Finishers' Club for Mothers - May 11, 2019
Finishers' Club for Mothers - May 11, 2019
You felt so excited when you started your creative project. There was so much energy. Momentum. The world was almost in your hand. Then, life happened. The kids, the dog, the everything.
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.
This Mother’s Day weekend, give yourself the gift of finishing. Join us for a retreat designed just for mothers. Meet a community of women just like you as you take your project off your to-do list and share it with the world.
Brandi created this retreat just for mothers because, as the mother to a three-year-old and a nine-year-old, she lives the struggles of balancing it all, leaning in, and being present — stacked alongside the cycle of never-ending guilt and the constant feeling of failure. 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.
You may have so many projects that it’s hard to decide which is the best one for this retreat. The easy answer is the one that’s been nagging at you. Some examples from past participants include finishing podcasts, 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.
Claim your place now. Early decision pricing is available until April 15, 2019.
The world needs your work.
Imagine what can change when you say:
I am worth my focus. I am worth my energy.
I will finish what I start.
Please join us.
We’ll gather at a stunning, historic mansion 25 minutes west of Cleveland Hopkins International airport.
Full address will be sent following registration.
Saturday, May 11, 2019. 11 am to 4:45 pm.
11:00 am. Participants start arriving.
11:30 am. Retreat begins with our Opening Circle.
Because retreats are sacred spaces, we encourage you to come a little early, get settled, and start to mingle with the amazing community of mothers who will join you on the creative journey. Brandi will start Opening Circle promptly at 11:30, creating the retreat mindset with joyful, creative exercises that will set the tone for the day’s work.
Catered lunch will be served.
We’ll settle around the mansion — there are plenty of open spaces for you to find inspiration in the landscape. Whether you choose to work at writing desks set up inside the sweet, rustic barn, on the stunning porches, or in the comfort of the community table, the majority of time will be spent working to finish the project that you brought to the retreat. You can choose to join the community for casual check-ins, more formal personalized coaching with Brandi, or just focus exclusively on your work. The beauty of retreat space is that you will discover the choice that is right for you in the moment.
3:45 pm. We gather together in Closing Circle. Brandi will lead us to celebrate what we’ve finished, acknowledge the work it took to get where we are, and share ideas on what our community can do next.
4:45 pm. Retreat ends.
We chose this historic mansion for its beauty, serenity, and whimsy. There are many perfect places to sit, wonder, imagine, and discover the secret for your work to come together.
The property has quite a few delightful surprises incorporated into the design motif, which we think you’ll love as much as we do. One of those surprises is a trio of friendly parrots who love visitors, especially creative mothers who are finishing their projects. You’re welcome to brainstorm with them; while we can’t promise they’ll have great ideas, they are good listeners.
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 fellow mothers.
What do I need to bring?
The tools and materials you need to finish your project. For most participants, that is a fully-charged laptop and headphones. There will be outlets available for charging.
Is there WiFi?
Yes, for those who need to work with an internet connection, there is WiFi available in and around the mansion. We’ve designated some spaces as internet-free zones for those who find the web more of a distraction than a help.
Is there food?
Yes! Dena Fisher, of Dinner In, is catering a delightful lunch to nourish you while you work. You’ll get to choose between a delicious vegetarian meal of spring greens, tomato sofrito, olives and lemon vinaigrette, an herbed focaccia, and a vegan chocolate truffle (they’re heavenly) or a meat option of marinated and grilled chicken satay with romaine, feta, olives, tomato, cucumber and a Greek vinaigrette and the perfect-sized lemon tart. We’ll have fresh fruit available and two tasty punches (one sparkling and one with a kick), as well as refreshing water.
I have a dietary restriction. Can you accommodate?
Yes, please tell us what you need during registration.
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.
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 mothers 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 mothers — 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.
Is there anything else I should know?
In addition to friendly parrots, the mansion is home to a cat and a dog. While they will be in a separate location during our retreat, you may be affected if you have severe allergies.
Setting aside the time and space to finish your project is a gift to you and the world.