This season, workshops and retreats on the south Michigan shore present opportunities for wine enthusiasts, wedding planners, and gardeners of every skill level. Each inspired setting makes learning feel effortless and fun as you explore ideas, experiences and questions with folks who share your passion. Day trip or overnight, these are wonderful occasions for an enrichment-focused getaway.

Gem colored tulips lying on a dark wood table.

Fernwood Spring Garden Symposium

March 23 | Fernwood Botanical Garden | Niles, MI

Explore groundbreaking ideas about the future of gardening with four leading voices in contemporary garden design and sustainability. The one-day event includes lunch, lectures and discussion with guest speakers Edwina Von Gal of Perfect Earth Project, Phillip Morici of fleurdetroit, Panayoti Kelaidis of Denver Botanic Gardens and Chris Woods, author of Gardenlust. Afterward, explore Fernwood’s 105 acres of gardens, riverfront preserve, prairie and arboretum.

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Wedding planner Jen Ederer preparing to style a dining table at her Soigne Retreat in Union Pier, Michigan.

credit: Nathan English Photography

Soigné Retreat by Jen Ederer of Modern Day Creative

April 8-11 | Dwell Vacations Dahlia | Berrien Springs, MI

A luxury retreat for wedding professionals looking to level up their business and share community. Designed and led by Jen Ederer of Modern Day Creative, this all-inclusive 3-night experience offers group sessions, resources, one-on-one coaching, collaboration and deep relaxation for creative renewal. Private and shared rooms are available in this 10,000 square foot home in the heart of southwest Michigan’s wine country.

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Early evening sun peeks over Hickory Creek Winery's red barn tasting room.

Napa Valley Wine Academy Level 1 Foundation Course

May 18 | Hickory Creek Winery | Buchanan, MI

A one-day course in wine tasting basics, leading students through a systemic approach of sight, smell and taste to identify wine styles. Principles of food and wine pairing will also be covered, along with the opportunity to earn Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 1 certification. Catered lunch is included.

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Napa Valley Wine Academy Level 3 Tasting & Theory Workshop

May 19-20 | Hickory Creek Winery | Buchanan, MI

Ideal for wine collectors, enthusiasts and industry professionals looking to grow their knowledge of wines of the world and the ability to describe them accurately, accounting for detail in style, quality and price. Although not required, NVWA strongly recommends participants take a 2-month online course offered in advance of the workshop. (Requisite if pursuing WSET certification.) Catered lunch is included.

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