Fire And Flight Retreat

    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!

    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.

    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.

    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 14 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.

     

    What Are We Doing?

    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.

    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 and/or Sunday 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.

    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
    BUY NOW
    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
    BUY NOW
    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
    BUY NOW
    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
    BUY NOW
    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
    BUY NOW
    $597

    FLEDGLING PHOENIX

    PACKAGE INCLUDES:

    Meet and Mingle Event 7pm – 10pm Friday Sept 19th
    Participants are encouraged to attend our mix and mingle event on the Friday night. Come spend some time to relax and meet your fellow attendees so we can hit the ground running on Saturday morning. 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 weekend ahead. 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 to support you over the next two days. Goodie bag includes a Vixen DeVille lighter so that you’re never in need of fire, a small bottle of sunscreen to protect you during open air training, a bottle of Tuff skin to help your grip in aerial training, plus more surprises to come…

    ALL ACCESS Class Pass – 9:30am – 5:30pm Saturday and Sunday
    Classes will run from 9:30am 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 photography and video footage taken during class time
    We will have photographers and videographers capturing the day’s events on both Saturday and Sunday. Pictures and footage will be uploaded online so that you can access and download them to use for your personal use after the event.

    $597

    FLEDGLING PHOENIX

    PACKAGE INCLUDES:

    Meet and Mingle Event 7pm – 10pm Friday Sept 19th
    Participants are encouraged to attend our mix and mingle event on the Friday night. Come spend some time to relax and meet your fellow attendees so we can hit the ground running on Saturday morning. 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 weekend ahead. 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 to support you over the next two days. Goodie bag includes a Vixen DeVille lighter so that you’re never in need of fire, a small bottle of sunscreen to protect you during open air training, a bottle of Tuff skin to help your grip in aerial training, plus more surprises to come…

    ALL ACCESS Class Pass – 9:30am – 5:30pm Saturday and Sunday
    Classes will run from 9:30am 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 photography and video footage taken during class time
    We will have photographers and videographers capturing the day’s events on both Saturday and Sunday. Pictures and footage will be uploaded online so that you can access and download them to use for your personal use after the event.

    $797

    RISING PHOENIX

    Package Includes everything listed in the Fledgling level, PLUS:

    Lunch provided Saturday and Sunday
    A basic lunch will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday so that you can spend more of your lunch hour relaxing without having to leave the site or worrying about bringing and storing your own food. Lunch details will be confirmed once we have a list of participants and their dietary requirements.

    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 Rising Phoenix package includes a BONUS Act Development session working with Cat and Amanda in order to polish up your act for that evening’s performance.

    Performance Opportunity Saturday
    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.

    Performance Opportunity Sunday
    We will be offering two opportunities to perform so that you can choose to showcase both a discipline in which you have experience as well as choosing to perform a new skill that you learnt during the weekend. 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.

    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.

    $1297

    FULL FLIGHT PHOENIX (VIP)

    Package Includes everything listed in the Rising level, PLUS:

    Additional professional “Studio Style” photoshoot in either discipline
    For those wanting higher quality images rather than just stills of their training and performance, VIP 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 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.

    3 Professionally Edited Photos from Photoshoot
    You will select your favourite three shots from the photoshoot and receive a professionally edited digital file. You are welcome to purchase extras after the retreat if needed.

    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.

    $1297

    FULL FLIGHT PHOENIX (VIP)

    Package Includes everything listed in the Rising level, PLUS:

    Additional professional “Studio Style” photoshoot in either discipline
    For those wanting higher quality images rather than just stills of their training and performance, VIP 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 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.

    3 Professionally Edited Photos from Photoshoot
    You will select your favourite three shots from the photoshoot and receive a professionally edited digital file. You are welcome to purchase extras after the retreat if needed.

    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.

    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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