Retreat

Come join us for the first ever Artist/Mother retreat!
Thursday evening, November 14th through Sunday morning November 17th, 2019. We will spend a long weekend engaging in conversation, joining in dynamic workshops, while also finding rest and solitude in scheduled moments of quiet and meditation.

We will hear from leaders in our community as they guide us in conversations, material based activities and workshops to inspire us to new places in our work. We will discuss everything from art to parenting, opening ourselves up to be both challenged and renewed.

We will share in conversation about our art practices, learning from each other what works well and discussing areas where we are struggling. There will be opportunities for getting feedback on our work and discussing our careers.

Attention will be spent on our bodies as we take a break from preparing our own food (and food for our families!) and join together for nourishing community meals catered by the incredible Nashville Food Project. We will start each morning with light stretching and yoga, have scheduled time for walking or hiking throughout the day, and a massage therapist will be available for appointments.

This retreat is meant to inspire you to new places with your work, connect you with your body in ways that are restful and restorative, provide you space to engage in thoughtful conversations about art and parenting, and uplift you with hours of encouragement from a loving community.

Purchase your ticket HERE!
Payment plan option HERE.

Location:
We will gather at Bethany Hills Camp in the country side of beautiful middle Tennessee, just 25 minutes outside of Nashville. The camp property boasts winding hiking trails, a small lake, clear streams and gorgeous trees on over 340 acres.

1080 Bethany Hills Rd
Kingston Springs, TN 37082

Accommodations:
Although accommodations are by no means rustic, this is not a luxury retreat experience. I have prioritized community, affordability and an inspiring setting over fancy amenities.
Your room in the lodge or cabin will be shared with 1-2 other Artist/Mothers.
Each room contains 3 bunk beds, a bathroom, central heat/air, a closet and storage. No one will need to sleep on the top bunk (unless you choose to!)

Room sharing:
If you are wanting to book with a group of friends, a handful of cabins are available that could fit up to 6 Artist/Mothers. Please email me after booking with any specific room requests.
Lodge rooms can fit up to 3 Artist/Mothers and can also be requested to share. Email: artistmotherpodcast@gmail.com with sharing requests.

Childcare/Family options:
While this retreat is structured for Artist/Mothers and not entire families, I certainly understand that it is not always possible to travel without our children. Childcare will not be provided by the retreat but there are a few limited housing options available on the property if you needed to attend with your child and a caregiver and desire a private rooming situation. Please email Kaylan directly to discuss these options: artistmotherpodcast@gmail.com

Sample Schedule:
*Subject to change*

Thursday
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Registration, room check in, etc.
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Appetizers, wine bar, Welcome Circle

Friday
8:00am – 9:00am: breakfast, light yoga or stretching, quiet time
9:00am – 9:45am: reflection and discussion- book club, goal setting, etc.
10:00am – 10:45am: Workshop #1 – “Meet The (Inner) Artist” with Benz Amataya
11:00am – 12:00pm: Guest Lecture and discussion “A Painter’s Practice: Inside Look at the Studio Process” with Jodi Hays
12:15pm – 1:00pm: Lunch in the dining hall
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Free time (studios available, hiking trails, nap, etc.)
2:00pm – 2:45pm: Workshop #3 “Paper Doll Making” with Adrienne Brown David
2:45pm – 3:45pm: Guest Lecture and discussion – “Starting a Gallery” with Janet Decker Yanez
4:00pm – 5:15pm: Group Art Activity with Laura Wennstrom
5:15pm – 6:00pm: Free time (studios available, hiking trails, nap, etc.)
6:00pm – 6:45pm: Dinner in the dining hall
6:45pm – 7:30pm: Round table discussion, wine and dessert
7:30pm – 9:00pm: bonfire or free time, extended round table

Saturday
8:00am – 9:00am: breakfast, light yoga or stretching, quiet time
9:00am – 9:45am: reflection and discussion- book club, goal setting, etc.
10:00am – 11:00am: Workshop #4 – “Without Words: A Visual Conversation” with Julianne Strom Brill
11:00am – 12:00pm: “Redefining Success in Art and Motherhood” with Anna Ogier-Bloomer
12:15pm – 1:00pm: Lunch in the dining hall
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Free time (studios available, hiking trails, nap, etc.)
2:00pm – 2:45pm: Workshop #5 – “Block Printing” with Jill Lavetsky
2:45pm – 4:00pm: Guest Lecture and discussion – “Simultaneous Letdown” with Lauren Frances Evans
4:00pm – 5:15pm: Group Art Activity with Laura Wennstrom
5:15pm – 6:00pm: Free time (studios available, hiking trails, nap, etc.)
6:00pm – 6:45pm: Dinner in the dining hall
6:45pm – 7:30pm: Round table discussion, wine and dessert
7:30pm – 9:00pm: bonfire or free time, extended round table

Sunday
8:15am – 8:45am: breakfast bar, light yoga or stretching, quiet time
8:45am – 9:30am: reflection and discussion- book club, goal setting, etc.
9:30am – 10:00am: installation/presentation of Group Art project
10:00am – 10:45am: closing circle

Retreat Activities:
All activities will certainly be optional- I would encourage you to take full advantage of the workshops, lectures, and discussions that will be offered. I also fully understand that Artist/Mothers can always use more rest and quiet! You are encouraged to “retreat your way”, opt out of an afternoon session if needed and enjoy a nap.

There will be an on-site massage therapist available for appointments (booking will take place ahead of time, more details to come).

Studio time is limited but available. There is a large community art room with tables and sinks that you will have access to. You are free to make sure of this space as well as any outdoor studio set up you’d like to create! The camp grounds are inspiring and there are lots of spaces that would make a great spot for sketching, reading, painting or drawing.

Retreat fee:
$595 early bird (ends September 1)
$645 regular price (ends November 1)

Purchase your ticket HERE!
Payment Plan option HERE

*If you are a single Mama, please email Kaylan for information on making this retreat extra accessible for you. artistmotherpodcast@gmail.com

Reimbursement policy:
A large amount of planning and investment goes into making this retreat possible. In the event that you are not able to attend the retreat after booking, a 50% refund of your ticket amount will be available until October 1st. After that time, no refund will be available though you will be able to transfer your ticket to a friend if you know someone who would like to attend in your place.

Fee includes:
– 3 nights lodging
– healthy and nourishing meals for the duration of the retreat: breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, appetizers and cocktails on Thursday after check in, breakfast on Sunday before departure
– all materials needed for the workshops presented
– coffee and snack bar available throughout the duration of the retreat
– SWAG bag with a selection of curated gifts

Fee does not include:
– Airfare or transportation to the venue. If you will be flying into the Nashville International Airport, Kaylan will connect you with others flying in so you can rent a car or share a taxi/uber together
– Though not guaranteed, it is possible if enough people fly, Kaylan will offer one shuttle service from the airport to the retreat location
– art supplies for your own studio time (supplies for workshops will be provided)
– additional snacks and beverages that you may want throughout the retreat

Purchase your ticket HERE!