Summer Flight School Retreat 2019

JULY 19-21, 2019

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 Sunday, July 21 for our public Big Sing event!

We will gather at a large and beautiful private home in Carmel Valley (located near the Carmel Valley village) on Friday the 19th mid-day until late morning on Sunday the 21st. After we leave the home Sunday morning we will share brunch out together and then host a public Big Sing event on Sunday afternoon at another location in Monterey from 2-5pm.  Friday and Saturday will be focused upon skill building and practicing with Lisa and your fellow retreat participants, and on Sunday 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:

Your retreat cost includes the workshop, accommodations and six delicious meals. Upon registering Lisa will provide details about each accommodation type for you to choose from.

$550 – on-site single master bedroom with king bed, private bath (sold)
$500 – on-site single room, shared bath (sold)
$400-375 – on-site shared room (sold out)
$300 – on-site indoor floor camping (sold out)
$260 – commuter, needing hosting
$220 – commuter, own accommodations
$180 – commuter offering hosting

Retreat Schedule:

Friday, July 19
1 – 4pm – Arrival
4 – 6pm – Sing
6pm – Dinner
7 – 9pm – Sing

Saturday, July 20
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 – Songwriting & Song Sharing

Sunday, July 21
8am – Breakfast
9 – 12pm – Sing & Closing circle
12:30 – 2:00 – Brunch (at a local restaurant, not included in retreat price)
3 – 5pm – Songleading Practicum (open public workshop, at a separate location TBA)

Optional: If you’d like to stay in the area an extra day, Lisa will be leading another large community singing class in Monterey from 5:30-7pm on Monday, July 22nd and you are warmly welcomed to come enjoy or offer guest leadership.


We will be staying in a lovely and spacious private home in central Carmel Valley, CA. It is approximately 20 minutes from Highway 1 in Carmel and 25-30 minutes from Monterey.

There are a limited number of on-site beds, including a private master suite, private room with a queen bed, private room with a full size bed, shared room in a queen bed or futon and floor camping in shared space on an air-mattress or your own sleeping pad. (See below for details.) You also have the option of commuting, which still includes all meals. If you don’t live in the area, you can commute and be hosted by another participant in a private space. If you do live in the area and are willing to host someone from out of town you’ll receive a discount on your workshop.

I can’t wait to see you soon.

Stay tuned for the next Flight School retreat, scheduled for February, 2020.