WELCOME TO FULL BELLY FARM!
It’s time to get close to our ROOTS! We are SO thrilled that Fully Belly will be hosting our very first Farm to table 3-day retreat giving our participants an opportunity to see and experience in the deepest way the foundation of what we do, flower farming. Camp with us, and connect with nature, flowers and new friends.
We will get to spend time with the farmers that make it all happen, gather armloads of flowers to create gorgeous arrangements with, sleep on the sacred land under the walnut trees, and eat food grown within a few miles of where we’ll be and on the last day picnic amongst oceans of wildflowers with your new flower friends. These three days will be magical, transformational and inspiring.
Full Belly Farm is a 400-acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley of Northern California, a little north of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area.
The family owned farm produces an amazing diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. The farm also has a flock of chickens, a herd of sheep, a tribe of goats, and several cows.
Full Belly’s system includes: growing and marketing over 80 different crops; providing year-round employment for farm labor; using cover crops that fix nitrogen and provide organic matter for the soil; selling produce within a 120-mile radius of the farm; and planting habitat areas for beneficial insects and wildlife. One of the farm’s goals is to integrate farm production with longer-term environmental stewardship.
We can't wait for you to experience the all the flower glory of Fully Belly Farm!
Attendees are responsible for all travel arrangements to get to the workshop (including airfare and car rental/train fare/etc.)
Most convenient airports:
• San Francisco (SFO)
• Sacramento (SMF)
Camp on-site with us for the weekend! On-site camping will include a tent, deluxe air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow and flashlight. If you would prefer to stay in a hotel, there are a number of nearby accommodations (within 45 minutes), that we can recommend.
We highly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance in case of natural disasters, flight issues, or cancellation.
Welcome Brunch & Camping Check-in
Flower Farm Tour
Floral demonstration: "Windswept and Whimsical” (a lesson in large and dramatic bridal bouquets)
Hands-on floral session: (Creating your romantically wild "Windswept" bridal bouquet)
Demo+ Group discussion: "How to make your flowers look good on camera" AND creating "Real life" bridal bouquets with an editorial edge.
Hands-on Floral session: Creating editorial art on a smaller scale for our own real brides.
Early morning foraging expedition
Hands-on Session: Finishing the bridal bouquets
Hands-on Session extra: "Body flowers + flower crowns”
Lesson on posing flowers
Photo shoot featuring your flowers with a model and gown(s)
Farewell dinner and wine
After dinner: Group reflection and s'mores by the fire.
Hike at Bear Valley Road which boasts one of the most incredible wildflower displays in California! Together we will drive to a secluded road which will take us to a wildflower access point where we can sit and stroll among the sea of wildflowers such as Royal Lupine, Yellow Tidytips, California Poppies and Purple Owls Clover.
Picnic and Rosé amongst the wildflowers, we may even break out the henna tattoo kit!
Rest and reflection as a group
5pm Goodbye's and Send off (We have great suggestions if you need a good place to spend the night nearby!)
* Schedule subject to change
• All materials to use for the workshop, including: flowers, silk ribbon and clippers
• Apron & welcome gift
• Meals & Refreshments (1 Brunch, 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners, Snacks and beverages throughout)
• Group discussions
• 2 Days of hands-on floral design instruction focused on creating bridal bouquets
* 1 Day of rest and reflection, hiking, picnic-ing and spend quality time with your new flower friends at the wildflower fields of Bear Valley Road.
• 2 nights of on-site camping: including a private tent, air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow and flashlight
• Access to the beautiful farm we'll be staying and arranging at
• One beautifully styled photo shoot with a model and gown featuring your flowers!
• Ability to use images from shoot for portfolio, website, and social media
Once you’ve signed up for the workshop we’ll add you to our private Facebook group so you can get to know your workshop arrange transfers to the workshop.
If you sign up please be sure you are able to come. The workshop is non-refundable unless you can find someone to take your place. We strongly advise you to purchase travel insurance in the unlikely event of natural disasters, or other unforeseen events. In the unlikely case that Ponderosa & Thyme must cancel the workshop, all deposits and registration fees will be refunded within 90 days.