A Peek Inside a Wit + Wisdom Retreat
Wit + Wisdom is a people-first business, and y'all are our people. We hosted our first Wit + Wisdom retreat in March with 7 attendees to focus on various aspects of content creation, repurposing, and analyzing. We ate, we laughed, we played games and drank wine, and we enjoyed time with our people.
Before I share all the fun details of the March retreat, I have to give a big virtual hug and "thank-you" to Casey McMinn who perfectly captured the vibe of the retreat through her photography. Most images in this post were taken by Casey.
A lot of thought went into choosing the perfect venue for the retreat. We truly wanted this to be as relaxing as it was educational. When I discovered this home in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains and saw the view for the first time, I knew this was the place for us.
The living room and every bedroom has a view of the lake below and surrounding foothills. On clear days you can even see the Atlanta skyline in the distance.
There are 5 bedrooms - the master suite Erin & I shared, two twin rooms, 1 queen room, and 1 king room. The home also has a movie theater (from which we enjoyed recording our podcast episode) and a game room with a pool table and dart board.
The focus of the March retreat was CONTENT. We broke down our two full days of training into morning and afternoon sessions with lunches in between.
he sessions for this retreat included:
- All Things Google: a deep-dive into Google Analytics and Google Search Console
- SEO + Site Structure: how to optimize your website and create paths for readers to follow
- Content Planning + Repurposing: theming your content and repurposing creatively for your audience
- Video Content: YouTube channel setup and incorporating video into your content strategy
The small number of attendees at the retreat made it easy for Erin and I to work closely with each person, answer questions specifically related to their blog or business, and give proper feedback.
Bonus: Everyone pretty much worked in their pajamas all day long. YAY for comfort!
A retreat wouldn't be a retreat if it was all work and no play! We played Cards Against Humanity, watched Bridesmaids, drank wine, laughed A LOT, sang and danced like fools, and ate our body weight in home-cooked meals and yummy snacks.
Erin and I asked each attendee ahead of time about any food allergies and planned meals accordingly. We ate everything from build-your-own-burrito bowls to bacon-wrapped, honey glazed pork tenderloin with dairy-free mashed potatoes.
All meals, snacks, and wine were included in the cost of the retreat so attendees didn't have to worry about a thing once they arrived. We even handled transportation to and from the airport!
FALL 2018 RETREAT
We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 retreat! We will stay in the same gorgeous home just north of Atlanta, GA. All of the details and the application can be found HERE, but I'll give you a quick run-down:
WHEN: September 18-22, 2018
Based on feedback from our first group of attendees, we decided to add a day! Attendees will arrive mid-day on Tuesday, September 18th and depart mid-day on Saturday, September 22nd.
TOPIC: VIDEO CONTENT
We'll be dedicating our entire retreat to video! Attendees will get hands-on guidance to set up and optimize their YouTube channel, create a plan to repurpose videos for optimal engagement, what equipment to use for different types of video content, plan topics for video content, and so much more!
Wit + Wisdom retreats are all-inclusive, which means your investment covers:
- 4 nights accommodations in a luxury mountain home (shared room + possible shared bed)
- all meals, snacks, and beverages
- airport pick-up/drop-off
- one group outing and dinner out
- hands-on education and training
- plenty of time to relax and enjoy the company of friends
We've added a mastermind group option, as well, allowing attendees to continue working together and with both Erin and myself for a period of 3 months after the retreat.