June 2022 – 2 Day Caregiver Retreat – Schedule of Events


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Early Bird Meet & Greet
Friday, June 17th – ( 2 hours from – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Gates open at 6:30 PM for event parking.

The Friday Ticket is for those who want to attend a two day Caregiver Retreat Experience.

Note: Ticket price covers materials for projects, snack & Lunch only.

YOU’RE WORTH THE TWO TICKETS… SPLURGE AND GET AWAY

Long distance attendees, Please Note: No camping onsite at Raven Wood Gardens for any events. Local lodging links are NOT connected with Raven Wood Gardens. Each Caregiver Retreat event ticket holder must purchase lodging accommodations on their own separately, not related to this website.

The Early Bird Meet & Greet: Friday Night (7:00 – 8:00 PM)
When caring for their significant other or veteran spouse, caregivers often get burned out and need to rekindle or get the fire started by taking time for themselves. This Early Bird Meet & Greet is an opportunity to arrive early and attend with others who want the full package. A special workshop speaker will be teaching “How to Build a Fire from Scratch without a Match!” Yes, you will actually learn how to build a fire with your own two hands and enjoy the company of caregivers from different walks of life.

Then… Get s’MORE out of Being a Caregiver: Friday Night  (8:00 – 8:30 PM)
Because it’s HEALTHY to have a little “s’MORE” in LIFE. Simply Sweet Retreat- Tamara Chaney, will be offering a Sweet treat to those who attend this evening and help build a campfire. We will be sharing some fine talk around the campfire YOU built, while sharing something “s’MORE!”

Last… Let’s LITE it UP!: Friday Night (8:30 – 9:00 PM) Keep that spark going as you join in watching a fine group of groovy gals get together to give an early peek & taste of the Flow-Lite show at dusk for YOU! There will be special extras given to those who attend this Friday night event. You don’t want to miss this one! Gift Bags will have something EXTRA for those who attend the “Friday Night” event. Note: Friday Night event ends at 9:00 PM so we can all get some rest before tomorrow’s festivities arrive.

Workshops, Speakers & Tower Garden Lunch
Saturday, June 18th ( 6 hours from 10:00 AM – 5 PM)
Parking begins once Gate opens around 9:15 AM
Ticket price covers materials for projects, snack & Lunch only.

Speakers & Workshops are sharing 20 minutes long sessions *unless specified
There will be 5 minute breaks in between for bathroom needs.

Note: Please know ALL speakers are volunteering their time on behalf of veteran caregivers & support. Workshop materials & meal fees have been included in the cost of YOUR Saturday ticket. This helps to cover the food & materials prepared in advance based on cost in attaining items for you to enjoy and take home. Their preparation helped us to put this awesome event together. All tickets are non refundable and will help to defray expenses of received goods provided for the good of all who attend.

Speakers & Times may be subject to change in event of emergency.


1. Opening Session – (10:00 AM – 10:15 AM)
Introduction Name Tags & Welcome Packets
2. Laughter Yoga – 10:20 AM – 10:40 AM  – Christine Pada
Laughter Yoga Instructor & Counselor FUN!
3. Holistic Care VA Volunteer Group – (10:45 AM – 11:05 AM) – Mallory & Misty
Topics to be determined with a HEALTHY snack or beverage to boot!
4. Stained Glass Craft Project – (11:10 AM – 11:30 AM)
Carrie Jo Martin from CJ’s Glass, (Take Home project)
5. Speaker Testimony – (11:35 AM – 12:00 PM) – Jaime Parrett
Exercise in Movement
6. Chelsea in the Garden – Lunch HOUR –  (12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)
Choice of Grilled Chicken, Salmon or Marinated Tofu,
Tower Garden Salad – Choose Wild Rice or Baby Red Potato side
Dessert to be announced
Live Music Pending Availability
Raven Wood Greenhouse & Let’s Grow Together Contest Walk

Note: Due to respect for workshop times , Gift Shop will be open during lunch & after Closing Session from 5:30PM – 6:30PM

7. Succulent Workshop – (1:00 PM – 1:20 PM) – Penny’s Plants & Pots
Penny’s Pots & Plants shares a (Take Home succulent project)
8. Rize UP & Lume Speakers – (1:25 PM – 1:45 PM)  – Amy & Michelle
Health over High Stigma for CBD & Medical Marijuana Cardholder Education
NOTE: NO use or sales of Medical or Recreational Marijuana during this event.
9. Artist Way Creation – (1:50 PM – 2:10 PM)  – Sandy Wolf, Jim Harsh & The Gang!
Soothing Citrus Lotion Bar (Take Home Project)
10. Traditional Medicine and Acupuncture Share- (2:15 PM – 2:35 PM)  – Haven Bain
Discuss and experience some of the most powerful unknown tools that often help veterans.
11. Loose Tea Workshop – ( 2:40 PM – 3:00 PM) – Brittany Mans
Create your own blended tea bag (Take home project)
12. Garden BINGO with Prizes – (3:05 PM – 3:25 PM)
Bingo Caller to be Announced
13. Massage, Thai Chi & Reki – (3:30 PM – 4:00 PM)
Dane Zynda, Amber Koesling, Haven & Mallory
14. Incense Making can be so Spiritual – (4:05 PM – 4:30 PM) – Lou Anne Bates
How to put together a recipe for Incense -Take Home Gift
15. Closing Session, Survey Flowers – (4:45 PM – 5:00 PM) –  Lou Anne & Craig Bates
Thank YOU’s , Survey Flowers & Door Prize Drawings.
16. Raven Wood Gardens Gift Shop Open (5:30 PM – 6:30 PM)*
Note: May need to close earlier to get to Halfway Bar & Grill pending attendance

Directions to Halfway Bar & Grill for those who want to stay longer – Dinner is NOT included in TICKET price – 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Halfway Bar & Grill – Open Menu
Meet at the Halfway Bar & Grill (10 Minute Drive North) on M-35 in Cedar River , MI
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Live Music and Flow Show Entertainment 

Thank you, YOU WONDERFUL CAREGIVERS for attending!
WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.


Please consider Scheduling a tour in the future with your loved ones & friends at a later date. Raven  Wood  Gardens Tours are available by appointment only.

Be sure to mark your Survey Flower with your interest.

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