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Celebrant Retreat 2020- Malaga, Spain

Imagine having three days to yourself where you get to focus solely on you and your needs. Where you put aside the demands of the day-to-day, the responsibilities, the chores, the busyness and the challenges, and embrace tranquility, solitude, companionship and sunshine, all while improving your celebrant business. Time to take off all of your other hats and just wear your own (while making it even more fabulous!) 

Well, now you don’t have to imagine it, you can actually do it!

Give yourself permission to pause.

After last year’s successful retreat, we went back to the drawing board. We’ve taken the feedback from our retreat goers and now we’re building on our experiences with new ideas and activities.

We really want this retreat to be an opportunity to sit back and retreat into yourself and your business. The days will be spent pausing, reflecting, recalibrating, investing, planning and self-caring yourself into a new phase of business.

Self-care means you can give the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.


ABOUT THE VENUE

Set in the beautiful Malaga countryside, this stunning rustic country house embodies typically Andalusian touches with a modern feel. Its charming layout and spacious grounds are perfectly set out to enhance any retreat environment, which is why the venue regularly holds and caters retreats, group bookings and events all year round.

With a stream fountains and running water flowing around the gardens, not to mention the hammocks hung between palm trees, private nooks and seating areas around the garden and pool area, the venue is the perfect retreat spot.


ABOUT THE RETREAT

This retreat has been designed to bring together celebrants from all over the world in the spirit of companionship, to enjoy one another’s company and benefit from one another’s experience and expertise. All this whilst seeking time for personal and business reflection. Limited to just five celebrants (no partners this time), the retreat will allow us to focus on individual and group needs and will allow us to develop an intimate environment.


ABOUT YOUR RETREAT HOSTS

 

 

 

Claire Bradford has run a number of retreats and workshops for the Celebrants Collective, and as well as her experiences as an award-winning celebrant, she also draws heavily on her 15 years of certified life-coaching practice. She specialises in helping celebrants to reprogram negative thoughts and to conquer mindset and confidence issues.

 

 

Natasha Johnson is the founder of the Celebrants Collective, as well a running a successful multi-celebrant wedding business and establishing an award-winning wedding blog. As a trained mentor, Natasha will be drawing on her training and her experiences to help celebrants to understand their personal and business needs and to find ways to move forward with their businesses, which promote sustainability, joy and good mental well-being. You can read more about Natasha here.

 

 

 


RETREAT SCHEDULE

We want the retreat to feel organic and natural as possible, rather than heavily structured and formal, and so rather than having a detailed schedule we prefer to have some flexibility. Our days will start with a leisurely breakfast, followed by a variety of (individual and group) activities that we have arranged to do throughout the day, all designed to promote discussions, conversations, questions and answers about our celebrant business and lives. We’re concentrating less on structured learning, and more on learning through conversations, shared stories and experiences.

We’ve also designed the retreat to allow for personal time (to read a book, chat with others, sunbathe…), and also group time to go for walks and enjoy the grounds and surrounding nature.

There will be opportunities for learning, for question-asking, support, motivation and reassurance which will be led intuitively.


RETREAT ACCOMMODATION

The retreat accommodation is being offered on a single occupancy basis. All rooms have en suite. The rooms of this country house are unlike hotel rooms — they are beyond spacious with many of them resembling small apartments. Some have a small kitchen area, others a separate living space, huge balconies and terraces and separate sleeping areas. Along with the generous communal areas and abundance of outdoor space, privacy and solitude will be easy to come by.

If you plan on coming with a celebrant friend, you can most definitely share a room together.


GETTING TO MALAGA

FLIGHTS

Malaga’s international airport is served by huge number of airlines from most European countries and non- European countries alike. We will organise transfer for you, to and from the country house and airport.

ARRIVAL

On Sunday 15th March, we envisage that celebrants will be arriving throughout the day, where in the evening we will gather together for a home-cooked vegetarian supper as we make informal introductions and talk about the aims of the retreat.

The retreat will start in proper on Monday 16th March until Wednesday 18th.

DEPARTURE

The retreat will officially end on the evening of Tuesday 17th March, with organised transfers arranged on Wednesday 18th to the airport, after breakfast. There may even be some dancing. Whoop!


