TALENT IS TIMELESS SONGWRITING RETREAT IN LA GOMERA

4 - 11 FEBRUARY 2025

Unleash Your Creativity on La Gomera's Tranquil Shore

With Elles Bailey

Step into a world of creativity and relaxation on La Gomera's sun-kissed shores. Whether you're a seasoned songwriter or just starting out, our retreat offers the perfect blend of inspiration and relaxation against the backdrop of La Gomera's stunning landscapes.

Experience a week of music and camaraderie at our songwriting retreat in La Gomera. From welcome concerts to songwriting circles, masterclasses, and recording sessions, immerse yourself in a creative haven surrounded by lush landscapes and inspiring vistas. Join fellow songwriters of all levels for a relaxed yet focused atmosphere where you can refine your craft, collaborate with others, and find renewed inspiration in the beauty of nature and under the warm winter sun.

Joining this retreat offers a unique opportunity to rejuvenate your creative spirit, connect with fellow songwriters, and explore the natural wonders of La Gomera. Whether you're looking to refine your songwriting skills, network with industry professionals, or simply immerse yourself in the beauty of the Canary Islands, this retreat promises an unforgettable experience tailored to the unique needs of mature artists.

TALENT IS TIMELESS

Talent Is Timeless is a vibrant community dedicated to celebrating the artistry and creativity of songwriters aged 50 and above. Founded by acclaimed singer-songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore, their platform offers a supportive and inclusive space where songwriters of all levels can connect, collaborate, and grow.

With a mission to defy ageism in the music industry and provide opportunities for mature artists, Talent Is Timeless hosts various events, workshops, and retreats worldwide. From songwriting competitions to masterclasses and live performances, members are empowered to hone their craft and showcase their talents on a global stage.

Join us on a journey of inspiration, connection, and musical discovery. Whether you're a seasoned songwriter or just starting your musical journey, Talent Is Timeless welcomes you to explore, create, and thrive in a community that values creativity and experience at any age.

View the Talent is Timeless website

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Welcome Concert: Be serenaded by the melodious tunes of our welcome concert, setting the stage for an unforgettable musical adventure.
  • Collaborative Songwriting Sessions: Harness the power of collective creativity as you collaborate with fellow songwriters, sparking inspiration and forging lasting connections.
  • Expert-led Masterclasses: Learn from the best in the industry with masterclasses designed to propel your music career forward, covering topics such as songwriting techniques, performance skills, and music business insights.
  • Song Circles: Showcase your talents and enjoy the original music written on or before the retreat in regular song circles. Here’s your chance to practice your performance skills.
  • Creative Workshops: Explore new avenues of expression and refine your songwriting craft through hands-on workshops led by experienced tutors, tailored to suit songwriters of all levels.
  • Recording Opportunities: Make a professional recording of your newly written songs capturing your unique sound for posterity.
  • Live Music Video Creation: Elevate your musical journey with the optional extra to create a stunning live music video, adding a visual dimension to your songs and enhancing their impact.
  • Grand Finale Concert: Featuring a headline performer and rounding off the week with a celebration of creativity and camaraderie.
  • Cultural Excursion: Immerse yourself in the rich culture of La Gomera with a guided tour of the island's historical landmarks, charming villages, and natural wonders.
 
  • 7 or 14 nights Dinner B&B
  • Full time services from the on-site Harmony Voyages Team
  • ABTA financial protection for your peace of mind
  • ATOL protective flight inclusive options available (please ask for details if you require assistance with booking flights)

LA GOMERA

La Gomera is one of the smallest of Spain's Canary Islands. It is known for its lush landscapes and unique geological features such as the black sand beaches, deep ravines, and rugged coastlines. The island is recognised for it's unique 'whistle language', Silbo Gomero, used by locals to communicate across steep terrain.

Thanks to preservation efforts on La Gomera, Garajonay remains one of the best-preserved subtropical rainforests in Europe. Home to around 400 species of flora and fauna, many endemic to the island, the park sits at the heart of La Gomera’s 600km network of walking trails.
With paths weaving across the island, you can DIY your walk with short circular trails, half-day hikes and full-day treks over mountains and along the coast.

