Fire And Flight Retreat

(Thursday September 28th – Saturday 30th 2023)

Are you ready to break free from the zoom calls, get up out of your chair and start experiencing life again?

Come join us for three days in the Californian desert playing with fire and learning to fly!

Fire and Flight - Aerial in Action

Maybe you’re a performer who misses the freedom of performing on stage, maybe you’re an experience-junkie who’s bored of staring at the same four walls.

Maybe you’ve just realized that life is too short and it’s time to shake things up.

Now is the time to spread your wings and take flight.

Get your body moving again, connect with likeminded people and find a whole new way to express yourself through fire and aerial performance.

After these three days you’ll leave feeling uplifted, empowered and regenerated – like a phoenix from the ashes ready to take on your next chapter.

Join us in the Wonder Valley desert for three days of creative self-expression through aerial and fire performance.

THIS IS AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF 18 PARTICIPANTS

Award-winning international variety performance artist and coach, ‘Vixen DeVille’ (aka Cat LaCohie) joins forces with Cirque du Soleil aerialist, and founder of aerial acrobatics training school, ‘Grounded In Flight’, Amanda Ritchie. Together we will guide you through a transformational weekend of creative self-expression using aerial and fire performance techniques.

This unique retreat experience is designed to help build mental and physical strength, increase self-confidence and to give you a much needed ‘time-out’ by stepping into our world of safe and supportive creative exploration.

Fire and Flight - Aerial Shoot
Fire and Flight - Fire Shoot

What Are We Doing?

Vixen-DeVille-Fire-and-Flight-Group-Photo

This weekend retreat is designed to introduce new performance disciplines to absolute beginners, while taking the performance skills of those with experience to a whole other level.

Vixen-DeVille-Fire-and-Flight (Aerialists Photo)

New aerialists, who are spreading their wings for the first time, will learn the fundamentals and technique needed to play and explore, and seasoned aerialists will get to stretch their wings and take flight with act development, advanced combos and tricks with a hyper focus on transitions and storytelling!

Those new to fire will be able to experience Fire Eating, Fire Breathing and the basics of the fire flow art of Fire Fans including weaves, reels, spins and snakes.

Those with fire experience will learn more advanced Fire Eating tricks and transfers including hollow torches, exploration with butane bubbles, plus more advanced tricks and combinations with Fire Fans.

All levels will receive training in stage presence, act development and storytelling, and, of course, fire safety and performance protocols.

Students will also have the opportunity to perform in either discipline, with option to perform Saturday night either solo and/or with a partner. We will have photographers and videographers capturing the whole event and participants have the option of taking part in an additional ‘studio’ style shoot in order to gain more professional pictures for their own promotional use.

Where Are We Going?

We’ll be spending the weekend training and performing at The Dusty Llama Ranch in Twentynine Palms. This tranquil, picturesque desert landscape is the perfect setting for focused training and exploration and the perfect backdrop for unique promotional photographs and performance footage. Accommodation is not included, but we will be providing links for local Airbnbs and hotel options for all budgets.

While the ranch may look “in the middle of nowhere” we are in fact just seconds drive from the main road so no need to worry about vehicles driving off road, plus there is of course plenty of parking available onsite.

Fire and Flight Location - In action

What’s Included?

We have THREE PACKAGES to cater for both those on a budget as well as those who want the full retreat experience:

  1. FLEDGLING PHOENIX
  2. RISING PHOENIX
  3. FULL FLIGHT PHOENIX (VIP)
Fledgling Phoenix

$597

  • Meet and Mingle Event (7PM - 10PM) Friday Sept 19th
  • Welcoming FIRE & FLIGHT goodie bag
  • ALL ACCESS Class Pass (9:30AM - 5:30PM) Saturday and Sunday
  • Access to Photography and Video footage taken during class time
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Rising Phoenix

$797

  • Meet and Mingle Event (7PM - 10PM) Friday Sept 19th
  • Welcoming FIRE & FLIGHT goodie bag
  • ALL ACCESS Class Pass (9:30AM - 5:30PM) Saturday and Sunday
  • Access to Photography and Video footage taken during class time
  • Lunch provided Saturday and Sunday
  • Additional Act Development session to polish up performance piece
  • Performance Opportunity Saturday
  • Performance Opportunity Sunday
  • Access to Photography and Video footage taken during both performances
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Full Flight Phoenix (VIP)

