In June I’ll be heading to Brandon, Manitoba to attend the amazing creative retreat Finding Stillness | Summer 2017 with Kim Klassen.
It will centre around creative connection through still life styling, shooting and processing…..a gathering of like minded creatives… learning and growing together
This will be Kim’s third creative retreat, and the first one to be held in early summer. Just imagine. Just imagine the peonies … oh.my.oh.my.
Oh, dear. But first, let’s back up a bit … back to Finding Stillness |September 2016 (which I attended) and take a look-see as to what was still blooming in Manitoba at that time.
This little bouquet was one of the most photographed scenes at that retreat. A handful of sweet cosmos and delicate yarrow in a rusty bucket almost caused a stampede ;)
And then there was this absolutely stunning bouquet created by Irma of @prairieblossomboutique brought to us by her sister, the beautiful barista and photographer @simplyrosiephotography … insane … right?
Gah, I can’t even believe I was there …
But I was.
The retreat is not a formal workshop, but Kim is always milling around, ready to answer any and all questions regarding cameras, Lightroom, and living a creative life. I’ll never forget the first tip she gave me regarding camera settings … it probably seemed small to her, but to me it was like a lightbulb exploded in my head (true story!) and I’ve heard many people say the same thing.
As well, all the other attendees are more than willing to share their process (Kim’s vibe attracts her tribe) and it’s a very uplifting and supportive environment.
When I was asked to create a flat-lay and to share my process, I was more than happy to do so. There were no secrets after I was finished, and when I look back at this image I’m kinda blown away by it … the colours, the textures, the design. Yeah … I’m pretty chuffed ;) it’s one of my fav’s … and take a look at Kim’s props (that linen! swoon!)
It was interesting to see everyone else’s take on it (photos in gallery on IG)
To date, I haven’t shared much on my blog about the 2016 retreat. But from the moment I boarded that plane on my way to Brandon, and then to Rivers, and Kim’s studio, I felt as though I was living a dream. I was filled with excitement, anticipation, and a sense of pride. Never in my wildest imaginings did I think I’d be traveling across Canada to meet and mingle with like-minded creative souls, one of which was my oldest daughter, Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs (but that’s a whole other post!)
I didn’t get as many people photos as I would have liked, but here’s a talented trio for you … friends forever …
In the end, I’m mostly struck with how the positive energy and empowerment of a retreat continues for not just days, or weeks, but for years! and perhaps even a lifetime. And now, I can hardly believe I’ll be boarding that plane once again!
Finding Stillness | Summer 2017 here I come!!
Oh, and I think there are still some spots available (just sayin’ ;)
I do realize I’m very blessed to have the support and encouragement to keep on following my dream no matter what, so I’m sending much love and hugs to the hubs (my staunchest supporter xoxo).
*You can read my posts on Finding Stillness | Autumn 2015 Part I here, and Part II here. As well as how we were published in Mingle magazine in 2016 (a Stampington publication) here.
So lovely! You’re going to have a fantastic time…I can smell the peonies already!
Thank you Jo! I’ll miss you!!
Ann Davis says
You will bring such joy to the retreat and in return will be able to share that joy with the rest of us.
We will be hiking the hills of Colorado the last week of June and into the first week of July
with the family.
Thank you Ann! I’ll be sharing the joy for sure :) enjoy your hike – it sounds amazing!
Lovely post Barb. It was such a magical experience. I loved getting to meet you in person and see your styling and talents in action. Every women was wonderful who attended. You are right: Kim’s vibe attracts her tribe.
Thank you Jo-Ann, I was so happy to meet you as well! It was truly magical … and one never really realized just how magical until it’s over …