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Whatever Fireplace Christmas

2023 Holiday Retreat
Part 2

December 10-12, 2023

Spend a bit of the most wonderful time of the year with the most wonderful people at the Whatever Craft House in Newton, Kansas!

Why Retreat?

Have you ever experienced the magic that happens when a group of women come together over a common goal? What about when those women are able to gather in a calm, distraction-free environment where they can truly relax and be themselves? We can tell you that the experience is truly unique!

When you prioritize time for a full-on retreat – not just an hour here or there – you can make positive changes in your health and well-being. The Cleveland Clinic reports, “Research has found that taking breaks can improve your mood, boost your performance, and increase your ability to concentrate and pay attention. When you don’t give your mind a chance to pause and refresh, you might also be more likely to experience burnout and the health problems that go hand-in-hand with chronic stress.” And many of us say that the holidays are one of the most stressful time of the year!

What if you started December with a life-giving retreat to recharge your spirit and remind you what the holidays are all about? Join us for a weekend of fun, food, and friends and start the season off right!

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We help you disconnect to reconnect.

We’ll handle the details while you relax, recharge, and reconnect with your creative spirit.

At our retreat you will receive:

  • Retreat weekend coordinated by a professional event planner who’s been creating memorable experiences for over 20 years.

  • Two nights accommodations in an amazing, updated historic home.

  • Expert instruction on festive projects and all the necessary supplies.

  • Five delicious meals (and someone else to cook and do the dishes!)

  • Connection with amazing women who have similar interests and hobbies.

You can also choose to enjoy the following additional activities:

  • Game night with holiday-themed cocktails.

  • A shopping excursion in downtown Newton to check a few gifts off the list.

  • An opportunity to book a massage on-site during your stay (extra fee applies).

Meet Your Hosts
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Janell Peterson

WestWind Creative

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Janell has spent almost 20 years planning events for others and . . . let’s just say quite a few more crafting. Now she has combined her talents and passions into WestWind Creative. She wants retreat participants to experience the magic that happens when you spend time in a relaxing atmosphere and engage your creative spirit.

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Tamara Hudson


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Tamara has spent over 30 years honing her craft(s). She began in retail and realized her dream of opening her own boutique in 2003. She used her knowledge of design and style to develop a career re-imagining home decor for her very satisfied clients. She mentors other entrepreneurs while satisfying her creative whims in her own home.


Brooklynn Mieczkowski

Yellow Daisies Kitchen

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Brooklynn is a trained pastry chef and owns her own catering company called Yellow Daisies Kitchen. While she makes most anything with ease, her favorites involve sugar and sprinkles! When she isn't cooking for an event, she's making something delicious and laughing with her four kiddos and husband.

Craft Projects

Christmas Cookies

The Schedule

Are you the type who likes to plan ahead and know what to expect? View the full event schedule to get an idea of how a retreat flows.
(Some times subject to a little wiggle room on-site.)

Craft House Tour

You're going to love it here!
  • Our holiday retreat is located at The Whatever Craft House in Newton, Kansas. See more of the venue at 

  • Sleep in and recharge thanks to your very own cozy bed complete with colorful quilts and extra pillows and blankets. Sleeping rooms feature a variety of layouts with 3-5 beds per room. (Guests will be placed based upon their preferences and requests.)

  • Take time to relax in the giant soaking tub or snuggle up with a blanket and a book on the comfy living room couches.

  • Craft the day away in the amazing craft room complete with spacious tables, plenty of seating, and extra lighting.

Food, glorious food

We take meal time very seriously at a WestWind Retreat. We want to treat you to scrumptious foods that you may not get to enjoy at home.  


We kick off the event with dinner the first night and then move into a scrumptious breakfast the next morning. A working lunch is available as you tackle projects and we will enjoy dinner together again that evening. Before you leave, we will send you off with a delightful breakfast and lots of smiles!


There will also be snacks and beverages available throughout your stay to refuel those creative engines. No one goes hungry and there will always be dessert. 


**We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions during the event. You can share your needs with us on the questionnaire you receive at registration and we can talk it through.**

Delicious Dinner
Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never done anything like this before! Are you sure I’ll enjoy it?  It can be intimidating to join in on an activity with others you don’t know, but we can testify that there is something special that happens when creative people join together. There is a willingness to share ideas and a graciousness that is hard to explain. In the end, the worst that can happen is that you get a weekend away with good food and dedicated time to read a book with a hot beverage in your hand. Sounds like a wager you’d be willing to take, right?

Can I reserve a private room? This retreat has the option for one private room. Please contact Janell if you would prefer a room all to yourself and find out if space is available. Otherwise, we will make every possible effort to place you in a room with others who share your interests.

Can I bring my own craft projects to work on? For sure! Just expect that you may be in for some show-and-tell!


How many spaces are available? There is space available for 13 registrants.


My friends and I want to come together – can we do that? Yes!!! As long as there is space available, you can register a group of friends. You will receive a questionnaire to complete upon registration where you can indicate your roommate preferences.


Other questions? There are no silly questions! Write to us at or call (913) 219-3333 for more details.

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I'm Ready!

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