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Mercyland Songwriting Workshop

July 21-25 2019


We’ll find our creative spark at the wonderful Laughing Heart Lodge in Hot Springs, NC, a cozy little town with access to the Appalachian Trail. Many of our writers stay just down the hill at the Iron Horse Station. (Lodging is not included with your tuition. It is the responsibility of all attendees to secure and pay for their stay.)


$1250.00 per person (significant others are welcome to attend evening sessions)

1st deposit of $625.00 holds your space. Total workshop tuition due June 1, 2019

Limited to 16 attendees. Email us at to register ASAP as spots fill up quickly.

"I've been writing for about ten years but somewhere along the way, I lost my voice and passion to write. Phil Madeira is one of the best musicians and songwriters in the industry. I loved his soul and passion for breaking down the meaning of a song. I couldn't wait to hear what he said about each song I wrote." Joy Anderson

Special guests Cindy Morgan & Will Kimbrough join Phil Madeira for the 2019 Mercyland Workshop

Special guests Cindy Morgan & Will Kimbrough join Phil Madeira for the 2019 Mercyland Workshop

Fearless Leaders

Phil Madeira leads this inspiring, intense, focused and fun retreat with special inspirational guests. This year you’ll also learn from award winning singer-songwriters Cindy Morgan and Will Kimbrough!

What to Expect

The workshop includes:

  • 3 full days of writing and learning.

  • Song sharing and jamming every night!

  • Individual attention.

  • Lunch on session days.

  • Celebration dinner on the last evening.

  • The opportunity to co-write with Phil and the guest artists

"The tag-team style workshops of Mercyland Songwriter Workshops allow for high intensity focus on both lyric writing and song crafting. Each exercise, lesson, and collaboration is a happening. The camaraderie of co-writing makes each session a once in a lifetime experience. The positive, accepting environment and the love and kindness shared made it feel like we were in a place called Mercyland."  -Chuck McDowell


Workshop Itinerary:

Sunday night

  • 4:00pm: check in

  • 6:00pm: meet and Greet, snacks and drinks


  • 8:00pm: song share, jam

Monday thru Wednesday

  • 8:30am: breakfast   (included for Laughing Heart guests)

  • 9:30am:  first session

  • 12:00pm: lunch

  • 1:00pm: second session

  • 5:30pm: break for dinner on your own, except Wednesday is Phil’s treat!

  • 7:30pm: song share, jam (8:00pm Wednesday)

Thursday morning

  • 8:30 am: Breakfast (included for Laughing Heart guests)

  • 9:00 am-12:00pm: individual debriefs with Phil

  • Noon: Check Out

“The workshop is a must if you want to find yourself and your songs. My first Mercyland Songwriter Workshop was one of the most astonishing weeks of my life and I've been doing this a long time. The workshops open doors in hallways I did not know exist. I can't wait to spread the word.”  -Jimmy Abegg


"Mercyland Songwriter Workshop was everything I hoped for, and more. It helped me to tap into and express thoughts and ideas that I wasn’t aware even existed. The experience helped me craft my thoughts into tangible and coherent lyrics. Mercyland created an environment of trust, intimacy and learning."  -Jonathan Richardson

Contact us at to register today!