Monday, August 12, 2013

about our last retreat of the year!

*image by Linda Winski

A week ago Sunday we held our third and final Makerie Summer Series event presented by Whole Foods Market Boulder ~ called In the Home ~ which was also our last event of the year. Home is where we make our nests, care for our families and create spaces that feel cozy, peaceful and inviting. This set of wonderful workshops focused upon making things for our dwellings, as well as how we feel in our surroundings.

We started the day with some special giveaways ~ journals provided by Craftside and beautiful magazines by Sweet Paul, Where Women Create and Where Women Cook. (so generous!) In addition, Craftside sent along a lovely array of creative books for everyone to peruse at their leisure. The local, organic farm fresh produce incorporated into our lunches and dinners was also a very special part of the day. Not only was the food delicious, but when shared side by side with an awesome creative community also fed our souls. Adorable boxed lunches were prepared by eat PRIVATE CHEF & CATERING co. and were enjoyed picnic style under a canopy of trees. While we were picnicking, we were treated to the stories of two local inspiring entrepreneurs ~ Indea, founder of Lillabee & Alicia, founder of Whimseybox ~ that sent all of us home with the message that anything is possible! To culminate a day of creating, Whole Foods Wine and Spirits hosted a fabulous creative cocktail hour, serving drinks in fun mason jars that each person took home and could later redeem for a free bulk item at the Pearl Street location. (everyone loved that little surprise!) We were treated to incredible appetizers by Katie and her team at Eat and were given a farm tour of the magical location we were in. We sat down together at one big, beautiful long table for our farm dinner that featured the most incredible pizza served warm right out of Crust's gorgeous wood fired copper oven and topped with farm fresh produce literally picked out of the ground just hours before becoming part of our main course. Dessert was a scrumptious collaboration between Whole Foods and Lillabee ~ ice cream sandwiches packaged so sweetly that it was almost hard to even unwrap. (it didn't really stop us though :) The cookies were made out of Lillabee's brand new Ultimate Cookie Mix that happens to be gluten, dairy and soy free, and you would absolutely never know it. Not only did Lillabee treat us to a variety of sweets throughout the day, but also sent everyone home with their very own box of cookie mix. 

We really have had the best time this summer putting together these creative day retreats on the farm and feel incredibly honored for the chance to work closely with our fantastic local creative and food communities. An enormous thank you ~ once again ~ to everyone who made our Summer Series events such a special experience for everyone involved. 


*every single participant who dedicated their day to play and for taking a chance with us on this new idea of a creative day retreat on the farm. You created quite a warm and loving community!

*my beautiful mom, for continuing to believe in me and this idea and for being my constant cheerleader and endless source of support.

*my husband Chris, for pitching in a great deal on the homefront and with our little ones to give me the time to pursue this dream.

*Emily of Tea with Lola for being such an essential part of all we do and for her amazing ideas, kind spirit and above all, being such a dear friend. I am so grateful. 

*Whole Foods for their generosity and belief in the power of creativity. Along the planing process, which started over a year ago, they were completely open to incorporating all types of creative ideas, which felt like a true partnership that I appreciated so very much. Whole Foods played an essential roll in getting this brand new idea off the ground and we are immensely grateful for the chance to have worked so intimately with their team to bring this series of events into fruition. Each event was filled with all the whole hearted living their company stands behind ~ and more. 

*Betsy and Mike ~ owners of The Lyons Farmette ~ for once again opening up their home and farm to us and for being such a magical location to hold this event.

*eat PRIVATE CHEF & CATERING co. and team, Crust. Rustic Wood Fired Pizza, Whole Foods and Lillabee for the outstanding meals and treats. 

*our terrific teacher team for leading such inspiring workshops ~ Allison, Alessandra, Georgia and Kristin.

*Teryn, Alessandra & my sweet mom for capturing the day in such a magnificent way!

*Spoonflower for printing our adorable tea towel gifts, Katie of Eat for providing the recipe and Studio Meez for designing them.

*Alicia from Whimseybox and Indea from Lillabee for sharing their stories of how their companies came to be. We sure loved hearing about these two great companies and certainly left lunchtime refreshed and with new ideas of our own.


I know I've shared this before, but each time we do an event that is centered around creative community, magical things happen. I can't really explain it but it does. When we share creativity, we share a part of our genuine selves, which naturally creates an open, happy, non-judgmental, loving environment. We aren't afraid to try new things and are open to all kinds of new inspiration. I feel very grateful for the chance to create a special setting for people to feel the power of creativity and bring more of it into their lives. It does wonders. It really really does. 

Even though this was our last event for 2013, we are already in full swing planning for next year. We have some pretty darn exciting plans for 2014 and we can't wait to share them with you soon! In the meantime, please be sure to join us on our social media channels for the latest announcements and inside scoop. 

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