This island holds many surprises with its incredible wildlife, captivating culture, and breathtaking scenery, leaving visitors in awe by it's diverse environmental wonders and stunning ocean views.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Jardín Tecina is located on the island of La Gomera, declared an outstanding World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2012, with the Garajonay National Park previously declared a World Heritage site in 1987.

Bathed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, La Gomera is an idyllic paradise with a subtropical climate between the African continent and Spain.

Choose to join in with some of the optional activities, or simply disconnect from the world and relax in the sunshine by day, delighting in the local gastronomy by night.

In their constant pursuit of excellence and quality service, we are pleased to inform you that Hotel Jardín Tecina will undergo a comprehensive phase of renovation and modernisation to further enhance your experience. This process will cover various areas, from updating their facilities and implementing cutting-edge technologies that will ensure a more efficient and personalised service, always with the utmost consideration for sustainability, a fundamental part of the project. 

 

Oasis Rooms

30m2 welcoming, light-filled rooms with views over the swimming pool or gardens, each with balcony or terrace. Maximum capacity 3 people* *Double or twin beds + single bed

Room facilities include: Air conditioning, mini bar (on request), safe deposit box, music channels, telephone, satellite TV and hairdryer.

Discounted price available for 'non participants'.

Price from

£1,924

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Armonia Side Sea View Rooms

30m2 welcoming and light-filled rooms with views of the gardens or side views of the Atlantic Ocean Maximum capacity 3 people* *Double or twin beds + single bed

Room facilities include: Air conditioning, mini bar (on request), safe deposit box, music channels, telephone, satellite TV and hairdryer.

Discounted price available for 'non participants'.

Price from

£2,034

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Horizonte Sea View Rooms

30m2 rooms with unspoiled views of the Atlantic Ocean. Maximum capacity 3 people* *Double or twin beds + single bed

Room facilities include: Air conditioning, mini bar (on request), safe deposit box, music channels, telephone, coffee & tea making facilities, pillow menu, satellite TV and hairdryer.

Discounted price available for 'non participants'.

Price from

£2,114

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Junior Suite Laurisilva Sea View Rooms

Each Junior Suite is characterised by the additional space of 52m2 and comprises a lounge separated from the bedroom by doors. Each with a balcony or terrace with unspoilt ocean views or lush garden views. Maximum capacity 3 people* *Double or twin beds + single bed. Free use of a Balinese bed at Club Laurel and use of Eco boutique amenities are provided.

Room facilities include: Air conditioning, mini bar (on request), safe deposit box, music channels, telephone, coffee & tea making facilities, pillow menu, satellite TV and hairdryer.

Discounted price available for 'non participants'.

Price from

£2,184

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Duplex Suite

Each Duplex Suite offers maximum privacy with the best panoramic views of the golf course, gardens or the Atlantic ocean. Each suite is over three floors with a large bedroom, bathroom and terrace on the ground floor. A living room convertible into a second bedroom, with balcony and a shower room on the second floor. A private sun terrace on the top floor with panoramic views. Located in an exclusive adults only area of the resort, with a private pool, balinese beds and 2 Jacuzzis, use of Eco boutique amenities are provided. Maximum capacity 4 people*

Room facilities include: Air conditioning, mini bar (on request), safe deposit box, music channels, telephone, coffee & tea making facilities, pillow menu, satellite TV and hairdryer.

Discounted price available for 'non participants'.

Price from

£2,334

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YOUR HOSTS

Elles Bailey

Elles Bailey is an award-winning, critically acclaimed artist who seamlessly straddles the worlds of Americana, Rock & Blues.
 
Some of those awards include: UK song of the Year 2020 at the Americana Awards UK. Album of the Year 2020 and 2023 at the UK Blues Awards. Artist and Live Act of the Year 2023 at the Americana Awards UK. Vocalist of the Year 2023 at the UK Blues Awards and Artist of the Year 2020, 2021 and 2023 at the UK Blues Awards – a “threepeat” victory that saw her excluded from any further wins but inducted her into the UK Blues Hall of Fame.
 
