Darryl Purpose

Camp Ned summer Songwriter retreat

Songwriter retreat

A Songwriter retreat in the Rocky Mountains

Camp Ned is a songwriter retreat in the Rocky Mountains. In 2017 will be held July 20th to July 23rd. Check back for more info after the first of the year, or come interact with us on Facebook.


Hone your Craft at Darryl’s songwriter retreat.

•  Song sessions  •  Song circles  • Mentoring

Participate in Performances
•  Teacher concerts  •  Camper concerts

Relax in the Rockies
•  Good food  • Fine accommodations  • A trip to the Continental Divide


Camp Ned FAQs
Any questions? Ask Darryl …

Have a look at 2016 …


From Camp Ned songwriter retreat 2015:

  • The view from Darryl's deck The view from Darryl's deck
  • Camp Ned instructor, Peter Mulvey Camp Ned instructor, Peter Mulvey
  • 2015 and 2016 Camp Ned teacher, Tracy Grammer 2015 and 2016 Camp Ned teacher, Tracy Grammer
  • Tracy Grammer and Kevin Flaherty Tracy Grammer and Kevin Flaherty
  • Ellis and Darryl Ellis and Darryl
  • Ellis Paul in concert! Ellis Paul in concert!
  • 2014 camp Ned song of the year award winner Jon Newquist 2014 camp Ned song of the year award winner Jon Newquist
  • Camp Ned instructor, Paul Zollo. Camp Ned instructor, Paul Zollo.
  • Joseph Leavell and listeners at 2014 camp Ned concert Joseph Leavell and listeners at 2014 camp Ned concert
  • I sing (Icing) at the river, after the hike! I sing (Icing) at the river, after the hike!
  • Camp administrator Leslie Carter Camp administrator Leslie Carter
  • 2015 campers Erika and Sofia with camp director Robin Pressman 2015 campers Erika and Sofia with camp director Robin Pressman
  • On the trail to Arapaho Pass On the trail to Arapaho Pass
  • Tracy and Patrick. Patrick is that cabinet 2015 song of the year award winner. Tracy and Patrick. Patrick is that cabinet 2015 song of the year award winner.
  • From the top of the continental divide our post camp hike! From the top of the continental divide our post camp hike!
     
Ellis Paul instructing at singer songwriter Darryl Purpose Camp Ned

Ellis Paul leading a seminar at Camp Ned, July, 2015.

Quotes from 2015 Campers:

“For the last four days I haven’t gotten a full night’s sleep; for very good reasons. I spent, what was revealed to be far too short a time, with the most extraordinary group of creative, beautiful, and inspiring people at Camp Ned. I learned so much about songwriting, and made incredible new friends. So tonight I might get a full night’s sleep, but it will feel awfully incomplete without a song circle… Until next year! Thank you all!”

“I *Love* these people”

“It was like meeting myself for the very first time”

“Most excellent songwriting retreat at Camp Ned this past 4 days! Many profound moments, new friends, and lasting insights. This weekend will stay in my heart forever.”

“I had a life altering time at Camp Ned this past weekend. I met the most amazing people with beautiful hearts and was taught by absolutely wonderful teachers about the craft of songwriting. Thank you Darryl Purpose Julie Beaver Paul Zollo Tracy Grammer & Ellis Paul. All of your CDs are on repeat right now! I wrote my first two songs at Camp Ned and collaborated with the best kind people that exist – it is a weekend I will never forget. I carry so much gratitude. Thank you all”

“I can’t wait until next year!”

“I was a happy student. Paul Zollo, Kevin Faherty, Sonnie Brown, Darryl Purpose, Robin Pressman, and the campers themselves — so much open-hearted wisdom-sharing. it’s a thrill to be around people who love what they do and want to share that joy with others. and, it’s happymaking to find that my experience and insights can help other people too. you don’t know till you get in there… plus, we’re eating really, really well”  ~Tracy Grammer

“a great and meaningful event, …I came to learn, to get that music out a bit, and as far as that goes my expectations were exceeded by far!!

“There were so many heart opening and profound moments and I got my much needed  (gentle) kick in the pants to get back to writing. Thank you and everyone involved for a super experience!  Hope to see you soon. Love and gratitude abounds…..”

“Camp Ned is magic in the mountains of the magic town of Nederland.  If you have a dream unfulfilled, run, don’t walk to the next workshop.  Surround yourself with experience, talent, smarts, insight, joy, and the most giving spirits in the industry.  While my life changed in four days,  I have also made 19 new friends who will remain in my heart forever.”

“this year’s Camp Ned – it’s been the highlight of the year, and I’m already looking forward to next summer’s.”

“If you don’t know how to write a song, this is the place to come, if you do know how to write a song, this is the place to come and write a better one.”