LEARN — A RETREAT TO CREATE AND EXPLORE


 
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Creative leaders & friends

 
 

who else is Going?

**Ali Chakola - florist**

Jeanette Polynice - photographer

**Nadia Nima - photographer**

Dana Ferraro - photographer

Elsa Jagniecki - stylist

Kristina Oh - florist

Dena Rochelle Smolek - stylist & photographer

Mia DiMare - photographer

Nina Moore - stylist

 
 

** attending the Joshua Tree add-on (11.20-11.22) **


Where we’re staying

Wednesday, November 20 - Friday, November 22

Hi Desert Ranch

3535 Valley Vista Avenue, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Monday, November 18 - Wednesday, November 20

Korakia Pensione

257 S Patencio Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262

 
 
 
 

The Rundown

SATE Learning & Retreat

Day 1 - Monday (11.18)

3pm - You’re welcome to check into your room at Korakia & settle in. Relax, make some friend, go for a swim, drink some tea. Really whatever makes you happy.

5pm - Master craft sessions w/ Meghan, Kaela, & Amanda

6pm - Meghan, Kaela, & Amanda will collaborate to style and shoot a charcuterie & crudité table. Stealing bites of cheese as they work is encouraged :)

7pm - Welcome dinner in the Moroccan Courtyard. We’ll

10pm - G’night!





Day 2 - Tuesday (11.19)

Today is all about creating & being inspired. You’ll buddy up to plan, style and arrange a shoot as a team. You’ll have free rein of Korakia and the greater Palm Springs area to conceptualize and execute your project. Feel free to grab breakfast & lunch at Korakia whenever you’d like - it’s on us. We’ll have lots of learning & activities for you to build the perfect day.




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Off-site Activities:

  • San Andreas Fault Biking: Riders are treated to a geologic extravaganza on this 20 mile tour that descends through the heart of the San Andreas Fault zone on a paved road to the heart of grape country near Mecca. There are no cross roads, no turns, and very little traffic which makes this a relaxing sightseeing adventure. Riders will see the stark beauty of the desert as they descend a total of 1600 feet over the route. The tour finishes with a visit to the Oasis Date Gardens for a date shake and restroom break.

  • Mid-century Architecture Tour: See what makes the Palm Springs the mecca for mid-century modern architecture lead by local designer and modernist, Kurt Cyr. We’ll see architecture by William Cody, Albert Frey, Hugh Kaptur, Wiliam Krisel, Donald Wexler and E. Stewart Williams.

  • Indian Canyons Hiking: Indian Canyons is the ancestral home of the local Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. We will take an moderate and scenic hike that includes several stream crossings, incredible rock formations, possible wildlife sightings, a canopy of native palm trees, and stark desert canyon scenery.

  • Exploring Palm Spring: Feel free to explore Palm Springs whenever you’d like. There’s so much inspiration to find in nearby shops, museums and botanical gardens. If you don’t have a car, there is plenty walking distance and Korakia has 6 bikes available to borrow as well.

Wellness & Meditation

  • Yoga: Centering, calming, and illuminating

  • Sound Bath + Interpretive Watercolors:

  • 50-minute custom massage: Heal the mind, body and spirit with a massage treatment at Korakia’s indoor/outdoor spa lodge. Relieve pain and tension or just relax and drift away. Choose one of two signature scents: Turquoise Mountain Sage or Tree of Life. Tip not included.

Learning

  • Papel Picado Crafting w/ Yreina: Papel picado is a traditional style of paper-cutting from Mexico. It originated centuries ago, when families would hang hand-cut paper on altars as a prayer offering. Yreina will show you the basics of designing and creating your own papel picado creations.

  • Handcrafted Incense Making w/ Emily: We will use natural resins such as frankincense, copal, and amber in combination with plants and flowers to create incense cones.