After shaking off the long-tail of Covid restrictions and finally being able to properly tour her third album in 2023, last summer she immediately set to work writing the songs for what would become her fourth album.
 
Some 40 compositions, a Nashville writing trip and a typically no-messing recording session in Devon later, Bailey – backed in the studio by her red-hot live band – had nailed her glorious fourth album, Beneath the Neon Glow.
 
The album releases on the 9th August, 2024.
 
Elles says: “I very much feel like this album was about exploring all the different parts that make me, me. I've done a lot of journeying into who I am. We're not ever just one thing, we're constantly changing and learning, growing, becoming parents,” says a musician who had her first child around the time of her last album. “All of that has channelled into my songwriting."

Saskia Griffiths-Moore

Saskia Griffiths-Moore stands as a luminary folk songstress in the vibrant tapestry of London's scene, gracing folk clubs, theaters, and festivals across the globe with her captivating performances. Over nearly a decade-long tenure she's garnered widespread acclaim for her soul-stirring melodies and captivating acoustic performances.
 
"Saskia Griffiths-Moore is a true gem in the folk music world. Her voice is pure and haunting, and her songs are filled with beautiful melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. She is a force to be reckoned with." - Judy Collins

Her journey has seen multiple recordings at renowned venues such as Abbey Road Studios, where she crafted her celebrated album "Baez, Dylan and Me," marking the 50th anniversary of the iconic Woodstock festival. Earning features on prominent platforms like Sky TV, London Live, and BBC Radio Scotland and Wales and praised by industry publications like Maverick and RnR magazine, Saskia's profound musical compositions have left a lasting impact on audiences.

Transitioning from a successful career as a craniosacral therapist on Harley Street, Saskia embarked on her musical odyssey, touring extensively across the UK and Europe. Notably, she signed a transatlantic record deal with the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation Inc. in the US, releasing her album "Are You Listening" in July 2020. The entire tour was dedicated to charitable causes, with exclusive performances held in care homes.

In recent years, Saskia has remained committed to using her platform for good, supporting charitable causes and championing the age-positive movement through initiatives like "Talent Is Timeless." Notable highlights include embarking on a 21-date UK tour titled "Where Are We Heading" in October 2021, showcasing the talent of songwriters aged 50 and above.

"The sound of a major artist" - RnR 

"Expertly crafted and expertly played" - Maverick

ACTIVITIES

The choices of activities on offer at La Gomera are plentiful and you can join in as much or as little as you wish. These include the full Talent is Timeless programme,  dolphin and whale watching, bird-watching, tennis, Golf & Yoga, visits to the “Eco Finca” Tecina, a 100% ecological farm, star gazing and guided walks in Garajonay National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), with its unique ecosystem.

PRICES

Prices per person (pp) / Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Flights not included, please contact us if you require assistance with travel arrangements.
£200pp deposit required to secure booking.

Room Type14nt prices Solo Occ7nt prices Solo Occ
Oasis Room£2,584£3,104£1,924£2,194
Armonia Side Sea View Room£2,804
£3,414
£2,034£2,344
Horizonte Sea View Room£2,954£3,624
£2,114£2,454
Junior Suite Laurisilva Sea View Room£3,104n/a£2,184n/a
Duplex Suite£3,394n/a£2,334n/a

 

The Talent Is Timeless retreat begins 4 February and ends 11 February.   Opt for a 14-night stay from 28 January to 11 February and included in the cost of your holiday, is not only the Talent is Timeless retreat, but two evening concerts featuring Oysters 3 and Miranda Sykes, along with a plethora of other activities including watercolour painting classes, ukulele workshops, open mic sessions and optional island walks. 

 

There's also the option to stay for three weeks from 21 January when you can avail of the whole programme including concerts from Chris While and Julie Matthews. 
 

*Please note; the concert dates with each artist may change slightly, subject to flight and ferry availability.

Optional pre/post event stay
Ease the arrival and departure days and trying to book flights that coincide with the ferry timetable for transfers over to the island and back. Add on the optional package of pre/post overnight at the H10 Costa Adeje Hotel, Tenerife, from £160pp per night bed & breakfast.