RETREAT COSTS

 

 

 

 


 

 

You can review the prices in you own currency here.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

  1. Pay a 100 Euro booking fee to reserve your place now (there are only five spots).



2. Pay in full now as a Celebrants Collective member




3. Pay in full now as a non member.




Please note: We want those who want to come to join us. If you’d like to propose a different payment plan which would mean you can join us, then do email us here.

BOOKING PROCESS

STEP ONE – You choose your payment option for the retreat and make the payment accordingly. You can pay securely through this site using a credit card or your Paypal account.

STEP TWO – You will receive an immediate confirmation of your payment. Followed by a more detailed email confirming your booking and an event registration form. The event registration form will allow us to collect necessary information from you about you and your requirements for the event and to organise the room allocations.

STEP THREE – We will send out dedicated emails to retreat attendees to keep you up-to-date with our event plans, airport transfers, contact and emergency and retreat welcome email as we get closer to the retreat date.


WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Three day, all-inclusive retreat
  • Three nights’ accommodation on site at the Fuente de Oase country house, based on single occupancy for the nights of Sunday 15th March until Tuesday 17th March, 2020.
  • Welcome drinks and evening meal on Sunday 15th March
  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner (vegetarian supper) all prepared by the in-house cook
  • Teas and coffees, soft drinks and mineral water

There is an honesty bar for wine drinkers. Olé.


GOOD TO KNOW…

WEATHER

On average, March is a warm month of the year in Malaga, with daytime temperatures reaching a maximum of 20°C (68°F), and the temperature typically falls to 9°C (48°F) overnight, although near the Mediterranean coast the nights are usually milder.

TRAVEL INSURANCE AND HEALTH COVER

We recommend getting travel insurance  and health cover to cover you in the case of any eventualities. An EU EHIC card will cover you if coming from an EU country for emergency medical treatment.


TERMS & CONDITIONS

  1. Once made, all payments are non-refundable in the event of a cancellation, travel insurance is therefore advisable.  In the highly unlikely event of a cancellation by The Celebrants Collective, retreat payments would be refunded. Flights and other costs would not be refunded, hence why we recommend travel insurance in the unlikely case that this would happen.
  2. This retreat is only open to celebrants and not partners. However there is a nearby hotel where partners could stay if you plan on reuniting after the retreat for further holidays and travels.
  3. The Celebrants Collective is not liable for loss or damage to personal possessions during the retreat convention.
  4. If you book via the booking fee + two instalment payment plan, the final payment is to be made on 16th February. You will be sent a reminder for both payments . If you would like to make the second payment before this date, please email us.
  5. All the rooms in the hotel are with en-suite facilities and/or kitchen or living room spaces, and tea and coffee facilities.
  6. The discounted price for members is only applicable to those who are members of the Celebrants Collective at the time of booking and at the time of the retreat itself.

ANY QUESTIONS BEFORE BOOKING?

You can either live message us using the live messenger window on the right hand corner of this site or email us at hello@celebrantscollective.eu.

Hope to see you in March, 2020.

 

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The Celebrant Collective Celebrant Retreat – Malaga, Spain, 2018

When I first started to put plans together for the Celebrants Collective in early February 2017, one of the things that went straight to the top of my list, alongside creating an educational membership platform, was the idea to have a retreat for Celebrants. There was no umming or ahing or wavering about it, it was something I knew that I had to absolutely make happen. I was so excited by the idea of it that I wanted it to happen there and then, but in fact had to wait another 20 months to see it materialise. But it was so worth the wait.

For me personally, like never before, these last few years have seen such a wonderful rise in connections with other Celebrants from all over the world. The starting up of the Celebrants Collective facebook group and then the membership platform, has introduced me to so many amazing human beings and Celebrants. However, I knew there would come a time where I would want to exchange these virtual connections for some real, in-person ones and I’m so glad that I had the foresight to start the ball-rolling.

