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Our 2019 events are MAY 3-5 and SEPT 13-15
at the Ignatius Retreat Centre, Guelph, ON
Details below!


New: Women's Music Weekend Bursary Fund

The Weekend - Overview

photos Join us for a dynamic, fun weekend of musical inspiration, creativity, empowerment and community!

Whether you've always wanted to sing but haven't given yourself the chance, or you've been writing songs and singing for years and want to hone your skills, Women's Music Weekend is for you. Whatever stage you're at, you will be supported and guided to explore your musical side.

Choose from workshops that include: freeing the voice, lyric writing, jamming, creating melody, how to sing harmony, restorative yoga, and vocal improv. Join the weekend chorus, play in a pick-up band, write your own song, or share a song in the open mic or song circle. Women's Music Weekend has a range of options for you.

No matter your age, musical ability or background, come and create, share, listen, learn, play, harmonize, heal, and sing with us. Sing your heart out. All weekend long.

"I would call it intensive TLC for mind, body and soul, infused with a beautiful, powerful, collective energy. You won't want it to end." —Mary Marcolin

"Joyous, empowering, enriching—the Women's Music Weekend was one of the most wonderful experiences I have had. I arrived as a virtual novice with an interest in learning about writing music. I found the environment that welcomed me was designed so everyone feels at home, no matter their age or ability."
—Heather Nicolson-Morrison

Our 2019 Weekends

The May weekend will be led by Katherine Wheatley and Jane Lewis, along with special guests Eve Goldberg and Laura Bird. The September weekend will be led by Jane, Katherine, Linda McLean, and special guest Suzie Vinnick. Our guests are all fantastic Canadian musicians, and we are very pleased that they will be joining us!

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Our 2019 retreats will be held at Loyola House, Ignatius Jesuit Centre, located in the beautiful countryside 2 km north of Guelph, ON. The Centre is the perfect setting for Women's Music Weekend, known to be a place of beauty and sustenance, 'where nature gives strength to mind, body and soul.' The estate is home to the internationally acclaimed Loyola House, and surrounded by the Ignatius Farm, 650 acres of hiking trails, ponds and streams, fields and forests. Loyola House is spacious and comfortable with private bedrooms and spacious meeting rooms. The kitchen serves fabulous organic food, most of which is grown on the property, and alongside delicious meals, the kitchen is always open for snacks and refreshments.

Fees & Registration for 2019

Early bird fee: $545 (until March 1, 2019)
Regular fee: $575 (after March 1, 2019)

Please get in touch if you're interested in attending. We have started a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Early bird fee: $545 (until July 15, 2019)
Regular fee: $575 (after July 15, 2019)

Your fee includes all workshops plus accommodation (private bedroom), meals from Friday night to Sunday lunch, snacks and refreshments throughout the weekend, and full access to Ignatius Centre grounds.


New WMW Bursary Fund - Application info & Please Donate Here

A Glimpse of Past Retreats

"Wonderful. Incredible. Beautiful. Delicious. Inspirational. Educational. I'd say more but you need to go and find your own words and melody. I did. Deepest gratitude to Katherine, Jane and Linda..."—Ingrid Philipp

"F***ing miraculous"—Vera Dyck

"What a life affirming weekend. I've come home renewed."—Barb Smith


This resourceful women's trio will stretch and challenge you through an unforgettable weekend, hand-crafted to deliver a rewarding, enlightening, and fun-filled experience. You'll leave nurtured, inspired, and with a song in your heart!

photoGeologist-turned-folk singer Katherine Wheatley is one busy musician. In addition to her solo performing singer/songwriter career, she's half of the duo "Wendell and Wheat," a third of the trio Boreal (with Jude Vadala and Tannis Slimmon), and is one of the founding members of the Toronto All-Star band "Betty and the Bobs." Her song "Hallelujah" won a 2009 Porcupine Golden Quill award and has become a standard in sing-along circles. Her 2010 solo show in Charlottetown was selected "Performance of the Year" by the Guardian. Two of her songs were selected for the new Rise Again songbook (30th anniversary publication of Rise Up). She writes and records songs with kids through her Youthsongs program and has produced over 30 CDs with schools across North America. She works as a singer/zodiac driver on board the ship The MS Expedition as it plies the seas of Antarctica and the Norwegian Arctic. When she's not on tour, Katherine presents songwriting and choral workshops in her home town of Guelph, Ontario. "It is rare that one can find a singer/songwriter who nails guitar licks while at the same time dazzles you with emotive songwriting and perfectly pitched vocal prowess."—Todd MacLean, THE GUARDIAN, Charlottetown, PEI www.katherinewheatley.com

photoAward-winning, critically acclaimed singer songwriter Linda McLean has released four albums to rave reviews across Europe and N.America. Her vocal stylings and finely crafted tunes are compared to Joni Mitchell, Lucinda Williams and KT Tunstall, among others, and our own CBC says she's part of the holy trinity of Canadian songwriters, a trio that includes Kathleen Edwards and Sarah Harmer. Linda's also a writer, teacher, has a Masters Ed in holistic arts learning, and is a certified yoga instructor. She is Festival Director and co-owner of Muskoka Sound Music Festival, and in her spare time, moonlights as lead singer in the rockin' Linda McLean all star Band. A major talent with songs that both entertain and challenge an audience, McLean justifiably finds herself bracketed alongside the very best of today's singer songwriters. "...these tunes have the ache and retrospective wisdom of a dame in her prime, and McLean's unafraid to root her writing in specificity or add political heft..."—SL, Music Writer, TO www.lindamclean.com

photoSinger-songwriter Jane Lewis is a strong believer in the power of music and singing to bring people together. She founded the All Together Now workshop series in Guelph, and leads workshops on "the Joy of Singing," finding your voice, singing harmony and more. Jane is a published author, and she harbours a deep fascination for words and poetry. Her debut album Stay With Me was released in 2014 to critical reviews. She performs as a solo artist and in the folk duo Gathering Sparks, which was nominated for a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year. "Everything about this record from the gorgeous songs, crisp lead vocals, stunning harmonies, creative arrangements, the stellar band accompaniment and its production are top drawer.... Sure to be one of the best albums of 2014."—Jan Hall, Folk Roots Radio www.janelewis.ca

More Information

Any questions? Email us! () or call 902-410-8044.

"What a way to treat yourself, lift your spirits and get creative! ... A unique opportunity to write, sing and share music and more in an atmosphere of inspiration and friendliness."—Connie Murch

"Women's Music Weekend offered a great opportunity to explore many areas of music in a supportive and creative environment. There were so many different workshops to suit everyone's interests, comfort, and skill levels. The song-sharing circles were a highlight."—Ryder Ball