Exclusive Wreath Retreat

March 13-15, 2020 | Columbia, SC

A Weekend of Wreath Making and Friendship

This will be a weekend to remember! A full weekend of doing what we love, wreath making, shopping, eating and laughing until the tears run down our legs! Ladies, you know what I’m talking about!

Imagine a small group setting where you can learn to master the Southern Charm Wreaths' way of crafting the perfect wreath or arrangement!

  • Are you desperate for more hands-on instruction from Julie and need more personal guidance?
  • Do you have a hard time "getting it" when you watch wreath making videos online?
  • Do you need help honing your wreath skills in order to up your selling game?
  • Maybe you just deserve a weekend getaway making friends and having fun with others who also enjoy your love of ribbon, flowers and shopping?

Well, the Wreath Making Retreat is what you've been waiting for!

Our next hands-on Wreath Making Retreat will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton on Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15, 2020!

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Preview of our last retreat....

Here's what you'll get...

Access to a private Facebook group to help plan your trip, get to know your classmates and where Julie and her team can learn EXACTLY what you want and need from us to customize this event for your needs.

Let’s talk about the food included in your ticket price! Goodies on Friday night's meet and greet, breakfast and lunch on Saturday & Sunday, and a nice dinner with friends on Saturday night.

You can’t come to Columbia and not shop at one of Julie’s favorite local retailers! That’s right, shopping at Carolina Pottery!!!! You may need another suitcase just to take home all the Spring and Easter goodies you’ll find!

Three or more completed designs to take home: which could consist of one or more wreaths, a swag, and one or more centerpieces (shipping back home available if needed for an extra charge).

Meet and greet with Julie on Friday night in a private room where we'll get to know each other with ice breaker games and goodies.

Private meeting space in the hotel for our meals and design room so that you can hear, see and concentrate on learning.

Vendor Shopping with TrendzandGemz!! This online boutique sells quality greenery, florals, ribbon, signs, containers, and attachments. Watch the design team make various centerpieces and arrangements on the fly using their amazing products while educating you on placement, size and scale!

Plus...a guest designer and expert florist Jackie Johns, aifd will be in the house! Julie met Jackie when at a Sims Pottery show three years ago and immediately fell in love with her teaching heart. She is full of knowledge! You can find her bio here.

The below is an example of our schedule but is subject to change based on feedback from classmates.

Retreat Weekend Schedule

Friday, March 13
7:00-8:00 PM - Meet & Greet, Join Julie and Jackie for a meet and greet in a private room away from the noise of the hotel lobby. We'll have an ice-breaker game and this is your chance to sit and chat about anything and everything! Plus get to know your other classmates and make lasting friendships. We'll offer refreshments included in the price but not a full meal.
8:00-9:30 PM - Crafting after Dark with TrendzandGemz

Saturday, March 14
7:45-8:45 AM - Breakfast, included
8:00-8:50 AM - Vendor Shopping
8:30-8:50 AM
- Registration
9:00-10:30 AM - Training Class, materials included and tools supplied
10:30-10:40 AM - Break
10:40-12:00 PM
- Training Class, materials included and tools supplied
12:00-12:45 PM
- Catered Lunch, provided
12:45-2:00 PM - Vendor Shopping
2:00-5:30 PM - Shopping, load in our vans or drive yourself to Carolina Pottery for shopping with Julie! Find out what she purchases and why she dances everytime she leaves that place!
6:00-8:00 PM - Dinner provided, load back into the vans and head to dinner
8:30-9:30 PM - Crafting after Dark with TrendzandGemz

Sunday, March 15
7:45-8:45 AM - Breakfast, included
8:00-8:50 AM - Vendor Shopping
9:00-12:00 PM - Training Class, materials included and tools supplied
12:00-12:45 PM - Catered Lunch provided
12:45-1:30 PM - Vendor Shopping
1:30-4:00 PM
- Training Class, materials included and tools supplied
4:00-4:30 PM - Goodbyes

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  • In order to keep this event intimate and to provide you with personal instruction from Julie, class size is limited to ONLY 30 people. So don’t wait in securing your spot.
  • Julie will be staying at the Doubletree with you so that you can meet and mingle in the hotel lobby or restaurant throughout the weekend.
  • Since Julie's top priority for you is to have a hands-on educational experience, we're keeping the price as low as possible making virtually no profit in order to make sure you have a stellar, pampered weekend experience.
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YES! YOU DO DESERVE THIS!

