Flight School Summer Retreat 2024

in Sebastopol, CA
August 14-18, 2024

All current and past students of Flight School are invited to attend this in-person songleading retreat near Sebastopol, CA this August.

Join a group of activated, inspiring Flight Schoolers from around the country for a weekend of singing, fellowship, and songleading. This is an invaluable time of connection, song harvesting, and opportunities to practice your skills from the course.

Flower Farm Retreat is located 10 minutes from downtown Sebastopol and offers a remarkable summertime getaway for our private use.  With multiple homes on-site for accommodation, a gorgeous renovated barn for our meeting space and lots of outdoor space to enjoy including a pool, hot tub and pickleball court, this will be a truly luxurious and restorative experience! The retreat address will be sent to confirmed retreat participants. 

Plan to arrive between 10am & noon on Wednesday, August 14.  Our gathering will conclude on Sunday, August 18 at 1:30pm. By overwhelming request, this retreat is one day longer than most past retreats so we may nourish ourselves more deeply in connection, song, and rest between offerings.

If you are traveling from out of town we may be able to support you in getting from the airport to the retreat center. If you fly in, you will want to look at fares to Santa Rosa (20 minutes away.)  San Francisco (1.5-2 hrs away) or Oakland (1.5-2hrs away) airports are other good options from which you will need to arrange your own transportation to the Sebastopol/ Santa Rosa area. 

Who is Eligible?

We welcome anyone who has participated in a Flight School cohort, and for the first time, anyone who has completed the six week online course on their own is also eligible to join us at this special gathering.  If you are an aspiring songleader who would like to join and you haven’t taken Flight School yet, you may purchase the course today and as long as you complete the course content by August 14 we will love to have you with us!

Retreat Schedule

Full schedule coming soon! The days will have a balanced flow between structure and free time. Plan for lots of learning, practice, and group connection during the day and lots of playtime in the evenings. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all lovingly provided for our time together. 

**Hot Off the Press!** This year’s retreat will MaMuse as special guest songleaders!  Get ready for some extra good song lovin’ and leadership training from these amazing women who serve song in community so beautifully. 

This year’s retreat will also feature an advanced track for those of you with more songleading experience to receive in-depth peer connection and direct mentorship. You may opt for this track in the registration form.

Retreat Accommodations

Flower Farm Retreat is a gorgeous retreat center with multiple dwellings that offer shared and private accommodations.  We will gather as a group in the large, finished barn and enjoy the trails, pool, hot tub and pickleball court between sessions. All aspects of the property offer a luxurious comfort and beauty.  While all our meals will be catered and served in our gathering space, each dwelling also has a kitchen for your ease and personal needs.

There are shared rooms that offer two or three beds, as well as six private rooms available. 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.  We have one space available for an RV with hookups.

If you are a couple who can share a bed, both of you should register for “shared accommodations” and note on the registration form that you want a room with a single bed.


We are taking a waitlist now for tent camping, car camping, and commuter spaces. These options will open for official registration after all provided onsite accommodation options have been filled.

Other Notes

  • This property is ADA friendly – please share your disability needs with us and we will connect with you personally to accommodate.
  • We are entrusting you to tend your illness risk needs. We welcome your masking or spacing needs. Our singing space in the barn is large and well ventilated. Cancellations due to illness will be refunded. Plan to tend yourself well in the week prior to our gathering and arrive rested and healthy!
  • No pets of any kind allowed, including emotional support animals. The only exception are guide dogs.
  • No work trade or scholarship options are available for this retreat.  If you need support to offset the cost, we highly encourage you to ask your home singing community to help subsidize your tuition. Let them know you will return to them renewed, inspired, more skillful, and full of new songs! We can certainly work out a payment plan with you if needed.
  • In May and June, we will begin coordinating rideshares and other needs among registered participants.
  • Plan to bring a swimsuit if you’d like to enjoy the pool or hot tub! There are also private bath tubs.


Retreat Pricing

Your retreat fee includes the workshop, accommodations and 13 delicious meals. The commuter fee includes the retreat plus meals. All dietary needs can be accommodated.

A $500 deposit reserves your space in this retreat. (It will sell out!)

$2,390 – single room – 3 left – REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

$1,790 – shared room – 10 available – REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

$1,590 – RV Hookup – 1 available – REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

$1,390 Camping – registration will open when the onsite accommodations are filled – register now to join the waitlist

$1,200 Commuter – registration will open when the onsite accommodations are filled – register now to join the waitlist

Your retreat fee includes the workshop, accommodations and 13 delicious meals. The commuter fee includes the retreat plus meals. All dietary needs can be accommodated.


https://thebirdsings.com/product/flight-school-spring-2023-retreat/2 Steps to Register:

  1. Complete the registration form.
  2. Complete your payment ($500 deposit or payment in full.) You may pay online here, or save Lisa some fees by sending payment from your bank via Zelle to lisa@thebirdsings.com / 831-877-0474.

If you would like to be added to the waitlist for a camping or commuter space, please fill out the registration form with your request. Your space will be held in the order it is received. As soon as registrations open for these spots, you’ll receive first priority to confirm your space with a deposit and registration form. There will be a total of 10 camping spaces and 4 commuter spaces available.

Your retreat deposit is fully refundable until May 10. If you cancel between May 10 to June 10, 2024 your deposit is not refundable but the remainder of your retreat price will be refunded. Payment is due in full by June 10, after which your retreat registration is transferrable to another student in this retreat, but otherwise non-refundable.