Sign Up for the Spring Retreat | March 21 – 23

The first installment for 2014 of The Chewstick Foundation’s thrice annual Island Retreat program will be taking place Friday, March 21st through Sunday, March 23rd on Paget Island. This is one that should definitely not be missed as we will be organizing a mural painting on Paget Island as an expansion of the Chewstick Community Art Program. A design depicting a significant event, person or group will be left to enhance the beauty of Paget Island and to start conversations on its story.

The Retreat series is now in its fourth 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. The chance to organize the first Paget Island mural as part of the Retreat is a tremendous honor and a chance for participants for the first Retreat of 2014 to really leave their mark.

While past participants have had beautiful experiences, having made lifelong friends, learned new skills through workshops that range from still life drawing and African Mask making to financial planning and song writing, salsa dance and more, participants on the 2014 Spring Retreat will be able to share leave a beautiful mural for future groups that come to Paget Island.

All manner of folk are invited to attend; if you are a person who likes to tell stories, dance, play dominoes, swim, paint or pontificate on aspects of life with others, the retreat is for you! In addition to the 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), hiking, fishing (provide own equipment) and the Retreat fireside where all participants share a new skill, story, poem, song or anecdote and everyone gets to participate in the always  fun, sing along vibe.

The Standard VERY IMPORTANT Information 

Break-out Sessions are 1.5-3 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 12 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 and Paget Island, two 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)
Chair (if you don’t bring it, be prepared to sit on the ground!)
Butter knife
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.
Lotion, sunscreen, hand sanitizer etc.
Bug repellent (though we haven’t had any problems with mosquitoes etc.)
Games (no electronic games please)

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

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. March 21 participants will depart from the King’s Wharf (behind St. George’s Visitor Center) on Friday evening at 6pm and return to the mainland on Sunday evening at 3pm. 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.The price breakdown is as follows: General: $200 | Members: $150 | Under 18: $85 | Parent & Child (under 18): $250 ($50 each additional child).

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