$1297

  • Meet and Mingle Event (7PM - 10PM) Friday Sept 19th
  • Welcoming FIRE & FLIGHT goodie bag
  • ALL ACCESS Class Pass (9:30AM - 5:30PM) Saturday and Sunday
  • Access to Photography and Video footage taken during class time
  • Lunch provided Saturday and Sunday
  • Additional Act Development session to polish up performance piece
  • Performance Opportunity Saturday
  • Performance Opportunity Sunday
  • Access to Photography and Video footage taken during both performances
  • Additional professional “Studio Style” photoshoot in either discipline
  • 3 professionally edited photos from photoshoot
  • 1 hour private Aerial class with Amanda Ritchie in Los Angeles scheduled within one month after the retreat
  • 1 hour private Fire class with Cat LaCohie in Los Angeles scheduled within one month after the retreat
  • Official FIRE AND FLIGHT t-shirt
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Fledgling Phoenix

$797

  • Meet and Mingle Event with Aerial & Fire Safety Awareness Class - (1PM - 3:30PM) Thursday September 28th 2023
  • Aerial & Fire Jam Session - (5:30PM - 9:30PM) Thursday September 28th 2023
  • Welcoming FIRE & FLIGHT goodie bag
  • ALL ACCESS Class Pass - (10AM - 5:30PM) Friday September 29th and Saturday September 30th 2023
  • Access to professional Photography and Video footage taken during jam session and class time
  • Participation in "Natural Elements" daytime butane bubbles photoshoot
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Rising Phoenix

$997

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Full Flight Phoenix (VIP)

$1497

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$797

FLEDGLING PHOENIX

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Meet and Mingle Event with Aerial & Fire Safety Awareness Class – (1PM – 3:30PM) Thursday September 28th 2023
Come spend some time to relax and meet your fellow attendees so we can hit the ground running on Friday morning. We will go over Aerial and Fire Safety with instruction on how to be a fire safety assistant for your fellow attendees during class, practice time and during the final showcase performance.

Aerial & Fire Jam Session – (5:30PM – 9:30PM) Thursday September 28th 2023
For those with experience in either discipline join us in the fire circle or on the aerial rig to “say hi” to the equipment, brush the rust off your moves and show us what you got. For those new to these disciplines, come watch the jam session and get inspired for the weekend ahead. Watch the sun set over the mountains. Enjoy a drink in a hammock under the star-filled night sky. Take a breath and set some intentions for the next couple days. Light refreshments will be provided and you are welcome to bring your own.

Welcoming FIRE & FLIGHT goodie bag
To welcome you on your fire and flight journey each participant will receive a goodie bag with essential items to support you over the next two days.

ALL ACCESS Class Pass – (10AM – 5:30PM) Friday September 29th and Saturday September 30th 2023
Classes will run from 10am both days. Some classes will involve the whole group and others we will split off so that you have options of which class to attend. Classes are offered in multiple skill levels and will include – Fire Eating, Fire Breathing, Fire Transfers, Hollow Torches, Fire Fans, Aerial Lyra, Aerial Silks, Lollipop, Aerial Spiral, Act Development, Story Telling, Stage Presence and Charisma.

Access to professional Photography and Video footage taken during jam session and class time
We will have photographers and videographers capturing the weekend’s events. Pictures and footage will be uploaded online so that you can access and download them to use for your personal use after the event.

Participation in “Natural Elements” daytime butane bubbles photoshoot Setting yourself on fire has never been more fun and therapeutic. Using butane bubbles technique reconnect with nature and take part in this unique photoshoot experience. Face your fears and the elements with the slow motion footage to prove it.

$797

FLEDGLING PHOENIX

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Meet and Mingle Event with Aerial & Fire Safety Awareness Class – (1PM – 3:30PM) Thursday September 28th 2023
Come spend some time to relax and meet your fellow attendees so we can hit the ground running on Friday morning. We will go over Aerial and Fire Safety with instruction on how to be a fire safety assistant for your fellow attendees during class, practice time and during the final showcase performance.

Aerial & Fire Jam Session – (5:30PM – 9:30PM) Thursday September 28th 2023
For those with experience in either discipline join us in the fire circle or on the aerial rig to “say hi” to the equipment, brush the rust off your moves and show us what you got. For those new to these disciplines, come watch the jam session and get inspired for the weekend ahead. Watch the sun set over the mountains. Enjoy a drink in a hammock under the star-filled night sky. Take a breath and set some intentions for the next couple days. Light refreshments will be provided and you are welcome to bring your own.

Welcoming FIRE & FLIGHT goodie bag
To welcome you on your fire and flight journey each participant will receive a goodie bag with essential items to support you over the next two days.

