About a year and a half ago I fulfilled a dream of mine and hosted a weekend for women.
I called it Not Your Average Weekend.
It was a two-night retreat for women (and moms in particular), and my goal was for everyone to have a chance to let off some steam and not deal with mom stuff for two nights.
The weekend started with a happy hour and dinner on Friday night. On Saturday, I had activities that encouraged everyone to try something new, to move out of their comfort zones, and to do something active.
Saturday night we had happy hour, followed by dinner, followed by dancing and karaoke.
Sunday morning we had a breakfast/brunch, and then everyone headed home.
It was one of the most fun weekends I’ve had since becoming a mom.
Last year I had hopes of running NYAW again, but due to a number of factors, I just couldn’t get it off the ground, so it didn’t happen.
But I have good news.
Not Your Average Weekend is back. It’s definitely happening.
But this time around, it’s going to be a little different.
At the first NYAW, I was super focused on having fun. And on partying.
It had to be a massive party.
I was adamant about alcohol being included in the cost. In the forty hours that comprised my retreat, there were two complimentary happy hours and a total of ten hours of open bar.
Like I said before, boy did I have fun.
But I also went home feeling exhausted and hungover.
I needed a weekend to recover from my weekend.
And ultimately, that wasn’t my goal.
My goal is for women and moms to get away, and to return home feeling refreshed and renewed and hopefully a little (or a lot) inspired.
So Not Your Average Weekend 2018 is going to be a little bit different.
NYAW 2018 is about fun, inspiration, and restoration.
Mark your calendars.
It’s taking place at the same place — the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut — on March 2-4, 2018.
The Weekend Package includes:
- Friday Buffet Dinner (Menu similar to last time – ‘comfort type’ food, soft drinks included, alcohol available at the cash bar)
- Overnight Accommodations for two nights
- Saturday Continental Breakfast
- Saturday AM Energy Break
- Saturday Buffet Lunch
- Saturday Afternoon Sweet Break (or savory)
- Saturday Buffet Dinner (Fancier menu!)
- Sunday Full Hot Breakfast
- 30 minute massage
- All Service/Administrative Charges
- All Taxes
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL.
I am still working out the details for the rest of the weekend.
There will be some activities available on Saturday. There is no obligation to attend them.
But like I said earlier, I hope to inspire people. And I want to offer opportunities for moms to get some tools to maybe make momming a little bit less hard.
So you go home on Sunday feeling rested and like you have another couple tricks in your bag to make your job as a parent a little easier.
On the “syllabus” for sure:
- cooking “class” run by the chef at the Interlaken
- Positive Discipline parenting class run by me
On the list of additional possible classes:
- dancing — salsa or hip hop or something along those lines
- learning to meditate
- organization and time management
- how to earn money from home (not MLM businesses)
- technology — how to use it
- photoshop course
- other things I’m still working on
There will be at least three programs to choose from. Maybe more.
In addition to these “classes”, there will be a 10-12 vendors selling cool shit you’d like to buy if shopping is your thing all day on Saturday.
I am considering having Saturday night be an “eat dinner in your pajamas and then maybe we play games afterwards” kind of a night.
A little more mellow than last time.
Of course, if you want to have some drinks, booze will be available.
But it’s not a focus of the weekend like it was last time around.
I don’t want you to go home hungover.
I want you to go home refreshed.
The cost for the weekend will vary from $349 – $579/person depending on your room choice.
Tickets for the weekend go on sale October 22, 2017.
If you are trying to declutter, simplify and focus on experiences and not stuff, this is a great Christmas gift for yourself (or for your wife if any dudes are reading this).
Stay tuned for more info coming soon.
You won’t want to miss this weekend.
It won’t be average.
But it will definitely be amazing.