Well, I’m attempting to start to share my thoughts (and a wonderful collection of photos by Sweet Root Village) after my third annual A Daily Gathering retreat. An Intentional Autumn took place November 10-14 at Foxfire Mountain House, a stunningly restored 100 year-old inn in the heart of the Catskills. We welcomed thirteen students (and nearly 15 assistants/instructors/staff) for 5 days of community, family style meals, hands-on workshops, late night conversations (about the most obscure topics), lots of laughter (and plenty of tears, too…happy tears), styling & photography. All in pursuit of learning how to live a more intentional life, how to infuse our lives with beauty, and how to live simply and more thoughtfully. The students made this retreat; they’re the reason for everything we do, every choice we make, every brand we work with, every detail that’s thought up. I am so grateful for each of the thirteen women to chose to attend An Intentional Autumn, and I am so thankful for their support, encouragement, and friendship!
These photos are from our first day together….they show a little around Foxfire Mountain House and its perfectly decorated rooms, curated collections, and found treasures! Location is EVERYTHING for my A Daily Gathering retreats, and I spent over 20 hours researching various possibilities before discovering the magical Foxfire Mountain House. I’m so thankful that I stumbled upon Eliza & Tim’s wonderful country escape and reserved it when I did…they’re almost booked solid for the next year! They’ve created a wonderful respite from daily life, making their guests feel so wonderfully welcome!
I have SO much to share and say about the retreat, but will be spreading it all out over the next couple of days (maybe weeks)! For now, I wanted to talk about some of our partners who made the retreat possible! When the students arrived in their rooms, and at each meal and workshop, I like to gift the students with a little something. Something for their meal, something for their workshop, something to make their stay a little more cozy. I partnered with a handful of some of my absolute favorite shops – some local, some online-only, some in other countries – for these gifts, and I’m so grateful for each contribution. Here’s a bit more about each of the partners included in this blog post (more to come)!
French Baskets – Karina sent a gorgeous leather-handled basket for each student. We used these baskets at our foraging workshop, and they were simply perfect. They work wonderfully for market totes, foraging totes, or even storage in your home! More photos of our foraging & holiday swag workshop to come. Everyone needs a French Basket in their life – check out the rest of Karina’s stunning natural baskets.
Wood Creek Co – Stephanie and Chris sent wooden weaving looms, for use during our weaving workshop taught by Toni at The Catskill Kiwi. The looms were handmade, and were absolutely perfect for our students’ needs! The wall weavings turned out beautifully! Wood Creek Co offers other weaving supplies (and larger looms), along with candles, shelving, and other fun home decor items!
Fouts Leather – Katrina sent these stunning handmade leather yoga mat straps for each student. I’m seriously in LOVE with these straps, and anyone who does yoga needs one in their life; they’re the perfect blend of beauty and function! Katrina sent the “natural” leather straps and they look looked so good up against our black yoga mats! I discovered Katrina’s etsy shop while browsing one day, and I’m so thankful I did; her work is wonderful!
Monta – Gabrielle sent each student a personal scent, and we included these in the small bundle of goodies we laid out on each bed for our students’ arrivals. Monta just launched this week, and I love everything about them: branding, mission, and decision to donate a portion of profits to SpringHill Camps. Monta speaks the language of scent; they create blends that embody the journeys we’ve experienced, hoping to provoke similar emotions in others. I ordered a handful of their scents to give as Christmas gifts!
Circle Creek Home – John and Brenda make delicious olive oil soap, and sent a few bars for each student. We wrapped these up and also gifted them to students as part of their welcome package. These soaps are exquisitely scented, and they work incredibly well! Their soaps would make the perfect stocking stuffers or welcome gifts for friends and family visiting over the holidays. Check out their line with Food52!
Antlers & Honey – Kira sent her ethereal fern prints for each student, which we placed in each room to greet our students. I love her temporary tattoos! Kira’s work is really wonderful, and would make a fun gift for the botanical print lover in your life! Check out her Instagram for daily inspiration & her gorgeous watercolor work!
Piper & Leaf – The Piper and Leaf folks sent loose leaf tea to gift to our students and to serve throughout the weekend. Their tea smells so heavenly; I could brew it all day long! I love their branding, packaging, and their tea is pretty darn scrumptious (best brewed in a glass tea brewer, which is CURRENTLY ON SALE).
Not Perfect Linen – Simona and her family sent linen aprons for each student, to use throughout the weekend. Not Perfect Linen is my go-to company for linen clothing, and now I’m in LOVE with their aprons and other homewares. They’re a small – but thriving – family owned company in Lithuania! The quality of their work is impeccable, and their prices are unbeatable! Just added this top to my wardrobe!
Line 39 Wine – We were so thankful to have all our red wine for the weekend provided by Line 39 Wines. It was delicious, and their branding is spot-on! We also used their wines in our pear-poaching workshop later in the weekend (more photos to come in a future post)!
Vestige Home – Nicole and Luke sent gorgeous hand carved wooden knives for each student, and a selection of their wooden wares for us to use during our styling & photography workshops. Nicole & Luke are a brother-sister duo who produce some of the most gorgeous and precise work! Their salt cellars and round cut serve boards are my two favorite products; the perfect gift for someone who loves to entertain!
Aaaaand that’s it for today’s recap of my third annual creative retreat. Check back soon for Part 2 of An Intentional Autumn!
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