This course, for songwriters with some experience, will guide you on a quest to find new inspiration and lead you out of your usual songwriting pathways, armed with all the tools you’ll need for the journey. We’ll use exercises to distil big ideas into more original observations, helping you kickstart your creativity and hone your own voice.

Mairi Campbell’s teaching is fun, simple and profound. Her voice work seeks to integrate and support the unique qualities of each participant, allowing for fuller, more confident expression in voice.



Mairi Campbell is an adventurous and grounded Scottish musician with a solid craft in viola and voice. In 2016, she won Instrumentalist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards. Her recent one-woman show went down a storm, receiving 5-star reviews at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

“Her voice can stop the clock… bare and unabashed honesty” The Scotsman




Cera Impala can turn a song inside out and upside down. She is a queen of song form, with a music career that spans 20 years of gigging, writing and socialising. She sings with the Bevvy Sisters, Scotland’s top female vocal trio and tours across the globe with her own band. Mixing equal measures of sweetness and sass, grit and glamour, heartbreak and hilarity
– cut with a dash of potent Scottish spirit.




Carnie cottage, on the Island of Lismore, is Mairi’s family home. There is a cottage where we eat and a studio where we do the work. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to explore the island, connect with the ancient history and vibe of the place, and write a song a day!

The participants will be all staying at the new bunkhouse situated in the neighbour’s croft behind Carnie Cottage. Ferries to the island leave from Oban (car ferry) and Port Appin (passenger ferry only). We are situated in the centre of the island.

WHEN: 17 – 23 June 2018 on Isle of Lismore, Scotland

WHERE: Carnie Cottage, Isle of Lismore, Argyll, Scotland

PRICE: Max 10 participants. Price (£420) includes 6 days’ tuition, accommodation and meals.

Book your place on the retreat here. Spaces will go quickly. For questions or further information please email: