upcoming workshops

Register by mail by sending a check made out to IMA to p.o. box 867, Goshen, MA  01032

or pay on-line with a credit card or your Paypal account.  If housing is not included in the price of the workshop and you would like to stay over, add $15 per night for community-style housing in the bunk house or yurt and $30 per night for a private room.  You are welcome to come in the night before and stay the night after your event if you like, just let us know.  Private rooms are limited, so reserve early. 

All workshops require a 20% non-refundable deposit in order to register.

                                                                                      I love teaching!

I come away from my workshops             exhausted and happy, all a sign that I've worked hard and given everything. I teach Songwriting, and the class is called Catch and Release, for that's what a songwriter does: we catch ideas, we catch melodies, we hunt and search and put everything found in our writing books so as not to lose them. When a song is done, baked like a cake in the oven, we release it to the world and it begins to have a life of its own.

Songs are made things. I liken it to the making of a cake because we will be following a recipe – in my case, writing words, then putting them to music. I can write the other way, i.e. music –to-words, but I my natural bent is the other way round. But I encourage my students to try everything, anything to help the song get born and sing.

So we try a lot of different things. A lot of writing is involved as we make our way toward a finished song. We write to show ourselves the freedom of boundaries; we write to set our system-bound minds free.

You do not have to be a musician or a writer. You do have to be a seeker. We will undergo a passage together, using individual and group exercises, searching for our own authentic voices. We will emphasize lyrics and lyrical writing, factual and abstract, wild and structured. We will leave feeling more confident and expressive. We will leave as songwriters.

“Cris Williamson is about the best writer and interpretive singer around."

                                                                                                  ---Bonnie Raitt

Catch and Release: songwriting workshop

with Cris Williamson • May 19th-20th  

workshop schedule


7pm-9pm  session begins  (barn)



9:00 am-12:00 pm  morning session  (barn)               12pm-1pm  lunch break (house)          

  1pm-4pm   afternoon session          (barn)

                  4:30-5:30   soundcheck

                   5:30-6:30  dinner

                   7:30          Cris Williamson in concert

                                     (with the workshop singers!) *

Participants will have the opportunity to join Cris on stage performing the group song written during the workshop.      

$220 includes Saturday continental breakfast, lunch and dinner as well your reserved front row seat at show.   $180 early bird price, register by May 6th.

Deposits are non-refundable but will be applied to the

the full fee.