About our Special Guest

Jackie Johns, aifd

Jackie’s floristry journey began in the 1990’s when she opened a retail shop, although the roots go back to helping her father in his vegetable garden and mother in her flower gardens.

Jackie was a board member of the Alabama State Florist Association for ten years and ultimately its President.

She has run workshops, won design competitions and has also worked with top American designers helping with their stage presentations. Jackie was inducted into the prestigious AIFD (American Institute Floral Design) in 2015.

After 14 years she sold her retail business and opened Jackie Johns Florals Weddings and Events.

In 2017 she has downsized into retirement. She now freelances, teaches, travels and shares her extensive knowledge of Floral Design.

Jackie is an advocate for education within the Floral industry and has pledged to keep telling her knowledge of flowers to anyone who will listen and benefit.

In 2015 she was asked to become a Floral Fundamentals Ambassador and traveled to Denmark for a 2 day floral photo shoot with some of the most elite European Designers.

Her unique bridal work was published in the 2014-2015 Fusion Flowers Wedding Magazine, a top European floral magazine, that is disbursed to 77 countries. She is known for her texture and color, not only in her bridal work but all aspects of floral design.

Jackie’s resume consists of designing at The Philadelphia Flower Show, Chairing one of the many committees at the 2019 FTD World Cup Floral Competition, Southern Chapter AIFD Board Member,

Countless committees and Advocate for Floral Education.

Jackie is currently one of the floral designers for Sims Wholesale Fall and Christmas Design Events in Georgia and North Carolina

Jackie resides Alabama with her husband, 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

What Others Thought...

Testimonials

The Wreath Retreat Weekend with Southern Charm Wreaths is the best event I have attended of its kind. It’s a small group setting with lots of high-quality instruction and all the help you need! I’ve made lifelong friendships and learned so much. It’s a very comfortable setting to stretch your skills and push forward in your designing. Everyone, including the other participants, is so helpful and supportive! After my first retreat, I had the confidence to try different things. At my second I kept pace and left fully prepared to continue through the busy season! Attending Julie’s retreats is not the only training I have under my belt, but it’s definitely the best and most fun long term investment I’ve made in my company!

Beth Wilson
Hickory Acres Decor, LLC 

This was my first retreat with Julie of Southern Charm Wreaths. I went in not knowing anyone there and not knowing what to expect. I was "Doing it Scared" as Julie always says. I was greeted with open arms, made to feel comfortable, and made a lot of new friends. This was the best retreat I have ever attended. During the class your taught how to design using items you would have never thought of using, adding colors that coordinate and make your designs pop. She has you thinking outside of the box and creating a beautiful design. It was very organized and ran like a very well oiled machine. Julie is an amazing designer and teacher. She takes the time to help you if you need it, shows you tips and tricks and treats you with respect and kindness. She is kind and caring and doesn't rush, she lets you create your own design so your personality shines through. If you are looking for that special someone to teach you how to make beautiful wreaths then Julie is that person. She is the most amazing teacher I know. God has given her a talent that she is willing to share. If you ever have the opportunity to go to her retreat jump on it. You won't be sorry. It's worth every penny!
 
Teresa Ellis

This is the 3rd retreat that I have attended, and the 2nd one that included Jackie Johns. While it was more of an investment, I would rather have experts as guests to offer a different perspective as then we not only get Julie's expertise, but also Jackie's expertise. They complement each other, and love to share their knowledge with anyone who will listen and use it. I can't think of a better combination of personalities, and knowledge. I love learning from both Julie and Jackie. I would recommend the wreath retreat to anyone wanting a small group setting to learn different techniques up close and personal. Larger groups can leave you feeling that you miss something.

Denna Howell
Squeaky Willow Decor

Southern Charm Wreath Retreats are the bombdiggity!!! You will learn all sorts of best practice techniques, gain creative insight, and amass a wealth of years of professional tips and tricks from both the presenters and other attendees!!
 
Alissa O'Meara

My take away from the first-ever wreath retreat was confidence!

