Lake City Lights Retreats brings Nashville to you and makes a songwriting retreat more affordable and accessible with all-inclusive retreats.*  Come refresh your soul and revive your artistry and ministry in the historic city of St Augustine, FL and escape the February winter weather!

WINTER RETREAT! FEBRUARY 24-26th Friday-Sunday)  

2023 GUESTS! NASHVILLE PRODUCER SONGWRITER ABEL SOTO AND WORSHIP LEADER SONGWRITER ARTIST RYAN CHEW! YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT WRITING WITH THESE GUYS! ABEL WILL BE SENDING EACH RETREAT GUEST HOME WITH 2 PRODUCED-OUT DEMOS AND YOU WILL GET 2-3 MORE DEMOS/worktapes FROM YOUR WRITES FROM RYAN (depending on number of cowrites) 

The vrbo is booked! We cap the retreat when they are full. Downpayment below reserves your spot. ps. we have extra vrbo nights possibly available for a longer weekend for you. 

Our first retreat happened July 20-24th, 2022 in Michigan and it was such an amazing blessed time that we pray to hold another.  NOW FLORIDA  FEBRUARY RETREAT REGISTRATION IS OPEN and only a few spots left!

 

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Meet your 2023 February Guest Speakers, writers and producers.. Abel Soto and Ryan Chew are some fun people who love Jesus and music and their talent is astounding! You will not regret coming to Florida just to write with these two!.

Abel Soto is a Nashville Songwriter and Producer who will be co-writing with us and fully producing out some demos for each retreat guest -this is included in the retreat cost! He also will be sharing about producing for those interested in growing in this area! Abel is an experienced drummer as well as several other instruments and has studied under some top Nashville producers and Songwriters.

Meet Songwriter, indie artist, worship leader and producer Ryan Chew who is currently the worship Pastor at New Life Alexandria. He's shared the stage with some popular worship groups/artists like Maverick City Music, Upper Room, Kierra Sheard, Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton, Tye Tribbett and others. Ryan studied songwriting and production at Berklee School of Music. He recently released an EP entitled "Nothing Left" made to be used as a tool for people to worship wherever they are. His goal for the music he makes is for people to be encouraged and experience Jesus in their everyday lives. He has plans to release  another EP next year. His days are jam-packed with ministry and he leads worship nights in his city uniting churches together to glorify God.

Ryan Chew and Joy Dame have a co-written song ( sung by Ryan and his church) that God has used to reach  over 40,000 in a few wks on Ryan's YouTube called "Bread of Life" which released Jan 6th on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple. Several more coming for the glory of God! 

 Meet your host..Joy Dame (here's her story)https://nashvillevoyager.com/interview/rising-stars-meet-joy-dame-of-murfreesboro-brentwoodfranklin-and-mt-juliet/   http://www.joydamemusic.com http://www.instagram.com/joydamemusic  is multi-genre songwriter who started writing on the mission field in France for youth camps and multi-church events and sharing in music ministry. She has a heart for connecting like-minded artists in co-writes to bring God glory.(see website above for more details on what GOD is doing.) She is a Christian Artist and worship leader in Tampa, FL and commutes often to Nashville to write with others and work on her own projects. Joy recently had a song she co-wrote with another artist/songwriter get chosen out of 1500 submissions to be produced by Grammy winning producer X'OConner of "King and Country" She has intensely studied songwriting for the past 3 years  and is currently studying with Nashville's Full Circle Music. Her goal is to serve artists and follow Christ in reaching the world with the gospel through music and edifying the church through helping artists.

 

SAMPLE FLORIDA Retreat Schedule: subject to change . Luches/ dinners will be flexible depending on when the group wants to visit downtown. (ie. if lunch is on our free time, dinner will be provided at the vrbo housing that evening. Two meals a day are provided. (We've scouted a couple great places to eat in St. Augustine( ie. tripadvisors #2 best pizza in the nation! it's amazing)

Guests can plan to meet up anytime during the day Friday but official check in will be around 4pm and whenever you fly or drive in .. join in the fun! DM if Flying for advice on airports and transportation.

Rough Schedule Ideas.. TBD

Thursday-Optional extra pm(vrbo open for those driving or flying in..$60 extra each night for Thursday or Sunday)Uber is available from the Jacksonville airport but there will be 1 trip Fri afternoon and Monday 8:30 am.. (possibly Sunday). feel free to reach out for details and retreat staff will help where we can.   Friday you can enjoy the beach, cowrite with others or sightsee! there will be a few there already.

Friday 4 pm check in TBD Official Start Time.., 4:30 til 9pm  fellowship/tourism, cowrite #1, dinner etc..                            

Fri 9:00-9:30breakfast,  9:30 worship, 9:50-10:20 session( writing worship by Ryan Chew)  /10:30-1:30 cowrite #2,  lunch in town

2-5  cowrite #..5:30 session( production tips with Abel Soto)  6:30 dinner at vrbo, free time/cowrites ,8:00 songshare /writers round?

