Tuesday June 7th will be here before we know it and I am thrilled to be part of this exciting event.
I really want everything to be beautiful and so special for the Ladies who will be
gathering together at our home.
More than anything I want them to feel welcome!
So, a little while ago we looked at the journey of how Texas bloggers became a community plus Ten Tips on Organizing a Craft Retreat.
Today I thought we'd focus on what I believe to be
four extremely important fundamentals for the success of any retreat that you are
considering organizing and hosting.
1. Cohesion-Why it matters.
No matter the type of retreat you are organizing it is important to be cohesive in order to accomplish successful and strategic planning and implementing the retreat.
Working with your retreat team is an ideal opportunity to develop leadership roles, enhance communication, engage and encourage creativity, and facilitate new ideas.
When creative juices start flowing there is an incredible energy and anticipation.
I have enjoyed visiting with Judith on the phone, meeting Laura in person and getting a sneak peek at the pro-types for her crafts.
Discussing the retreat luncheon plans with Stacey, and having Kari Anne so graciously
share her Hoffman fabric line with us.
One of the great things about this team of ladies is that they are all so talented, capable and inspirational!
Thank you again to each one of you for your commitment in making this an exceptional
2. Creating-Define the Focus of the Retreat & Create An Experience.
After defining the type of retreat that you want to host you will need to insure that all of the necessary supplies and equipment will be provided by the host, craft leaders or that the participants will bring some of them to complete the projects.
Hobbyists will most likely be content to work in a shared space, and will look forward to time spent socializing.
Providing an inspiring spot to create is just as important at the project!
Most art and craft retreats include a little getting back to nature atmosphere.
Adding some chairs and tables in surprising places and creating outdoor nooks lends itself to soothing and inspiring creativity.
Since most everyone leads such busy lives it is essential to create an atmosphere where
participants can connect with one another.
Bringing together a group of like-minded individuals and watching friendships blossom is exciting and rewarding for everyone.
Many times retreats are often a life-changing experience for many people.
Retreats not only connect you with other people, they can help you re-connect with yourself and re-discover some of the talents that you might have forgotten that you even had.
4. Communicating-Retreat is not an end in itself.
No matter what the purpose of the retreat you are organizing or hosting is, it is not an end in itself.
The retreat is truly a stepping stone in forming a organization, a team, community or a group of like minded people to continue to have ongoing activities and communication.
If you are one of the leaders it is vital to the success of the retreat to communicate with one another as well as the participants.
There needs to be ongoing communication and clarity about the retreat goals, projects, and expectations.
We currently have 20 confirmed participants and have room for 3 more.
If you are a Texas blogger and would be interested in joining us please send me an email by Friday May 20th.
Registration closes on Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Cost for the retreat is $15.00 which includes materials for crafts, lunch and door prizes.
Fee is due upon arrival.
Retreat begins at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday June 7th.
Wishing you all well.
Please Join me~
Cedar Hill Farmhouse, Love Of Home, Life and Linda