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!
Our next hands-on Wreath Making Retreat will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton on Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15, 2020!
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.
YES! YOU DO DESERVE THIS!
About our Special Guest
Jackie Johns, aifd
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...
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!
Hickory Acres Decor, LLC
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.
Squeaky Willow Decor
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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!!
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'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!
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!!!
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 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!
A Sentimental Season
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!
ALL PURCHASES OF TICKETS ARE FINAL. THERE IS NO REFUND OR RETURN FOR TICKETS PURCHASED AND TICKETS ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE.
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