We did it! I am still hyped up from our first amazing MakeAway retreat. And- I don't think it could have gone any smoother. When we first decided to work together to make this happen, it seemed like a fantasy and that I was going through the motions of someone who was actually planning a retreat when we started looking for a place to host us. And then... it was real! Your flight was booked and people were on board and we could start planning the nitty gritty details like which activities would happen on which days and what meal prep could be done in advance and what needed to be done on the spot.
There will be last minute interest in the event. Don't sweat it.
Doing an in-town mini workshop right beforehand is helpful for smoothing out details and for maximizing our time together. Plus it's a good excuse for a longer trip together.
Starting the retreat off with introducing projects that needed little instruction and allowed attendees to work independently and delve into them as much or as little as they desired was key. Some people made a million brooches and some only made one. It was also nice to have something independent to work on if another project wasn't as interesting for someone for some reason.
Some people will attend and know no one and some will bring several friends with them. In the end, you will all leave as a cohesive group of friends.
I loved the collaborative block print project and think we should do this again. People were able to have their own stand-alone prints or could share from the pile of blocks we all produced to enhance their own work. It was nice that those who didn't carve a block of their own could piece together a unique print using the blocks of other attendees.
The library is our friend. I had 12 books on different techniques checked out for the weekend and while some were dated, they all offered at least one good point of inspiration.
Shrinky Dinks are always a crowd pleaser.
We can never have too many pairs of scissors or needles.
Always pack salt. Even if the rental says they include such kitchen basics. They don't know who they are dealing with.
Think about social media and try to share the event in a way that those who couldn't attend can still get a feel for it.
Check out day is really only feasible as a day to do some yoga, have a nice departing meal, and pack up.
Always pack Tupperware and plastic wrap.
The day after the event is done, you will feel invigorated and recharged and ready to plan the next one.