Why are you hosting this retreat?

Our goal is to help like-minded women in the culinary wellness field who are looking to develop or expand their brands and businesses. We are about support, community, cultivation, creativity and fun. 

Salt + Sage Collective consists of four entrepreneurs in the health, wellness and culinary fields who have found that success is more substantial with mutual support, shared knowledge and mentorship. We’ve learned a lot (and continue to do so) while growing our businesses and brands - from accounting and insurance, to brand identity and visuals, to how to score an agent - not to mention the ethical questions that arise. We work hard to maintain integrity in a field that can ofttimes be insincere. As we continue to expand, we relish in the fact that we have each other to turn to for support. If we don’t have the answer to a question, we pool our resources and find one. The culinary wellness arena is competitive, and we believe that by promoting one another, we further health and wellness as a whole, growing bigger and better together.

How does that translate to a weekend retreat? What will be doing?

We value face time. While many connections today are made via social media, there seem to be fewer opportunities to connect in person. We have purposefully chosen January for our retreat as a way to kick off 2017 with renewed inspiration and goals. Jacqui will help you hatch a plan for creating a winning brand, Kayleen will discuss how to responsibly and effectively communicate nutrition information, Rebecca will discuss how to get started writing a cookbook and other publishing opportunities, and Alex will cover the basics of food styling and photography, which includes a hands-on session. But the conversations won’t stop there - we’ll also brainstorm, and share ideas and contacts throughout the weekend.

Arrival will be on Friday, January 27th, after 4pm. We’ll be serving a light supper and wine fireside, giving everyone the chance to get settled and make themselves at home. Think koselig (Norwegian for cozy).

Saturday we’ll start the day with yoga. After, we’ll convene for breakfast and launch right into our first workshop. We’ll have a lunch break, followed by two afternoon workshops with a break in between for a little fresh air and invigorating physical activity. Then comes dinner prep - while this is an optional group activity, we believe there's no better place to connect than in the kitchen (chances are you agree). Around 8pm, we’ll sit down to a communal meal

Sunday will look a lot like Saturday with morning movement and breakfast followed by two workshops. We’ll sit down to lunch, and the afternoon will be spent in a hands-on photography session with Alex. You may also use that time to meet one-on-one with Jacqui, Kayleen, or Rebecca for individual consultations. We will end the day around 3pm giving us time for good-byes before our 4pm departure.

Who should attend the Winter Retreat?

Anyone who is currently working in (or hoping to break into) the culinary wellness field and seeking inspiration, community and growth - i.e. food bloggers, health coaches, fitness professionals, and other wellness entrepreneurs. If you are wondering whether this is the right fit for you, please feel free to email us at hello@saltsage.co.

Why are you hosting your first retreat in the Catskills?
 
Foxfire Mountain House is a magical spot in the heart of the Catskills—just big enough to feel like you’re staying at a country estate but also welcoming and cozy so as not to feel intimidating. The inviting milieu is the perfect backdrop for our weekend activities. Whether sharing conversation by the stone fireplace or exchanging ideas over a scrumptious meal, Foxfire’s communal spaces provide a relaxed, gracious environment for learning, growth, friendship and laughter. And we’re not the only ones who think Foxfire is great. Check out what Escape Brooklyn and Apartment Therapy have to say about the property.
 
How do I get to Foxfire Mountain House?
 
Foxfire Mountain House (FMH) is located in Mt. Tremper, New York - 120 miles northwest of New York City, which takes about 2 1/2 hours to reach by car. 
 
Adirondack Trailways buses travel regularly from New York City’s Port Authority to Kingston, NY, which is about 25 minutes from FMH. You can also take a bus to Phoenicia, NY, which is about 10 minutes away from FMH (there are fewer buses to Phoenicia than Kington though.) Amtrak trains run often from New York City’s Penn Station along the Hudson River to Rhinecliff, NY, which is about 40 minutes from FMH. Taxis are available for transport from there. We may also be able to arrange pick-up depending on your arrival time and location.

If you have questions or require assistance with transportation, please feel free to email us at hello@saltsage.co.

What happens if there’s a snowstorm in the forecast the weekend of the retreat?

January in the Catskills can be known for inclement weather. On the other hand, there may be no snow at all. Don’t fear, we will forge ahead with the weekend no matter what the weather. Public transportation, including Adirondack Trailways buses and Amtrak trains, run even on snowy days (albeit perhaps slightly delayed). If you are driving and snow is in the forecast for Friday, you may want to book a room at Foxfire for that Thursday night to avoid driving in inclement weather, but you can make that decision the week of the retreat.

Will we have any free time?

Yes! This is a retreat, not a bootcamp. While we encourage you to participate in all the sessions, you are free to grab your notebook and curl up on a couch for reflection and solo brainstorming. Plenty of breaks will be scheduled between sessions, too.

What type of meals will we be eating?

Salt + Sage Collective believes in health-focused cooking that uses only the best quality ingredients. We will work with The Upstate Table to create seasonal, balanced meals using whole foods, sourcing as much as possible from local farmers and purveyors. The retreat fee includes six meals (evening meals include wine and beer), plus a light welcome meal on Friday.

Do you accommodate special dietary requests/restrictions?

Yes! Please email us after you register to alert us of any special needs. The majority of our dishes will be plant-based, with small amounts of responsibly-sourced animal proteins as optional add-ins.
 
What should I expect from the accommodations?

FMH has 11 beautiful guest rooms - 6 with private baths and 5 that share 3 baths. All rooms have comfortable queen beds with fluffy duvets and linen sheets. Foxfire makes it easy to unplug since due to the mountain location, there is no cell service or television. There is free WiFi, though. And instead of hitting the gym (there is no on-site exercise equipment), we encourage guests to take advantage of outdoor activities and early morning yoga.

What should I bring?

Just the usual winter weekend bag plus your computer, camera and favorite food photography props, if desired. If you have a pair of ski pants and/or snow boots, you may want to bring those; and don't forget yoga pants if you're planning on joining us for morning exercises.

Are there any extra charges I will incur?

No, everything is included except transportation.

Is my payment refundable?
 
No, all payments are final. However, if you are no longer able to attend, you are welcome to find another attendee to take your place.

Will I have access to the Collective after the workshop?  

Yes! You will become part of the Salt + Sage Collective Facebook group where we regularly host live Q&A's (although you are welcome to email us anytime!). You will also have priority registration for future Salt + Sage Collective events.