2017 Songwriting Workshops


Don Richmond – Eliza Gilkyson – John Gorka

June 15 – 18, 2017

Join songwriters John Gorka, Don Richmond, and Eliza Gilkyson for their annual workshop at Casa de Musica, Eliza’s beautiful adobe hacienda located at the foot of Taos Mountain in the village of Arroyo Seco, just 15 minutes north of Taos, New Mexico. These three world-renowned artists bring years of experience and craftsmanship to their workshop, and they are excited to help you unlock your songwriting potential, regardless of your level of experience.

We are happy to announce the return of Cisco Ryder Gilliland and Don Richmond to our teaching staff. Cisco is a record producer and percussionist who will help facilitate daily groups, provide a class on live sound techniques, and offer the opportunity to record a song of yours over the weekend. Don is a multi-faceted musician, songwriter and producer, well known for his band the Rifters, who are much loved throughout the Southwest. He will be participating in the group gatherings, helping students construct songs and craft strong musical hooks.


Eliza Gilkyson – Mary Gauthier – Gretchen Peters

July 13 – 16, 2017

Come join Eliza Gilkyson, Mary Gauthier, and Gretchen Peters, also known as “Three Women and the Truth” when they are touring together, for their first joint songwriting workshop at Casa de Musica. Our intention is to create a non-judgmental safe environment to facilitate exploring the mystery and the crafting of songwriting, working together to reach the depths of self- expression.

“The combination of Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson and Gretchen Peters is a powerful journey into the world of accomplished, award-winning women who write and sing folk music. Pulling no punches and writing from their own worlds and experiences, this is complex and dramatic music, personal experiences reinvented for all of us to relate to.”

The songwriting sessions are designed to inspire and instruct, to challenge and support, and to move you further along your songwriting path. The instructors will work in one-on-one and group sessions every day and into the evenings. The days are organized around group gatherings, where all participants come together for discussion and song-sharing, then break down into smaller groupings and co-writing opportunities, as well as signing up for individual sessions with the instructors.

A continental breakfast and catered lunch spread are provided on-site. Dietary restrictions are taken into consideration, just let us know ahead of time. You are on your own for dinner break, but evening sessions carry on into the night, with jamming around the fire-pit on the patio or in the spacious living area of Casa de Musica.

More Information:

  • Casa de Musica on Facebook – Click on “Notes” for details about each workshop, including pricing, nearby lodging, meals, the venue and daily schedules
  • For questions or any comments, contact Michael Elliott at cdmusica777@gmail.com


John Gorka · Don Richmond · Cisco Ryder Gilliland · Mary Gauthier · Gretchen Peters

                                                 Three Women and the Truth

2016 Songwriting Workshop


2016 Workshop participants

To view a slideshow of the June 2016 workshop Click Here. Special thanks to Mr. Rick Griffin for documenting the magical 2016 weekend and sharing the slideshow with all. To begin the slideshow click the triangular “play” button to the left of the “Buy Photo” button.