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Rwanda Safari + Soulful Retreat
March 1-7,  2024

Have you always wanted to go on an African Safari? 

Now you can go for a day with an organized group and a safe tour guide that will guide us through Akagera National Park so you can finally have that thrilling safari experience. You also have the option to go for more days if you like. You'll be able to tick that off your bucket list and have memories to last a lifetime. 

While on this 6 night retreat at Akagera Rhino LodgeNora Benian and I will guide you through the wilderness, with 2 specially catered yoga classes daily, Group Theta healing, Self-healing workshop, Nutrition and Healthy cooking class, Mandala making and more.


Each of you will receive 2 therapeutic massages which is included in your reservation and also an option for a Private Aura Tuning and/or Reiki healing.

Rwanda has been referred to as a tropical Switzerland and is located a few degrees south of the Equator. It is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the Great Rift Valley of Central Africa. 

Your accommodations are comfortable with a modern design that overlooks the vast breathtaking scenery. Most rooms are shared with one other person or you can reserve one of 3 private rooms at an additional cost. Book your room ASAP.

The vibrancy of the scenery and the beauty of the people along with our retreat wellness program makes this exotic adventure a one of a kind and a bucket list ticker.

Shared room reservation costs $2249 USD

Private room reservation costs $2995 USD

Come and experience your wild side.

Cost includes all the programs plus a shuttle ride to and from the airport. 

Cost does not include airfare and travel insurance.


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May 30th-June 2nd, 2024

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Snake Island Weekend Retreat

Our 5th annual weekend of songwriting, fine food, and yoga

in a fabulous natural setting

Arvi Gosmo and James Gordon have worked together since 2020 to create a weekend retreat setting that has turned out to be a very rewarding experience for all of their participants. They’ve been thrilled with the success of these events. Due to popular demand, they are adding a spring retreat this coming May, this time returning to our original location: Snake Island on Ontario's Lake Simcoe. Remote but just one hour North of Toronto. It’s a welcoming setting ideally suited to what they have been offering. This will be an intimate, exclusive gathering as there are just 12 rooms available in this unique Lighthouse setting.

Here’s what to expect:

  • The retreat runs from Thursday supper until Sunday Afternoon.

  •  An opening reception and song circle.

  •  6 delicious and nutritious gourmet meals cooked from scratch on-site by Arvi, including a cooking class on Saturday where you’ll create your own meal!

  • A songwriting workshop, an assignment that will get you started on the song you’ll write, and a group songwriting exercise.

  • Additional workshops on lyrics, melody, structure, co-writing, whatever you’re interested in, as well as the return of the popular ‘Songs you Love’ song analysis session. Let us know if you have ideas about what we can offer.

  • Friday and Saturday night song circle and jamming.

  • Lots of time and inviting spaces for you to work on your song.

  • One-on-one time with James to nurture along with your song.

  • Sunday afternoon session where you’ll share your new song, get positive feedback, and a recording of it.

  • 3 nights’ accommodation in your own spacious and comfortable room. Couples welcome too.

Let us know your dietary concerns. We know you’ll love the food. Coffee, tea, water, juice, and snacks will be available throughout the day. Light snacks will also be offered in between meals. Bring your own alcohol.

The Cost

$825 for the weekend; (10% discount for couples) 

NO EXPERIENCE or Instrument necessary.

You’ll write a great song and others will help.

Payment by e-transfer to

The Facilitators

James Gordon is known in Canadian music circles as the “Songwriter’s Songwriter”. He’s written more than 1500 songs, and released 40 albums solo or with his former band Tamarack.


He was songwriter-in-residence at CBC radio for many years, primarily with Arthur Black’s show,has led many songwriting retreats, solo or with Katherine Wheatley, and has been conducting his “Song Doctor” classes for a few years as well. His song “Frobisher Bay” has been recorded by over 100 artists world-wide, and his song “Mining For Gold”, made famous by the Cowboy Junkies, has appeared in numerous films.


This year he had a viral hit: 300,000 views of his controversial ‘Crybabies Caravan’, and his first novel was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock

Humour Award.

After more than 25 years of culinary experience, Arvi Gosmo is a very knowledgeable and highly successful culinary chef. She has cooked and owned her own restaurant and established a successful catering business with numerous testimonials to back up her expertise in the culinary trade.

Along with being a professional chef, Arvi is also a seasoned yogi. She has been a yoga

practitioner for over 30 years and also holds a 200 Hour Yoga Teachers Training Certificate.

She is currently in Rwanda helping to establish a retreat center there.

Arvi and James would love to share this unique experience with you.

More details on request: or 226-971-9132

Julia B.

Songwriting has largely been an independent process for me and the collaboration only

happened once the song was born. During this retreat weekend, I was able to come alongside

other songwriters as we each created our new songs. It is a gift to have a window into this

creative and nurturing process. Songwriters are also such a joy to jam with! I highly recommend

these retreats for new and seasoned songwriters.

Neil H.

James and Arvi gave us a great weekend retreat of good music, good food and good vibes.

The feeling of isolation you get from the location focuses your musical efforts. I have

written a recordable song at every retreat.

Connie M.

What a joyful retreat in a serene setting in Clarksburg. James skillfully nurtured our

songwriting efforts, while Arvi nourished us with delicious food and gentle yoga.

Collaborating with such talented participants as well resulted in many wonderful new tunes

and friendships. I so appreciate the trusting and supportive environment that allowed us

all to create something wonderful.

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