Oceanfront Retreat-St Augustine, FL FEB 22-26th

America's Oldest City! European feel with Beach and Sun! Come for 3-5 days(price is the same)

Sound like heaven? We thought so! It felt like it last year but this year we found an oceanfront place so even Beach Writes are possible!  We've made the price as low as possible to cover costs and are excited for another amazing event! Lots of Co-writing, Songsharing, and fun! Songs from these writers have reached hundreds of thousands of souls for Jesus! Some are reaching far around the world! Special Guests will not be announced/confirmed until January and by then we will be full so don't wait! 

 Most importantly, expect to grow in your walk and as a songwriter with this amazing group of Leaders, Pastors, Worship Leaders, and Christian Artists(many are several of the above)  To Find out How to Register for the Florida Retreat contact Joy Dame by emailing joydamemusic@gmail.com, or even faster.. send a message through instagram to joydamemusic or  lakecitylightsongwrtiters ( or on facebook to Joy Dame). After a short conversation, we'll be excited to welcome you in if you are a good fit! . We have a special discount for silver or gold status Songchasers with Full Circle Music, and/ or if you have been mentored through City Lights or desire to register. Let us know if this interests you!  When you are prepared to plan escaping the February North for Florida Sunshine, we'll talk! Limited Availabilty due to housing so don't wait to get your deposit in if we have already chatted and you've been accepted! 


5 Days/4 Nights Oceanfront housing in the coolest(and oldest) town in the U.S.A. with my crazy talented professional musician friends from Nashville and around the U.S.  I'm excited.. are you? 




MI RETREAT COST of $549 COVERS Housing,entire retreat (breakfast/brunch food included), and a Lake City Lights T-shirt for new 2023 retreat guests. lunches and dinners not included but together if desired!

 Married couples share a room Only with each other.  

Those with concerns or desiring other rooming/housing options, there are options so feel free to reach out! contact me quickly through joydamemusic@gmail.com or by instagram or texting. There are other options if your budget allows. Don't miss out because of a housing concern! We've made arrangements in the past and can do it for you! 

Dinners are conveniently right in town and we can enjoy lunch and dinner together at a variety of choices within walking distance.. Chinese, Mexican, fast food, waterfront grill, pizza place, ice cream, etc. A grocery store is also walking distance for those with dietary restrictions and each beautiful home/appartment  is equipped with it's own kitchen.  


Retreat Pictures and Testimonies

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 (now grammy-nominated artist and producer) 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..for every retreat...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 other artists and producers. Her EP is planned to release in 2023 along with some worship singles and several cuts by other artists Steph Andrews, Ryan Chew,Josh Clay, Demaree Hill, Jula Schmit and Zach Maurer, Scott DeClaire, Bonnie Bael of Immerse Worship and a few others. 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


Christian Songwriting Community

Lake City Lights is a non-profit ministry under Nashville's Artists in Christian Testimony "ACT" and  we hold Christian Retreats for songwriters who desire to want to make amazing music together. It's for those committed to follow God's calling on their lives as a songwriter. We also have mentorship and are starting a few new things with recording.  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! We love the 2 Timothy 2 concept and encourage different ages at our retreats  (18+)and each retreat has at least 1 pastor attending.. usually a few plus several worship leaders. 



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St Augustine, FL

Christian Songwriters Retreat

5 days/4 Nights with Christian songwriters, producers, and artists. Oceanfront housing and great food! Event ticket covers all meals except 2 dinners. If you are already a friend of Lake City Lights and have talked with the founder by telephone /DM/ etc.. you are welcome to purchase your ticket with the link below. Price is $699 plus cc fee of $20. Total $719 or contact us for venmo, paypal, cashapp to avoid fee for Total $699. If you have a Songchaser Silver/Gold status, Lake City Lights mentored status discount, you can contact us directly for how to pay(or be reimbursed for your discount)
Payments available. See desciption in photos on website page under "Florida Conference-St Augustine"

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 Did you know that most songwriters will tell you the #1 most impactful thing on their journey was a songwriting retreat? no matter your genre or style, age or experience.  Writers will be able to choose what genres they'd like to write in in their rooms but generally they decide on worship, ccm, singer-songwriter.

Writers in the past 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 Lake City Lights retreat are being produced 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 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,relaxing,worship, and sometimes demo-making. The family atmosphere is amazing and so much fun!