad and don't want to risk (or pay for) bringing your own. There will be at least one electric keyboard available for general use, thanks to our friends at DMF.
Things to write with
A pair of tweezers for ticks, or tick repellent
A mask and (if you're game) a bit of renaissance finery to don for the masquerade on Weds
We will lend you the following things so that you can avoid ridiculous luggage fees:
Towel, hand towel, washcloth
Fitted sheet (if you're sleeping inside)
Tent (if you're sleeping outside)
Everyone is expected to sign up for four meal teams during the week. When you sign up below, please indicate if you have any special dietary requirements. Plenty of beer and wine will be available for inexpensive purchase.
The official signup is below but the Facebook event is the best place to ask questions, arrange rides, and share your excitement:
You're also very welcome to contact Misha (email@example.com, +45 2298 5543) with any questions.
When you click the sign-up button below, please briefly note in the comment field: 1) tent or room, 2) dietary prefs, and 3) ride needs/offers.NB: If you want to see this page again after you sign up, back up and click "Cancel." Do NOT give into the temptation to re-enter your signup details again. Ta!