Flight School Spring Retreat 2023

APRIL 4-8, 2023

All current and past students of Flight School are invited to attend this in-person songleading retreat in Carmel Valley, CA this April. 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 harvesting and opportunities to practice your skills from the course with other singers.

We will gather at Hidden Valley Music Seminars from Tuesday afternoon April 4 through Saturday afternoon, April 8th. By overwhelming request, this retreat is one day longer than past retreats so we may nourish ourselves more deeply in connection, song, and rest between offerings.

I recognize and regret that these retreat dates fall on the Jewish holiday of Passover this year. Unfortunately these were the only available dates our retreat center could extend to us for this gathering. If you celebrate Passover and choose to join our retreat, please know there will be a space created for you to attend a Zoom or other local Seder on Wednesday evening, March 5th. If there is enough interest and support, we may be able to provide some food toward an in-person Seder onsite.

If you are traveling from out of town we can support you in getting from the airport to the retreat center. 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 (30 minutes away.) I hope you will join us for this very special weekend together.

Retreat Schedule

Tuesday, April 4
3:30 – 6pm Arrival & Check-In
6pm – Dinner
7 – 8:30pm – Sing

Wednesday, April 5
7am – optional meditation/ yin yoga with Lisa
8am – Breakfast
9:30am – 12:15pm – Sing + practice breakout sessions
12:15pm – Lunch
1 – 3 – Free time
3 – 5 pm – Songleading teams
5pm – Free time/ Seder space
6pm – Dinner
7:30 – 8:30pm – Sing

Thursday, April 6
7am – optional meditation/ yin yoga with Lisa
8am – Breakfast
9:30am – 12:15pm – Skill building and practice breakout sessions
12:15pm – Affinity Group Lunch
1 – 4- Free time
4 – 6 pm – Group Songwriting & Improv
6pm – Dinner
7 – 8:30pm – Songplay! (plus chocolate)

Friday, April 7
8am – Breakfast
9:30am – 12:15pm – Sing + practice breakout sessions
12:15pm – Affinity Group Lunch
1 – 6- Free afternoon
6pm – Dinner
7 – 9pm+ – Retreat REVUE! (plus chocolate)

Saturday, April 8
8am – Breakfast & checkout
10am – 12pm – Sing & Closing circle
12:15pm – Lunch
2 – 4pm – Big Sing! Public workshop at Hidden Valley – please invite your friends and family! REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

Covid Protocols

This is a mask-optional event with no vaccination requirements. Participants are asked to take a home rapid test within 48 hours of arrival and send a photo of your negative result. Thank you for keeping our group safe and healthy! Please stay home if you have symptoms of illness when the retreat begins. If you must cancel due to illness or Covid exposure, your retreat fee will be transferrable to a future event.

Retreat Pricing

Hidden Valley Music Seminars is a beautiful, music-focused retreat center. Most rooms are simple, dorm-like housing, although they have recently constructed six new premium rooms. All rooms have a bathroom and two twin beds. If you select shared accommodations, you will be paired with one same-gender-identified retreat participant, unless you make arrangements with someone in particular and let me know. You may also register for a private room or select the commuter option and travel to the retreat each day from home or nearby hotel.

Your retreat fee includes the workshop, accommodations and 12 delicious meals. The commuter fee includes the retreat plus meals. All dietary needs can be accommodated.

A $400 deposit reserves your space in this retreat. (It will sell out!)

$880 – shared dorm
$980 – premium shared room
$1080 – single dorm
$1220 – premium single room
$680 – commuter (includes the retreat with meals, no accommodations)


2 Steps to Register:

  1. Complete the registration form.
  2. Complete your payment ($400 deposit or payment in full.) If you are registering for the next cohort you can pay when you purchase the course.




Your retreat deposit is fully refundable until February 13. If you cancel between February 13 – March 20, 2023 your deposit is not refundable but the remainder of your retreat price will be refunded. Payment is due in full by March 20, after which your retreat registration is transferrable to another student but non-refundable.