Weekend Retreat 2 – Jan 2015

The Agenda for the second retreat is below. Click on the green topic links below, to see video, hear audio, transcripts and pictures from the presentations of Catherine McGinnis, M.B.A; Dr. Kevin Dunn, Professor of Chemistry and author of “Scientific Soaping”; Derek Hodges, BSc, MIET, CEO and President of Essential Depot, Inc.; Paul Clough, MBA, CPA, CFP® and the “Tax Maestro”; and Brandy McClurg of SoapEquipment.com.

You will have full access to the audio, transcripts, pictures and videos from the whole weekend. Immerse yourself into the art of soaping by working your way through the below agenda, as if you were there; enjoy a glass of wine as you follow along.

Interviews with some of our premier retreat members:
Julie Whitehead of Fort Pierce, Florida
Jamie Browne of Ocklawaha, Florida
Diane and Jennifer Juranko of Wesley Chapel, Florida
Elsa Christian of Saint Cloud, Florida
Michele Girard of Crawfordville, Florida
Vita Staples of Ormond Beach, Florida
Phyllis Durham of Jacksonville, Florida


FRIDAY, JANUARY 23rd1:00pm to 8:00pm
12:45pm – 1:00pm Transportation to Wine Soap Bar from Marriott Residence Inn.
1:00pm – 5:00pm Optional In-depth QuickBooks Training, by Paul Clough, C.P.A.
This class normally costs $150, but is an optional no charge add on for all Retreat attendees.
5:00pm – 8:00pm Meet and Greet
Participants will gather at the Wine Soap Bar for drinks and dinner, special announcements, supply pickup and introduction to new products. Shopping time at the Wine Soap Bar, and transportation back to the Marriott Residence Inn.

SATURDAY, January 24th-8:30am to 8:00pm
(Prior to 8:30am) Breakfast at Marriott Residence Inn
8:30am – 8:45am Transportation to Wine Soap Bar from Marriott Residence Inn.
8:45am – 9:00am Intro & Welcome by Derek Hodges & Catherine McGinniss
9:00am – 10:00 am “Superfatting and Lye Discounting, Part I”
presented by Dr. Kevin Dunn. In order to prevent overly alkaline soap, some soap makers calculate the amount of lye needed and then “discount” it by a certain percent. That is, they use less lye than is needed for the available fat. Other soap makers add extra fat (superfat) at trace with the expectation that this fat will remain in the finished soap. That is, they use more fat than is needed for the available lye. Is there a difference between these two practices?
10:00am – 10:15am Break
10:15am – 10:45am “Fyi101 Essential Depot Premium Member Services – Labeling” presented by Derek Hodges.
10:45am – 12:15pm “Advanced Techniques – Workshop 1” presented by Catherine McGinnis.
Catherine leads the group through the making of a moisturizing beer soap in Essential Depot’s RED Silicone Cylindrical Mold.
12:15pm – 2:00pm Lunch (offsite)
2:00pm – 3:00pm “Superfatting and Lye Discounting, Part 2” presented by Dr. Kevin Dunn.
Part 2 of Dr. Dunn’s presentation, describing the results of our experiments and providing specific recommendations.
3:00pm – 3:15pm Break
3:15pm – 4:00pm “It’s All About the Base – Color & Design” presented by Catherine McGinnis.
4:00pm – 5:30pm “Soaping Making Activity – Multiple Colors and Designs” Making spoon swirl soap with Catherine McGinnis.
5:30pm – 6:00pm Wrap-up and place orders for Sunday delivery
6:00pm – 6:15pm Transportation to Marriott Residence Inn from Wine Soap Bar.
6:30pm – 8:00pm Dinner Buffet/Mixer for attendees and speakers at Marriott Residence Inn.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25th-9am to 3:30pm
(Prior to 8:45am) Breakfast at Marriott Residence Inn
8:45am – 9:00am Transportation to Wine Soap Bar from Marriott Residence Inn.
9:00am – 9:15am Intro and Welcome
9:15am – 10:15am “Online Selling: How, When and Where” presented by Catherine McGinnis.
10:15am – 10:30am Break (onsite)
10:30am – 11:30am “Costing Out a Bar of Soap” presented by Paul Clough, C.P.A.
11:30am – 12:00pm “Fyi101 Premium Member Services – Marketing/Support” presented by Derek Hodges.
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch (onsite)
1:30pm – 2:00pm “Soap Makers Success Stories” presented by Brandy McClurg of SoapEquipment.com
2:00pm – 3:30pm “Soap Making Review of Yesterday’s Creations” with Catherine McGinnis. Unmolding and cutting, comparing and trading.
3:30pm – 4:30pm Wrap-up, pick up orders, place orders for free shipping. Transportation to Marriott Residence Inn from Wine Soap Bar.
Meals, lodging and transportation to and from Marriott Residence Inn provided daily.


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