Ponderosa Workshop


November 12-16 2018 | SOLD OUT


To sign up to be on the wait list for any seats that may become available, head to the "Register" tab and complete the Sold Out/Wait List form.

Join us at the beautiful Byron Bay in Australia at our very own beachfront retreat, nestled amongst the unspoiled edge of Arakwal National Park and just steps away from the golden sands of Tallow Beach.  Surrounded by the sounds of the ocean and the abundant native birds living around the property, we will spend unforgettable days and nights in this wonderful place while creating life long friendships and incredible floral art. We will sleep in simple, lovely rooms and eat fresh, rejuvenating meals that will nourish us body and soul while we learn (and re-learn) the art of floral design amongst nature that will inspire our hearts.

Together we will dig deep into the heart of creativity, remembering and reminding ourselves why we chose flowers in the first place and we encourage each other in the process of finding our place and our voice in the world as floral artists.

Exhilarating, life giving, life changing. Our Ponderosa Workshop is the driving force and passion behind the Ponderosa Team. We love to see lives (and businesses) transformed by the power of encouragement and community, and that’s why we do what we do. Ponderosa workshops are designed for new and experienced florists as well as photographers, stylists, creatives and dreamers that want to grow and expand their skill set for more flexibility and creativity in their work. 

This floral retreat will be dedicated to the process of finding your own personal creative flow and how to approach floral design basics in a way that pushes your boundaries.

This workshop will challenge and inspire you, and if you come with an open heart you will be changed. Not by magic, but by being around the incredible community of like minded souls that bravely choose the venerable path of learning and friendship.

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All accommodations/lodging:

• 5 days / 4 nights

- Shared Room (Single Bed)

- Private Room (Double Bed)

All meals: 

• 4 Breakfasts, lunches, dinners and drinks (including the special ones!) 

• Snacks & beverages throughout the workshop stay

All materials for the workshop including: 

• Apron & Welcome Gift

• Flowers 

• Silk ribbon

• Beautiful floral scissors 

Hands-on floral design instruction and learning

Group discussions and private 1:1 Session with Katie Davis

Mini hands-on photography session “Photographing your flowers for social media”

Access to the Birdland house sites and scenery

Professional headshot

Beautifully styled photo shoots

Ability to use images from shoots for portfolio, website, and social media.


Once you’ve signed up for the workshop we’ll add you to our private Facebook group and there you can team up with someone to share rooms/and arrange transfers to the Birdland house.


MONDAY November 12


Welcome dinner and drinks

TUESDAY November 13

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Foraging Adventure 

Group intros + Business basics talk


Floral demonstration | "Wild and romantic bridal bouquet” - a lesson in large and dramatic editorial bouquets

Hands-on floral session | Wild and romantic editorial bouquets


After dinner: group reflection

WEDNESDAY November 14

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Foraging adventure

Finishing the editorial bouquet


Lesson on posing flowers

Photo shoot (bouquets)


Floral demonstration | Bridal bouquets - a lesson in applying editorial techniques for your real brides

Hands-on  oral session | Bridal bouquets

THURSDAY November 15

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Hands-on session | "Creating installation shapes"

Editorial shoot with installations, bouquet, and model

Farewell feast 

After dinner | Group reflection

FRIDAY November 16

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Debrief/ Group reflection

Goodbyes and send off with sack lunch

*Schedule subject to change slightly


Guests are responsible for all travel arrangements to get to the workshop (including airfare and car rental/train fare/etc.)

We highly recommend reaching out to fellow guests through the Facebook group to ride-share.

Please feel free to email with any questions.


The Gold Coast Airport - OOL, which is located in Coolangatta QLD (45 mins North).

Smaller regional airports located in Ballina - BNK (30 mins South) and Lismore - LSY (50 mins West).


Accommodations at the Birdland house are included in the price of this event. 

Room options:

• Shared Room (Single Bed)

• Private Room (Double Bed)

We will also have access to the ocean which is just steps away from the house, so don't forget your swim suit! With "Dolphin's" Byron's best secret surf break at our footstep we are certain to enjoy the beautiful coast immensely.


We highly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance in case of natural disasters, flight issues, or cancellation.

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