Elevation Retreat for Worship Leaders

May 11-15, 2020

Come to renew your mind, body, and spirit!

Join us for our Elevation Continuing Education (2.5 CEU's) and

Spiritual Renewal Retreat

May 11-15, 2020

This retreat is design for Worship Designers / Leaders and is located in the Sierra Mountains at Lake Tahoe 

with Marcia McFee Ph.D

with Marcia McFee Ph.D.

Visionary and Creator of the Worship Design Studio

and author of Think Like a Filmmaker: Sensory-Rich Worship Design for Unforgettable Messages


Participants have come to this retreat over the last 12 years and have left saying this is the, "best continuing education I've ever had!"

It is a true retreat for your soul!

And dare we call it a “vacation?”

The first words out of many participants mouths when they arrive is “WOW!!”

Our goal is for you is for you to experience as much spiritual renewal as learning so we give you ample free time in the schedule to make this feel like much more than just a seminar.


The Zephyr Point Conference Center is one of the only retreat centers in Tahoe that sits directly on the shoreline of Lake Tahoe. Our conference room features cathedral windows where you’ll experience the lake and surrounding mountains every day. Check out this video to see just how beautiful the conference center and the surrounding landscape is.

Many people bring non-participant significant others! But Space is Limited!

Time-Tested Theories

Equipped with experience, knowledge and an absolute passion for teaching,

Marcia brings an enthusiasm, vitality and clarity to every session. Much more than a “talking-head,” Marcia brings a deep knowledge of worship practices that comes from 25+ years of experience. She knows the value of interactive learning, and seeks to make every concept come alive through visuals, embodiment, practice and break-out discussions.

She takes theories and techniques from her background in the arts, theology, education, performance, creativity and neurophysiological studies to craft a step-by-step process of enhancing your knowledge and skills for worship design and leadership AND how to navigate the waters of change and conflict over worship. Her teaching has equipped thousands of churches in REAL change that gains acceptance in churches small and large, traditional and out-of-the-box.

Click here to view the retreat schedule and topics

What participants have to say about their experience:

"Marcia is a supreme educator. I learn so much from her. However, while imparting so much knowledge, she doesn't forget to feed our spirits as well, with little worship vignettes for our souls."

- Alison Vernon

"Thank you for your amazing week of worship, hospitality, learning and joy, It has been a true gift to be with WDS this week. I have felt glad at work in my heart and mind and am excited to see how God might use these lessons in my congregation."

- Debbie Sperry

"The Elevation Retreat was one of the best continuing education events I've ever attended -- and I've gone to a lot! Inspiring worship, solid and very helpful teaching, plenty to time to digest the material and do some of my own work (or go hiking!) and such a beautiful setting. Thank you!"

- Mary Cartwright

"Thank you for living your passion and call. What an amazing blessing for so many, including us here in Indianapolis!"

- Jenifer Gibbs

One fee pays for your registration, meals, and housing (and the food is GOOD!).

Zephyr Point Conference Center has gained a reputation for not only a beautiful setting,

but for its comfortable accommodations and food. 

Once you fly into Reno, you may want to rent a car if you are making this a vacation and want to have the freedom to enjoy driving around the lake. If you don’t want to rent a car, there is a shuttle from the airport to a nearby hotel and there is a wonderful paddle-boat ride across the lake that is a spectacular way to spend our day off and it embarks right beside the conference center!

Register for the Elevation Retreat!

Shared Room


Includes a shared room in

Tallac Lodge, meals, and retreat

Private Room


Includes a private room in

Tallac Lodge, meals, and retreat

Bring a Companion


Includes a shared room in Tallac Lodge, 2 sets of meals, and 1 retreat (companions may come to opening worship and Wednesday night session only)

Since this retreat can also be used as a vacation we've had several participants ask to bring a companion that won't participate in the retreat aspect. If this is the case for you, choose the 'Bring a Companion' option as you are checking out.

Refund policy: Refunds less a $50 processing charge will be honored until 30 days before the conference, after which the room and meals cannot be refunded, however the registration fee portion can be exchanged for another Marcia McFee event or Worship Design Studio subscription.

Questions about content?  E-mail Dr. Marcia at [email protected]

Questions about registration?  E-mail Mark at [email protected]

or call 888-725-1804

If this year doesn't work for you but you'd like to be on our e-mail list to hear about other opportunities and receive occasional worship resources, sign up HERE. We will send you a nine-week webinar series from Dr. McFee!

Questions about content?  E-mail Dr. Marcia at [email protected]

Questions about registration?  E-mail Mark at [email protected]

or call 888-725-1804