A Creative Retreat
We are celebrating our 50th anniversary in the garden. Floral Design Institute is hosting a Creative Retreat at the Oregon Garden and Resort September 8 through 11. This extraordinary four-day event will feature six celebrity floral designers and artists plus the entire team of Floral Design Institute Instructors. The featured designers are Brenna Quan AIFD, Carol Jillian FDI, Katie Davis, Shane Meehan FDI, Jenny Thomasson AIFD, PFCI, EMC and Francoise Weeks.
This is a one-of-a-kind floral design experience featuring the top trend setting floral designers and artists. Participants will discover magnificent design styles and techniques in a relaxing, nurturing environment supported by highly qualified instructors. More than a collection of valuable workshops, this retreat is an opportunity to Relax - Rejuvenate - Explore - Dream - Create and Share. Each participant will have full access to the professional photography captured during the event for their professional portfolios. The event is open to all floral designers and artists from the novice to the veteran.
The experience will include an opening reception spotlighting the incredible Wearable Botanical & Floral Couture of Carol Jillian FDI. A graduate of Floral Design Institute, Carol is a recognized master of her art form. Participants will have the opportunity to model Carol’s creations. Professional photographers and models will be present making this a premier photo opportunity.
The next day opens with optional yoga in the garden and a meditation garden walk followed by a hands-on program by the internationally acclaimed Textural Woodlands and Botanical Haute Couture floral artist, Francoise Weeks. Participants will create designs to be displayed in the Frank Loyd Wright Gordon House. Following a guided tour of the spectacular Oregon Gardens, there will be an exclusive reception in the Gordon House where participants may view their individual designs artistically placed in the venue of a Frank Loyd Wright House. Professional photographers, writers and members of the press will be present for this remarkable design event.
Following the optional meditation and exercise activities, Tuesday opens with a hands-on Northwest Garden Bouquet program by the outstanding Oregon floral designer Katie Davis. In less than a decade, Katie has grown into a world renowned designer known for her luxurious, romantic, playful and sensual arrangements. While her designs are breathtaking, her holistic approach to floral art is inspirational to her clients world wide.
Following lunch, a hands-on Northwest Forest Exotic Bouquet program will be presented by the gifted floral designer Brenna Quan AIFD. With background as a professional dancer and a love for flowers, Brenna creates powerful designs filled with emotional expression. She loves floral design competition and has won numerous international design awards. Professional photographers will be present during the day to photograph participant’s designs with professional models in outdoor settings created by the FDI team of instructors.
The opening Wednesday program features the talented Shane Meehan FDI with a hands-on Boho Woodland Style Large Structure program. A graduate of Floral Design Institute, Shane has quickly evolved into an awe-inspiring event designer. He is tireless in his search for unique materials, eccentric structures and unconventional venues perfectly fitted to his clients.
After lunch, the amazing Jenny Thomasson AIFD, PFCI, EMC will present a hands-on Exotic Forest Structures program. Jenny is an enthusiastic student of floral design having studied and competed throughout the world. Her passion for design explores an incredible use of materials, plants and flowers, pushing boundaries and promoting floral design as an art form in a fresh and astonishing way. Professional photographers will be present during the day to photograph participant’s designs with professional models in outdoor settings created by the FDI team of instructors. The final evening will feature a picturesque dinner in the Bosque Garden, a final celebration of floral art and personal rejuvenation with new-found friends, fellow designers and artists.
Throughout the week David Kesler AIFD, PFCI, FDI and Leanne Kesler AIFD, PFCI FDI will share practical insights on Photography, Videography, and Social Media Strategies. The Floral Design Institute team of instructors will be on site to assist participants with the hands-on designs. Professional photographers will be present to photograph the participant’s designs with professional models in outdoor settings created by the FDI team of instructors. Professional writers, bloggers and members of the press will be present and will be sharing their stories with the media. Registration includes an opening evening wine & hors d'oeuvres reception, a wine reception in the Gordon House, complementary breakfasts for resort guests, three lunches and a final night reception and dinner. The Oregon Garden Resort and Spa has a room block with a special rate of $129.00, single or double occupancy through August 9. Special spa discounts are available for all participants.