And so we came together, 13 Celebrants from the UK, Spain and Ibiza, The Netherlands and the USA, for two days of education, connection and inspiration at the stunning Alhaurín Golf Hotel in Alhaurin el Grande, Malaga. As well as having the pleasure of being joined by all of the attendees, it was fantastic to have onboard Terri Shanks, the founder of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants and Marie Burns Holzer, Marriage Minister extraordinaire and Wedding Business Coach, as two of the three retreat speakers and workshop leaders.

Day one started off with me giving a wonderful warm welcome to everyone and introducing my idea and context for the retreat. I really honed in on what it means to retreat and drew on my own experiences of having been on previous yoga retreats and how they influenced me so much for this retreat. I wanted to try to recapture those life-affirming, rewarding experiences with our own Celebrants’ retreat, minus the downward facing dogs and headstands!

After my welcome, Terri led a fantastic opening talk, which saw all of us taking part in an amazing group sand ritual (how often do we Celebrants get to take part in a ritual for ourselves!?). It was one of the most profound experiences I have ever had in a professional development context. To be able to pour our energy, gratitude and intentions into a small bottle, along with the sand, was such a powerful thing to do. After each of us had collected up our sand and intentions into a bottle, we then poured the sand back into a collective bowl and after each workshop and talk we added more sand to the bowl to keep adding to our intentions and goals. And on the last day of the retreat, we collected up our blended sands, full of love, intention, energy and goodness and we each got to take our bottles away with us a permanent reminder of what we achieved over the two days, not to mention the bonds that were formed.

Terri also very interestingly took us on a journey of Celebrancy, looking at the origins of ceremony and ritual and bringing us up to the present with where we are now in terms of Celebrancy as a profession. It was fascinating, joining up all of the dots and seeing how everything connects.

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After our talks and workshops we made sure to eat our hearts out with the superb cuisine on offer by the hotel. We ate as much as we talked! If that’s something we did a lot of it was eating, talking and socialising. All so good for the Celebrant soul!

I enjoyed leading my workshop on how to attract our potential couples right from the outset, which was inspired by one of my favourite films, ‘Jerry Maguire,’ and the line, ‘you had me at hello.’

We also enjoyed a really productive hive mind session where each attendee had the chance to ask a question and for our colleagues to offer advice, tips, demonstrations – whatever was needed to provide answers, advice and solutions. And from that sprung some wonderful hand-fasting demonstrations, which I know we all found invaluable and which were brightly infused with ribbons and cords courtesy of Lorraine Hull and her wonderful collection.

Terri also led another fascinating workshop which encouraged us all to think beyond, births, deaths and marriages and to broaden they ways that we can serve our communities. It was hugely inspiring. By the time that day one of the retreat had come to an end, we had thoroughly earned our delicious tapas buffet to finish off the evening.

Day two started with the same energy and enthusiasm. Celebrants Collective Content Editor, Claire Bradford kick-started the day for us with a summary of what we’d done so far, with a look ahead to the rest of the day, again helping us set our intentions and aims for the day. Marie Burns Holzer led us through an LGBTQ inclusivity workshop which touched on so many important areas of running a wedding business, which both outwardly and inwardly promotes inclusivity of everyone, and every type of couple.

I also led another workshop on my favourite topic – blogging for business and fielded questions from attendees about how to improve their own blogs, which was very rewarding. This flowed really nicely into an open mic session with myself, Terri and Marie, where attendees were invited to ask ask anything they liked – and they did!

We finished off the educative side of the retreat with a truly impassioned and forward-thinking keynote speech by Marie Burn Holzer on the future of Celebrancy. Drawing on where we are now, and how we move forward, the room listened to Marie in complete silence (rare for Celebrants, right?). The profundity of her words had us fully engaged for the whole duration and it was such an enlightening and uplifting way to end the retreat. The perfect set-up for our paella party that followed.

Although I had had a really clear idea of what I wanted to achieve for the retreat, and I was quite positive I knew how I wanted to feel during it, nothing really prepared me for how I would actually felt during the retreat. The intimacy, the love, the generosity, the kindness, the support and the bonds formed, really were very special and so much more than I had imagined. As we stood together to close the retreat, we joined in a circle and collected up our sand and our promises. We carried out an impromptu ‘passing of the heartbeat,’ (thanks Lorraine for prompting and Sophie Colligan got a shout out for having previously shared the idea of this ritual in our Facebook group!). As we gathered around and said our thanks and goodbyes, we tried to withhold the tears that flowed. We tried!