I loved how Julie was able to break down the learning process so that during the class I could see the step-by-step “recipe” behind the creations we were making in the class, and I began to visualize for myself how I could use this for other seasonal wreaths and swags. It was a confidence-building experience for me to know that I could put what I learned in class to work and know it would be a fabulous creation! Additionally, I walked away from the retreat having made friendships that will last a lifetime - which is priceless! Through it all, we laughed, encouraged each other, shopped, and enjoyed being together. Thank you, Julie, for a tremendous learning experience!

Sue Stringer
Simply Elegant Wreaths

I have attended each wreath retreat weekend Julie has offered and have to say that I have found them all to be very beneficial. Not only have I learned new wreathing techniques, but I've also learned a lot of business tips too. The small group setting is perfect for learning and allows for one-on-one instructions and critiquing when needed. Aside from the educational aspects of the retreat, the friendships I have made at each retreat are priceless! I look forward to each retreat where I know I'll have the opportunity to learn new things and meet new friends!!

Rose Paulus
Night Owl Design by Rose

My attendance at the first wreath retreat came after I was introduced to Julie by my sister Maura Shurtleff.  I’ve always been amazed at Maura's creativity and natural ability to just pull things together and make everything more beautiful than it was. When she started making wreaths I was delighted to have my own personal decorator! My sister had another plan.  She introduced me to Julie by constantly talking and sharing with me things she was learning. Maura had me assisting her by sorting, organizing and purchasing supplies…

Our first road trip to Hobby Lobby (one of Julie’s recommendations) was fun,  hilarious, and expensive…
Julie nurtured my sister's passion and she shared that with me every step of the way until I became a member of Wreath of the Month Club myself!

Having been to the first wreath makers live  (I was unable to attend) Maura knew the minute the wreath retreat was announced she wanted us to go! As soon as tickets went on sale she quickly purchased seats for the two of us!
I was skeptical and scared, not sure I could create like my sister. But there was no backing out, Maura's excitement about going was definitely contagious. 

At the wreath retreat, we met Julie along with so many kind, supportive creative and inspirational women, all wanting the other one to be successful. (Honestly, I’m 54 and I don’t know if that happens very often, LOL!) . We learned, laughed, shopped (oh my word, did we shop!) and enjoyed it!

That along with making my very first wreaths was really the confidence-boosting, motivating experience I needed and a weekend I will not forget. 

Maura and I have since opened a business named  “Wreath Works A Boston Company”

We plan to join Julie’s Success Circle ASAP and get our Etsy shop open!
We are all in, loyal followers of  Julie Siomacco’s Southern Charm Wreaths!  With her guidance, we look forward to being successful wreath shop owners!

I’ve often heard that God places people in your path for a reason. My sister and I both needed all that Julie's retreat offered. The experience, motivation, and confidence along with new "Wreath Sisters" were an added bonus!

We are anxiously awaiting the announcement for the next retreat!

Helen Kunze

 

Hi wreathers!

All the testimonials here are 100% authentic. The only thing I want to add is this...getting a ticket to wreath retreat is like getting a front row seat at a concert that has been sold out for weeks! You can't afford to miss it if you are a creative wreather!

Tracy Lynn
The Gilded Elf

I had prayed for a chance to have some hands-on with Julie and God answered!!!! I learned so much from this experience. I was so new to wreath making that I didn't even have a name yet. Through this Retreat, Julie and the ladies helped me to get a name and start a Facebook page!!

Plus I learned different techniques and making bows by hand. The best part was the friends that I made through this experience!!! I'm looking forward to the next one!!!! 
 
Sincerely
Jennifer Moye  
JAM DESIGNS

I’m Bonny from Bonny’s Crafty Boutique and I am so thankful and appreciative to have attended Julie’s first Wreath Retreat. Julie’s motivation, organization, expertise, and hands-on training was so effective for me and my business. I now use those skills and tips she taught me in every wreath I make today. I’m so looking forward to her next retreat in the spring and seeing our family of Wreath Retreat sisters again.

