TYPICAL WEEKEND INTENSIVE SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

3:00—5:30 PM  CHECK IN OPEN HOUSE

When you arrive at Westport by the Sea, come to Joni and Gary’s place for fresh baked bread and a vin chaud. We’ll give you your keys and show you to your condo so you can get settled before the evening session.

 

5:30 – 6:15 PM   SUNSET

Options: Walk up the state park trail with Joni or view from the rooftop of building 9, 10 or 11. (Elevators are located at the front/middle of each building.)

 

6:15 – 7:00 PM   MEET/GREET GATHERING

Let’s get to know each other over an evening meal of soup, bread, and wine.

Introductions and housekeeping notes.

 

7:00—8:00 PM   LET’S TALK

Gathering

Joni and guest faculty welcome the group, cover housekeeping issues, and overview content we'll cover in the upcoming weekend.

 

8:00 PM   DIMMING OF THE DAY

A delicious little something with port or chamomile.

 

10:00 PM – 6:30 AM   QUIET HOURS

 

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

6:45—7:15 AM   SUNRISE

Options: Walk up the beach with Joni or relax on your balcony overlooking the ocean. You’ll find coffee, tea, fruit, and breakfast bars in your condo kitchen.

 

9:00 AM—10:15 AM   WORKSHOP @ the Clubhouse

Morning Session 1 

Lots of content plus Q&A.

 

10:15—10:30 AM BREAK & OFFICE HOURS SIGN UP

Stop by the kitchen between sessions. Gary and Jared are happy to prop up your flagging blood sugar with fresh baked goods.

 

10:30 AM—12:00 PM   CRAFT WORKSHOP @ the Clubhouse

Morning Session 2

More content plus Q&A.

 

12:00—1:00 PM   LUNCH

Options: Box lunches will be delivered to the clubhouse. Hang out with Joni and Eve, enjoy a winter picnic in the state park, or (if you must) head back to your condo for a working lunch.

 

1:00 – 3:45 PM   OFFICE HOURS

Options: Sign up for one-on-one mentor sessions with Joni and guest faculty member, get some work done on your WIP, or play hooky and enjoy a soak in the hot tub, explore the dunes, climb to the top of the lighthouse, or just veg on your balcony and stare at the sea.

 

4:00—5:30 PM Q&A OPEN HOUSE @ the Clubhouse

Ask us anything! Let's get together for afternoon tea and a little nosh.

 

5:30 – 6:15 PM   SUNSET

Options: Join Joni on the state park trail, head up to the rooftop deck, or chill on your balcony.

 

6:30—8:30 PM   DINNER and DIMMING OF THE DAY

Join us at Joni and Gary’s for an evening meal with lots of lively conversation, followed by something sweet with port or chamomile.

 

10:00 PM – 6:30 AM   QUIET HOURS

 

SUNDAY

9:00 – 10:30 AM   SUNDAY SENDOFF BRUNCH

Mimosas and breakfast at Joni and Gary’s, then you’re off with hugs and travel snacks.

 

11:00 AM   CHECK OUT

Feel free to stow your luggage at our place while you explore the dunes, climb the lighthouse, visit the sea lions, and enjoy Westport. 

*Don’t forget to return your key to Joni! 

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