Come Away With Us to Carmel, California for three nights on January 17-20th, 2019.

Gather with Anne and Jessica, two professional travel bloggers and leaders in digital media. Learn all they have to share about growing a blog, working with brands, pitching, press trips, photography, social media strategy, and more.

Get away to California’s Central Coast and the stunning seaside town of Carmel. We’ll be staying at the small, boutique luxury hotel in the heart of town and a few blocks from the beach.

Polish your passion in our intensive workshops, intimate coaching sessions, and immersive local experiences. Get hands-on experience with writing and photography in the field, guided by experts and honed by your fellow creatives.

Unlock your potential. Our goal is that you depart the retreat having not only refined your technical skills, but further equipped with the tools, contacts, and community you need to move forward in your blogging career.

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what to know about the retreat

We’ll be selecting eight attendees to ensure the most individualized attention and the highest quality of instruction.

Our intent is to form a mastermind group of supportive women who are both talented creative leaders and humble students of our ever-evolving craft. Together we’ll be open and transparent, work hard, and enjoy the moment as we strive to improve our blogs and businesses.

Jessica and Anne have curated the best of Carmel and the central California coast . All on-site accommodation, activities, and most food and drink has been hand-selected. We bring the best of the area directly to you so that you can focus on learning and connecting as much as possible.

We believe there is strength in community and that the journey is best when shared. We seek to share the best of a destination -- going beyond the surface, connecting with a place, and sharing intentionally and from an inspired place.


What You'll Learn

  • Writing: Compelling storytelling, freelance writing/pitching, and writing well for an online audience.

  • Photography: Photo composition, editing/post-production, shooting, and more.

  • Social Media: Social media best practices, tools for automation and optimization, building community, and social strategy.

  • Business of Blogging: Working with brands and destinations, media relations and press kits, business planning, and monetization.

In addition to time spent in the classroom, we’ll be leading interactive workshops in the field in our getaway location. Participants will have the chance to refine their skills in everything from writing exercises to sunset photoshoots with the helpful guidance of professional instruction.

We’ll tailor each getaway based on the needs of the group, so each seminar will likely vary.


What you'll Experience

From hikes in Point Lobos State Park to exploring town and its many restaurants and cafes, an excursion to Big Sur, local wine tasting, and more, you'll have plenty of chances to live fully in the moment as you capture and share your experience in beautiful Carmel.


ACCOMmODATIONs

We will be staying at the luxury, boutique Hotel Carmel in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Because we want to keep this trip intimate, we have only 4 shared rooms for 8 women. The rooms are fitted comfortably with two queen beds each, so you’ll each have your own bed. We opted to have shared rooms to keep costs down and provide a chance to connect with our community. This trip is set up for YOU to make new friends and connect with likeminded creatives.

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PRICING & payment

Dates: January 17-20th, 2019 (3 nights/4 days)

Pricing: The blogging retreat cost is $1550. A nonrefundable deposit of $650 is due upon confirmation of acceptance. Final payment is due no later than 1 month prior to the retreat start date. Payments are made via PayPal. Please read our Booking Terms for more information.

*Scholarship info.


What's Included:

All instruction, shared accommodation, meals with select beverages, activities, on-ground transportation, and excursions.

What's Not Included:

Transportation to/from retreat, mandatory travel insurance, incidental expenses, equipment needed for workshops (camera, laptop, etc.,) and most alcoholic beverages.


How to Apply

Gather + Getaway is searching for beginning to intermediate bloggers with working websites and existing social profiles. Basic knowledge of Wordpress or Squarespace and photography is required.

As our retreats are designed to offer individual attention and tight-knit community, we will review applications on a rolling basis.