Winter Flight School Retreat 2020

FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 2, 2020

All current and past students of Flight School are invited to attend this in-person songleading retreat in Carmel Valley, CA this summer. 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.

If you are not a past or current flight school who has been in a structured cohort I’m sorry this retreat is not available to you. Please join us on Monday evening, March 2nd in Monterey for our public sing event!

We will gather at Hidden Valley Music Seminars from Friday afternoon until Monday afternoon, March 2nd. After we leave Monday, we will migrate to Monterey for a public Big Sing event with Lisa’s Wholehearted Chorus, from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Friday and Saturday will be focused upon skill-building and practicing with Lisa and your fellow retreat participants, and on Monday at the public event you will have the option to practice your songleading skills with a larger group of participating singers.

This retreat is priced affordably to maximize the opportunity for your participation with different accommodation options. 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 Jose or Monterey. I hope you will join us for this very special weekend together.

Retreat Pricing:

Hidden Valley Music Seminars is a music-focused retreat center with simple, dorm-like housing. All rooms have a bathroom and two twin beds. You will be paired with one same-gender retreat participant, unless you make arrangements with one in particular and let me know, or if you prefer a room to yourself. You may also commute from home if you live nearby.

Your retreat cost includes the workshop, accommodations and all meals. We can accommodate most all dietary needs.

$500 – shared accommodations
$640 – single accommodations
$380 – commuter, own accommodations

Retreat Schedule:

Friday, February 28
2 – 4pm – Arrival
4 – 6pm – Sing
6pm – Dinner
7 – 9pm – Sing

Saturday, February 29
8 – 9:15am – Breakfast
9:30 – 1pm – Skill building and practice breakout sessions
1pm – Lunch
3 – 6 pm – Skill building and practice breakout sessions
6pm – Dinner
7 – 9pm – Song Sharing

Sunday, March 1
8 – 9:15am – Breakfast
9:30 – 1pm – Skill building and practice breakout sessions
1pm – Affinity Group Lunch
4- 6 pm – Skill building and practice breakout sessions
6pm – Dinner
7 – 9pm – Songwriting & Song Sharing

Monday, March 2
8am – Breakfast
9 – 1pm – Sing
12:30 – 2:00 – Lunch
2 – 3pm – Closing Circle
5:30 – 7:30pm – Songleading Practicum (open public workshop in Monterey)

If you’d like to stay in the area on Monday night or for an extra day or two beforehand, we are happy to help you arrange for a local choir member to host you. Please give Lisa at least 3 weeks notice.

If you are a new Flight School student signing up for the February 2020 cohort, please register by signing up for the course + retreat deposit here:

If you are returning Flight School student, you can register here now:


We can’t wait to see you soon,