What a magical two days, with a group of awesome human beings. Celebrants really do rock.

If you’d like to join us for our next retreat, make sure you’re on our mailing list or in our Facebook group to stay up-to-date!

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Special thanks to Simon Duggan Photography for capturing our retreat and his fantastic attention to detail. And to my super wedding colleagues and friends, Michael Soffe and Lauren Dibben of Andalucia Weddings, whose help in the planning, budgeting and setting up stages of the retreat was INVALUABLE! Thank you!

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The Celebrant Collective Retreat Convention – The future of Celebrancy

THE CELEBRANTS COLLECTIVE RETREAT CONVENTION 2018

The Celebrants Collective is beyond excited to hold its first ever annual Celebrants’ retreat convention in Malaga, Spain. Two full days of community, connection, education, inspiration, relaxation, and of course, fun!

Welcoming Celebrants from around the globe, the Celebrants’ Collective provides a positive environment for Celebrants.  An environment where Celebrants can come and simply ‘be.’ An environment to build new connections and friendships, for exploring the art of celebrancy and for improving your understanding of celebrancy and the role of Celebrants in these ever-changing modern times.


ABOUT THE VENUE

Set in the beautiful Malaga countryside, the Alhaurin Golf Resort is a charming boutique hotel, which embodies typically Andalucian touches with a modern feel. Its ambiance, gastronomy and friendliness of staff will allow celebrants to enjoy a taste of Andalucia, and to relish the benefits that this space has to offer.

The hotel is located in the heart of the Costa del Sol, just 30 minutes from Malaga International Airport, 40 minutes from the stunning historical centre of Malaga, 40 minutes from Marbella and the world famous Puerto Banus. It’s also 15 minutes from the beaches of Fuengirola and only minutes from the towns of Mijas and Alhaurin el Grande.

The hotel boasts a full gym, sauna, beauty cabins and spa treatments, all surrounded by large gardens, tennis courts, swimming pool, cafe, and restaurant La Ventilla, which is renowned for its fantastic seasonal menu and use of local produce.


ABOUT THE RETREAT

The retreat convention has been designed to allow Celebrants to be a part of an educational and inspirational space and to facilitate learning in a positive and encouraging environment. We offer Celebrants the chance to learn as much as possible, without overwhelming and overloading them with too much information. We also want Celebrants to be able to enjoy each other’s company and to have the chance and the time to talk and celebrate in person!


RETREAT SCHEDULE

Click this link for the full retreat schedule for Thursday 8th November and Friday 9th November.

 


PARTNERS ARE WELCOME

Whilst the retreat convention itself is just for Celebrants, we do understand that some of you may want to bring partners to enjoy an extended break after the convention or to tie the convention into a much-needed holiday.

For this reason, for an additional cost, partners will be welcome to stay at the hotel and to attend some of the retreat activities.  Partners are welcome to our unofficial welcome drinks on the Wednesday evening before the retreat convention, our first night tapas gala on Thursday 8th and our end-of-convention flamenco and fiesta party on the evening of Friday 9th November. You don’t need to book partners in at the time of your own booking, they can be added at a later date, if needs be.  Please see below for room supplements and meal costs.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS & SPECIAL REQUESTS

Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any special requests or requirements and if you have any dietary requirements or preferences. We will send you an even registration form where you’ll be able to let us know.


PRICES (all prices are quoted in EUROS and are inclusive of tax, breakfast, lunch, dinner and two nights’ accommodation)

 

MEMBERS RETREAT PRICE – In order to qualify for the Members’ convention rate, you must be a member at the time of booking and also at the time of the retreat convention itself.

PAYMENT PLAN

We also have the option to pay for the retreat convention via a payment plan in order to spread out the payments. Members or non members can sign up for the plan, which will allow you to pay for the retreat in two instalments. The first instalment is made at the time of booking and the second on or by September 18th 2018. Please let us know if you would like to pay in this way and we will send you the payment link.

