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Breathe: A Songwriter's Retreat, New Norcia - October
Breathe: A Songwriter's Retreat, New Norcia - October

Fri, 15 Oct


New Norcia Benedictine Monastery

Breathe: A Songwriter's Retreat, New Norcia - October

A songwriting retreat for those who need to get away, retreat, rest, write, eat, repeat. Suitable for those who have never written a song through to those who have toured Australia.

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Time & Location

15 Oct 2021, 5:00 pm AWST – 17 Oct 2021, 1:00 pm AWST

New Norcia Benedictine Monastery, New Norcia WA 6509, Australia


About the Event


15-17th October - New Norcia

You are invited for a weekend away from the hustle! The idea is simple. To set intentional time for your songwriting, to rest, reflect and meet some new people. Set down your responsibilities for the weekend, and let's focus on creating some space, writing some words and reflecting. 

Welcome to Breathe: A Songwriting Retreat. 


Rose Parker is a prolific and magical songwriter weaving words and images to blanket your soul, with a voice that moves from folk whisperer to gospel belter. Formally one half of the Velvet Janes, she has toured from Sydney to San Francisco, played many an international festival as well as writing, releasing and producing three eps and three albums. Rose’s songwriting session at the retreat will explore inspiration sources, creative output and flow, song structure, finding the hook, the importance of editing, and ways to deal with writer's block. You will also get a chance to write one-on-one will Rose!

Delilah Rose is Songwriter. Mama. Gatherer. Optimist. Listener. Storyteller. Writing songs and processing the world around her through songwriting since 1999, she's loves bringing people together and creating warm, inviting spaces for you to hone your craft. She’s previously won Best Group at the WA Country Music Awards, nominated for Best Country Act (WAM Awards) and is described as “a great storyteller” by Triple J’s Nkechi Anele. She has played Miri Country Music Festival (Malaysia), supported Troy Cassar-Daley in Darwin, NT plus played Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, Fringe World Festival, York Festival and Nannup Music Festival.

"Get away, write a song and meet some good people. A songwriting retreat where like-minded souls gather, and quietness, time and collaboration quench your tired creative mind. We started as strangers and after two days were allies, a songwriting sisterhood. Together we unfurled in the small Australian country town of New Norcia. The combination of a simple schedule, humble Spanish architecture and space made it possible for me to work on music and for music to work on me. Delilah created a balanced retreat that was open, welcoming and challenging. A memorable weekend that was fun and reflective and edged me closer in the direction of creative growth. This retreat is a winner in my books, just say’n." - Love Polanski

Costs: $450 total

Program cost: $250 (20 places only) or $200 Early Bird

Accommodation cost: Donation to the Monastery for Accommodation and Meals, suggested price $100 per night payable to the accommodation here prior to retreat:

BSB - 086 006

Account number - 84275 0860

Payee - New Norcia Services

Ref - Gh, your name and date of stay

Here's what you are getting: 

  • A weekend away to rest, reflect, recharge and work on your songs  
  • All teaching sessions PLUS the Breathe: A Songwriters Retreat booklet  
  • Accommodation and linen  
  • Delicious, homely meals including wine and bread made by the Monastery  
  • The opportunity to meet other women in your field  
  • Everything is optional! You have the freedom to participate as much or as little as you like  
  • A look into Australia's only Monastery and it's history

Yes please bring your instrument but please keep in mind this is a space for others to rest and retreat. Acoustic guitars and instruments with headphones are appreciated.


5 pm - Meet, greet and settle into your rooms  

7 pm - Dinner  

8 pm – Retreat Introduction

8.30 pm - Group Vocal Exercises and Songwriting Session with Rose Parker (Lounge)  

9.30pm - Free time   



7.30 am - Morning meditation with Delilah Rose (Library)  

Breakfast available until 930am  

9.30 – 12pm –  Morning Sessions

12.15pm - Lunch  

2 pm – 3 pm - Afternoon sessions OR alone time  

3 pm - 6.45pm - Walk, nap, write songs or spend some time alone  

7 pm - Dinner together  

8 pm - Discussion and feedback. Prepare one piece for feedback (optional). Positive feedback only.


7.30 pm - Morning meditation with Delilah Rose (Library)  

Breakfast available until 930am  

9.30 - 12pm – Morning sessions  

12.15 pm - Lunch and close of the retreat

All linen/towels provided. Meals provided.    

Rooms available include: 

- single with shared bathroom  

- twin share with en suite

Places are strictly limited due to COVID restrictions.You will not be able to attend if you have cold or flu symptoms or have travelled overseas in the two weeks prior to the retreat, or if you have been in contact with someone who has recently had COVID. 

New Norcia is located 1.5hr drive north of Perth  

For more info please email


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