ALL ACCESS Class Pass – (10AM – 5:30PM) Friday September 29th and Saturday September 30th 2023
Classes will run from 10am both days. Some classes will involve the whole group and others we will split off so that you have options of which class to attend. Classes are offered in multiple skill levels and will include – Fire Eating, Fire Breathing, Fire Transfers, Hollow Torches, Fire Fans, Aerial Lyra, Aerial Silks, Lollipop, Aerial Spiral, Act Development, Story Telling, Stage Presence and Charisma.

Access to professional Photography and Video footage taken during jam session and class time
We will have photographers and videographers capturing the weekend’s events. Pictures and footage will be uploaded online so that you can access and download them to use for your personal use after the event.

Participation in “Natural Elements” daytime butane bubbles photoshoot
Setting yourself on fire has never been more fun and therapeutic. Using butane bubbles technique reconnect with nature and take part in this unique photoshoot experience. Face your fears and the elements with the slow motion footage to prove it.

$997

RISING PHOENIX

Package Includes everything listed in the Fledgling level, PLUS:

Participation in Fire & Flight’s signature Aerial Butane Bubbles photoshoot
Take part in the Fire and Flight tradition, our signature Aerial Butane Bubbles photoshoot. Guided by Amanda in performing the optimal aerial lyra pose, you will be assisted by Cat and the team in holding fire in your hands, creating the ultimate phoenix photograph combining both disciplines of fire and aerial. A rite of passage for all Fire and Flight participants.

Participation in a professional “Studio Style” photoshoot of your choice in either Aerial or Fire
For those wanting higher quality images rather than just stills of their training and performance, Rising Phoenix level will receive a professional photoshoot session using the performance equipment of their choice. This means we can take more time to perfect poses, lines, facial expressions and angles, with either Amanda or Cat giving direction and guidance in getting the perfect promo shot. You can keep the shots as simple as you want but you are more than welcome to bring costume and make-up for a more elaborate look.

1 professionally edited/touched up shot per photoshoot plus access of all raw shots
You will select your favorite shots from each of your photoshoots and receive a professionally edited digital file. You are welcome to purchase extras after the retreat if needed.

Lunch Included Friday and Saturday

$1497

FULL FLIGHT PHOENIX (VIP)

Package Includes everything listed in the Rising level, PLUS:

Participation in BOTH professional “Studio Style” photoshoots Aerial AND Fire
For those wanting higher quality images rather than just stills of their training and performance, Full Flight Phoenix level will participate in BOTH professional photoshoot sessions using the performance equipment of their choice. This means we can take more time to perfect poses, lines, facial expressions and angles, with both Amanda and Cat giving direction and guidance in getting the perfect promo shot. You can keep the shots as simple as you want but you are more than welcome to bring costume and make-up for a more elaborate look.

Saturday Night Showcase Performance Slot
On the Saturday night we will have an informal showcase of participants, you can choose to perform in either fire or aerial disciplines and either as a soloist or as a duet depending on what brings you more joy. This performance opportunity is for you to gain YOUR results, whether that’s performing a new skill for the first time in front of an audience, or whether you want to bring a full costume in order to gain promotional footage and photographs for professional use in a more experienced discipline.

Access to photography and video footage taken during both performances
We will have videographers and photographers documenting the showcase. All materials will be uploaded so that you can have full access to download what you want after the retreat for your own personal use.

Post- Performance Stills Photoshoot
Make sure you didn’t miss a moment of your act! Spend time with our photography team after your performance to recreate the moments you wanted to get absolutely perfectly. More promo pictures for you in full make-up and costume.

Additional Act Development session to polish up performance piece
In addition to the classes on offer as part of the ALL ACCESS Class Pass, the Full Flight Phoenix package includes a BONUS Act Development session working with Cat and Amanda prior to the retreat in order to polish up your act for the showcase performance.

Access to photography and video footage taken during both performances
We will have videographers and photographers documenting both the Saturday and Sunday showcase. All materials will be uploaded so that you can have full access to download what you want after the retreat for your own personal use.

Official FIRE AND FLIGHT T-shirt
Receive your limited-edition, official FIRE AND FLIGHT tee to wear during training and as a memento of your retreat experience.

BONUS SESSION – 1 hr private Aerial class with Amanda Ritchie in Los Angeles scheduled within one month after the retreat. VALUE $150
To fully round off your experience, the VIP package includes a follow-up 1:1 session on the aerial equipment of your choice with Amanda at her private outdoor teaching space in Los Angeles. Revisit and polish skills learnt during the retreat or spend time with private attention on something you didn’t get the chance to focus on during the weekend.

