Join us for a daylong intimate gathering for women who are mothers and also ascribe some or all of their vocation to music making. We will share songs, stories, ideas and support while exploring questions, challenges and inspiration. All participants are invited to offer a workshop or lead a discussion group as we co-create this experience, though simply showing up is just fine too!


Note: Pre-registration is required and closes May 1st. Space is limited. Please complete the registration form at the bottom of this page.



Some questions to be explored:

- What does it mean to be a mama musician?

- How can our mothering inform and make better our music-making & creativity?

- How can our music-making & creativity inform and make better our mothering?

- How can we build community to better support ourselves and each other on this path?

- How do we balance the nourishing of family, self, music & creativity?

- What income streams are possible while trying to grow both a family and a music career?

- What can other mother musicians learn from your story and experiences?



Tentative outline of the day:

9:30-10am - morning coffee & gathering

10-11:30am - group welcome, meditation & singing circle

11:30-12:30 - workshop or discussion group

12:30-1:30pm - potluck lunch

1:30-2:30 - song circle share

2:30 - 3:30 - workshop or discussion group

3:30 – 4:30 - workshop or discussion group

4:30- 5:30pm - closing circle



Please bring:

- your instrument(s)

- notebook, journal & pen or laptop for writing

- a potluck lunch dish to share that feeds 6-8 people



About the Organizer:

Amanda West is an award winning singer-songwriter, recording artist, music teacher, and mother to a 3.5 year old son. She is passionate about empowering women and creating community, and is co-founder of Womb Song U.S., an organization that leads singing circles for pregnant women and mothers . Finding herself at the unusual intersection where music and motherhood meet, she is now gathering and advocating for mother musicians, and recently had the wild inspiration and good fortune of support to put together this retreat. She is very much looking forward to meeting you!






WHO: For mothers who also work part or full time in music

WHEN: Saturday May 14th, 2016, 9:30am-5:30pm

WHERE: Private beach home in Santa Cruz, California (directions given upon confirmation of registration)

COST: $35, or Free if you bring a workshop or discussion topic to lead

WHY: Because there is strength in community. Because we need this.

Questions? Write to info(at)amandawestmusic(dot)com




** Pre-registration is required by May 1st **

** Please cut and paste the registration form below, complete it and email it to info(at)amandawestmusic(dot)com **





Santa Cruz, CA | Saturday May 14th, 2016










Website/Facebook/other online presence:


Potluck item for lunch (for 6-8 people):


 ______ I am not able or interested in offering a workshop or leading a discussion with the group.
I can pay $35 via paypal to info(at)amandawestmusic(dot)com
or send a check payable to Amanda West Music to PO Box 7345 Santa Cruz, CA 95061




______ I would like to lead a workshop or discussion group


Please describe the idea of your offering:


How did you hear about this retreat?


Anything else you’d like to share?





Thank you! Please expect a confirmation email within a few days.

We are so looking forward to meeting you!