Winter Flight School Retreat – 2019

JANUARY 17-20, 2019

All current and past students of Flight School are invited to attend an in-person songleading retreat in Carmel Valley, CA this winter. You’ll join a group of activated, inspiring Flight Schoolers from around the country for a weekend of singing and songleading practice. This is an irreplaceable and rich time of connection, song learning and opportunities to practice your skills from the course with other singers.

If you are not a past or current flight school student I’m sorry this retreat is not available to you. Please join us on Sunday, January 20th for our public Big Sing event!

We will gather at a beautiful, music-focused retreat center, Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley, CA on Thursday evening January 17 until Sunday the 20th. Friday and Saturday will be focused upon skill building with Lisa and your fellow retreat participants, and Sunday will be a daytime retreat open to the public in which you will have the option to practice your songleading skills with a larger group of participating singers.

This retreat is priced very affordably to maximize the opportunity for your participation. If you are traveling from out of town we can support you in making your travel plans to the Monterey area and likely find you a host with a local Flight Schooler if you would like to stay in the area before and/or after the retreat. If you fly in you will want to look at fares to San Francisco (2-2.5 hrs away), San Jose (1.5-2 hrs away) or Monterey (1 hr away.) I hope you will join us for this very special weekend together.

Retreat Pricing:

Your retreat cost includes the workshop, accommodations and nine delicious meals.

$525 – single
$425 – double
$300 – own accommodations, includes meals

Retreat Schedule:

Thursday, January 17
3 – 6pm – Arrival
6pm – Dinner
7:30 – 9:30pm – Sing

Friday, January 18
8:30am – Breakfast
9:30 – 12:30pm – Singing & Skill Building
12:30pm – Lunch
4 – 6pm – Breakout Practice Sessions
6pm – Dinner
7:30 – 9pm – Song Sharing

Saturday, January 19
8:30am – Breakfast
9:30 – 12:30pm – Improv, Singing & Skill Building
12:30pm – Lunch w/ optional one-on-one’s with Lisa
3:30 – 4:30 pm – Network/ Specific Skill Building Sessions
4:30 – 6pm – Breakout Practice Sessions
6pm – Dinner
7:30 – 9+pm – Songwriting & Song Sharing

Sunday, January 20
8:30 – 10am – Breakfast & Checkout
10 – 10:30 – Closing Circle
11 – 1pm – Songleading Practicum (open to the public)
1pm – Lunch
2pm – Retreat close


The rooms at Hidden Valley are very simple, nothing fancy, but clean and with their own bathroom. Prices for all three options include the retreat plus 9 provided meals, Thursday dinner through lunch on Sunday.

Commuter options are now sold out. Shared and single rooms are available. If you select shared accommodations, I will pair you up with a (great) person of the same gender in the same(ish) age range.

If you are flying in for this event:

I recommend booking your ticket to arrive no later than 1pm on Thursday if flying into San Francisco (SFO), 2pm if flying into San Jose (SJC) or 3pm if flying into Monterey (MRY). Shuttles to Monterey are available from SFO or SJC using We will arrange (free) transport for you to and from the Monterey airport or Monterey Air Bus to/from the retreat center on Thursday and Sunday. For your flights out, arrange to leave no earlier than 4pm Sunday if leaving from Monterey, 5pm if leaving from San Jose or 6pm if leaving from San Francisco. Once you book your air travel, please send me a copy of your itinerary.

If you are flying or driving in for this event:

If you’d like to stay an extra day or two on either side of the retreat, I highly encourage it! I can link you up with a private and comfortable local host for a night or two in the Monterey/ Carmel area. If you stay through Monday I welcome you to join my Wholehearted Chorus rehearsal on Monday night the 21st. Please let me know at least a few weeks in advance so I can arrange for your hosting. You will be responsible for your transportation on extra days in the area.

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