Dear Radiant Friends,
It didn’t really register for me exactly HOW soon Thanksgiving was going to be after the Retreat was over! I barely recovered before the holiday whirlwind began . . . so now here I am FINALLY posting a long overdue THANK YOU to all of you who attended and helped make the first Radiant Living & Learning Retreat a success!
The good news is that we raised $3,201 toward the $13,500 we need for Tristan’s Service Dog and the better news is that many of you are so gung-ho about doing this again that we’ve already started planning the next one!
We’d be here all day if I tried to thank every single person here who gave of their time and energy to make the Retreat happen. You each hold a special place in my heart and I will be forever greatful for all of the love and support you showed our family and our Unschooling community by helping to make the Retreat possible.
I knew that doing this fundraiser would stretch me and my comfort zone regarding “asking for help” and “receiving,” but I had NO idea just how deeply I would be touched by the generosity and kindness of each and every person who attended, donated, and worked hard to help me create this amazing event. My heart is filled with Love every time I think about this amazing community.
I do want to mention a few special people that made such huge contributions, I just have to share:
Lisa Ruiz worked her a$$ off planning, cooking and feeding us at the Retreat. She gave so generously of her time and resources for this event, it could never have happened without her!
Jen and Derek Palmeri facilitated a donation through Derek’s employer, Fresh Point Produce, of almost all of the produce we served at the meals and at the Smoothie Bar.
Scott Gaylon of K Bar K Ranch donated the chicken and deeply discounted the burgers we served. He raises the cleanest meat I have found locally and sells at various DFW area farmer’s markets as well as making deliveries to the Plano and McKinney areas. Find Scott on facebook here or at http://www.kbark.com/.
The work and donations from these folks accounts for OVER HALF of the total funds we were able to raise!
I’ve already heard from some of you on your experience with the Retreat but would love to hear any feedback (including “constructive criticism” 🙂 ) that you’d still like to share. I’m gathering testamonials and also in the process of planning future Radiant events so your feedback is valuable! Here’s a link to email me.
Speaking of future events – we don’t have exact dates yet, but want you to know we’re planning another RL&L Retreat around Halloween of 2014
and a RL&L Unschooling Conference in early 2015.
Hope you can join us – stay tuned for updates!
Heaps of Love,
Christina, Peter, Houston, Juliana and Tristan