I have been hosting this annual retreat for more than 15 years. It has become somewhat of a holiday tradition – making gifts, listening to Christmas music, enjoying egg nog chai lattes & setting aside time to reflect on what matters most about the season.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 has impacted gathering in unprecedented ways; it has made planning for group events extremely difficult due to the ever-changing nature of the virus and distancing guidelines. That being said, I have come up with a 2-part plan for retreat weekends taking place through 2021:
- Plan A. If state infection numbers are holding steady 45 days in advance of the retreat we will move forward with the group retreat at our usual location (clear face shields will be provided and disposable plates, cups & utensils will be used throughout the weekend). If you are sick you will be asked to stay home. If you are unable to attend due to illness & I am able to fill the spot, a full refund will be issued. If I am unable to fill the spot, you may participate virtually (this option includes a doorstep delivery of related project supplies, treats & gifts).
- Plan B. If the numbers are surging or social gatherings are discouraged, we will move forward with a full-on virtual gathering. Each attendee will receive doorstep delivery of items related to our weekend including project supplies, treats & gifts. Your family will also receive a meal to share in place of our usual holiday dinner. A daily itinerary with unboxing instructions will be included. There will be a virtual check-in each morning and we will gather as a group each evening to craft together via Zoom.
Details for the weekend are below:
WHEN: Friday, December 4-Sunday, December 6, 2020
WHERE: North Branch, MN
COST: $200; or SUPERSIZE IT by adding Thursday, 12/3 for $25 more [full payment is due 9/1/2020]
Plan A includes all meals with the exception of one item you will be asked to bring and share (an online signup will be posted weeks in advance of the retreat). There will also be a hot beverage bar and snacks. Plan B includes one full family meal along with snacks/beverages for the weekend.
There will crafting breakouts (Plan B includes all supplies) and both plans include PRESENTS!!! Plan B will also contain bribes (meant to ensure family cooperation) and other items to help make your workspace magical.
Both plans will feature familiar traditions along with a few unexpected twists. I hope to see you this December!! [This retreat is currently FULL; if you would like to be added to the waiting list, let me know.]