March  3 - 4, 2018

Gather is an intimate learning experience located in beautiful San Luis Obispo, California. Our 2018 overnight retreat will take place over two full days filled with exploration and hands on practice in the areas of Hosting + Tabletop Design, Floral Design, Food Styling, Craft Cocktails, Photography, and Calligraphy.

Attendees will be treated to overnight accommodations at Greengate Ranch + Vineyard, along with gourmet meals including a communal dinner on Saturday evening. In addition to great food, great company and creative learning, we are excited to offer a Sunday morning yoga session and time to relax on the stunning property. For a detailed look at our weekend itinerary, please see below. We invite you to join us in 2018 and cannot wait to impart our passion for hosting thoughtful and tailored gatherings!


Breakout sessions

In addition to a full first day of teaching from the hosts, this year we are excited to offer two breakout sessions. Guests will choose two of the following to dig into: floral design, food styling, photography, hosting + tabletop design, or calligraphy. During these sessions you will work with a smaller group in an intimate Q + A setting. Upon checkout you’ll be given the opportunity to select the two sessions you would like to attend. Our speakers are excited to share their craft with you!


hands on practice

Guests will enjoy ample time spent practicing what they’ve learned throughout all the sessions with hands on application and creative collaboration with the hosts. Using a curated selection of props, tablewares, linen and floral, guests will play with an array of elements to create tablescapes, place settings, prop placement and styling components. We encourage you to bring your camera or phone to visually document your practice + hard work!

Weekend Itinerary 

Welcome! Check in and enjoy a glass of champagne!
Host sessions:
⋅    Kelsey of A Lovely Creative on Hosting + Tabletop Design
⋅    April of April Flowers on Floral Design
Lunch Break
⋅    Alana Stipech on Food + Prop Styling
Enjoy the property and snacks from our collaborators!  

Featured Guest: Josh of Sidecar Cocktail Co.
⋅    How to stock your home bar  
⋅    Tinctures + mixing knowledge
⋅    Cocktail recipes
Mix and Mingle with fellow attendees and speakers
Featured Guest: Chef Jensen Lorenzen of Larder Meat Co. 
⋅    Cooking Presentation
⋅    How to master preparing meat at home
Communal Dinner
Dessert from Negranti Creamery
Relax and enjoy your evening!

Sunrise Yoga Session with Shelley Massa Gooch
Healthy Breakfast  
Take a break to freshen up or relax on the property
Breakout sessions - choose two sessions to attend:
⋅    Photography with Jen Rodriguez
⋅    Calligraphy with Rosey Calligraphy
⋅    Hosting + Tabletop Design with A Lovely Creative
⋅    Floral Design with April Flowers
⋅    Food + Prop Styling with Alana Stipech
Lunch Break

Styling Practice - Play with our table full of props, linens, florals, food, and more to practice and photograph what you have learned. Hosts and speakers will be available to answer any questions. 
Farewell Treats and Closing!