Unspeakable songwriting + Production Retreats


Elevate your music production and songwriting in a three-day immersive experience

Join an intimate group of musicians and producers for a high-altitude retreat hosted at a private residence in Sun Valley, Idaho. This is an opportunity to connect with like-minded creators from around the world, and to recharge your creative batteries through hiking, yoga, meditation, and conscious creation.

Developed and led by producer Kate Ellwanger, this 3-day immersion is designed to guide producers, songwriters, and musicians of all backgrounds on a journey of uncovering their unique sound and breaking through limitations as they learn practical skills to amplify their music and careers.


Program Includes:

  • Collaborative writing and recording sessions

  • Constructive feedback in a safe, supportive environment

  • Introduction to cutting-edge workflow strategies and time-based challenges

  • Business workshops on navigating the modern music industry as an independent artist or small company

  • One-on-one mentoring with the instructor

  • Creative lifestyle development sessions

  • Guided yoga, meditation, and hiking

  • List of additional reading and online resources to accompany the program

  • Shared accommodations and studio space at a private residence in Sun Valley

  • Bonus subscription to all of Unspeakable’s online learning programs, including Daily Loop, Sonic Identity, and Financial Wellness for Artists

Who This Is For:

Whether you are a new musician looking to develop their practice, an established artist who is eager to take their work to a new level, or an entrepreneur seeking new ways to grow their music business, there is nothing more powerful than having the support of a mentor and fellow artists to help you along your journey.

Ellwanger’s extensive background in music production and personal development strategies have led her to work with Grammy Award-winning artists and creative professionals in honing their crafts, cultivating self-awareness, and mastering the level of discipline required for peak performance and expression. 


Program Dates:

  • Weekend One - 5 spots remaining - October 18th, 19th, and 20th (arrival on the 17th and departure on the 21st, 4 nights total)

  • Weekend Two - 4 spots remaining - October 25th, 26th, and 27th (arrival on the 24th and departure on the 28th, 4 nights total)


What to Bring:

  • 2 or more songs-in-progress to workshop

  • Laptop

  • Headphones

  • Portable MIDI Controller

  • Additional instruments if desired

  • Notebook

  • Comfortable clothing and hiking shoes

  • Open mind and open heart


Sun Valley, Idaho (specific address provided upon registration)

Application Deadline:

October 1st, 2019

Note: program space is limited to 6 artists per weekend, so early application is highly recommended to ensure participation in this year’s retreats. First come, first serve.



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About the Instructor:

Kate Ellwanger (aka Dot) is a producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. She is a member of beat-collective Team Supreme, CEO of Unspeakable Records, and has taught music production and composition at critically-acclaimed institutions including The Los Angeles Recording School, Dubspot, Point Blank, and Garnish.

In addition to her solo work, Dot produces for artists including SZA (TDE) and Teri GenderBender (Le Butcherettes, Bosnian Rainbows), and writes original music for film and television (MTV and OWN). Dot's extensive knowledge of music production and creative strategies also led to her participation as a panelist at Loop Berlin: Ableton’s summit for music makers. 

Ellwanger holds a B.A. in Music from Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University, and is a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation from Berklee College of Music. In addition to her background in classical and contemporary music, she has over 15 years of study in mindfulness practices from multiple traditions, including yoga, meditation, and psychospiritual development.

Unspeakable Records is committed to supporting artists of all experience levels, backgrounds, genders, and genres with the education and resources they need to elevate their music to its highest potential. We are redefining what it means to be a record label in the digital age by guiding artists throughout the entire creation process -- from the initial spark of inspiration to the world stage and beyond. Learn more


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Frequently Asked Questions:

What will I gain from this experience?

     Unspeakable retreats are unlike any other music school or online tutorial series. While the main objective is for each artist to walk away with a new song or EP they feel great about, the lessons learned and relationships made during the program are lifelong treasures. Artists can learn technical skills from a multitude of resources (many of which are listed in the Sonic Soul Resources PDF given to all participants), but this curriculum takes artist development to a much deeper level in exploring each creator's unique sounds within a supportive community environment. 

     Like most things in life, you will only get out what you put in, so it's up to YOU to follow through with all assignments and opportunities for growth that Sonic Soul provides. Being pushed outside of your comfort zone and opening to new ideas may not always be easy, but the results are well worth the effort. 

Do I have to use a specific DAW in order to participate? What if I'm still a beginner?

     The only prerequisites for this program are a means to record your music (any DAW will do), an internet connection, and willingness to learn no matter what your experience level is! This retreat is all about making the most of the time, skills, and resources you currently have -- NOT waiting around until you have that new synth or more knowledge to "begin" sometime in the future. 

How do I get to Sun Valley?

The retreat location is easily accessible by car or flight. Airport pickup and dropoff will be provided from Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho. Car rental is suggested for artists flying into Boise International Airport.

Have more questions? Send an email to info@unspeakablerecs.com and we’ll get back to you within 1-2 business days.