Ravi Hutheesing – Songwriting Safari Retreat. February 21 – March 1, 2020


“Songwriting Safari”

Session III: February 21 – March 1, 2020.



Songwriting Safari in Chile

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with songwriters from multiple cultures and backgrounds under the guidance of Ravi Hutheesing, former member of three-time Grammy Award nominee, Hanson.  You will write at least three songs with hands-on instruction from Ravi and his award-winning songwriting teaching method, 1-2-3 Songwriting, as well as learn from carefully selected well-known guest instructors.  By participating in this unique ten-day workshop, you will create timeless songs, build global friendships and memorable artistic collaborations, and discover how you can use your talents to change the world.

Ravi has conducted similar songwriting retreats in Iraq, Lebanon, and Indonesia.

Video of class in Indonesia: https://www.youtube.com/embed/1SN_B71WdwE

“Ravi’s songwriting retreat was a big part of my motivation to make music my full-time career.  It made me realize that the fear of missing out on doing what I love was greater than the fear of not making it.  Now I am living my dream.” – Paolo Benjamin, Ben & Ben, Philippines

You will experience the power and productivity of Ravi’s award winning 1-2-3 Songwriting method (and get your own personal copy of his video course to keep forever).  In addition, you will gain valuable insight about having a career in the arts (Ravi has taught artist-entrepreneurship at Berklee College of Music in Boston MA USA, Saint Petersburg Drama Academy in Russia, etc.) and how music can be used as a form of cultural diplomacy (Ravi serves as a cultural diplomat for the United States Department of State).

Discover Ravi’s award-winning course, 1-2-3 Songwriting  https://www.youtube.com/embed/nmmkvpP5dtw

All levels welcome to apply : You must apply and audition by video, however, all levels from beginners to advanced are encouraged to apply.  The video should contain a performance of one song (an original song is preferred but not required), a description of your musical experience and instruments that you play, and an explanation as to why this opportunity is so important to you. It can be very informal and done with a mobile phone or computer and under 5 minutes long.  Please post it on youtube (you can make it unlisted if you like) and include the link in your application.  Start your application here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CPBMYBS

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships will be available based on participant needs.  Please indicate if you require a scholarship to attend (this may reduce the possibility of being accepted due to the limited number of scholarships available).

Cost: US 2.000 / Reservation: US 300 / Information Registration: info@bordeimaginario.org





Teacher: Ravi Hutheesing (USA) 

Ravi Hutheesing is a musician and international keynote speaker who unites cultures and generations. His worldwide visibility skyrocketed as the guitarist for triple Grammy nominee, Hanson, whose massive fan base of the earliest millennials catapulted him to the stages of the White House, Madison Square Garden, Tonight Show, Good Morning America, and Saturday Night Live. Simon & Schuster published his memoir, Dancin’ with Hanson, and he has authored over a hundred articles for major magazines. He also speaks globally on behalf of the music industry at conventions including the National Association of Music Merchants in California, MusikMesse in Moscow, and Music China in Shanghai.


Ravi began serving as a cultural diplomat for the US Department of State in 2015, giving presentations on entrepreneurship and youth leadership in Russia. In 2016, he went to Indonesia—the world’s largest Muslim population—and created songwriting and cultural entrepreneurship programs that bridged the most severe cultural and religious divides, and in 2017, he created similar programs in Iraq and Lebanon which included students from Mosul liberated from ISIS just days earlier, and Syrians from the decimated city of Aleppo.


In 2018, Ravi launched Ravi Unites Schools—a growing network of over 100 schools worldwide that participate in real-time audio-video interactions between student groups, hosted by Ravi. He believes that such exchanges promote world peace by enabling youth to bond naturally across geographical and socioeconomic boundaries rather than to succumb to implicit biases formed by institutional agendas. The idea was born out of his ten-year partnership with Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in India—a highly successful boarding school providing a holistic upbringing in a high quality setting for the poorest of the poor


Curaumilla Workshops – Songwriting Safari in Chile

Information Registration

Date: February 21 – March 1, 2020.

Teacher: Ravi Hutheesing (USA)

Tuition: US $2000 * A $300.00 deposit is required to reserve a space in the workshop. Payment in full is due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.


To register write to  Camila González Esnaola camila@bordeimaginario.org

* Tuition covers transportation from and to the Airport, all transportation to visit studios and museum, accommodations in a private tent, all meals during the workshop, materials and firings. The acommodations are:

1- Workshop in a very comfortable single tent US 2.000

2- Workshop in a share room with private bathroom US 2.500 per person

3- Workshop in a single room with private bathroom US 3.000 


Refund and Cancellation Policy
To cancel a registration and receive a refund, notify us at least 45 days before the first day of the workshop. We will refund your paid tuition, less a $145 a registration fee that is non-refundable.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 40 days of the start of the workshop.

If unforeseen circumstances cause the Center to cancel a workshop due to not meeting the minimum required (8 participants), we will notify you no less than 60 days in advance. The workshop registrants will receive a full refund. The Curaumilla Center is not responsible for any losses on non-refundable travel arrangements.




Getting to Chile

You will need to arrange your own travel, flying directly to Santiago, Chile (Airport Arturo Merino Benitez). There are several airlines that offer fares to Santiago from United States: LAN Chile; American Airlines; Delta, etc.

Flights usually depart from U.S. in the evening and arrive early the next morning. Flights returning home usually depart in the evening from Santiago.

