Mermaids and Mamas Artful Adventure 2014: June 7-8

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Join us for Mermaids and Mamas Artful Adventure 2014! Designed for mothers and daughters to experience together, this overnight retreat gives you the opportunity to embrace creative fun as a girls only bonding opportunity while enhancing self-esteem and confidence in our girls. Picture a place where you and your daughter(s) (or granddaughter or nieces...) can get away from it all for some joyful creative play: a girls art camp slumber party!

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In addition to creating kid friendly art projects like handmade journals to record our dreams, mermaid fairies to share our secrets with, fairy wands to cast magical spells, jewels fit for the merriest of mermaids, spray paint and canvas art, we’ll add in time for outdoor fun like guided nature talks, team play and campfires with s’mores. We’ll unleash our creative souls while enjoying a supportive atmosphere conducive to sharing, dreaming, and playing…together. In our hectic day-to-day lives, sometimes it’s difficult for moms and daughters to get away from it all and just enjoy being girls! This retreat gives you the opportunity to do just that.

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We’ll take care of all the details so you’re able to simply enjoy the fun creating life-long memories. We’ll start Saturday morning at 9am and wrap up Sunday morning by Noon. Registration is $115 per person and includes all meals and snacks, lodging and supplies and a few extra surprises. Lodging is bunk-house style, so all you’ll need to bring is your favorite pillow, sheet and blanket. Registration is limited to 24 so be sure to register now to reserve your spot.  Registration deadline is Friday, May 30.

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Leading the retreat is Kelly Warren, artist and mom to twin girls who love to create art. Kelly has more than 20 years' experience developing and facilitating experiential education programs and learning through creative play and is now combining that experience with her passion to encourage confidence and creativity in young girls through the wonderful world of art and craft. Joining her on this expedition of creative discovery are her two trusty assistants, 5th graders Sarah and Olivia, who have personally helped develop each and every project to ensure Mermaid and Mama fun. We hope you’ll join us! Questions? Drop us an email at happyshackdesigns(at)   

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. ~Pablo Picasso


cath c said...

what a wonderful idea!

Davielle aka Princess Magpie said...

Kelly, Sarah, and Olivia: your Mermaid and Mama retreat sounds FANTASTIC. I am so excited for all of you! Can't wait to hear about the retreat for 11-15 year old girls ... maybe I could even bring my 11 and 13 year old granddaughters out for that one!
:-) congratulations on this new workshop, Kelly !!!!! hugs - Davi

chrissy said...

calling ALL mermaids...
kelly, you are brilliant.
we both think alike.
my little camp hasn.t expanded to an overnighter as of yet, but i REALLY wish i could come to florida and swim with you and your darlingest redheaded wonderful mermaids.
THANK you for sharing your plan...i am sooo happy for you and look forward to seeing it become a reality.
loves to all 3 of you!

leah Virsik said...


This sounds awesome! Sarah and Olivia, I'm sure you're going to be incredible assistants! Such great photos of you all!


Charlotte Pritchard said...

This sounds like fun....Looking forward to the 11-15 retreat!

Miranda said...

OK, so when are we going to get the New England touring edition???

beth said...

Kelly, what a wonderful idea. Hope you all have a fab time, and that your creative business flourishes. Thanks for your sweet birthday wishes!

aimee said...

i'm putting this on my sidebar, kelly! this is awesome!

Tiffani said...

If we didn't live >2000 miles away, we'd be there! This sounds like fun!

Bethan said...

Ohhhh! I'm guessing that there's no Mermaids and Mamas in the UK? Such a wonderful, fabulous idea. I love it!

Beth Nicholls said...

Just read your note on Crescendoh. Wow Kelly, you are such an inspiration. But so wise too - it is so true that we are the only ones responsible for our own happiness. Thanks for sharing your storyXx

Robin Norgren said...

Kelly it looks like SO MUCH FUN!

maria hendrix said...

what is age range for this? what is the youngest age you recommend to take a little girl to this.

Kelly Warren said...

Hi Maria. Four is the youngest I'd recommemd. We've had two four year olds in the past and they both did well. It's just a little more work for the mama.