I have just been on the best blogging retreat in the world …ever! I will admit it is the only blogging retreat I have ever been on so have no comparison but, well it was blooming ace and I had so much fun and learned so much!
What we got up to on our blogging retreat
There were about 50 bloggers in all descending for a weekend in Minehead, to learn new skills, bond, refresh and have their creativity re-ignited.
It certainly worked for me.
Here’s what I got up to on my lovely retreat… first I swam in the outdoor pool and went on a photography scavenger hunt around the grounds of Croydon Hall (the perfect venue.) I took part in a yoga/meditation welcoming ceremony and I ate dinner with a host of lovely bloggers then tumbled into my comfy bed about 10pm exited and shattered in equal measure.
Saturday was an early start (5.30!) – sunrise photography with the ever patient and knowledgeable Tom Arber. I am now a superstar photographer (well I came off automatic for 5 mins and am definitely wanting to experiment!) Later, I did creative writing with the hugely talented Kirsty Pelling who really made me focus and free flow with my writing something I have not done in years..it was emotional and liberating and will impact my blogging for sure. I rather fell in love with the leaf i chose to write about – very odd indeed!
I spent Saturday afternoon on a beach photography walk where I have to say I mainly talked my blogging friend’s ears off but also learned a fair bit about lining up photos!
The location for our blogging retreat
The area of Somerset we were in was just spellbinding and I think we have to go back as a family to explore more.
Saturday night was a catered meal, late night chatting and so many laughs. The UK blog scene is a real mix of people and can spmetimes feel segmented. But the very friendliest. warmest un-clique-y (?) bunch of bloggers came together as a community at this weekend retreat and there were smiles everywhere. Just wonderful. I reunited with old friends and made some lovely new ones too.
Me with my great blogging pal Penny from Parentshaped
Sunday consisted of scrummy veggie sausage baps for breakfast (this was such a well-catered event, I had a full happy tummy.) Next followed an informative travel video session. I got to try some brilliant gadgets and Alistair Campbell our trainer from Somerset Film made it all sound effortlessly easy and unintimidating.
We finished up with a positivity session and shared what we liked about each other. Just a lovely way to end.
It was 10/10.
Great job by the whole Flea Ents team and something I would definitely go to again.
I am inspired and enthused about blogging /vlogging and most importantly of all, I had a really happy weekend with some top people.
Awesome – shall we do it again next weekend?
P.S Massive huge heartfelt thanksto thee lovely Jaime Oliver who blogs at the aptly name Not that Jamie Oliver drove us all the way there and back from Nottingham and to Penny for being a wonderful travel companion.