Week-long Songwriting Retreat in Nicaragua- January 2022

Arvi and James in Nicaragua!

Songwriting, Fine Food, Cooking Classes and Yoga in a Stunning Location


A Unique 7-Day Retreat Experience with James Gordon and Arvi Gosmo

January 15-21 2022


Old friends, Arvi and James hadn’t really worked together till this summer when they hosted what seemed to be an odd combo for a retreat: a weekend of songwriting, cooking classes, fine food and yoga. It worked! Their combined talents and experience created an environment that encouraged creativity, collaboration and just savouring the moment with a fine group of people in a great setting. The pair are planning more adventures, and the first confirmed one is, yes, in Nicaragua, at the incredible “Eden On The Chocolata”, https://www.edenchocolata.com/eco-lodge-nicaragua/  not far from the ‘hippie surfer’ town of San Juan del Sur.  


It’ll be an intimate gathering. We have room for 12 participants.

For a week in this magical spot, James will nurture songwriters and aspiring writers towards completing at least two songs from scratch, and along the way there will be workshops, song-sharing circles, jam sessions and one-on-one sessions. No experience necessary. Arvi will prepare delicious gourmet meals and teach two cooking classes around her specialty, international cuisine, and something based on the local culture.

Each morning, before a late breakfast provided by the retreat centre, she’ll lead a yoga class on the stunning ‘yoga deck’. Nothing is compulsory, so choose your own agenda. There will be time for yourself, to write and explore, and a ‘group’ dinner in town with a tour. There’s a lot to see in the area, and for one day you’ll be on your own after brunch. There’s lots to inspire you to create, and lots to offer just to chill!

Here’s what’s included with the week, which costs 1800 CDN dollars,(early bird special), airfare not included:

  • Free shuttle service from the Managua airport. (We’re hoping you can all arrive by noon on the 15th. Lots of flights available).
  • You’ll be sharing a beautiful bungalow with one other participant, or if you are a couple you get your own with a king bed. Each bungalow has its own bathroom.
  • All food provided, except for your ‘day on your own’. Alcoholic beverages extra: (there’s a bar/snack bar on site).
  • Yoga mats and props are provided.
  • Daily songwriting group gatherings and assignments
  • A recording of your songs when they are done and performed for the group. Often the other participants will become your backup band.


James will make sure any of your songwriting goals are addressed and met, and Arvi will tend to any special dietary needs.


We’re letting you know a year in advance since we expect it to sell out, and we need to confirm with the retreat centre in a few months. We DO reserve the right to postpone if there are still pandemic issues then. Let’s hope for the best!


What we need to reserve your spot is 50% (CDN$900) paid in advance, and the balance due one month before you fly south. The “Late Bird” rate is CND$1975, after Sept 1st2021.


Arvi and James would love to have you join them for what looks like a rewarding and relaxing retreat.


Questions answered, and e-transfers accepted, at james@jamesgordon.ca. We accept PayPal and credit card payments too.

NOTE: As of February 1st… we are HALF sold out. Order Now!

Come on down!


About the facilitators:

James Gordon is known in Canadian music circles as the “Songwriter’s Songwriter”. He’s written more than 1500 songs,  and released 40 albums solo or with his former band Tamarack. He was songwriter-in-residence at CBC radio for many years, primarily with Arthur Black’s show: he’s led many songwriting retreats, solo or with Katherine Wheatley, and has been conducting his “Song Doctor” classes for a few years as well. His song “Frobisher Bay” has been recorded by over 100 artists world-wide, and his song “Mining For Gold”, made famous by the Cowboy Junkies, has appeared in numerous films.www.jamesgordon.ca


Arvi Gosmo: After more than 20 years of culinary experience, Arvi Gosmo is a very knowledgeable and highly successful culinary chef. She has cooked and owned her own restaurant and established a successful catering business with numerous testimonials to back up her expertise in the culinary trade.

Where many have developed their cuisine to fit the appetites of their customers, Arvi has taken it a few steps higher by ensuring the menu is not only tasteful but has been cooked and presented in a manner that is rich in appearance and when available, locally sourced. She has also developed healthy and nutritious meal options for those who prefer vegan and gluten free cuisine.

Her international menus include spicy Asian, tantalizing Mexican, mouth-watering Italian and even North American. Over the years she has perfected her style, created and implemented a niche and will wow you with her signature dishes and seasonal specials.www.magnoliacatering.ca