International Songwriters Retreat

We want to welcome you for the third International Songwriters Retreat! On January 2-4 2019 we will gather with songwriters from all over Europe to listen to God and to each other and most of all, to write songs together.

This year we will start the retreat on Wednesday, January 2nd. After an opening dinner at the Poort we will have our first gathering in the Tabernacle, a House of Prayer and Worship in the Red Light district of Amsterdam where a team of musicians will lead us into a time of praise and listening to God. After that we will have an open mic where you can sing your song on stage.

On Thursday morning we will have different workshops from guest speakers to inspire and equip. We will have time to meet in small groups and listen to God and to each other. In the afternoon there will be time to write together (or alone) and we will give some opportunity for free time in the city. In the evening we will have a special gathering which is followed by various outreach opportunities. Another open mic follows for the ones that have the energy!

On Friday there will be more time to write, to get together and we will finish with a closing service with a time of ministry.

Your hosts Peter and Carin van Essen have both been songwriters for decades and many of their songs are sung in the churches in the Netherlands. Being musicianaries they share Gods love with music. They hope to give you an inspirational setting, a safe environment and bring you in contact with co-writers around the globe.

Together with the Tabernacle and Mosaic teams from YWAM Amsterdam they will make sure you have an unforgettable start of the new year in one of the most inspiring and international cities of Europe. All inclusive with delicious meals and snacks.

To see more of the city, take more time for co-writing or pray in the prayer tower overlooking the city, there is a possibility to stay one night extra. This year we only have about 45 places available so don't hesitate too long!


Before December 1st 2018:
150 euro all inclusive (dormitory with 4-9 people)
200 euro all inclusive (single or double bedroom)

After December 1st 2018:
175 all inclusive (dormitory)
225 all inclusive (single or double bedroom)

Extra night on 4-5 January 2019 17.50 euro (dormitory) or 25 euro (single or double bedroom)

For questions on housing or diet, or more information on content and program please email to songwriters@ywam.nl

For any questions, please contact us at songwriters@ywam.nl