January and February in Chile is high season for travel, so it is recommended that you make your travel arrangements early, at least a few months before you expect to travel.



Upon arrival at the Santiago airport, you will be picked up and driven directly to Curaumilla Art Center. The van ride takes about 2 hours to the Art Center, which is located on the Pacific coast about 30 minutes south of Valparaiso.

Transportation to the airport at the end of the workshop will also be provided.



Accommodations for the workshop will be simple, yet comfortable.

Participants will stay in their own private tent. These large tents, 4 person tents, will have a single mattress with sheets, a down comforter and a Chilean blanket. There will be rugs on the floor, plenty of towels, and bottled water to drink. There will also be complete bathrooms, and hot showers. We will do all that we can to ensure that everybody is comfortable while staying at Curaumilla. There are also available private rooms if requested.



During your stay in Chile, you will experience typical Chilean food, as well as other international food. Common meals in Chile might include Humitas, Chilean tamale; Pastel de Choclo, a meal of beef, chicken and corn; Porotos Granados, a Chilean bean and corn dish. We will also serve plenty of salads, cereals, fruit and vegetables. Bottled water will be provided, and additional beverages, including Chilean Pisco Sours, wines, beer, sodas will be available for purchase.

All meals at the Curaumilla Arts Center will be provided, including breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Participants are responsible for their own meals planned in restaurants during the workshop. All meals will be at the dinning room, and no meals will be served out of scheduled times.

Note: If you have special dietary needs, please inform us before your arrival.



There will be a laundry service available during the workshop. The cost of the service will be per piece.



A valid passport is necessary to enter Chile, but no visa is required.



The unit money in Chile is the Chilean peso. 1 US dollar = 690 pesos; the rate can fluctuate. You can change money at the airport.

Most of your costs are covered in the tuition. You might need additional money to purchase beverages, gifts, laundry, etc. We suggest US $300 to $500 should be enough for the average workshop participant.

Credit cards are accepted in most restaurants and shops in Chile. MasterCard and Visa are the most commonly accepted.

Tipping in restaurants is 10 %. Please do not tip individual employees in Curaumilla Art Center.



As an adult you are responsible for the consequences of your actions. You will need to respect Chilean laws and customs.

Chile is a safe country to travel around. The people are warm and friendly to tourists. Do not bring expensive jewelry, and take normal precautions with your money and your passport.



Chile is a very long country with many different climates.

Curaumilla is located in the middle of the country on the Pacific coast. Curaumilla has a year round temper climate. The winters are rainy and the summers are dry.

The workshops happen during spring and summer seasons. Chile has opposite seasons from North America.

In October the weather is nice. The usual temperature is 18°C (64ºF). The minimum temperature of the station is 13°C (55ºF). Therefore, the average temperature for this month of October in Valparaiso is 17ºC (62ºF) it will be usually sunny days. Cloudy days can feel a little chilly.

In January and February, the Chilean summer, days are hot with cool nights. The averages temperatures are 22.5ºC (72.50ºF) high and 13.3ºC (55.94ºF) low.

Sunny days can be hot (around 80ºF), and cloudy days can feel a little chilly.

Often in spring and summer it’s foggy or cloudy in the mornings, and warm and sunny in the afternoons, but some days are very very windy. And can be a little cold….


Medical Information

This trip is organized as an adventure workshop. We will do everything possible to keep you safe and comfortable. Ultimately it is your responsibility to stay healthy and well.

Chile is a modern country with up to date health standards and services.  However at some point during the trip, you may feel a little off or tired. This is to be expected, it is normal for your body when experiencing a new culture and country.

It is recommended that get travelers insurance.  Most travelers insurance is cheap with coverage for transportation and cancellation costs.

In the event of an emergency, there is very good health service in both Valparaiso and Santiago.

To stay healthy, you need to be cautious with water and food. Do not drink any tap water or ice. Fruit is very good in Chile and we have a lot of varieties. You can eat any fruit that is peeled or washed properly. Cooked food is usually OK.

Please feel free to discuss with us any health issues that might concern you.



There is no need for formal wear. You should bring comfortable casual clothes that are easy to wash.

While it is summer in Chile in January and February, typical weather at Curaumilla is chilly in the morning, warm during the day, and cool and windy at night.

In general bring clothes that are easy to wash and dry. We will have local assistance with our laundry for a not expensive fee. On scheduled days, the laundry will be picked up, washed, and returned to us at Curaumilla two days later.

In addition, probably we will spend a day in Santiago going to the museum or some local artist studios. You may want to bring a casual, non-studio outfit to wear on this day. It will be hot in Santiago.

Suggested Clothing:

3-4 pairs of pants

Short and long sleeved shirts


Bathing suit

Underwear, socks, etc.

Flip-flops or Tevas and casual wear.

Jacket, sweatshirts or sweaters.

Sun and warm hat.




Mosquito repellent. (We do not have many mosquitoes)

Toiletries, shampoo, soap etc.

Small locks to secure your luggage.

An extra suitcase might be necessary. Remember that you can travel with 1 or 2 suitcases that weigh no more than 20 kg each, depending on the airline.

Flashlight with batteries.

Water bottle for the workshop, with your name on it.

*Your personal musical instrument (if portable such as a guitar, bass, small keyboard, percussion, etc.)

*A portable recording device if you have one (a mobile phone, micro-recorder, etc.)

*Notebook/writing pads and pens