Sat 9:00-9:30breakfast,  9:30 worship and prayer, 9:50-10:30 session  /10:30-1:30 cowrite #3,  lunch

2-5, cowrite#4/free time  6:30 dinner downtown or vrbo, cowrites, session, sharing( scheduling to come later)

Sun- noon Church on the Beach, group worship co-writing, lunch and afternoon in St Augustine together co-writing/Tourism/beach etc. for those wanting to stay.   (Possible Jax airport drop in afternoon if several need)

Sunday pm -optional extra vrbo night ($60 per person)

Monday 8:30 am Jax airport drop. 

RETREAT COST of $500 COVERS vrbo stay and entire retreat THURS 4PM until SUN 2 or 3 pm..with 2 meals a day.

  extra nights/days and airport trips are for the convenience of those driving/flying in to enjoy the area and company more.. =) 

  

  

 

 

 

Looking for a Christian Songwriting Community?

February in Florida!

These 4 days in a Florida retreat next to the Beach in St. Augustine, FL will be filled with fellowship,  laid-back fun, songwriting  and couple sessions, and incredible co-writing opportunities. St. Augustine is the oldest city in the U.S. and filed with beauty- it feels a bit like Europe. We will have worship time and in the evenings, we share our co-writes if desired! It will be an encouragement for your songwriting soul! Although the Retreat Conference is 4 days, come however long you can and we've made a St Augustine stay very affordable for you.  ALL ACTIVITIES AND SESSIONS AND BREAKFAST AND LUNCHES ARE COVERED IN TICKET COST.

Lake City Lights is a Christian Retreat and Conference for songwriters who desire to  learn more about how to grow their ministry and want to make amazing music together. It's for those committed to follow God's calling on their lives as a songwriter. Whether you are a seasoned songwriter or just starting out, you will completely enjoy these days of being poured into ..and pouring yourself into the craft of songwriting in an encouraging environment.There's nothing like being with like-minded writers creating together and learning from each other! Don't forget to look below for more special guest and schedule info!

 

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St. Augustine, FL (Feb)

Escape the cold that's coming and plan your songwriting with others in person near or on the beach.. you can co-write staring at the waves if you want, worship times, song-sharing and relaxation! Lake City Lights and winter plans are for February in St Augustine,FL (the favorite spot of the state). It's the oldest city in the U.S.A. and a must see( feels like Europe). The retreat cost covers everything EXCEPT airfare, dinners, and transportation ( but that can be arranged). Don't miss out! Each retreat size is capped ( so as to keep a family atmosphere and have enough places in beautiful housing near the town and beach. ages 18+( unless otherwise arranged with LCL) Spouses and non-songwriter friends are welcome with the purchase of an additional reduced-price ticket.

FEBRUARY- $499 ( $50-$100 discounts available with sharing/bringing friends DM for details) - Only pay $250 down-until December 1st. 2nd payment of $250 due Feb 8th. Depending on size we will be able to Walk to the beach and/or walk to town! (Register with 50% non-reimbursable $250 down. additional $250 due feb 20th) Artists and Songwriters.. message joydamemusic or lakecitylights on Instagram for a special way to get a discount for inviting and sharing and JoyRichardsDame on fb or JoyDameMusicTribe.. Please understand due to housing rental.. Downpayment and tickets are both non-refundable..( but transferable and do not expire.. See you in Florida! PRICE BELOW IS DOWNPAYMENT ONLY - to pay full ticket.. just check out 2 separate times=)

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2023 GUESTS! NASHVILLE PRODUCER SONGWRITER ABEL SOTO AND WORSHIP LEADER SONGWRITER ARTIST RYAN CHEW! YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT WRITING WITH THESE GUYS! ABEL WILL BE SENDING EACH RETREAT GUEST HOME WITH 2 PRODUCED OUT DEMOS AND YOU WILL GET 2-3 MORE DEMOS FROM YOUR OTHER WRITES. BOTH ABEL AND RYAN ARE EXTREMELY TALENTED MUSICIANS AND HAVE WORKED WITH THE BEST IN THE INDUSTRY. READ ALL ABOUT THEM IN THE NEXT SECTION!

 WHY A RETREAT? WHY A CONFERENCE?

 Did you know that most songwriters will tell you the #1 most impactful thing on their journey was a songwriting conference or retreat? Why not combine the two? .  See below this section for photos  from our Michigan retreat.

If you are a Christian and you write songs, this conference is for you!.. no matter your genre or style, age or experience. Our co-writing sessions may include several genres such as CCM, Modern Hyms, Worship, Christian hiphop, even some country music challenges! Writers will be able to choose what genres they'd like to write in.  Come grow together and perfect your craft of songwriting!

Writers in the MI retreat wrote Worship Music for their churches and CCM, Christian pop, Christian R&B, even a few wanted to write Christian Hip Hop! Several of the songs written at LCL MI retreat are being released-one has been recorded already! .Writers keep all rights to their music and will leave the retreat with several great songs they got to write with a group of 3 or 4 maximum, great friends, and great contacts for future writes. All retreaters will also have the opportunity to have their releases written at the event Promoted by Lake City Lights in the future. Evenings will be song sharing co-writes and relaxing. Retreaters will also have the opportunity to connect with some great writers and grow their craft through a few sessions on writing, worship, production, etc. The family atmosphere is amazing and so much fun!