David started started the California Songwriting Retreat with Peppino D’Agostino as a way to teach the art and craft of songwriting in an intimate, relaxed environment where each songwriter or person who would like to begin writing songs could find inspiration, be propelled forward on their musical journey, and leave with some inspiration and ideas.  The goal is to expand one’s skill set, be challenged (but not in over your head), and have fun with other people who are also expressing themselves through song.

Because we keep the group size small, there is more opportunity for questions, for working with you up close, and for discussing some of our favorite tips and tricks  - all while having fun, making new musical buddies, and sharing some good food and wine!

Every night there will be opportunities to share your songs, play with others, or sit back and enjoy listening to David, Peppino, Annabelle.  On the last day, if you want, you'll be able to perform at a local venue for final evening event.

The retreat is being held in the historic, waterfront town of Benicia, California about an hour from San Francisco and less than a half-hour from the Napa Valley.

Hope to see you November 1 - 3, 2019.  For more information go to:


For specific questions contact Donna Wapner at dwapnermusic@gmail.com