Thursday, February 26, 2015

Jodi's Memories of ReMe October 2014

Oh gosh you guys, it was really hard to follow up Jean's post from last week--she captured the essence of ReMe so well! Her recollection  truly put tears in my eyes as I looked back and remembered each and every one of our tender moments, and there were many.

  Here's a little look back of my own with some narration via a short video blog.  (I hope you can hear it--if not, you may need headphones! :)








Just as I said in my closing,  thank you to all of our guests from 2014--you made our inaugural year so out of this world.  It was more incredible then we could have every expected.   Behind the scenes we've been working for several years to put all of our ideas into practice, so to birth this 'baby' with all of you, just warms our heart and feeds our soul more than you can imagine.

Here's to 2015, we look forward to new memories and reuniting with old friends along with making new friends.




**If you'd like to join us during our flagship ReMe retreat this October,  check out our down payment button to the left of this post.  We offer flexible monthly payment plans to suit your needs.

As always, we welcome any questions you may have at reme@remeretreats.com


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jean's Memories of ReMe Retreat - Ocracoke - October 2014

Debbie, Penny, Me, and Jodi - Hostesses on Our Private Beach During ReMe Retreat - Ocracoke - October 2014

Maybe it's the wintery weather that's descended 
on North Carolina this week...
or the ReMe Retreats' Planning Session that
Penny, Jodi, and I held last weekend...
the time I spent at Ocracoke School last month...
or the fact that it's less than three months until 
our next ReMe Retreat on Ocracoke Island!

Whatever the reasons, I'm feeling sentimental about 
the memories that we created during our 
First Annual ReMe Retreats on Ocracoke Island in 2014.  

In particular, some of those 
treasured times from October are in my heart today.  

I hope that you'll enjoy my walk down memory lane...
  
Calm Sea and Carolina Blue Sky greeted me as I boarded The Swan Quarter Ferry bound for Ocracoke.
My first EVER Welcoming Committee!  Debbie, Victoria, Lynn, and Zoe made for a  memorable arrival on Ocracoke Island.
Jodi served Jiggity Juice...our top-secret ReMe Cocktail...during our opening night festivities.
The first of many sunsets together.  On a daily basis, we reveled in this time of day on our private beach.
The laughter and conversations began almost immediately, and their sweet sounds filled The Inn throughout our time there.  As the week progressed, we grew closer to each other, 
and to the parts of ourselves that we sometimes forget in our everyday lives.



We embraced our motto of 
"Rest.  Relax.  Renew." 
as longtime friends 
reconnected, and 
new friendships were forged.


Has anyone seen The Colonel?

We gathered together in The Parlor each evening to share our stories, and for 
the festivities surrounding the ReMe Giftathon.
Did I mention that there were gifts?!?!?!  Indeed!  
In addition to the numerous surprises that we kept up our sleeves; 
Jodi, Penny, Debbie, Theresa, and I 
each created handmade gifts for our ReMe Sisters.  
These gifts allowed us to exercise our creativity, 
while also revealing a bit of our personal histories.  
In turn, each of our guests was invited to do the same, and 
they did so in ways that we could never have anticipated!  
The treasures that I received from these wonderful women 
are hard to describe.  
In fact, you might just have to experience it for yourself!

The absolutely amazing handmade ReMe Journal that Penny created for each of us!
I've been working to fill mine, and I'll share more of it in a future post.
Artsy goodness from sweet Lynn.  The contents of this beautifully wrapped package were selected with each of our
personalities and preferences in mind.  Mine hangs in my studio where I reconnect with her original artwork every day.
I'm still enjoying the gifts that Victoria gave us; her seaside themed treasures continue to make their way into my artwork.
And of course, there were Gifts From The Sea.
This collection...from Nature and Man...was gathered with dreams of finished art pieces dancing in my head.
Rumors about wild women carousing the town in this daisy themed golf cart were highly overstated.
(Or were they?!?!?!?!  I'll never tell.  What happens on Ocracoke stays on Ocracoke.) 

We gathered for classes;
Mixed Media our Mission.
The unexpected beyond that filled us to overflowing.

Metal etching was one of many techniques that we covered in my classes last year.
To say that I bring "supplies to share" would be an understatement!  After all, if one is good, more must be better.  Right?
Penny's classroom at the ready.  
Penny's love of books and all things paper is evident in everything that she does, and her enthusiasm is contagious!
Jodi's mad skills, the manner in which she captivates her students, and 
the results that they each experience never cease to amaze me.
Speaking of Jodi,  here's a peak at the samples that she brought to display in her store on The Veranda.

