Online Finishers’ club retreat.
What’s the difference between a workshop and a retreat?
Workshops are designed to facilitate learning. Retreats are sacred spaces that pull you out of the everyday. We’ll create the room for you to set aside what’s holding you back.
Who’s leading this retreat?
Brandi Larsen will be your host and guide for this retreat. Brandi is a former journalism and publishing executive who helped create New York Times bestsellers, wrote stories that earned Emmy nominations, and persisted in spite of the impossible. She’s spoken at Harvard Business School, Book Expo America, and Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, among others. Brandi designed the first Finishers’ Club retreat because she needed the space and camaraderie to finish her own creative project. She’s excited to create this retreat and community for women.
When is it?
The Finishers’ Club Online Retreats are on Friday, October 25, from 1-4:45 pm EDT, and two sessions on Sunday, November 24. Join us in the morning from 8-11:45 am EDT, in the afternoon from 1-4:45 pm EDT, or for the full day. We cannot guarantee the full experience for those who arrive late.
What do I need to set up?
The tools and materials you need to finish your project. For most participants, that is a fully-charged laptop and headphones.
What type of project should I bring?
You may have so many projects that it’s hard to decide which is the best one for this retreat. The truthful answer is the one that’s been nagging at you. Some examples from past participants include finishing podcasts, book chapters, poems, and songs; finalizing screenwriting goals; and launching websites. Finishing a writing project is a natural fit, especially options such as creating an agent or editor pitch letter; polishing an essay, article, or talk; or finalizing your short story, chapter, or book proposal so the pieces are ready to share with the world. You’ll pick the right one — we believe in you.
Who comes to your retreats?
Women who want to finish their work. Women who need retreat time. Women who need accountability partners. We’ve had women with a six-decade span sit at the Community Table together -- each has come away with meaning, determination, gratitude, and connection to the women beside her.
How do I connect with the community following the retreat?
So much of Brandi’s work manifests in connecting creative people to each other. For participants who opt-in, we share a contact list of the women at each retreat. We also host a Facebook group for participants and a Finishers’ party following the retreat.
How do you do a retreat online?
The magic of the Internet. Video conferencing gives us the ability to be in the same room and share a Community Table -- even when we’re time zones apart.
How do I join?
Online retreats are held on Zoom. You’ll need audio and video capabilities and a stable Internet connection on your computer or tablet. For more information about how to join a Zoom meeting and the capabilities required, click here. We’ll send out the invitation ahead of the retreat -- please test the link ahead of the retreat to ensure you can participate. Unfortunately, Brandi Larsen and Friends, LLC cannot troubleshoot the day of the event and cannot refund the registration fee due to technical difficulties on the day of the event.
Are payment plans available?
Yes. Contact Brandi and we’ll do our best to work with your budget.
Are scholarships available?
Yes. Brandi believes that cost should not stop you from finishing your project. Brandi sets aside a limited number of seats for scholarship attendees. Complete the scholarship application.
What is your cancellation policy?
Life happens. Brandi understands that and will do her best to work with you. Brandi will provide a full refund up until 30 days prior to the event. Following that, she will provide a credit to attend another Finishers’ Club retreat, good for two years. Any cancellations occurring within 24 hours of the event are non-refundable.
I’m scared. What if I don’t…?
It’s okay to be afraid. You’re not alone. Part of what makes this retreat such an incredible experience is the community of women who are coming together. We’re all scared of something: not being good enough, not being present enough, not being enough. Every one of us is fighting for the time and mental clarity to get there. The retreat space is designed to help acknowledge fears and persist through them.
That’s great. But, really, what if I don’t finish?
It will be okay. You will still be loved. So many of us come to Opening Circle exhausted. It takes so much to raise our hands and say, “I need a break. I need time for me.” This retreat is designed to fill your cup; it’s not one more pressure on the never-ending list. It’s been our experience that seeing the supportive community of women — each working on her own goal — strengthens and energizes participants. Part of the magic of the retreat space is that women feel more alive and engaged as they reconnect to their own work. Brandi helps nourish both you and your project during our time together. Even if, right now, finishing feels too far away from where you are, giving yourself the time and trust will mean that you are further along than if you hadn’t tried.
But I want to finish! Is that okay too?
Absolutely! During Closing Circle, we will celebrate the distance we traveled, the relationships we created, and ideas on how to recreate the magic as we ease back to the outside world.
How do I connect with the community following the retreat?
So much of Brandi’s work manifests in connecting creative people to each other. For participants who opt-in, we share a contact list of the women at each retreat. We also host a Facebook group for participants.
Give yourself the gift and permission of time.
You felt so excited when you started writing. There was so much energy. Momentum. The world was almost in your hand. Then, life happened.
Your project started to fall away. Maybe it moved in your mind from the thing you couldn’t wait to do to the thing it looked like you’d never do.
That doesn’t have to be the way the story ends.
Join us on Friday, October 25 or on Sunday, November 24 at The Online Finishers’ Club Retreat, a retreat to give you the time, space, and community to finish what you’ve started. Meet a community of women just like you as you take your project off your to-do list and share it with the world.
It’s almost impossible to push everything aside and do for yourself. But, the world needs your work, and you need the space to finish it.
In October, an afternoon to yourself is worth the vacation day.
In November, it’s the last Sunday before the holidays start. This is the moment to finish the year by meeting your goals. Flexible options to work with your schedule. Select AM to get up and get going. Better after brunch? Select PM for 1-5. Want more? Choose Full Day to join us for the morning and afternoon retreats.