What happens at a retreat?

Please refer to the indicative schedule for an overview of how each day at a Retreat runs.

Retreats generally start with check in from 2.00pm on the first day. Between 2.00pm and 6.00pm, attendees have the chance to settle into their rooms, meet new room-mates, catch up with friends and have a look around the venue.

Dinner on day one offers a chance for the retreat organisers to introduce themselves and cover off any ettiquette, house-keeping and safety matters. Meals are basic but nutritious and venues do their best to cater for food allergies and intolerances. Please let us know at the time of your registration if you have any special dietary needs.

Sometimes there might be workshops on the first evening, or you can take the opportunity to do some of your own beadwork or just unwind and have a chat with others. If you’ve made something for the challenge, bring it, along with any other show and tell items you want to show off.

A typical day at a retreat starts at 8.00am with a casual breakfast.

The first workshop session commences at 9.00am. Workshops are held in various spaces across the retreat venue. We aim to have dedicated spaces set up for lamp working, metalwork, poly clay etc to ensure safety and appropriate noise levels.

Work spaces are set up to make the best use of natural light possible but this isn’t always guaranteed. It can be a good idea to bring a small battery operated craft lamp if you have one.

Lunch is at 1.00pm each day (unless otherwise specified). Workshops should be finished and packed up before lunch to make way for the afternoon sessions. Again, lunch is a casual affair and a great chance to show off what you made in your morning workshop!

Afternoon workshops start at 2.00pm and should be finished and packed up at 6.00pm to make way for dinner and the evening’s activities.

On one night of each retreat we have a themed evening. Retreat attendees are encouraged to get into the spirit of the retreat theme and come to dinner in costume. The evening’s entertainment revolves around the theme, for example, in July 2014 the theme was Flower Power (aka Peace Love Beads). Everyone made an amazing effort with their costumes and we had an evening of 60’s trivia, games and karaoke. It was totally groovy! The Great Gatsby/1920’s theme of the January 2015 retreat was a sparkling affair with gangsters, flappers, sequins and pearls galore!

Other evenings may consist of more workshops, a mini market or free time to relax, bead, chat, and have a few drinks if you’re that way inclined!

Bed time is whenever you feel like it, but be aware that if you’ve nominated to be in a “late to bed” room, there may be workshops running in a common area near your bedroom. If this is likely to be an issue for you, consider opting for an “early to bed” room when you register for the Retreat.

On the last day of the retreat, breakfast is served as usual and check out is usually 10.00am (unless otherwise specified).