Amidst the creative chaos of the classroom and studio, 
our ReMe Retreat also allowed us to explore 
The Island that we love so dearly.  
Together and indivdually, 
our adventures were
LEGEN

(wait for it)

DARY!







Who doesn't 
love 
well placed 
Eye Bomb 
on 
The Ferry?!?!
There's no such thing as a bad day on the beach.  Windswept beauty awaited us. 
We left nothing but our footprints, and we left with memories that will last a lifetime.
Magic happens on Ocracoke, and this seaside reunion between our two
ReMe Den Mothers, Debbie and Theresa, is evidence of that.
These ladies are the wind beneath our wings in all things ReMe.
We love them dearly, and we're forever grateful for them.
The Lovely Leslie Lanier of Books to Be Red welcomed us with open arms during our
ReMe Tradition - A Night At The Bookstore.  (We could BARELY tear Walt away from her...and the bar!)



Did I mention the food?!?!  
From morning 'til night, 
we delighted in creating 
in the kitchen.   
Coffee at the break of dawn? Check!
Fresh baked goods at breakfast? Check!
Lunch in a rocking chair for our ReMe Sisters?  
Check!
And afternoon snacks?  And drinks?  
And dinner?  And sweets?  
Check!  Check!  Check!  And Check!

Nibbly  Bits and Sips on The Veranda.  (Wine Keeper, a gift by the talented Patti.) 
The best damned vegetarian-made pot roast ever!  (If I may modestly say so myself.  lol!) 
Ta Da!  Lorie unveils Miss Della's Award Winning Fig Cake in Miss Maggie's Kitchen.
There were ReMe Surprises at every turn.  Ephemera for You!  And You! And You!
EVERYONE received Ephemera! thanks to the generosity and thoughtfulness of Kim.

One
Final
Sunset
 



A Sunrisefor
The Road

 

We left each other with Happy Hands and Full Hearts.
And while there was noooooo easy way to say goodbye...
...our connections to this magical place and to each other
will lead us back again and again,
in our minds,
in our hearts,
and hopefully in person too.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Early Bird Specials for 2nd Annual ReMe Retreats - Ocracoke Island!

"All In A Day's Work" by Penny Arrowood


With less than four months to go until our First ReMe Retreat in 2015, we’re beyond excited! 

As of today, our Second Annual ReMe Retreat on Ocracoke Island in May 2015 is full to capacity.  Thank you to all who have registered.  We’re already counting the days until our time together!

A few spaces remain for our ReMe Retreat on Ocracoke Island from October 19th to 24th, and we’d love for you to join us.  Through January 31, 2015, we’ll continue to extend our $50 Early Bird Discount for each guest who registers for this ReMe Retreat, and we’ll be happy to design a convenient payment plan to meet your budget.

As always, spaces for this ReMe Retreat will be filled in the order that your requests are received.  To submit your request, please us the PayPal Button on the left side of this page.  If you’d prefer to make your deposit by a means other than PayPal, please contact us by email at ReMe@ReMeRetreats.com to make arrangements.

Thank you again for all of your support!
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Our love affair with Ocracoke and our friends there continues.  The artwork shown in the photos here were donated by your ReMe Hosts to The Ocracoke Preservation Society for their “Ocracoke Through My Eyes” Art Auction on January 24th.  With more than eighty original artworks available, this successful event raised more than $5,000 to support this worthy cause. (Woo Hoo!) If you’d like to formalize your relationship with Ocracoke, you’ll find OPS Membership Information Here.

"Gone Fishing" by Jean Skipper
"Restore" by Jodi Ohl

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Exciting Announcements~~

Welcome to the online home of ReMe Retreats!   We’re so happy that you’ve decided to visit us here. 

Whether you joined us at one of our Inaugural ReMe Retreats in 2014, or you’re browsing with an eye toward a 2015 ReMe Retreat on Ocracoke Island, this website will provide you with a wealth of information to help you make your decision.  

Rest.  Relax. Renew...during your ReMe Retreat!
Below you’ll find a series of posts that describe the experience of our first ReMe Retreat on Ocracoke Island from the perspective of our founders.  In each, you’ll discover lots of photos, as well as links to descriptions that a few of our inaugural guests provided.

