Kerrville Folk Festival Song School

June 1-4, 2020  John joins Steve Seskin and Rachel Garlin 

go here for more info and to register


Esalen Workstudy - Songsmithing:

Opening the Creative Channel 

Month of February 23- March 20 , 2020 

If your life was a song, what would that song be? If you told the story of your heart, what story would you tell? Discover your authentic singing and songwriting voice through creative exercises, prompts, and assignments. We will focus on opening the creative heart and bringing forth the music and stories that dwell there. All are welcome; no prior songwriting experience is needed.

With a mindful and playful attitude, we will invite the stunning natural beauty of the Big Sur coast, its healing waters, and the spirit of Esalen to work its magic on us as we immerse ourselves into creative flow. Within the safe container of the group, everyone will be invited to delve into the deep work that only creative play allows.


Johnsmith has led work scholar programs and workshops at Esalen since 2006. His transformational offerings help students reach deeply inward to bring forth their truth and story in well-crafted songs. Johnsmith always brings along his infectious, curious, fun-loving otter spirit to his work...or play, one might say. We will use journaling, movement, meditation, co-writing, solo and group singing, impromptu jams, and performance — for ourselves and the Esalen community. Playing a musical instrument is not necessary, but you are welcome to bring one if you play. We will cultivate a fun, dynamic, and safe place to experience our creative selves. John will also be inviting guest artists and staff to assist during the month.
































































Johnsmith's newest CD

John's preferred method is for you to buy the CDs directly from him by emailing him at and we will send you an email invoice that can be paid with a credit card.   Please include the number of CDs you want and your address.  

Price is $15 for 1 CD plus $1 shipping or buy multiple CDs: 2 for $27, 3 for $38 etc.

Or you can send a check to:


24721 2nd St.
Trempealeau, WI 54661

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Upcoming Events


Johnsmith and Dan Sebranek

Songwriter Series at Unitarian Church , 13800 North Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI

Doors open at 7pm.
Admission $25 in advance / $29 day of show
Advance tickets recommended Advance Tickets are available at: North Shore Bank in Grafton (377-2799) or Vines to Cellar Winery in Port Washington (536-4544) or buy your tickets online: The Unitarian Church North requires masks to be worn by all who attend.

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