  • Pulse Check on Your Creative Business w/ Amanda:

  • Floral Arranging for Non-florists w/ Amanda:

  • Photography for Non-photographers w/ Meghan: Learn to take better photographs (even on your iphone), language to help you communicate with photographers when you work with them, demo make and play

  • Self-love, Self-care & Self-portraits w/ Meghan: No more struggling artist tropes, self portraits, self care to making better work

  • Styling for Non-stylists w/ Kaela:

  • 1:1 session w/ Meghan, Kaela, or Amanda

Signup for whatever you’d like HERE, just be mindful that some options are staggered and timing may overlap. Some activities also limit the number of participants to allow for the best experience.

7pm - Dinner at Azucar. The restaurant is located here, about 5 minutes walking from Korakia Pensione. We’ll request your dinner selection a few days before arrival. A glass of champagne and one cocktail/mocktail is included, feel free to order additional drinks at the bar on a separate tab.

Following dinner you can continue socializing at the bar, venture out into Palm Springs, or return to Korakia to relax. Note that quiet hours at Korakia begin at 10pm.




Day 3 - Wednesday (11.20)

This morning you’ll have time open time to schedule a massage, have a 1:1 session with Meghan, Kaela, or Amanda, continue creating with your new friends, or sleep in and relax. You’ll also have breakfast whenever you’d like this morning.

10:30 am - Hugs and goodbyes





Joshua Tree Add-on Retreat (11.20-11.22)

Day 3 (continued) — Wednesday (11.20)

After goodbyes in Palm Springs, we’ll load up and take a scenic drive through Joshua Tree, stopping along the way for short hikes and photo ops. We’ll have a packed lunch and plenty of snacks to fuel our exploring.

As the night falls we’ll enjoy a picnic dinner at Cap Rock in Joshua Tree followed by a guided stargazing experience. We’ll be able to relax in our own mini outdoor living room, complete with chairs, blankets, and giant outdoor pillows and gaze upwards. Please be sure to have warm clothes, nighttime temperatures will likely be in the 40s. We recommend thick socks and warm shoes/boots, layers, a sweater, jacket, scarf, hat, and gloves.

Once we’ve had our fill of exploring the cosmos, we’ll head to our home in Joshua Tree, Hi Desert Ranch.


Day 4 — Thursday (11.21)

Enjoy a homemade breakfast and lots of coffee.

In the morning you have some options —

  • If you’re craving adventure: ROCK CLIMBING! Beginners welcome, we’ll take care of all equipment and an expert guide.

  • If you need more wellness: Experience a sound bath at Integratron — This is an unforgettable sound experience for those who seek deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and introspection.

In the afternoon we’ll do an immersive workshop at Yucca Valley Material Lab focused on natural dyeing with wild desert plants. We’ll learn how to process raw plant matter into natural dyes and introductory fabric dying techniques, discuss sustainable harvesting, eco-friendly mordanting processes and how to work with both animal and plant fibers.

7pm - Dinner at Pappy & Harriets



Day 5 — Friday (11.22)

The morning will be free to relax, squeeze in another hike, or go for a swim. We’ll have a nice brunch before departing and heading our separate ways. If needed, transportation back to Palm Springs will be provided.


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Logistics

Arrival information

You’ll be making your own way to Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs. We recommend flying into Palm Springs International Airport - Korakia is just a 10-minute drive away. If you prefer to drive, Palm Springs is approximately 2 hrs by car from Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. Click here for the exact location and google map’s expert driving directions :)

Weather

In November you should expect temperature during the days reaching the mid-70s, with temperatures rapidly dropping to the high 40s/low 50s at night. In true dessert fashion, rain is not likely.

Around Town

We’ve made a custom map here.


What should I pack?

  • Dress to your comfort, no formal attire necessary

  • Layers! Temperatures drop quickly in the desert, be prepared for cold nights

  • Athletic clothes for yoga/biking/hiking if needed

  • Swimsuit (Korakia has heated pools)

  • Any pieces you think would be nice to incorporate in a photo shoot

  • Your preferred gear for creating (camera+lenses, laptop for editing)