My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for SongwritingWith:Soldiers, Austin, TX, USA
The first retreat I attended was with my family at Boulder Crest Retreat in May, 2015. Honestly, I was very nervous and my family had to do a lot of convincing to get me to attend this family-oriented retreat, as I am not one to share my experiences and feelings with those outside my wife and children, and usually not even then. We arrived on that late Friday afternoon, checked in and wondered what was to come next. During dinner, Darden Smith sat down with myself and my family & immediately put my mind at ease with his caring nature, openness and kindness. After dinner, everyone introduced themselves and Darden and Mary Judd discussed the plans for the weekend. Afterwards, we attended the first "Jam Session" of the weekend where some of the songs written at previous retreats were showcased. Songs written by people whom I'd never met, yet shared similar experiences with elicited emotions and memories I hadn't felt in years. Throughout the weekend my family and myself had the privilege of composing 4 songs with some of the most talented, giving and caring people we'd ever met. We also got the honor of getting to know the other families attending the retreat, both by talking to them, and hearing their songs during Saturday & Sunday's "Jam Sessions" which turned the participants' raw emotion into beautiful music.
The experiences during that weekend brought my family closer together and the memories and music will be something we shall always cherish.