Arrival package 27 January & 3 February - from £160pp (£210 solo)
The price includes; airport meet & greet, private transfer to the hotel, B&B, private transfer from the hotel to Los Cristianos ferry terminal to tie in with a ferry time of your choosing.

Return package 4 & 11 February- from £170pp (£220 solo)
The price includes; meet & greet at the ferry terminal, private transfer to the hotel from Los Cristianos, B&B, private transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Fully inclusive ATOL protected flight packages available from the UK, please contact us for details.

GETTING THERE

The holiday does not include flights, this gives you the flexibility to choose flights that suit your own personal preferences.

Return transfers from Reina Sofia (Tenerife South) airport to Hotel Jardin Tecina on 28 January, 4 and 11 February 2025 are included.

Flights arriving/departing at other times may require an additional overnight in Tenerife due to ferry times*:

*Based on 2024 ferry times
From Los Cristianos - 28 January & 4 February- 09:30; 13:00; 16:00; 20:30
From La Gomera – 4 & 11 February – 08:00; 14:30; 17:30

On arrival at Tenerife South airport, a transfer will be provided to the port at Los Cristianos for the 50-minute ferry crossing to La Gomera.

The transfer from Tenerife South airport to Los Cristianos port is approx 20mins.

On arrival in La Gomera a transfer will be provided to the Hotel, approx 50mins.

Please contact us if you require additional hotel accommodation in Tenerife, or assistance with booking flights.

FAQ

Is my booking financially protected?
Yes, your booking protected under our ABTA bond No: P7419 which means should Harmony Voyages fail prior to your holiday you will be fully reimbursed or during your holiday, you will be flown home as per your original booking.

What if I'm not a Talent Is Timeless member?

If you are not already a member of Talent is Timeless, a guest membership will be created for you to attend the songwriting retreat, and your contact details will be securely shared with Saskia Griffiths-Moore. 

Are flights included?
No, flights are not included to allow you the flexibility to travel from your airport of choice to and from Tenerife South. Transfers are included to/from La Gomera on 28 January, 4 and 11 February. If you would like a quote for a fully inclusive package, including flights from the UK please contact the office and we will be happy to assist.

Can I extend my stay?
Yes absolutely. Please talk to us about your requirements.

Can I book airport hotels & parking with you?
Yes, we are happy to assist with booking airport Hotels, plus parking if required prior to your flight departure or you can book directly via our referral link here.

Which airport do I need to fly into / home from?
You will fly into Tenerife South (TFS)

Are transfers included?
Transfers to La Gomera are included on 28 January and 4 February from Tenerife South airport. Or from Los Cristianos Ferry Terminal, should you opt to arrive into Tenerife earlier. Return transfers included on 4 and 11 February. Transfers on alternative days may incur an additional charge.
Where courtesy transfers are provided as part of a package cost, we are unable to offer any form of reimbursement should you decide to make your own transfer arrangements. Transfers from airport to accommodation will operate when all passengers have joined the vehicle and the maximum wait time should not exceed 30 minutes.
Where you have booked a private transfer through Harmony Voyages, you will have been charged separately for this, and a voucher will be issued.

How long is the transfer?
Transfer to the hotel takes about two hours, including the 50 min ferry crossing*.
*Based on 2024 ferry times
From Los Cristianos - 28 January & 4 February- 09:30; 13:00; 16:00; 20:30
From La Gomera – 4 & 11 February – 08:00; 14:30, 17:30

Room facilities
Kettles are not provided in every room type.  You are welcome to bring your own travel kettle or you can hire a 'kettle, mugs, tea, coffee, milk tray' from the hotel reception for a small daily charge.

We look after you every step of the way

We are a small experienced team who look after you from first enquiry, right through to the end of your holiday. The same people who help you with your booking, will be in the resort or on the cruise to look after you. We are extremely proud of the personal service that we provide and when you need to get in touch, there are no call centres or chatbots, just the same people you've always being dealing with. Need help with flights, care hire or extra nights? ...we are just a phone call away.

 

Call the team now and we'll be happy to help