Songwriting on Magnetic - FAQ
When does Songwriting on Magnetic start and finish?
How do I get to Magnetic Island?
From Townsville, it's a quick, cheap ferry ride to Magnetic. Once you've booked a place on the retreat, Jane will liaise with you regards booking a ferry.
Do I have to share a bedroom?
No. To support your creative process, you will have your own air-conditioned bedroom and private bathroom.
Can you tell me a bit more about our accommodation?
Pure Magnetic villas are located in Nelly Bay, not far from the ferry terminal.
Each spacious tropical villa has two bedrooms, a lounge and fully-equipped kitchen. You will have your own air-conditioned bedroom and private bathroom. There's a lagoon-style pool in the complex, and you'll be less than a minute's walk to the beach. Watch this video to get a better feel for the venue.
Do I need to be an experienced songwriter?
Not at all. Whether you're an experienced songwriter or someone who's brand new to the craft, Jane's sessions will have you writing with greater authenticity and confidence.
How are the classes structured?
All students attend Jane's morning songwriting class and an afternoon singing class with the glorious Shelly Brown. On at least one event, Jane will host a songwriters' circle, where you have the opportunity to share works in progress from home and receive feedback. Find out more about this on the Daily Schedule page.
What if I don't have any songs from home to share?
It so doesn't matter! It's just as important to be a listener, and to offer feedback to others.
Is there much free time?
Giving yourself time-out from writing is as important a part of the creative process as the writing itself. Because of this, the retreat program includes a daily four-hour break between morning and afternoon sessions.
What about meals?
There are several great cafes within walking distance of the villas, or you can choose to self-cater in your full-equipped villa. There is a Foodland supermarket very close to the villas.
What about transport on the island?
A regular bus service links Nelly Bay to the island's many beautiful beaches and to Horseshoe Bay, where there are several restaurants and a weekend market.
Do I need to bring an instrument with me?
Every year there is at least one student who comes without an instrument, so it's really not an issue. If you do plan to bring an instrument, make sure it's in a hard case suitable for travelling. Ukeleles are a great option, even if you're a beginner player – they're cheap, light, portable and very simple to play.
While stinger season fluctuates each year, it is generally between November and May. For those who wish to swim in the ocean, there are stinger nets available at both Picnic and Horseshoe Bays.
Can my non-participating partner or family member come with me?
Sorry, no. Booking a place at Juice is about finally making time for your writing. It has been our experience that trying to double-dip and turn this into a holiday with your non-participating family member hampers this objective. If the guilt fairy is knocking at your door, consider having your loved one(s) join you after the retreat.
What about COVID?
If COVID prevents you from entering Queensland, you will receive a full refund less $20 admin fee from the property.
How do I book?
The November 2021 retreat is now fully booked. Email Jane if you'd like to hear about her future retreats.