UKULELE ISLAND RETREAT
Let’s whisk you away from the January chill,
and ring in 2020 together with soft Caribbean breezes,
delightful meals, pristine beaches,
and music music music music music!
Indulge yourself in an unforgettable experience of deep relaxation,
spectacular natural beauty, and delightful musical community.
* ‘Take Your Uke to the Beach’ Days, on pristine paradise beaches. Sun and shade in the palm groves. Crystal clear turquoise-blue warm water, white-sand beaches. Picnic lunches. Swim, snorkel, relax, read, play. Pop-up on-the-beach uke lessons and jams with Lisa!
* Sunset Wine-&-Cheese-&-Uke Party aboard an Elegant 47-foot Sailboat, moored in Esperanza Bay.
* Spectacular Nightly Sunset gatherings (with a fresh Piña Colada perhaps?) at the edge of the ocean.
* Nightly Ukulele Evening Jams in our beautiful private courtyard at our Casa, led by Lisa.
* Ukulele Pool Party in the Highlands. Spectacular views, sparkling pool, grand veranda with ocean breezes and amazing acoustics. Music, food, friends, fun!
* Ukulele Flash Mob, joined by folks from the local island ukulele community, led by Lisa. Surprise and delight unsuspecting passersby, and watch the joy spread like wildfire!
* Lovingly Prepared Meals provided for you daily.
* Sweet Friendly Guesthouse with gracious hosts, serene garden courtyards, and a little dipping pool for cooling off.
HOW TO GET HERE
The EASIEST way to go is to fly JetBlue. Jet Blue will check your bags all the way to the island. You fly to San Juan (SJU), then to Vieques (VQS). The second leg of the journey, you will walk to a different (and likely faraway) gate to be put on Cape Air or Vieques Airlink. JetBlue takes care of all that ticketing for you. All you have to do is get to the gate.
(My favorite itinerary departs Hartford (BDL at 6 am and has us on the island by 1pm – via JetBlue.)
If you fly ANOTHER airline to San Juan, you will need to get your bags from baggage claim in San Juan, and then navigate to the gates where the small island-hopper planes leave from (Cape Air, etc.). Maybe even have to go through security again – not sure. San Juan airport is new and clean and HUGE, doesn’t have the best signage in the world – so leave plenty of time between flights. People are friendly and helpful.
If a GROUP of you are traveling together, there are ways to either charter an island-hopper, or buy a group-discount ticket from San Juan to Vieques. If a group of you decide you’d like to do that, I’ll try to find an experienced island traveller to advise you.
The CHEAPEST option is to fly to San Juan, take a taxi to the Ferry Terminal (about an hour ride, $80+), and take the ferry to Vieques. Since Hurricane Maria, the ferry system has been hit-or-miss is terms of sticking to schedule, overselling the seats, etc. It’s cheaper, but chancier.
MONEY-SAVING TIP: Make sure and check your itinerary on a variety of different booking sites (Like, Kayak.com, Expedia, Travelocity, etc.). The prices they offer for the exact same flights can vary quite a bit from site to site.
Founder of the Note2Self Method for Music and Living Your Best Life, Lisa is also a Certified Gateless Master Teacher. She has single-handedly taught tens of thousands of adult-beginners how to play a musical instrument, via her acclaimed online video courses.
In her hometown of Brattleboro, VT, she is lovingly blamed for inciting The Ukulution, an explosion of ukulele learning and enthusiasm that touches the lives of hundreds of members of the local community.
A singer/songwriter and recording artist, Lisa’s debut album received preliminary GRAMMY nominations for Best Album and Best Song.
Lisa’s passion for music began when most people are still learning their ABCs.
“I was addicted to The Beatles by the age of six,” she says.
“When I was ten years old, my father taught me to play three chords on the guitar. They were the only three he knew,” Lisa reports. She went on to have a full-fledged music career as an independent touring artist, teacher, and author.
Now, she and her Dad have come full-circle: Lisa helped her 79-year-old father get started playing the ukulele, and it has been a total life-changer for him, finally connecting him with his lifelong passion for music. He plays long into the night after Mom goes to bed.
Lisa is especially passionate about helping adult beginners discover the joy of music, and marveling at the positive ripples effects in people’s hearts, homes, families, communities, and the world at large.