BONUS SESSION – 1 hr private Fire class with Cat LaCohie in Los Angeles scheduled within one month after the retreat VALUE $150
To fully round off your experience, the VIP package includes a follow-up 1:1 session in any fire discipline of your choice with Cat LaCohie at her outdoor teaching space in Los Angeles. Revisit and polish skills learnt during the retreat or spend time with private attention on something you didn’t get the chance to focus on during the weekend.

Lunch Included Friday and Saturday

$1497

FULL FLIGHT PHOENIX (VIP)

Package Includes everything listed in the Rising level, PLUS:

Participation in BOTH professional “Studio Style” photoshoots Aerial AND Fire
For those wanting higher quality images rather than just stills of their training and performance, Full Flight Phoenix level will participate in BOTH professional photoshoot sessions using the performance equipment of their choice. This means we can take more time to perfect poses, lines, facial expressions and angles, with both Amanda and Cat giving direction and guidance in getting the perfect promo shot. You can keep the shots as simple as you want but you are more than welcome to bring costume and make-up for a more elaborate look.

Saturday Night Showcase Performance Slot
On the Saturday night we will have an informal showcase of participants, you can choose to perform in either fire or aerial disciplines and either as a soloist or as a duet depending on what brings you more joy. This performance opportunity is for you to gain YOUR results, whether that’s performing a new skill for the first time in front of an audience, or whether you want to bring a full costume in order to gain promotional footage and photographs for professional use in a more experienced discipline.

Access to photography and video footage taken during both performances
We will have videographers and photographers documenting the showcase. All materials will be uploaded so that you can have full access to download what you want after the retreat for your own personal use.

Post- Performance Stills Photoshoot
Make sure you didn’t miss a moment of your act! Spend time with our photography team after your performance to recreate the moments you wanted to get absolutely perfectly. More promo pictures for you in full make-up and costume.

Additional Act Development session to polish up performance piece
In addition to the classes on offer as part of the ALL ACCESS Class Pass, the Full Flight Phoenix package includes a BONUS Act Development session working with Cat and Amanda prior to the retreat in order to polish up your act for the showcase performance.

Access to photography and video footage taken during both performances
We will have videographers and photographers documenting both the Saturday and Sunday showcase. All materials will be uploaded so that you can have full access to download what you want after the retreat for your own personal use.

Official FIRE AND FLIGHT T-shirt
Receive your limited-edition, official FIRE AND FLIGHT tee to wear during training and as a memento of your retreat experience.

BONUS SESSION – 1 hr private Aerial class with Amanda Ritchie in Los Angeles scheduled within one month after the retreat. VALUE $150
To fully round off your experience, the VIP package includes a follow-up 1:1 session on the aerial equipment of your choice with Amanda at her private outdoor teaching space in Los Angeles. Revisit and polish skills learnt during the retreat or spend time with private attention on something you didn’t get the chance to focus on during the weekend.

BONUS SESSION – 1 hr private Fire class with Cat LaCohie in Los Angeles scheduled within one month after the retreat VALUE $150
To fully round off your experience, the VIP package includes a follow-up 1:1 session in any fire discipline of your choice with Cat LaCohie at her outdoor teaching space in Los Angeles. Revisit and polish skills learnt during the retreat or spend time with private attention on something you didn’t get the chance to focus on during the weekend.

Lunch Included Friday and Saturday

FEATURES OF FIRE AND FLIGHT

“Natural Elements” Daytime Butane Bubbles Photoshoot

Setting yourself on fire has never been more fun and therapeutic. Using butane bubbles technique reconnect with nature and take part in this unique photoshoot experience. Face your fears and the elements with the slow motion footage to prove it.

Aerial Photoshoot

Build your performance portfolio or for your social media bragging rights, take part in this professional photoshoot session on the equipment of your choice. Guided by Amanda in achieving the perfect poses, lines and facial expressions, you can keep the shots as simple as you want or bring costume and make-up for a more elaborate look.

Fire Photoshoot

Whether capturing your current skills or using those you learned during the retreat Cat will guide you in capturing the best moments of fire eating, breathing or your choice of fire flow props. Build your performance portfolio or just for your own use and social media bragging rights, you can keep the shots as simple as you want or bring costume and make-up for a more elaborate look.

Aerial butane Bubbles Shoot

Take part in the Fire and Flight tradition, our signature Aerial Butane Bubbles photoshoot. Guided by Amanda in performing the optimal aerial lyra pose, you will be assisted by Cat and the team in holding fire in your hands, or on other parts of your body creating the ultimate phoenix photograph combining both disciplines of fire and aerial. A rite of passage for all Fire and Flight participants.

Aerial Workshops

Led by Cirque du Soleil aerialist, and founder of aerial acrobatics training school, ‘Grounded In Flight’. Amanda Ritchie will lead workshops in Lyra, Hammock, Silks, Lollipop and Spiral. Participants are split into groups according to skill level so those experiencing aerial for the first time can explore freely and safely while those more experienced can be challenged to up their game.

