2017 Retreat Programme

Register for The Chewstick Foundation’s thrice annual (Winter, Summer, Fall) Island Retreat Programme in 2017 for the chance to learn, connect, get inspired, and have fun while appreciating the epic beauty of Bermuda.

Note the NEW DATES for the Fall Retreat on Paget Island, Friday Oct 20 – Sunday Oct 22!

Here’s the link to sign up!

Signup deadline for the Fall Retreat is October 13!
Early Bird Prices available until October 10.

Activities will include drawing, poetry, creative writing, music, workshops and yoga in the gorgeous setting of our island home, while meeting a bunch of really awesome new people.

Dates and island locations for 2017 are as follows:

Retreat Location Dates
Winter Retreat Port’s Island Friday Feb 17 – Sunday Feb 19, 2017
Summer Retreat Darrell’s Island Friday Aug 11 – Sunday Aug 13, 2017
Fall Retreat Paget Island Friday Oct 20 – Sunday Oct 22, 2017


The Retreat Programme is now in its seventh year and has met and surpassed its purpose to bring people together to connect, to learn and to have fun while appreciating the epic beauty of Bermuda. If  you are a person who likes to tell stories, dance, play dominoes, swim, paint or pontificate on  life with others, the retreat is for you! If you simply need a moment of pause from the daily demands of work and home life, take the chance to unwind and maybe learn something as well. In addition to participant-led break out sessions, there is free time to reflect and to get inspired by the beautiful surroundings, activities such as hair braiding, Bocce (Chewstick’s official game), fishing (provide own equipment) and the Retreat Fireside, where participants are encouraged to share a new skill, story, poem, song or anecdote and everyone gets to participate in the always fun, sing along vibe.

retreatcircle1Price Breakdown is as follows (signup deadline is October 13 for Fall 2017):

Category EARLY BIRD Price (before Oct 10) Late Signup Price
General $250 $275
Member $175 $200
Youth (ages 12-18) $125 $150
Parent and Child $300 $325
Additional Child (under 12) $50 $50

Includes boat to and from the island, indoor accommodations, 6 meals, snacks, art supplies, workshops, and materials for the Retreat fireside.

Participants can opt to bring a tent, or stay in shared dorm-style accommodation (bunks are limited).


Learning from each other on the Retreat

The Standard VERY IMPORTANT Information

Break-out Sessions are 1.5 to 2 hour workshops that offer insight into a variety of fields that all help participants to deepen personally and collectively. They are led by passionate people that want to share their fields of expertise and personal experience in a safe and organic environment. All attendees are invited (though not required) to submit a Break-out Session option for consideration, and everyone who attends is expected to bring a passion for learning and sharing. There are 3 Break-Out Sessions scheduled for each Retreat, with up to 9 options to choose from.

We don’t know who will attend well in advance, so it is difficult to let you know what each Retreat will offer specifically, but if you’d like to lead a session include a brief description in  the sign up form, we will let you know as soon as possible if yours has been accepted (there’s a discount for facilitators). Some useful information is below:

What do Participants Need to Bring?
The Retreats alternate between Ports Island, Paget Island and Darrell’s Island, three of the most beautiful and fully equipped islands in Bermuda. Unlike traditional “camping”, each island is fully equipped with plenty of beds, full kitchen and dining areas and bathroom facilities –making this excursion quite the opposite of “roughing it”, but you still need to bring a few things.

Pillow, Bedding (fitted sheet & blanket), Sleeping Bag and/or something to keep you warm
Clothing (2 sets of day wear/night wear etc. recommended)
Sneakers, Sandals, Boots etc.
Swimsuit/Swim Shoes
Towel (bath and swim towels recommended)
Plate/Bowl/Fork/Spoon/Butter knife/Cup/Water bottle
Chair (if you don’t bring it, be prepared to sit on the ground!)
Good vibes
Any snacks you may want
Any other tools you need for your craft (musical instruments, notepad, sketchbook, art supplies, etc.) If unsure, contact us for more information.
Anything you want to share with the other participants (e.g. henna tattoos, craft supplies, knowledge, good jokes)
Lotion, sunscreen, hand sanitizer etc.
Bug repellent (though we haven’t had any problems with mosquitoes etc.)
Games (e.g. marbles, cards, etc. no electronic games please)

Please Do Not Bring:
Bad vibes
Portable game systems
Any illicit substances or materials
Anything you cannot carry yourself

A peek into what’s in store

Under 18
We are proud to be able to offer the opportunity for young people ages 6-18 to be able to attend and participate. The youngest will be taken care of by a child care provider away from the different workshops, while those willing and able to participate in deepening activities will be allowed to. Those under 18 will be required to get parental consent as well as an over 18 chaperone. If a chaperone cannot be identified we would be willing to ask other mature attendees if one would be able to be a personal chaperone for you. Please inquire well in advance if you will be bringing a child or if you need a chaperone.

Space is limited for this special event and we are inviting participants to take part in a journey along with roughly 50 participants for this tremendous, life-changing personal adventure. Friday evening boat departure and Sunday afternoon boat return information will be confirmed by email. Sign-ups can be made by phone on 292-2439 or by filling out the form. Cash or Credit Cards accepted; please make cheques payable to The Chewstick Foundation.

Even MORE information about the Retreat is available here! 


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