For The First Time In NZ: A Songwriting Retreat!

For The First Time In NZ: A Songwriting Retreat!

Singer-songwriter Charlotte Yates prepares to deliver NZ’s first songwriting retreat in Hanmer Springs this Waitangi Weekend, Feb 2-6, 2018.

A professional songwriter for over 25 years, Charlotte also coaches songwriting students individually through her service, Song Doctor.  Charlotte has designed and presented small group based songwriting programmes for workshops and following her own study through the Berklee College of Music recently, more intensive clinics.

Songwriters Retreat NZ has developed out of several shorter successful Songwriting Clinics held throughout the South Island over the last two years.

In the short time, Charlotte has been delivering her programmes, participants have gone on to successfully generate new work for their solo or band performances, release independent recordings and achieve strong results in international songwriting competitions.

But folks wanted more. So she designed a highly interactive, longer format residential programme for those who want to live and breathe songwriting, 24/7.

Held over five days, the inaugural Songwriters Retreat NZ is an opportunity for songwriters to create and present new work in a clear, well designed practical programme, including one on one coaching, tutor and peer feedback and co-writing sessions.

Songwriters Retreat NZ offers tried and tested methods for stimulating inspiration and turning it into real songs people want to hear. A maximum of 12 places are available – enough to allow a supportive musical connection, but also enough time for individual mentoring.


Co-ordinated by Christchurch singer/songwriter Lisa Tui Jonathan, Songwriters Retreat NZ is set in idyllic Hanmer Springs, only 1.5 hours from the International Christchurch Airport. Retreat attendees will enjoy the relaxed comfort of the larger home sites provided by Hanmer Holiday Homes, with excellent onsite catering provided by Powerhouse Café. 

Charlotte and Lisa Tui are delighted by the support the Songwriters Retreat NZ has been offered in Hanmer with the Hanmer Music and Arts Trust.

Go from thinking about songwriting to doing it.

Go from wanting to be a songwriter to being one.

Bookings and full programme at