Ponderosa Workshop


October 1-5 2018




We are so excited to be hosting our first Scotland event at the Eastwood House, a beautifully restored Victorian villa sitting in a stunning location on the banks of the River Tay about half a mile from Dunkeld in Perthshire. One of my favorite things about this house and land is that it served as an inspiration for Beatrix Potter who stayed in the home while she was beginning the process of developing her iconic woodland characters. Like Beatrix, we will take in the scenery, smells and warmth of this beautiful space. Together we will spend five unforgettable days here, sleep in beautiful rooms, eat amazing local cuisine, and rejuvinate our hearts while we learn the art of floral design amongst nature and history that will inspire our art.

During the first day we will dig deep into the heart of creativity, and how we can discover our place (and our voice) in the world as floral artists. Later in the week we will create incredibly romantic bridal bouquets and near the end of the week we will create an incredible woodland floral installation using the environment as our guide.

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 artist 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.

Come join me and the Ponderosa team for a workshop that will challenge and inspire you to your very core! Inspired by our surroundings we will create breathtakingly beautiful arrangements and photos shoots that will capture the heart of our work.

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All accommodations/lodging:

• 5 days / 4 nights

- Shared Room (Single Bed)

- Private Room (Double Bed)

Hands-on floral design instruction and learning

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 

Group discussions and private 1:1 Session with Katie Davis

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

Access to the Eastwood 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 Eastwood house.


MONDAY October 1

Arrival to Dunkeld

Welcome dinner and drinks

TUESDAY October 2

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

Dinner and wine

After dinner: group reflection


Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Foraging adventure

Finishing the bridal bouquet


Lesson on posing flowers

Photo shoot (bouquets)

Dinner and wine

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

Hands-on  oral session | Bridal bouquets

THURSDAY October 4

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Hands-on session | "Creating installation shapes"

Editorial shoot with installations, bouquet, and model

Farewell feast and wine

After dinner | Group reflection

FRIDAY October 5

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Demo and practice | "Focusing on the little details"

Debrief | Group reflection


Goodbyes and send off with sack lunch

*Schedule subject to change slightly


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


• Edinburgh Airport (EDI): 1 hr 15 minutes

• Perth Train station: 10 miles from Eastwood House


We recommend that people coming to Eastwood by car reach out to fellow guests through the Facebook group to arrange ride-share.

Please feel free to email with any questions.


We are happy to say that accommodations at Eastwood House are included in the price of this event.

Room Options: 

• Shared room

• Private room

Most beds in shared rooms are single beds. Private rooms offer double beds.

WiFi is available in some parts of the house free of charge. We recommend checking your cell phone plans if traveling internationally to check on service cost and availability.


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

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