Saturday, January 9, 2016

French Lick Teacher Blogger RETREAT!

2016 Spring Teacher Blogger Meet-Up

Hey bloggers (and blog stalkers!)... looking for a weekend of fun?  See the post below, created by Holly Ehle of Ehle Kindergarten!
The French Lick Resort and Casino in French Lick, Indiana, has graciously offered to host our 3rd Annual Spring Blogger Meet-Up!

Oh... let me correct myself!  This year we are calling it a...
Teacher Blogger RETREAT!  

If you've attended previously, you know why we are changing the name!  This weekend is ALL about escaping from the "work" of teaching to gather together, build each other up, and be re-energized!

French Lick is incredible resort is located in southern Indiana...but is within 3 hours of Cincinnati, Nashville, Indianapolis, and St. Louis!
And let me tell you...they are ready to pamper us again!  

Here are the details...
WHO:  YOU are invited!

WHAT:  Spring Blogger/Follower Meet-Up Retreat!

WHEN: March 11, 12 & 13, 2016

WHERE:  French Lick Resort & Casino - French Lick, IN

WHY:   To meet new friends, share blogging & TPT tricks & tips, 
and just have fun! {LOTS and LOTS of FUN!}
Need a little inspiration? Want to re-energize your teaching?  
Then join us for this fun filled weekend!

Below is the basic agenda for the weekend. 

Join us for the whole weekend, or just a day!
(Please note that if you are interested, there is a link at the bottom of this post you can follow to tentatively register.  Once you submit your info,  we will add you to our private Facebook group so that you can receive detailed event details, including hotel discount code.... and payment submission info.  Sometimes it's better not to post "too" much info on-line!)    

Friday, March 11th

IF YOU CHOOSE... You may check in on Friday night and check out the resort on your own.. or meet up with those of us who check in early!   Rooms will be offered at the French Lick Springs Hotel in the "blogger block"  for a discounted rate.  (Hotel rates are $169/per night.) Regular rooms have two queen beds and sleep 4...but you may choose to add a roll-away and pack in even more co-workers or blogging friends!  The room rate doesn't just have one person book the room and then split the cost! Also, please note that during registration you can indicate that if you are willing to share a room with another teacher(s) and I can help match you up with other teachers to save some money!  Many attendees meet up on Friday night for dinner or simply to gather and socialize at the beautiful West Baden Hotel (connected to French Lick Springs by trolley and free shuttles!) Come early and join us! 

Saturday, March 12th 

12:30 pm - Blogger Meet-Up Luncheon
(Private Meeting Room at the French Lick Springs Hotel)
Join us for a get-to-know-you luncheon event filled with TONS prizes and product give-aways! We guarantee some epic teacher-swag giveaways, my friends!  We had over $10,000 in the BEST teacher product giveaways last year... and we are working on surpassing that this year!  We will also be playing some seriously fun get to know ya' games, which will result in forming friendships for life!  Oh! And I can't forget to mention our annual "Teacher Tool" gift swap game! #funandfunctional 

The cost for attending this luncheon event will be $40, which includes your lunch and beverages, as well as a portion of the room reservation/technology fees.  This is the ONLY required fee for the entire weekend!  The rest of the event (hotel fees, if you choose to stay on site, and the remainder of the meal fees will be on your own, based on your choices!).  If you live close, you may choose to drive in for the day.  This fee needs to be paid by Feb. 11 to guarantee your registration.  Also, note that due to the increasing popularity of this event, registration may have to be limited due to size.  (More details for payment will be posted on our private FB meet-up/retreat group page.)

2:00 pm - Teacher Tips & Tricks for Blogging, TPT and more!
After the luncheon and meet-up fun, we will be having a sharing session about teacher technology, blogging and creating TPT products.  Bring some of your best ideas and a list of your favorite resources to share with others!  You might want to bring your laptop for this too!  This session is totally optional...but is a fun way to share ideas and set up networks for blogging, Pinterest, "linky" parties, etc.  Last year's workshop session was INCREDIBLE... and this year's will be even better!  We will be sending out an email survey to everyone who registers, asking for topics of interest. Then, we will be recruiting topic discussion leaders with experience/expertise on the hottest teacher topics to help facilitate our group sharing. Oh! And look forward to lots and lots of informal pop-up presentations, as our questions lead us! We will also be doing some round-table sessions with special topic/grade-level break outs.  We believe everyone has an area of expertise and something to share!  

