Workshop Retreat

Go deeper with your music and creativity as you get in touch with your body, mind and spirit.

Songwriting/Creativity Intensive & Wellness Retreat

California Hot Springs — August 11th - 18th

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Contact Freebo: 323-573-2001 or 661-548-6428

Take your craft to a deeper level and join award winning singer/songwriter, world renowned bass player and inspirational teacher FREEBO, and extraordinary innovative vocal coach FLORENCE RIGGS, for a week-long or weekend musical intensive.

While participating in creative hands on workshops daily, you will access your full creative potential in this beautiful camp experience that encompasses health and wellness for the mind, body, and spirit.

An amazing program of fitness activities in healing mineral hot spring pools, hikes in the Sequoia National Forest, songwriting with the 100 Giant Sequoias, and healthful cuisine awaits you.  This intimate retreat is limited to only 10-12 students so that you will recieve a great deal of personal attention.

You will leave with a new song, a recorded version of that song, and a deeper understanding of your craft and yourself.  

Musical Program consists of:

  • Songwriting
  • Vocal Technique
  • Music theory made simple
  • Melody, Harmony, Rhythm
  • Chord Structure
  • Accompaniment (self and others)
  • Performance
  • Song arrangement
  • Recording production


Therapeutic Fitness Program

Immerse yourself in the healing mineral waters of California Hot Springs in this specially created program to tone, detox and rejuvenate. Enjoy quiet walks in a moss-covered forest with cascading waterfalls and hiking on ridges with breathtaking overlooks. Our chef's cuisine is a delicious Healthy Fusion of local organic vegetables, meats and fish. For your restful sleep, we have arranged accommodations in lovely local mountain homes, all adding to your experience--discover yourself!



FREEBO will give you specific tools and hints for your songwriting, song-arrangement, and performing, all within the context of honoring your special gifts and giving yourself permission and the courage to become the artist/musician you’ve always wanted to be. In a world of judgment and criticism, we are filled with the voices of others telling us how to be. Freebo will help you to find your own voice, figuratively and literally. Along with the craft of songwriting, he will also help you to shape your song with arrangement, chord substitutions, and phrasing ideas. And in performing your song, Freebo covers the topics of fear, preparation, tools, timing, and communication. How do you connect to your audience? You become one with them!




CREATIVE SOUNDINGS® TONING WORKSHOP....Use your voice in a free-form spontaneous way without lyrics. Become more comfortable in making any kind of sound within your creative parameters without judgement and unlock the creative muse within.

Florence teaches a vocal technique that is predicated upon staying connected to your speech level and is applicable to all styles of singing.  You will have a private voice lesson/consultation with her to address any of your vocal questions or challenges.


Hi Freebo! Hey, I want to say thank you so much for putting together such an amazing Songwriting and Creativity retreat, with the added bonus of having a wellness theme, too! I am just a beginner songwriter, and with your instruction and patience, in less than a week, I wrote and recorded a song I really love, and am proud to share with everyone! The food that Laurie prepared was out of this world fantastic, and it was all so healthy! I very much loved starting the day with morning smoothies and hot springs water aerobics! And the setting at California Hot Springs is so beautiful; it was a peaceful getaway as well as very conducive to creativity. I am excited to come back to another retreat! CK :) –Sheryl Krieger Brown

ON Freebo's workshop: Since my initial class in music 15 years ago I haven’t been fortunate to attend workshops that went beyond the technical side to the spiritual/emotional side and my music has suffered for it. This workshop combined the technical and spiritual/emotional sides in a way that I will always carry with me. The ultimate value of a workshop of any kind is not simply how much you enjoy it in the moment but in how much it impacts your life and work afterwards. The things I’ve learned have impacted every part of my music since then – songwriting, performing, and recording. And becoming a better musician has hopefully made me a better person. –Happy Ron Hill

My name is Tom Darcey, and I recently had the privilege, along with six other people, of attending a songwriting and creativity workshop taught by Freebo with the assistance of Laurie Pettigrew that occurred 7/30 to 8/6/2011. I cannot make enough positive statements about my experience at the workshop. The experience was transformational for me, and will be a life experience that I will always remember and treasure. Freebo and Laurie are both very skilled and talented people who are highly attuned and sensitive to the feelings and needs of others. They are committed to sharing their knowledge and creative abilities in order to not only educate and teach, but also to promote wellbeing and spiritual growth. I highly recommend that anyone who is interested in songwriting, creativity, and wellness attend future workshops that Freebo and Laurie are planning on facilitating. -Tom Darcey


All inclusive retreat 7 nights and 7 days  $975 all inclusive. 
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Contact Freebo:  323 573 2001
661 548 6428