The internationally acclaimed folk singer Dar Williams has been writing songs that resonate across generation, religion, gender and sexual identity for over twenty years, drawing inspiration from the Hudson Valley where she was born and still lives. This July she will bring her lessons home for a workshop called "Writing A Song That Matters” to be held at Stony Point Center.


Williams has recorded nine studio albums, clocked in almost 2,000 gigs, and has enjoyed teaching at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival song school, Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch and in conjunction with concerts at many schools. Teaching an undergraduate course about music movements and democracy at Wesleyan University renewed Dar’s faith in the importance of making music and also in the intrinsic, life-affirming value of creating songs, a process she is excited to be sharing in her neck of the woods.


“Writing A Song That Matters” is a workshop for anyone that wants to write a song that counts: for ourselves, for the people (or pets) we love and for the world. Songs can be funny, heavy, catchy or sappy. Participants will be encouraged to look for ways to say what they really want to say. Although the retreat at Stony Point Center is already full, there is still space to register for her next retreat to be held at the Omega Institute in July.


"We could not be more excited to welcome Dar and her fellow songwriters to campus," said Stony Point Center General Manager, Paula Sandusky. “We love to host music groups at SPC, and we hope that ‘Writing A Song That Matters’, following in the tradition of Music for People, Bennington Chamber Music Reunion and SummerSongs, will galvanize a continued practice of empowering radical songwriting and music appreciation at Stony Point Center."



Interested in writing your own song? Learn more at And look out for more music retreats at Stony Point Center!