5:30 pm - Dinner Reservations at Resort Restaurant/s
We will meet up for dinner at one of the resort's casual, but classy restaurants!  This event is not required (just in case you plan to bring your spouse and would prefer a romantic dinner!?), but we will be offering group reservations for dinner that will offer an incredible meal at reasonable prices! (We are teachers, ya' know!)  

9 pm - Saturday Night Social Event
After dinner, join us again for a night of FUN, FUN, and more FUN!
Last year we had an EPIC Teacher PJ party that was like none other!
AHHH!  It was seriously THE BEST!

This year...we are cooking up something even more exciting, but we aren't quite yet ready to release the details.  I will tell you that it will be an incredible night of fun!  Trust us!
This event is optional, but I don't think you'll want to miss it!
More details will be coming soon about our Saturday Night Social Event!

(The optional Saturday Social Event will have a cost of $10/attendee to cover room/service fees, party favors, food, photo booth, and much, much more!)

Sunday, March 15th

9:30 am - Sunday Breakfast/Brunch
We will meet at the resort's famous breakfast buffet for our last gathering!  
Good food, good conversations, and goodbyes!

After brunch, you are free to explore the resort or head home, 
re-energized to be the best teacher-blogger you can be! 

 Fun Options for Your Free Time!
If you arrive early, or find some time between sessions or after dinner (or anytime!), attendees may go their own ways, or travel in groups via complimentary shuttle, to any of the resort's entertainment hot spots!  Suggested activities include visiting the West Baden Hotel's spectacular dome, where you can enjoy drinks at Ballard's Bar while watching the dome's colored "light show," or visiting the French Lick Casino for some gaming fun! Other options include visiting the Xanadu Coffee & Creamery for dessert or gathering with new friends in one of the resort's grand lobbies to share blogging tips and tricks! 

Wondering if this event is something you might be interested in?  Check out what some of last year's attendees have to say...

Deanna J. "This meet up is like no other! I had so much fun meeting and learning from bloggers from all over the country. The day was packed full of networking opportunities and fun engaging activities. You don't want to miss it!!!"

Lupe R. "I loved the circle when we picked a business card of a teacher we would uplift during the year. That's so important for us to do that for one another because there are enough people putting us or our profession down."

Heidi N. "It was so refreshing to be surrounded by like minded teachers! I left the weekend with new perspective, new ideas, and a lot of new friends!"

Lindsey C. "As a two year attendee, I have always enjoyed the meet up to network with other bloggers and rejuvenate my passion and love for teaching. It is something I have come to look forward to, and I am so grateful for the experience and forever friendships I have gained from the meet ups."

Maja A. "Last year's meet up inspired me to do so many new things, I finished out the school year strong with the things I learned from the other teacher/bloggers there! I am so excited for this years meet up!"

Megan W. "I went to French Lick by myself and was really pushed outside my comfort zone. I had no idea what to expect. It was great meeting friends that I've connected with online over the past 5 years. I loved how informal and stress-free the weekend was. I'm glad I took the plunge and went!" THIS IS MY QUOTE! lol!

A few more quotes from our 2014 event attendees...
Annie W "Spending time with fellow teachers who share my passion for teaching and blogging was SOOOO invigorating and exactly what I needed last year. Heck this meet up is one of the big reasons I decided to become a TPT seller. Loved seeing and meeting new blogging buddies while exploring the gorgeous resort. Between the tips and tricks from experienced bloggers and the fun experiences we shared I will definitely be going again. "

Kelsey B. "This meet-up was so inspiring! I left ready to teach and excited about what I do. It is so fun to meet other teachers that share the same passion as you and are willing to share their ideas with you. I had never created anything on TpT, and I learned so much. I met new teachers that I've stayed in close contact with and have learned so much from. It was definitely a weekend I remember and look forward to!"

See how much fun I had last year by clicking HERE!  




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