The retreat itself more than met my expectations. The house, location and welcoming family atmosphere made it a peaceful interesting week with excellent food.
Rather than go with one of my songs, I went with a couple of well rehearsed cover songs and an open mind to learn recording techniques. I had previously tried Audacity but I prepared myself with Kris's suggested DAW (A free trial download of Reaper). I believe that this made life much easier than it would otherwise have been.
In the sessions, I learned to consider distances for recording for mics for guitar, vocals and Cahon. How to use the focusrite interface and the sequencing of the many buttons on Reaper to get multiple tracks recorded. We learned how to fix individual tracks by punching in further recordings. How to mix the tracks into a reasonable format using volume, compression, reverb and particularly how to analyse and diminish the impact of distasteful frequencies. (EQ ing).
I worked with Cath and we were allowed to go at our own pace. Excellent assistance was available when required.
Now I have this week's experience and my detailed notes, I feel that I can, with a bit of assistance from youtube, confidently record myself and others.