WELCOME TO THE RETREAT
When there aren’t enough hours in the day, it’s easy to lose sight of the things you love about social media. For us, that means being creative and sharing our own authentic stories.
WHAT IS THE RETREAT?
We’ve created The Retreat as a small, collaborative event for bloggers and other social media influencers who want to refresh their creative energy, and brush up on their content creation skills.
Over three days, we will provide a schedule where experts will guide you through a range of fun activities designed to improve your writing, photography and film-making. And there’s plenty of time to build meaningful connections with your fellow guests, at our beautiful rural venue.
The Retreat takes place at Croydon Hall, a gorgeous country house on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. In this beautiful setting, we’re inviting just 50 influencers to join us for a weekend of creativity, storytelling and adventure from April 20-22, 2018.
WHAT WILL WE DO?
At The Retreat, we believe that there are three key things you need to learn.
First, learning has to be fun. So we’ve ditched the presentations and slides, and brought in a range of fun activities that will get you out of your comfort zone and creating exciting content. You’ll have the chance to try lots of new things – from bike rides to spa sessions, cookery classes and fashion shoots.
Second, we think you need coaches and presenters who know their stuff. So we’ve assembled a team of professional writers, photographers and film-makers. Whether you’re just starting out, or an experienced blogger looking to develop your skills, this is the perfect place to get support.
Thirdly, you need time and space. Most of our workshops are for groups of 5 to 15 people. This ensures you have plenty of time to get individual support and advice from our experts, and your peers. Not only that, but we have several small group critiques over the weekend, where you can discuss your work in detail in a supportive environment.
WHAT’S ON THE SCHEDULE?
Whether your passion is words, photography or film-making, The Retreat is all about creating content you – and your audience – will love. We aren’t interested in telling you the “right” way to take photographs. It’s about inspiring you to create authentic content that tells the story you want to share with the world.
Our final schedule will be confirmed closer to the event, but here’s an idea of the kind of sessions we’re planning. You can see more over on the schedule page. And do let us know if there’s a session you’d love to see!
Work with a professional photographer to set up a photo shoot to capture people using different lighting, props and composition. See how changes to your set-up can change the mood and tone of your images. The perfect place to capture your next headshot!
Join a writing workshop to share your creative challenges with other creators, and get feedback on your writing. An expert writing coach will join each small group to offer support and inspiration.
Take a trail bike ride (downhill) with a professional photographer and local guide. Look for creative ways to capture landscape photography with your own camera, as our guides help you to get the best from your kit.
Relax and clear your mind. It’s hard to be creative when you’re on the treadmill of running social media platforms. The Retreat is designed with loads of fun activities and facilities to help you relax, disconnect from the outside world, and give yourself the space and time to discover what inspires YOU. Go for a swim, take a dip in the hot tub, or join a yoga class. Or open a bottle of red. Whatever works for you.
Head out on the water in a kayak or on a paddle board with your video camera, and experiment with tips from our film makers on how to get the best footage. It’s the perfect way to get out of your comfort zone and think more creatively about capturing outdoor activities. Oh, and we’ll give you all the kit you’ll need for this session!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Retreat is for any influencer who wants to connect with creative colleagues in a friendly, collaborative setting.
It’s the perfect event if you want to inject more personality and authenticity into your content, or brush up on your writing, photography and video skills.
This isn’t the event for you if you want to learn technical skills. We know there are lots of wonderful events offering workshops in how to set up and grow social media channels. The Retreat is about how to create wonderful content to put on those channels!
This is also an event about connecting people. So as much as we hope you’ll love our workshops and activities, we’re confident you’ll also love the community of influencers you will meet here.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Tickets to The Retreat cost £280 including VAT. You can secure your ticket by paying a £75 deposit.
The remaining balance of £205 can be paid in two instalments of £100 and £105, which will be due on 9 February 2018, and 9 March 2018. Your ticket includes:
2 nights’ accommodation at Croydon Hall
Shuttle transport to and from Taunton Station if needed
All main meals, tea, coffee and soft drinks during your stay
All equipment hire needed e.g. mountain bikes, wetsuits, adventure cameras etc
Access to the on-site spa, sauna, hot tub and swimming pool
The Retreat Guide, a take-away booklet containing summaries of all sessions, along with top tips from our expert coaches – so you won’t forget what you’ve learned!
HOW DO I BOOK?
Simple! Click on the “register” button be taken to our booking page.
If you’d like to know more or have any questions, check out our FAQ page. If this doesn’t answer your query, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.