Upstream Songwriter’s Mountain Retreat Friday, Feb. 1- Sun. Feb 3

Songwriting happens with inspiration and intention, along with time & space. Join us for an Upstream Retreat where we will provide time and space at Murphy's Resort, and inspiration from coaches who are seasoned song-writers, such as Esme Patterson, Clay Rose, and Arthur Lee Land/Carol Lee. This package includes workshops, performances by instructors, plus opportunities for performance by students. Retreat is limited to 30 students, split into classes of no more than 15 for most sessions. (Some group sessions).


Friday, February 1

4 p.m. or after: Check in

6-8: Dinner provided at local venue (TBD) with singer/songwriter, Jonny Miller of The Lonsesome Days performance-open to public.

Saturday, February 2

9 a.m.: Breakfast and welcome in the community room with songs.

9:45: Break into two groups.

10-12: Group 1/Clay Rose/Community room; Group 2/Esme Patterson/House


1-3: Group 2/Clay Rose/Community room; Group 1/Esme Patterson/House

3-5: Combined groups/instructors. Writing prompts, how to collaborate, small groups break off with coaching by instructors.

7 p.m.: Performance by Clay Rose & Esme Patterson @ Masonic Lodge

This will be open to non workshop guests by invitation/RSVP. Tickets for non-students $15

Buffet served. Alcohol available for purchase vended by a local non-profit--the Estes Arts District

Sunday, February 3

Breakfast available in Community Room

9-10 a.m.: "Open Mic" for anyone who wishes to participate

10-12: Break into two groups. Clay Rose + Arthur Lee Land/Carol Lee

12-1: Lunch

2-3: Break into two groups. Switch instructors. Clay Rose + Arthur Lee Land/Carol Lee

4 p.m.: Performance by students at a local venue (TBD) open to the public


Clay Rose of The Gasoline Lollipops

Clay Rose is the lead singer and songwriter for Boulder-based bands, Gasoline Lollipops, and The Widow’s Bane. Although his career as a band leader has spanned a decade, his solo songwriting career began in 1997. He has written and released nine all-original albums to date. Clay Rose’s ability to tell stories that seamlessly cross genres from folk, to punk, to klezmer, to country has won him an array of awards. These include: Best Music Video at the Mile High Horror Film Festival 2012, for “Don’t Be Afraid; It’s Only Death” by The Widow’s Bane, Gasoline Lollipops’ Best Country Band Award, by Westword Magazine 2015 and 2018, as well as Colorado Daily’s Best Local Band award for 2015, 2016, and 2017.

In 2017, Rose released two full length albums with Gasoline Lollipops, made his Red Rocks debut, completed an extensive tour through Belgium and the Netherlands, and was commissioned by Wonder Bound Ballet Company in Denver to write a full-length ballet using all original music written for his other band, The Widow’s Bane. Rose is currently writing and recording a new Gasoline Lollipops EP, and is in pre-production for a full length solo album slated for release in 2019.

Arther Lee Land/Carol Lee

Arthur Lee Land is a vibrant performer, songwriter, teacher, recording artist, bandleader, live-looper, producer and educator with four solid decades of experience as a music industry professional.

Based out of Lyons Colorado, Arthur Lee Land renders a modern eclectic fusion of electrified americana and acoustic driven roots rock. At the heart of “Arthur Lee Land" is the creative songwriting collaboration of Arthur and his non-performing lyricist and wife Carol Lee.

Arthur has developed, curated and hosted the Kinfolk Revival Workshop stage, beginning in 2015, at the Northwest String Summit outside Portland, Oregon, where you can find him ecstatically collaborating with many of the countries finest musicians. Arthur was musical director for legendary folk-rock icon Donovan in a special performance on his Sunshine Superman 50th Anniversary Tour featuring members of Elephant Revival and Railroad Earth. Using his lifetime of talent, he was honored to be the musical director for a Grateful Dead Tribute at Red Rocks Amphitheater, highlighting over 20 Colorado artists including his Trio for Film On The Rocks in 2016

In the fall of 2014 Arthur joined Great American Taxi, a Colorado Jam band with a long history. Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth produced the band’s latest album, Dr. Feelgood's Traveling Medicine Show, released in February 2017 with five songs penned by Carol Lee and Arthur.

Arthur Lee Land has been a much loved staff member as the guitar instructor at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School on Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, CO since 2003.

"There's an element to songwriting that I can't explain...that dividing line between nothing and something that happens within a song, where you have absolutely nothing, and then suddenly you have something. It's like the origin of the universe." –Nick Cave


$185 Workshops (two full days) & ticket to Listening Room Performance by Clay Rose & Esme Patterson

Lodging, Continental breakfast included.

• $100 two nights lodging in a double queen/dbl occupancy. This can be requested with another specific student, or will be assigned randomly to same gender student. Each student pays $100 for two nights.

• $200 two nights private room. Double queen or single king

Note: A minimum purchase of $100 per student for lodging is required. Non-student family members are included under the following circumstances:

• A private room reserved for one student for a double queen has an occupancy of four. The required two nights would be $200, but could have three non-students

• A private room reserved for one student for a single king has an occupancy of two. The required two nights would be $200, but could have one non-student.

• A double queen room reserved for two students who pre-arrange to room together has an occupancy of four. The required two nights would be $100 for each student, but could have two non-students.

Meals (optional)

$50. All inclusive meals–catering for two dinners, two lunches.

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