2013 Retreat Wrap Up


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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

This Saturday: We have a booth at April Jo’s Junk in the Trunk!

JunkTrunk944604_681039321924153_2009114415_nA big thank you to April Geary for donating booth space to our fundraising efforts!

We’ve had a large donation of furniture that we will be selling at April Jo’s Junk in the Trunk event  this Saturday, November 2nd from 10-6.  Come down to 4311 Willow Street near Fair Park and enjoy live music, delicious food, free beer and peruse the interesting finds and re-purposed creations by local pickers and artists.

We will also be selling raffle tickets for the drawing at the Retreat.
Come taste the Tamales by Amanda – one of our raffle prizes.

Hope you can join us!
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Donate to the Autism Service Dog online or share our Fundrazr page here.

Radiant Raffle

You do not have to be present to win – share this page with your network using the buttons at the bottom of the page and help Tristan get his Autism Service Dog!

50/50 Raffle (Cash Prize)
The winner will receive 50% of the “pot” and the remaining 50% will go to the Service Dog Fund.

Items/Services Raffle
scroll down to see photos of items and links

Prizes are being added regularly.
Contact Julie if you’d like to donate goods or services for the raffle.
Your website will be displayed here on our Raffle page and in the Retreat Program.

Item 1:

$45 Gift Certificate for Handmade items from PerryJaneCreations.com
Perry Jane Creations makes super fun items inspired by Comics, Fantasy and Sci-Fi.  Customize your order with your favorite characters.  Click here to enter the drawing.
Click here to purchase tickets

Item 2:

2 Dozen Tamales ($40 value) from Tamales by AmandaAmandaTamalesBanner

Choose from 8 combinations (including Vegetarian and Vegan):

  • chicken
  • chicken cheese jalapeno
  • pork
  • pork and jalapeno
  • black bean and cheese
  • black bean and cheese with jalapeno
  • AmandaBlackbeansgreen corn: corn, green chiles and cheese
  • vegan black bean, onion & jalapeno
    Click here to purchase tickets

Item 3

“You’re Beautiful” Mirror ($75 retail) by April Jo’s Junk in the Trunk
April Geary turns old worn out furniture in to modern, hip treasures.  She creates mirrors with messages designed to remind you of your Radiance every time you look in the mirror.  Raffle winner can custom order the color and message they want on their mirror.
Mirror shape may vary.


Click here purchase raffle tickets.

Item 4:

Kid’s Choice Night ($100 value) with Donna Gonzalez
Donna is a super fun Unschooling Mom and Drama teacher.  She is EXCELLENT with kids who have “different” needs.

She will come to your home (DFW area) for an evening of Babysitting and MORE.
Make a fun dinner, do art, read a story, paint faces, make a movie with costumes, make up a story, play music, dance, play board games, swallow fire…..it’s kids choice night!
(4 hours maximum)


Donna hangin’ with Aelish

Don’t know Donna?  Get to know her at the Retreat!  She and her husband are speaking about their 20 years of Unschooling experience.

Your kids will LOVE Donna!  Ask Jasper 10, Aelish 8 and Violet 5 at the retreat – they LOVE when Miss Donna comes over to play.

Click here purchase tickets.

Item 5:

Rainbow Mama Painting
16″x20″ Watercolor and India Ink on Canvas by Krystal Trammell
Click here purchase tickets.


Click here purchase raffle tickets.

Item 6:

Horticultural Housecall ($100 Value)
with Kato Crow the DFW PlantWhisperer.com
Turfgrass, pruning, plant identification, soil & bed prep, creating a maintenance schedule for your landscape and/or garden.

Click here purchase raffle tickets.

Item 7:

Whole Foods Gift Card ($100 value)
donated by Ward & Turton, Collaborative Family Law
Click here purchase raffle tickets.