Sequoyah Unplugged: A Songwriter Retreat, August 17-19

This announcement is mainly for my songwriting/ performing friends on this list. Feel free to pass this along to anyone who might be interested….

I’m honored to be a part of what we hope will become an annual event at the Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The event is called “Sequoyah Unplugged: A Singer-Songwriter Retreat.” It’s scheduled for August 17-18.

Trout Fishing in America will be the feature performers, and also teach a workshop, as will Efron White and Emily Kaitz. My old friend, Charles Gaby, will also be a workshop leader.

The entire weekend is intended to be a time of retreat and renewal for songwriters and performers, and to explore the idea of songwriting as spiritual practice. Although it’s being held at a United Methodist center, and several Methodist will have leadership, it will not be sectarian in nature, and the hope is that any songwriter interested in the cross-section of spirit and writing will want to attend.

You may recall me blogging about this place before. Sequoyah is a beautiful and relaxing retreat center, just on the edge of the city, atop the “mountain” of the same name.

I will be leading/organizing a nightly “song circle” time for anyone who wants to share their gift, and I’ll serve as a host for the weekend.

If you want more info, you can download a brochure from this link.

I hope some of you might consider going.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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