Retreat Planning Made Simple

Can you picture it? The vision of a beautiful retreat can be wonderful, but it’s easy to get stuck in the details. Though you may love the idea, the nuts and bolts of planning can quickly become overwhelming, and many would-be retreat hosts and leaders find it easier to let go of their dream. 

At the same time, retreat hosts are in demand!  Now more than ever, many people desire the retreat experience and are actively looking for options.  If hosting or leading a retreat appeals to you, the key is to create a detailed plan that allows you to move forward with purpose and enjoy the experience. 

In this weeks Retreat News, I'll share 8 steps to planning a retreat that will go down without a hitch.

Step 1 - Know Your Why and Who

Clarity equals confidence, and confidence provides the necessary push past doubt and challenge. Know why you want to lead a retreat, and who you want to attend. It’s tempting to skip this step in favor of moving into the...

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Going On Retreat

The end of summer means the end of summer vacation season.  However, we are full into retreat season!

Have you ever worked at a place and requested time off - paid PTO or UTO - unpaid time off?  When the time comes and you will be OOO - out of the office as you may have put on your calendar, you get asked the question - where are you going on vacation or holiday as my European friends call it.

Well maybe it's just some personal time needed to take care of things at home - organizing closets (I've done that) or going to those much needed appointments.  Or even better, you have plans and are actually taking a "vacation" or a "holiday."  It might be visiting relatives, going camping, staying at a hotel, or a all-inclusive resort.

But what if you are going to a retreat?  Did you ever think to say "I'm going on retreat" when someone asks what you are doing on your time off?

I just recently heard this lingo on podcast and I love itI'm...

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Retreat For Transformation

Transformational is a buzz word used by a lot of retreat leaders and experts to describe a type of retreat that is meant for change.  Honestly, when I hear transformational retreat, all I can think about is the effort involved.  A transformational retreat just seems like a lot of work.

But sometimes, change is needed.  When you're stuck in life, that's hard.  It's like trying to move forward in a bowl full of molasses.  It actually can be quite painful to be stuck.

I'd like to share that I have been stuck for the last 10 years.  You see, I have this retreat business that I could never explain well.  Anytime someone would ask me, "what do you do?", I would fumble trying to figure out what to say.

My retreat business journey started as a venue owner and then moved onto marketing other retreats with the Scrapbook and Quilt Retreat Directories.  The part that I was stuck on was the name of my business.  I've had 3 business names...

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Freedom To Retreat

When it's Independence Day, I like to take time to be grateful for Freedom.  I can't stop thinking about all the people trying so desperately to enter the USA and all the risks they take to do so.  It makes me appreciate all the freedoms I truly have and think about the false beliefs that hold me back from doing what I really want. 

I know that false beliefs hold us back from going to retreats.  In this week's blog post, I'd like to share what holds us back from retreating and how to use the freedom mindset to push the false beliefs out of the way.

When I opened my first retreat venue, my mission was to help women get away without feeling guilty.  I often put my own needs on the back burner so I could fully relate to the guilty feelings that set in with the thought of going to a retreat.

I witnessed this first hand with many guests telling me that they never took time for themselves.  But, once they experienced their first retreat,...

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Missed Retreat Opportunities

A friend and coaching colleague of mine opened a creative studio where she offered art coaching workshops.  I had every intention to attend, but too many competing priorities got in the way.  When she announced she was closing her studio, I made a commitment to attend one of her last workshops offered at the studio.

In this week's Retreat News, I'll share how her creative workshop changed my perspective and made me realize what missing out can mean.

No matter a retreat weekend, an event, or a workshop, making the commitment to attend can be one of the biggest hurdles.  Often, we let other stuff get in the way of doing something that is good for our soul and state of mind.

When my friend announced she was closing her retreat studio, I immediately felt a sense of urgency to register for one of her last workshops as I was kicking myself that I didn't take the time to attend one earlier.  I registered for her Ink Drop Art Workshop and...