DAY RATES

If you are local to Malaga  or live in the surrounding areas, please email us for more information about convention day rates.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS FOR THOSE WANTING TO BRING A NON-RETREAT ATTENDING PARTNER

If you are bringing a partner with you, you can add their booking to your own or add them at a later date.


GETTING TO MALAGA

FLIGHTS

Malaga’s international airport is served by huge number of airlines from most European countries and non- European countries alike. Taxis and pre-arranged minibuses are recommended for travel to the venue. For those of you who might be interested in arranging travel as a group, we highly recommend B-Met Transport services. www.b-met.com

ARRIVAL

The retreat convention officially starts on Thursday 8th November, however we expect that many of you will want to arrive on Wednesday 7th November.

Rooms for the Wednesday night (7th November) are available for 85€ per room with breakfast included, based on single occupancy. Please check with us before booking if you require accommodation for the Wednesday night.

DEPARTURE

The retreat convention will officially finish on the evening of Friday 9th November. Unless you extend your stay at the hotel, you must check-out from the hotel before 12pm on Saturday 10th November. The hotel can help you call for a taxi to the airport or help with any other arrangements.


BOOKING PROCESS

STEP ONE – You choose your payment option for the retreat convention and make the payment accordingly. You can pay securely through this site using a credit card or your Paypal account.

STEP TWO – You will receive an immediate confirmation of your payment. Followed by a more detailed email confirming your booking and an event registration form. The event registration form will allow us to collect necessary information from you about you and your requirements for the event and to organise the room allocations.

STEP THREE – The Celebrants Collective will send out dedicated emails to retreat attendees to keep you up-to-date with our event plans, including a full event itinerary, contact and emergency and retreat welcome pack, as we get closer to the retreat date.


WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Two day retreat convention featuring keynote speakers, workshops, talks and other activities tbc.
  • Two nights’ accommodation on site at the retreat venue, Alhaurin Golf Hotel Resort, based on one double room with single occupancy for the nights of Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November, 2018.
  • Welcome drinks on Wednesday evening for those arriving on Wednesday (cava, beer, wine, ‘tinto de verano’, soft drinks and mineral water)
  • Breakfast
  • Light lunch on both days including teas and coffees, soft drinks and mineral water
  • Thursday evening Tapas Gala. Includes wine, cava, beer, soft drinks and mineral water.
  • Friday evening Paella Party. Includes sangria, beer, soft drinks and mineral water.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to and from Malaga
  • Return transport from airport to retreat venue
  • Hotel mini-bar and any extras that you might order outside of meal-times.
  • Spa treatments on offer by the hotel

GOOD TO KNOW…

WEATHER

On average, November is the wettest month of the year in Malaga, but unlike in central and northern parts of Europe the rain tends to be heavy, thundery and short-lived and the majority of the days are sunny and dry. Temperatures usually fall as the month progresses but remain on the mild side, with a mean daytime maximum temperature of 20°C and an average overnight minimum of 11°C.

TRAVEL INSURANCE AND HEALTH COVER

We recommend getting travel insurance  and health cover to cover you in the case of any eventualities. An EU EHIC card will cover you if coming from an EU country for emergency medical treatment.


TERMS & CONDITIONS

  1. Once made, all payments are non-refundable in the event of a cancellation, travel insurance is therefore advisable.  In the highly unlikely event of a cancellation by The Celebrants Collective, retreat payments would be refunded. Flights and other costs would not be refunded, hence why we recommend travel insurance in the unlikely case that this would happen.
  2. Non-celebrant guests who will be staying at the hotel and/or attending some retreat activities must be advised of at the time of booking or as an amendment to any booking by August 1st 2018.
  3. The Celebrants Collective is not liable for loss or damage to personal possessions during the retreat convention.
  4. If you book via the two instalment payment plan, the final payment is to be made on August 1st. You will be sent a reminder for the final balance. If you would like to make the second payment before this date, please email us. This payment plan does not qualify for the early-bird booking discounts
  5. All the rooms in the hotel are with en-suite facilities and there are three categories of rooms: superiors, standards and 3 singles. Rooms will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis with the three singles being allocated last.

ANY QUESTIONS BEFORE BOOKING?

You can either live message us using the live messenger window on the right hand corner of this site or email us at hello@celebrantscollective.eu.

 

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