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Join us for a life changing week for a Ponderosa Workshop at Butley Priory in Suffolk England just 2 hours outside of London. Once a 14th Century Monastery, Butley Priory is located in the wilds of the Suffolk Heritage Coast and nestled in the midst of acres of green countryside, forest walks and marshlands and will be our workshop home for the week. 

We will spend 5 unforgettable days here, sleep in beautiful rooms, eat gorgeous meals, and rejuvenate our hearts while we learn the art of floral design amongst the nature, architecture and history that will inspire us.

While we'll be tucked away in the countryside there are lots of fun things to do nearby including swimming in the freezing cold North Sea at Shingle Street! (Not for the faint hearted!) Visiting the medieval town Orford or the saxon burial ground at Sutton Hoo. There are many gorgeous pubs and sea food restaurants in the area, castles to visit, wild windswept beaches, antique shops, farm shops and walks.

Come join me and the Ponderosa team for a workshop that will challenge and inspire you. During the first day we will dig deep into the heart of creativity, and how we can discover our place in the world as floral artists. Later in the week we will create wildly romantic bridal bouquets and near the end of the week we will create an incredible floral installation together using the environment as our guide.

THE DETAILS
WHEN: September 18-22
WHERE: Butley Priory, Suffolk England
HOSTS: Katie Davis of Ponderosa & Thyme and the Ponderosa Team
FOR: This workshop is open to creatives of all levels & walks of life that are wanting to learn the art and freedom of floral design, experience the food and culture of the English Countryside and are willing to take time to learn how to push their creativity and art further.

INVESTMENT: Prices are given in USD. Workshop seats are $3700 each.

Included in the retreat:

*Accommodations/lodging at Butley Priory (shared rooms only)
*All materials for the workshop, including: flowers, silk ribbon and clippers
*Apron & Welcome Gift
*All meals including:
*4 Dinners and drinks (even the fun ones!)
*4 Lunches
*4 Breakfasts
*Snacks and beverages during the retreat
*Group discussions and private 1:1 Sessions with Katie Davis
*3 Days of hands-on floral design instruction and learning
*Mini hands-on photography session “Photographing your flowers for social media”
*Access to the Butley Priory sites and scenery
*Professional headshots
*Beautifully styled photo shoots
*Ability to use images from shoots for portfolio, website, and social media.

THE WORKSHOP
Ponderosa workshops are designed for new and experienced florists as well as photographers, stylists, creatives and dreamers that want to grow and expand their skill set for more flexibility and creativity in their work.
This artist retreat will be dedicated to the process of finding your own personal creative flow and how to approach floral design basics in a way that pushes your boundaries.

DISCUSSIONS & 1:1 SESSIONS
Discussions & 1:1 sessions will include floristry business basics like: How to source local materials, floral design technique, foraging basics, networking and collaborating with other industry professionals, creating styled photo shoots, getting your work published, social media presence/online image and creating a curated portfolio. You will have full access and time to ask about anything in the floral industry you need help with. We will take time to process through personal struggles and give space to begin to discover artistic vision and drive.
We'll also be covering topics like: creating sustainability for your creative practice, finding and defining your creative voice, turning your passion into your career and more!

ACCOMMODATIONS
We are happy to say that shared accommodations are included in the price of this event! If you would like to find your own accommodation you can choose option that in the payment options below.

TRAVEL
Attendees are responsible for all travel arrangements to get to the workshop (including airfare and car rental/train/etc.)
The London airport is only a couple of hours from the workshop and if you’re feeling adventurous the drive is not far!
Attendees may want to carpool or take a train to the workshop so be sure to let us know your travel schedule, and we’ll do our best to connect you with a ride or companion.

FACEBOOK GROUP
Once you’ve signed up for the workshop we’ll add you to our private Facebook group and there you can team up with someone to share rooms/and arrange transfers to the hotel.

SNEAK PEEK OF THE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE*

MONDAY Sept. 18
Arrival
Welcome dinner and drinks

TUESDAY Sept 19
Breakfast and 1:1 sessions
Foraging adventure
Group intros + Business basics talk
Lunch
Floral demonstration: "Wild and romantic bridal bouquet” (a lesson in large and dramatic bridal bouquets)
Hands-on floral session: (Wild and romantic bridal bouquets)
Dinner and wine
After dinner: group reflection

WEDNESDAY Sept. 20
Breakfast and 1:1 sessions
Foraging adventure
Finishing the bridal bouquet
Lunch
Lesson on posing flowers
Photo shoot (bouquets)
Dinner and wine
Hands-on floral session (TBA)

THURSDAY Sept. 21
Breakfast and 1:1 sessions
Hands-on session: "Creating installation shapes"
Editorial shoot with installations/bouquet/model(s)
Farewell feast and wine
After dinner: Group reflection

FRIDAY Sept. 22
Breakfast and 1:1 sessions
Demo and practice: "Focusing on the little details"
Debrief/ Group reflection
Goodbyes and send off with sack lunches
* Schedule subject to change slightly*

PAYMENT PLAN:
We are happy to offer a payment plan option for those who need it!
If you would like to request to arrange a payment plan please email:

katie@ponderosaandthyme.com.

With a payment plan a deposit of $1000 reserves your seat at the workshop and the remaining balance is due one month before the workshop begins.

PAYMENT DETAILS/FINE PRINT
By sending payment the attendee agrees to the workshop terms:

A minimum of 6 students is required for workshop

Your seat is reserved for (1) attendee only, please do not bring friends/spouse/children to the workshop.

Payments can be made via Paypal/Credit card

Workshop deposits and payments are non-refundable

Accommodation and Airfare/Transportation to workshop is NOT included

*Daily items in schedule are subject to change slightly

Cancellation Policy: If you sign up please be sure you are able to come. The workshop is non-refundable unless you can find someone to take your place. We strongly advise you to purchase travel insurance in the unlikely event of natural disasters, or other unforeseen events.