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 has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. 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. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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