Weekend Retreat 3 – Mar 2015

3rd Weekend Retreat – March 27th to 29th 2015

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

You have 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:
Diane & Jennifer Juranko – Sycamore Ridge Soap Company
Elsa Christian – Lakeside Fairies
Julie Whitehead – Filthy Nurse Soap
Amanda Thomas – Calendula Soap
Vita Staples – Naked Baby Soap
Michele Girard – Bearchele Designs LLC
Jamie Browne – Forest Fairies Soaps
Lois Brown – Hypnotic Soaps
1:00pm to 8:00pm

1:00pm – 5:00pm             Check in at Wine Soap Bar.
Soapers who are bringing their 500 bars of soap from the January challenge will have their bars counted, weighed and inventoried.

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, March 28th
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 McGinnis

9:00am – 10:00am          “The Balancing Act, Part I”, presented by Dr. Kevin Dunn.  Dr Dunn talks about lye, particularly how and why it can “go bad,” what “bad” lye does to soap, and how to detect bad lye.

10:00am – 11:00am         “Florida Cosmetic Regulations – Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act”, Presented by Kimberlee Ann Nagel, Attorney.

11:00am – 11:15am        Break

11:15am – 12:15pm       Bath Bombs – Hands On Demo presented by Brandy McClurg

12:15pm – 2:00pm         Lunch (offsite)

2:00pm – 3:00pm           “The Balancing Act, Part II” presented by  Dr. Kevin Dunn. Continuing Dr. Dunn’s presentation, testing lye with a precision scale.

3:00pm – 3:15pm           Break

3:15pm – 4:00pm           “Demystifying Lye Calculators” presented by Catherine McGinnis.  Learning to work with online lye calculators.

4:00pm – 5:15pm          “Soleseife Soap” presented by Catherine McGinnis. Hands on activity creating traditional ancient German brine soap.

5:15pm – 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.

9am to 4:00pm

(Prior to 8:45am)               Breakfast at Marriott Residence Inn

8:30am – 8:45am              Transportation to Wine Soap Bar from Marriott Residence Inn.

8:55am                             Welcome & Intro – Derek Hodges

9:00am – 9:30am              WTVT Fox 13 – Live Taping of Interview with Dr. Kevin Dunn

9:30am – 11:00am             “Double Duty Salves” presented by Catherine McGinnis. Hands on activity creating multi-use salves.

11:00am – 12:00pm           “Can Soapmaking be a Profitable Business”, presented by Paul Clough, C.P.A.

12:00pm – 1:30pm         Lunch (onsite)

1:30pm – 2:15pm           Follow up Questions with Kimberlee Ann Nagel, Derek Hodges, Catherine McGinnis and Paul Clough.

2:15pm – 2:45pm           “Growing Your Soaping Hobby into a Business”, presented by Brandy McClurg.

2:45pm – 4:00pm           Unmolding Solseife Soap and Cutting, 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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