Bonny Clayborn
Bonny's Crafty Boutique

I just recently started making wreaths and nervously went to this retreat. I prayed that if this experience was meant to be I would be able to purchase a ticket. After 3 attempts I was able to purchase one!!! This hands-on experience with Julie was one of the best experiences of my life I couldn’t believe I was capable of making such beautiful wreaths. With her teaching and direction, I did it and amazed myself! I cannot explain how happy I was when I made my first bow. I did a bow dance!! And the ladies I met. They were the most encouraging and supportive women I have been around. I met so many new friends And continue to talk with them on a regular basis Julia’s teaching approach is creative, easy to follow and organized. Thank you Julie!

Lisa Blair

I have followed Julie for more than one year, and have learned so much from her. When she announced her very first wreath retreat, I jumped at the opportunity to attend. Julie is such a sweet, caring individual who loves to share her knowledge with others.

She provided all of the supplies to make two wreaths, including the glue pot! It was such a fun-filled two days with 25 other ladies, making new friends, offering each other encouragement, and just helping each other. Julie provided us with the opportunity to go on a shopping trip to a local craft store, and I am sure that Carolina Pottery did not know what to do with a total of 27 ladies descending on their store at one time. She ensured that we were all fed accordingly too. She had it planned very carefully, and we actually surprised her in that it did not take us as long to make our wreath and swag as planned so we had time to talk business and ask questions on the last day. We were all there to learn and paid close attention to her demonstrations and teaching moments.

I learned to make her signature funky bow left-handed! That is how good Julie taught us. I was despairing of ever being able to make her bow just because I would have to learn to make it left-handed instead of right-handed. She came over and looked at my bow, and stated that it was a great job for making it opposite of how she taught us. Proud moment for me!

If at all possible, I would attend every wreath retreat she offers. It just doesn't get any better than learning from an expert in a small face-to-face setting. Thank you Julie for the most awesome experience, and new friends!!!

Denna Howell
Squeaky Willow Decor

Julie’s Wreath Retreat was 2 fun-filled days packed with learning, shopping, eating, talking, laughing, and building lifelong relationships!! Julie is a professional class act in everything she does! 

Rhonda Carrier
Rhonda Carrier Designs

During Julie's first Wreath Retreat last fall, I had the opportunity to spend a weekend with a fine group of wonderful women. We were led by a lady who has a God-given talent and is passionate about teaching new techniques and skills so others may continue to grow their own passion. I was challenged to go out of my comfort zone as the first wreath we made was "new" for me. Through Julie's guidance and patience, I learned a new style. I was also able to make and sell other wreaths very similar to the ones we made at the retreat! The fellowship was just as wonderful - if a stranger had "looked-in" on us, they would have thought that a bunch of good friends got together for a weekend of fun! It was a memorable weekend!

Cindy MacDonald
A Sentimental Season

 
Do you want to learn how to make beautiful wreaths in a loving, friendly environment, where there is only positivity? Would you like to make life-long friends from all parts of the country that share the same interest as you? Well, attending Julie's Wreath Retreat is for you! I can guarantee that you will have an exceptional learning experience. Julie is an excellent instructor. No matter if you are a novice or a master of design, you will learn multitudes of ideas and techniques from this Wreath Retreat. You could not ask for a more caring and patient instructor who really knows her stuff!
 
Diane Daniel
DD's Decor and More

Julies Wreath Retreat is extremely well planned and organized. Her hands-on instructions, tips, and tricks, along with her wealth of knowledge and experience in wreath making and floral design are invaluable. As a very successful entrepreneur who has been in the business for a long time, she uses that success to encourage others to find their purpose and be the best they can be, as well. Aside from learning, her retreats are set in a relaxed environment with great food, fun, and fellowship! I have made friendships that will last a lifetime!!

Learning, creating, wreath making, shopping, and enjoying wonderful fellowship with a great group of people, describes Julie Siomacco's Wreath Retreat. We officially began the retreat on a Thursday night with a very nice meet and greet. We were welcomed with an array of desserts as we met new friends, reconnected with "old" ones, and shopped! During the next two days, we experienced hands-on learning with each one of our four "make and take" creations as well as beautiful demonstrations by Julie and Jackie. I loved how they constantly walked around the room and offered individual assistance if needed; Mike even did a little "teaching"! This retreat was definitely planned with a great purpose for us. Julie, Jackie, Meredith, Mike, and Josh worked very hard to provide a top-notch wreath retreat!

FAQ

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