Fire Workshops

Led by award-winning international variety performance artist and coach, ‘Vixen DeVille’ (aka Cat LaCohie), Fire and Flight provides workshops in Fire Eating, Fire Breathing, Butane Bubbles, Fire Fans and Fire Staff/Sword. All equipment is provided and participants split into group depending on previous experience and skill level.

Fire Wings Photoshoot

Led by award-winning international variety performance artist and coach, ‘Vixen DeVille’ (aka Cat LaCohie), you will be guided through various poses wearing Fire and Flight’s Fire Wings. Build your promo photo portfolio or use for your own joy and social media bragging rights, you can keep the shots as simple as you want or bring costume and make-up for a more elaborate look.

Showcase Performance

On the final night of the retreat, we present a private and informal showcase of participant’s performances. You can choose to perform in either fire or aerial disciplines and either as a soloist or as a duet depending on what brings you more joy. This performance opportunity is for you to gain YOUR results, whether that’s performing a new skill for the first time in front of an audience with no pressure to be perfect, or whether you’re a professional performing a more polished piece in order to gain promotional footage and photographs for promotional material.

FEATURES OF FIRE AND FLIGHT

“Natural Elements” Daytime Butane Bubbles Photoshoot

Setting yourself on fire has never been more fun and therapeutic. Using butane bubbles technique reconnect with nature and take part in this unique photoshoot experience. Face your fears and the elements with the slow motion footage to prove it.

Aerial Photoshoot

Build your performance portfolio or for your social media bragging rights, take part in this professional photoshoot session on the equipment of your choice. Guided by Amanda in achieving the perfect poses, lines and facial expressions, you can keep the shots as simple as you want or bring costume and make-up for a more elaborate look.

Fire Photoshoot

Whether capturing your current skills or using those you learned during the retreat Cat will guide you in capturing the best moments of fire eating, breathing or your choice of fire flow props. Build your performance portfolio or just for your own use and social media bragging rights, you can keep the shots as simple as you want or bring costume and make-up for a more elaborate look.

Aerial butane Bubbles Shoot

Take part in the Fire and Flight tradition, our signature Aerial Butane Bubbles photoshoot. Guided by Amanda in performing the optimal aerial lyra pose, you will be assisted by Cat and the team in holding fire in your hands, or on other parts of your body creating the ultimate phoenix photograph combining both disciplines of fire and aerial. A rite of passage for all Fire and Flight participants.

Aerial Workshops

Led by Cirque du Soleil aerialist, and founder of aerial acrobatics training school, ‘Grounded In Flight’. Amanda Ritchie will lead workshops in Lyra, Hammock, Silks, Lollipop and Spiral. Participants are split into groups according to skill level so those experiencing aerial for the first time can explore freely and safely while those more experienced can be challenged to up their game.

Fire Workshops

Led by award-winning international variety performance artist and coach, ‘Vixen DeVille’ (aka Cat LaCohie), Fire and Flight provides workshops in Fire Eating, Fire Breathing, Butane Bubbles, Fire Fans and Fire Staff/Sword. All equipment is provided and participants split into group depending on previous experience and skill level.

Fire Wings Photoshoot

Led by award-winning international variety performance artist and coach, ‘Vixen DeVille’ (aka Cat LaCohie), you will be guided through various poses wearing Fire and Flight’s Fire Wings. Build your promo photo portfolio or use for your own joy and social media bragging rights, you can keep the shots as simple as you want or bring costume and make-up for a more elaborate look.

Showcase Performance

On the final night of the retreat, we present a private and informal showcase of participant’s performances. You can choose to perform in either fire or aerial disciplines and either as a soloist or as a duet depending on what brings you more joy. This performance opportunity is for you to gain YOUR results, whether that’s performing a new skill for the first time in front of an audience with no pressure to be perfect, or whether you’re a professional performing a more polished piece in order to gain promotional footage and photographs for promotional material.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is not included in your package.

All participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation.

After signing up we will add you to our private Facebook group where you can connect with other attendees in order to share bookings and/or arrange carpools to the location. We will be emailing everyone with a list of accessible Airbnbs and affordable hotels in the area to fit your budget and comfort requirements.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is not included in your package.

All participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation.

After signing up we will add you to our private Facebook group where you can connect with other attendees in order to share bookings and/or arrange carpools to the location. We will be emailing everyone with a list of accessible Airbnbs and affordable hotels in the area to fit your budget and comfort requirements.

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