Chansons au Chateau

Songs at the Chateau

March 29, 2025-April 5, 2025


About The Event

Come Join Sue and Sloan in France and be inspired as we immerse ourselves in the art-making of songs and story and explore our creativity together at the Chateau du Pin. Le Pin is a magical setting for artistic exploration. The Chateau, a 16th century old fortified manor house sits on 300 acres that includes award winning gardens, vineyards, farms, woodland trails offering a blend of beauty and spaciousness. It will be a retreat week of discovery, delicious meals, french wine, songwriting playshops, tea-time feedback sessions, opportunities to share at evening open stages and creating community.


Chateau-du-Pin, Loire, France


March 29, 2025-April 5, 2025

Event Hosts

Sue Horowitz and Sloan Wainwright

Sloan Wainwright

Sloan Wainwright is a songwriter, singer, performer, teacher, mentor and collaborator. A unique hybrid of pop, folk, jazz and blues, Wainwright’s music is unified by her melodious tone and rich, powerful contralto. Over the course of a 30-year career in music, she has played the great concert halls, the most storied listening rooms and top music festivals while also teaching at the nation’s leading music retreats. She has inspired hundreds of students on their creative journeys and collaborated with dozens of musicians, writers, choreographers and performers.

Most of all, Wainwright is an artist. As a member of an acclaimed family of artists (brother Loudon Wainwright, sister-in-law Kate McGarrigle, nephew Rufus Wainwright and nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche), Wainwright has charted an artistic path all her own, one based in close observation, joy, and spiritual connection.

Now, standing on the foundation of a rich and diverse career, Wainwright is tapping into fresh material as she continues to provide transformative, healing, and energetic experiences for her audiences. Always looking to grow as an artist, these days Wainwright is pursuing new collaborative partnerships, exploring traditional music, and developing fresh avenues for teaching and mentorship.

"They say you stand a chance of being a good musician if you first become a good human being. Sloan is a wonderful singer and all-round musician, and as a teacher really overlaps into the role of a life coach ~ she has given skill and confidence to so many." - Richard Thompson

Sue Horowitz

With a voice as warm as honey whiskey, and a vibe as confident as a tree with deep roots, award-winning songwriter Sue Horowitz writes about everyday struggles and joys and makes them meaningful and resonant. Her stories in song are poignant, heart-felt, hilarious, rousing, timely and timeless.

With one foot planted firmly in the spiritual Jewish music world, and the other in the singer-songwriter world, Sue has 15 years of national touring experience, from large festivals to congregations to intimate house concerts. Sue is the founder and creator of the Jewish Songwriting Cooperative Retreat, now in its seventh year, and loves to lead writing workshops. She also wears a producer hat for live concerts and other artist's albums.

Sue has been featured on many radio shows and has appeared at national folk festivals including NERFA, SERFA, FARM, Colorscapes and Falcon Ridge. This Ithaca, NY and York Beach, ME artist has 5 albums of original music, and her latest album, "Strings, Wings and Curious Things", debuted at #3 the Folk Radio Charts along with several chart-topping singles.

Dar WIlliams says, "Whatever our faith, Sue has the humor, compassion and songs to help us believe again."


Chateau du Pin is a lovely vacation setting for travelers visiting the Loire Valley. Visitors will enjoy spacious, light filled rooms with high ceilings and views of the award-winning gardens. The house is simply furnished mixing eclectic antiques with modern comforts. It is the perfect setting for truly memorable celebrations, special events and reunions with friends and family.

Chateau du Pin, Loire, France


  • This is a one-week retreat that will take place at the Chateau du Pin, which is in the Loire Valley. This is a medieval chateau that has a mix of historical and modern living with spectacular gardens and grounds, a perfect environment to inspire your songwriting. There are several meeting spaces and private break out rooms as well. The retreat will be intentionally small, and it is our hope that the intimate environment will be a creative and supportive cocoon for your creativity. Our days will be filled with relaxing hours of dedicated time for you to engage in songwriting. There will also be feedback circles, playshops, prompts and sharing throughout the week.

  • While we are there, we will enjoy 3 meals a day of delicious and healthy French food, with a menu specifically created for our group. Breakfast will be continental style including eggs, fruit, croissants, and yogurt. Lunch may consist of soups, salads, sandwiches, and quiche. Dinner will be a catered 3 course meal plus dessert, where you can relax and enjoy some French wine with your meal. We will do our best, but cannot guarantee to be able to meet every allergy and food preference. There will be an opportunity for you to stock up at a store if your dietary needs exceed what we can offer.

  • There are a variety of sleeping options to meet your preferences and budgets. There is a mixture of shared and private rooms, and shared and private bathrooms. Registration is first-come first-served with regards to rooming choices.

  • There are several ways to get to the Chateau. You can rent a car, which is about a 4 hour drive from the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris. Nantes has a small airport which is about 1 hour away as well. We can give more specific instructions for driving at a later date. We recommend that you fly in before the retreat starts and enjoy a day or a few in Paris!

    Train service on the French railway (SNCF) is available to Angers from throughout France. The TGV fast train takes about 90 minutes from the Montparnasse station in Paris to Angers and 2½ hours from Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) Terminal 2F. There are hourly trains from Montparnasse and roughly four direct trains from CDG per day. TGV service requires assigned seats and reservations that can be procured at the station or on-line. Note: the code for Angers is “Angers St Laud (49)”. There are car rentals at the Angers train station as well as taxis to get you to the Chateau.

    There is local train service (Ter service) to Champtocé that runs between Angers and Nantes. There are usually four to six trains a day in both directions. (There is no taxi service from the Champtocé train station however, we are likely to coordinate a group pick up there on arrival day)

  • The cost of the retreat includes lodging, meals and programming. It does not include airfare or other travel costs. Here is the breakdown of prices:

    • Balcony- Private room, queen bed, shared bath with Tower room. $2400 pp. single occupancy. (Coming as a couple and willing to share a bed?- $1999 pp double occupancy)
    • Tower- Private room, twin bed, shared bath with Balcony room. $2400
    • Louis XV- Private room, full sized bed, private bath. $2700 pp single occupancy
    • Blue Room- Private room, queen sized bed, private bath. $2700 pp single occupancy. (Coming as a couple and willing to share a bed? $2400 pp double occupancy)
    • Red Room- Shared room, queen bed and twin bed, private bathroom $2400 pp double occupancy
    • Yellow Room- Shared room, queen bed and double bed, shared bath with Rabbit Room. $1999 pp double occupancy
    • Rabbit Room- Shared room, full bed and day bed, shared bath with Yellow Room. $1999 pp double occupancy
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  • You can register now by filling out this google doc and sending in a deposit with your room choice. We do expect this to fill up quickly. We hope you will join us for what we anticipate to be an enriching and creative week together!

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