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My $100,000 Retreat Business Education

About 15 years ago, I started my retreat business journey.  So much has changed since then with the beginning of Facebook and the influx of smart phones.  Now everything can be found at your fingertips including learning just about anything.  But, online knowledge wasn't readily available 15 years ago, and I had to figure things out on my own when I started my retreat business.  It cost me to the tune of $100,000 - Gasp!

In this week's Retreat News, I'll share how that $100,000 retreat business education breaks out, and a way for you to get a better education at a much lower price tag.

One of my favorite quotes is "Experience is the best teacher.  The test comes first and then the lesson."  Well, experience does come at a price tag of costly mistakes, failures, and going down the wrong roads at times.  

I'd like to share what my $100,000 of mistakes, failures, and wrong roads looked liked that got me my...

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Craft Retreats Are Transformational

I shared the Scrapbook and Quilt Retreat Directories in a retreat business Facebook group, and I was told by the group administrator that the post was not allowed because Craft Retreats are not "transformational."  Well, in this week's Retreat News, I will prove them wrong.

This is the year I declared I'm not going to be quiet about craft retreats so I can say with conviction that I'm proud of the Scrapbook and Quilt Retreat Directories as they make it fast and easy to find retreat options.

I like using social media to promote the directories, so I joined a couple of retreat type Facebook groups to learn and network.

In one particular group I posted that you can find women's retreat options on the Scrapbook and Quilt Retreat Directories.  I got a personal message from the group founder that said if I continue to post information about the directories, I would be removed from the group.  She told me craft retreats are not...

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How To Pack For A Craft Retreat

Packing for a retreat can seem overwhelming, and the thought of packing may even stop people from going to a retreat.  The good news is that there are so many helpful tips and tricks on the internet, and I'll share them in this week's

When it comes to packing for a retreat, there are certainly a few themes that are common.

Pre-plan - At lease a few days ahead of time, but a week is better.

Put your projects into kits - whether you are scrapbooking, quilting, or creating other projects, organizing your project into kits will help with packing and keep your creativity focused at the retreat.

Ott-Lite - having an extra light on hand can really be helpful in case the lighting at the retreat is not adequate enough for your needs.

Extension Cord/Power Strip/Duck Tape - this is at the top of the list for must haves at the retreat.  The duck tape is helpful to tape down the cords so no one trips over them.

Craft Supplies - create a check list of...

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My Retreat Back Out Confession

Since 2005, I've been promoting and encouraging women (sorry guys!) to go to retreats.  It's been my passion and mission for a long time.  But, I need to make a confession.  Recently, I backed out of a retreat commitment.  Yes, I did...I cancelled, withdrew, bailed out, or whatever you want to call it, and it bothered me.  Honestly, I feel like a hypocrite.  Why did I do what I tell so many others not to do?  Well, I thought I'd share the story in an attempt to give some insight and inspiration.

I was at church one Sunday in January.  I've never regularly attended church, but this past year, I was introduced to a church that has made a positive impact on my life as well as my family.  

In the church service, it was announced that the Inspire Women's Retreat was on March 2nd, and all ladies were welcome to sign up.  It sounded fun, but I'm fairly new to the church so I...

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Time For National Quilting Day

March proves to be open season of crafting with the entire month declared as National Craft Month.  To add to the excitement of this glorious time, the third Saturday in March is National Quilting Day.  It is a day that is celebrated worldwide with special quilting shows, classes, open museums, retreats, and much more.  This is a day to appreciate and to recognize quilt makers, along with all of their long labor, love and skill that goes into the making of each quilt. 

Photo: National Quilt Museum

The National Quilting Association launched the celebration in 1992. The event is now a partnership between The National Quilt Museum and the Quilt Alliance, two of the largest nonprofit organizations serving the needs of the quilting community. 

The Quilt Alliance and the National Quilt Museum are hosting an event at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, and this year, quilters and crafters worldwide will be able to ...

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