SFJAG 2019 Member Retreat
Added surprise – A special guest teacher!
October 25th – 27th, Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Our Member Retreat is one of the highlights of our SFJAG year. This is a fun event where members teach it forward. You will not only learn a new technique, but this is also an opportunity to get to know your fellow members better. This year’s retreat will be held at Club Med’s Sandpiper Bay resort in Port St. Lucie, Florida. It’s a relaxed atmosphere with sunshine, good food, and lots of drinks – all inclusive.
This year we have taken our retreat up a notch, we have a special teacher – ANNE HESSE. She will be teaching two half-day classes featuring a mixed media, beaded doll. We will also have our wonderful volunteer members teach a variety of classes highlighting their specialties.
Check back here as we get closer to the event for more information regarding classes, kit fees, and more. We’re looking forward to spending time with everyone.
There is limited space, don’t be left out. The retreat price includes everything – food, drink, room, and great classes with fellow members. Guests are welcome.
Registration fees for this year’s retreat are:
- $420 for single occupancy
- $350 for double occupancy (per person)
- $350 for a non-participating guest
(The rate for a guest is the same as regular double occupancy since there is no fee for the classes.)
Roommate Policy: If you have a roommate, you will be asked to provide that person’s name when you register. Please make sure that when your roommate registers, they include your name. We allocate the double-occupancy rooms based on this match. You will also have the option to request the assignment of a roommate, but we cannot guarantee that one will be available. If you opt for us to find a roommate, and we are not able to do so, you will have the option to upgrade to a single occupancy room, if one is available, or to cancel your registration. Either action must be taken before August 1st.
If you are bringing a non-participating guest, you will be responsible for the total fee (or deposit) at the time of registration. Non-participating guests will not be able to register independently.
- Through July 31, 2019 – $25
- August 1 – August 31, 2019 – 25% of the total amount
- August 31 – September 30, 2019 – 50% of the total amount
- After October 1, 2019 – No Refund
There are no refunds or cancellations after October 1, but you can transfer your reservation to another party.
What is the annual retreat?
Each year, guild members volunteer to “teach-it-forward,” sharing our knowledge in a variety of jewelry-making disciplines with each other. In past years, topics have included beadweaving, kumihimo, metalwork, tassel making, polymer clay, wirework, resin, enameling, and much, much more. All the classes are free. All you pay for are the accommodations – which are all inclusive! Its a really good deal!
Retreat Projects – We Need Teachers
Do you have a cool project or technique that you’d like to share with fellow members? Our annual retreat is a great way to do that! It’s a lovely, no-pressure environment to share your knowledge and skills with others. If you’ve been thinking about teaching but haven’t been sure about making the move, this is a great way to experiment. Wild Idea? Off-beat project idea? New twist on an old technique? Our classes are generally 1/2 day (about 3 hours), so short projects are best. Your idea does not have to be a finished piece – it can be a technique or series of techniques that lead to a finished piece or simply for skills development. Please email Raquel Fraga with your class idea!
By popular demand, we’re bringing back the Brown Bag Raffle
We are asking each member to bring a jewelry-related item – something you’ve made would be very special – valued at $20 or more for the raffle. The guild will have brown paper bags at registration for each member to hold the contributions. Participation is voluntary; at the party, each member will bring their bag and receive a raffle ticket in exchange. Throughout the evening, tickets will be drawn, and – just like our birthday raffle – the winner can choose one of the gifts. You’re free to exchange gifts with other members if you like.
After our cocktail party, our space will be open for socializing, working on projects, or gaming – Last year, everyone really enjoyed game night. If you have a favorite game, bring it to share. We’ll have a selection of other games on hand (or you can bring or invent your own). For those who attended last year, Club Med’s shows are part of the package, so feel free to grab a table in one of their venues, attend a show, or just hang by the pool and enjoy the facilities.