"My time in the Ponderosa Classroom was a dream. It not only deepened my knowledge of floral design techniques and skills, but also nourished my creative spirit in ways I am still processing months later. I learned valuable branding and marketing strategies and new ways to look at my business moving forward. I felt supported and loved by Katie and her team throughout the whole week and the intimate, beautiful setting of the classroom made for the perfect environment to feel creatively inspired. So many of my questions were answered and I left the experience feeling a renewed sense of love for this work, a deeper appreciation for myself as a creative, and a deeper understanding of how to nourish my process and my work. I would highly recommend this experience from the bottom of my heart, you will absolutely not regret it!"
"The Ponderosa Classroom breathed new life into my designs and business. I learned techniques to seek out creative inspiration, involve all of my senses in my work, be confident in my designs and techniques, care for myself, and build a cohesive brand that speaks to my ideal client. I got to make amazing new flower friends. What a gift it was to experience a transformational week together."
"Katie and her team were absolutely inviting and wonderful! They provided a welcoming environment and safe space to share creative ideas while learning. Katie’s passion for education shows and she has found her calling. I will be forever grateful for the time spent in the Ponderosa classroom and even more importantly the friendships that I have gained."
"A Ponderosa Workshop is unlike any other floral design experience out there.
Yes, you will learn the ins and outs of floral design, new mechanics, how to grow your social media following, how to manage client interactions.
But you walk away with much more than the practical / how to tips and tricks.
Katie and her team think through every detail and provide a truly magical experience – a once in a lifetime experience for any creative.
Katie and her team put in so much time and energy to create a beautiful and sacred space for you to practice, to explore and to create. And being able to spend time with Katie will change your life. I'm not even kidding. Not 1%.
Katie provides so much encouragement throughout the entire workshop process. She empowers you to step into who you know you want to become.
She sees you at your best, she sees you better than you see yourself.
She makes time for you.
In short: Attending a Ponderosa Workshop is one of the most important investments you'll make for yourself and your future.
"A Ponderosa Workshop with Katie and her team is life giving. Months later I still think about my experience there, all the friends I've made and all the lessons I've learned weekly, maybe even daily. The techniques I've learned I now use in my own flower practice, as well as all the business- and life lessons I recall often. Apart from that it is just soul warming to experience so much beauty in one spot. For me this is one of those experiences I'll remember my whole life and I will take courage from whenever I need it."
"If you want to make deep connections, explore, have a day of freedom to create from the heart, hang out with other flower folks in a small group setting then Ponderosa & Thyme workshop, with the magical Katie Davis, is for you. ....and on a more personal note:-) Being with you, your team and all of the attendees in the mountains was just what my soul needed. My favorite parts were: grabbing up the soil and being grateful for it and the flower farmers, listening to and loving those around us, hearing your story and seeing and feeling how it impacts you and ultimately impacts us, being vulnerable. Were the flowers and venue beautiful? Was the food great? Did you learn something? A resounding "yes" to all of these questions but the best part, Katie, was sharing a day with someone who loves and thinks deeply, touches others and makes magic all around. I am grateful I had the opportunity to spend the day with you at the Lady Luck Farm."
"I took home many gifts from my time at the Ponderosa centerpiece workshop in Asheville, NC this July. I would say that my day with Katie and her team was profound, breathtakingly beautiful and life changing.
One thing this workshop did for me was to resolve a question that I had deep in my spirit about what it means to be an artist or a creative person today. There's the conversation on social media that has been going around about how influencers, or people doing work with beautiful things (i.e. flowers), or even 'ordinary' people only show a curated version of themselves and how this creates false expectations and is not 'true' to life. And this discussion related to a question in me---what is the role of an artist in this world? Does an artist merely create alternative realities that people can escape to or use to cover up issues they don't want to face? Is being an artist about indulging escapism?
My time with Katie showed me that it's possible to create in a way that invites people into true healing and into experiences that open new realms of possibility for their lives, not just obscures their existing realities. There is a marked difference between creative acts that reveal truth and being able to produce pretty things that are mere distractions. I feel like Katie gave me tools to pursue a life of true creativity, not just some slight-of-hand tricks to improve my aesthetic with florals. I am so thankful for this, as it's not easy to find someone who lives this difference. What stood out to me most about meeting Katie in person is her character and strength that is apparent in how she looks at each person in her presence. She is fierce and kind. She is a true teacher. She will see you."
"The moment when you first began making your bouquet as you were telling us bits of your life’s journey, I realized that the workshop would be more than just me getting to play around with flowers under the guidance of someone whose work I truly admire. I recognized that the following days would also be a learning experience about myself."
"I’m sure many have said it before me, but the workshop was truly glorious, genuinely like nothing I’ve experienced before. Way more than just flowers. No end of my friends and family have said what an influence it has had on me; apparently I’m much happier, lighter and sparkier . . . Thank you also for helping me to start believing in myself. I didn’t realise quite how much confidence plays a role in this creative world, but it really does."
"I don't even know where to begin!! The entire experience of traveling to Oregon to work side by side with Katie still feels like a dream. A really good one you don't want to wake from. From the beginning Katie was thorough to find out about me, personal and work. She made me think and see beyond my current situation before I even left for the workshop and I liked the questionnaire she had me fill out before I left. The workshop is 100% about you the student, and what you want to leave with. Completely customized and unique to you. That part feels good knowing there won't be things that overlap and that the techniques and questions I have will be addressed. I think the best part of the workshop was having Katie let me peek into her world and her everyday life. I had a ton of questions related to her business and how things were set up and she could talk through them and show me at the same time. She's so relatable and easy to be around. I could be myself and be vulnerable which made learning and critique that much more meaningful."