At the top of this page, you’ll find links to related pages that will provide you with the official scoop on ReMe Retreats in general, and specifically about our 2015 Retreats.

ReMe Class of May 2014



Drum Roll Please:

Our 2015 Retreats are now open for reservation!



To Our ReMe Blog Readers, New Friends and ReMe Insiders:

Thank you. Thank You! THANK YOU!!!

We dreamed big…we planned…we strategized…and we worked like crazy to introduce our vision of ReMe to the world.  Now, with two ReMarkable ReMe Retreats behind us in 2014, we're thrilled to share our plans for 2015 with you.

While we're enthusiastic about expanding ReMe so that we can reach a greater number of creative spirits, after much consideration, we've decided that slow, managed growth is the way to go for us.  This will ensure that each of our ReMe Experiences will provided the intimate environment and individualized attention that you've come to expect from us.  With that in mind, the specifics of our
 ReMe Experiences for 2015 follow:


SOLD OUT - ReMe Retreat – Ocracoke – May 2015: May 4th –May 9th 
ReMe Retreat – Ocracoke – October 2015: October 19th – October 24th (Several Guest Spaces Remain as of 1/5/2015)

Given the attention that we’ve been receiving, we anticipate that remaining spaces will fill quickly.  If you'd like to reserve your space in one or more of our 2015 ReMe Retreats, simply click on one the deposit buttons on the left sidebar of this post. Note-if you are using a mobile device it may be easier to log in on a pc or laptop to reserve your spot.  

As a reminder, the all inclusive price of each 2015 ReMe Retreat will be $1699; and full details about this cost and our ReMe Retreats are available by clicking this link.  As always, we’ll be happy to break this amount into a series of payments for you when you make your reservation.

Thank you so much for all that you’ve done to support ReMe Retreats!

With Much Love,
Jean, Jodi, and Penny

Monday, August 11, 2014

Welcome to ReMe Retreats!

Welcome to the online home of ReMe Retreats!   We’re so happy that you’ve decided to visit us here. 

Whether you joined us at one of our Inaugural ReMe Retreats in 2014, or you’re browsing with an eye toward a 2015 ReMe Retreat on Ocracoke Island, this website will provide you with a wealth of information to help you make your decision.  

Rest.  Relax. Renew...during your ReMe Retreat!
Below you’ll find a series of posts that describe the experience of our first ReMe Retreat on Ocracoke Island from the perspective of our founders.  In each, you’ll discover lots of photos, as well as links to descriptions that a few of our inaugural guests provided.

At the top of this page, you’ll find links to related pages that will provide you with the official scoop on ReMe Retreats in general, and specifically about our 2015 Retreats.

ReMe Class of May 2014



Updated Notice--Our 2015 Retreats are now open for reservation!



To Our ReMe Blog Readers, New Friends and ReMe Insiders:

Thank you. Thank You! THANK YOU!!!

We dreamed big…we planned…we strategized…and we worked like crazy to introduce our vision of ReMe to the world.  Now, with two ReMarkable ReMe Retreats behind us in 2014, we're thrilled to share our plans for 2015 with you.

While we're enthusiastic about expanding ReMe so that we can reach a greater number of creative spirits, after much consideration, we've decided that slow, managed growth is the way to go for us.  This will ensure that each of our ReMe Experiences will provided the intimate environment and individualized attention that you've come to expect from us.  With that in mind, the specifics of our 
 ReMe Experiences for 2015 follow:

SOLD OUT - ReMe Retreat – Ocracoke – May 2015: May 4th –May 9th


ReMe Retreat – Ocracoke – October 2015: October 19th – October 24th (Several Guest Spaces Remain as of 1/5/2015)

Given the attention that we’ve been receiving, we anticipate that remaining spaces will fill quickly. If you'd like to reserve your space in one or more of our 2015 ReMe Retreats, simply click on one the deposit buttons on the left sidebar of this post. Note-if you are using a mobile device it may be easier to log in on a pc or laptop to reserve your spot. 


As a reminder, the all inclusive price of each 2015 ReMe Retreat will be $1699; and full details about this cost and our ReMe Retreats are available by clicking this link.  As always, we’ll be happy to break this amount into a series of payments for you when you make your reservation.

Thank you so much for all that you’ve done to support ReMe Retreats!

With Much Love,
Jean, Jodi, and Penny