"It is impossible to say enough good things about my time at the Ponderosa and Thyme classroom. My life is completely and forever changed by the experiences I had in Katie's classroom. I learned so many invaluable lessons about not only flowers and the business of floristry but about myself. Attending this class has changed the path of my career and life. If everyone was able to attend a Ponderosa and Thyme class the world would be a much happier and more beautiful place. Not only is Katie amazing but Sarah and everyone else on her team is FANTASTIC. It is amazing the community Katie has been able to build around herself with the kindest and most talented people. The classroom itself is so gorgeous and only made better by the fact that it sits above her husband Mark's donut shop. I mean, I don't think you could find a more special location to take a class. Katie has a special kind of magic about her that words cannot even describe. Attending a Ponderosa Workshop will fundamentally change you for the better.
"My week long floral intensive with Ponderosa and Thyme exceeded all my expectations! It was an amazing week of connecting to our heart and letting creativity flow, as well as learning very valuable tools and techniques that I'll be using the rest of my life. Katie has a special gift of creating the emotional space necessary to connect to yourself, others and to grow!"
"I have to admit I already had high expectations when I booked the Ponderosa Classroom. But I've never expected something extraordinary like this! Katie's warm heart, the way she approaches Business...I've learnt so many things. It was a unique lifetime experience for me! Thanks Katie I will never forget this special time in Salem!!"
"Attending the Ponderosa Workshop was a breath of fresh air in a hectic year. The workshop was incredibly professionally run and thoughtfully curated. Katie and her expertly hand-picked support staff ensured each experience was memorable and extremely special. Katie and her workshop team created a safe, nurturing environment where everyone felt relaxed and like old friends from the very first day.
Learning was very hands on and all attendees could work at their own pace without feeling rushed. Katie was incredibly generous sharing all her knowledge of technique and the industry as a whole.
I went to the workshop hoping to learn some new skills but what I gained was so much more.
Not only did I update my skill set but I came out of the workshop with greater confidence and self-worth; motivation, direction and practical skills to steer my business in the right direction; and, through Katie and the other attendees, connection to a very supportive and like minded flower community.
I would recommend attending a Ponderosa Workshop to anyone!"
"Katie shares her heart so openly and in doing so creates a nurturing environment for attendees to awaken their spirits and ignite dreams."
"What can I say to befit this journey. The venue was embracing, a glorious Tuscan castle of colour and soulful spirit . The food spun from the fields and bakery . The heart of this however was Katie and her team. Warmth, gentility, quietly run , supportive and challenging. Soul opening and creatively absorbing. If you need to find your floral pulse don’t miss these delicious travels of being."
"Katie mentioned the workshop would be more than just flowers and it truly was way beyond that. It was a day full of inspiration, kindness, joy, and growth. I can’t imagine a better way to learn and grow as a florist and in the community we are in. I’d highly suggest it to those wanting to learn, those wanting to play, and those wanting to collaborate. I’ll forever be thankful for the time spent there."
"Katie's workshops help you find your inner artist. It's part therapy, part mechanics, and all amazing!"
"Katie's workshops help you find your inner artist. It's part therapy, part mechanics, and all amazing!"If you want to make deep connections, explore, have a day of freedom to create from the heart, hang out with other flower folks in a small group setting then Ponderosa & Thyme workshop, with the magical Katie Davis, is for you.
....and on a more personal note:-)
Being with you, Sarah, Kim and all of the attendees in the mountains was just what my soul needed.
My favorite parts were: grabbing up the soil and being grateful for it and the flower farmers, listening to and loving those around us, hearing your story and seeing and feeling how it impacts you and ultimately impacts us, being vulnerable. Were the flowers and venue beautiful? Was the food great? Did you learn something? A resounding "yes" to all of these questions but the best part, Katie, was sharing a day with someone who loves and thinks deeply, touches others and makes magic all around. I am grateful I had the opportunity to spend the day with you at the Lady Luck Farm."
"Seeing your process, in which you operate in this very vulnerable, connected, emotional state really helped me to break down the walls I'd created and realize I don't need them anymore. I've found myself feeling more open to others, more vulnerable, less of a robot . . . I've found that using my creative process to heal is incredibly powerful and wonderful. So thank you for providing that experience for me (and likely many of the other participants)...It just meant an awful lot."
"It has been seven weeks now and my feelings haven't settled. The glow I had when I left Dorset that day hasn't faded at all. The love and encouragement from Katie especially, and her team and all my fellow students around me for those days hasn't diminished. I arrived feeling uncertain of my own abilities and reluctant to let anyone see my work. Since I got home I have practiced every day - even on the rubbish ones when I was sure I too tired or too busy - and been proud of what I have done. My brain hasn't stopped buzzing, not even at night, and each day I have taken another step towards making my dream a reality. I know now that I can do this, and I can probably do it pretty well. I didn't know that eight weeks ago. So, sure I am going to go on other courses with other floral artists. And I'll enjoy them and learn skill sets from them and probably absorb a little bit of their style along the way. But it was five days in Dorset with Katie that made me believe I could do it, and know that I really, really wanted to, and I shall hold those days with now dear friends in my heart quite possibly forever"