South Michigan shore winters are wonderfully peaceful. While snow might feel like an obstacle in urban settings, around here – on dunes, fields and forests – it feels like a gift. A quiet signal to slow down, reflect a bit, and consider what really matters.

On a practical level, winter’s relaxed pace can offer time to learn a new skill, level-up an existing one, connect with community, or indulge in some much-needed self-care. Good intentions, right? But sometimes it takes stepping away from daily routines to move thought into action.

Enter winter workshops – gatherings of like-minded people with similar goals in inspired settings. Protected time to learn, network, reflect and focus. A unique pairing of people and place designed to ignite growth.

We’re excited to share upcoming retreats in this evergreen feature to be updated as new workshops are announced. Don’t want to miss the latest? Subscribe or follow.

A woman enjoying a glass of wine and the winter view from Dwell Vacations Dahlia property in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Women’s Winter Restorative Retreat by Metta & Moxie

February 1-3, 2019 | Berrien Springs, MI

Set in a luxurious, light-filled home in southwest Michigan’s wine country, the retreat includes daily yoga classes, wellness, reflection and nutrition sessions, private chef-prepared meals, and free time to enjoy the grounds or optional private massage. Heated yoga floors, outdoor hot tubs and fire pit. Private and shared rooms available.

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Camera equipment, a laptop and notebook for the photography retreat in New Buffalo, Michigan.

Unveil Workshop by Nathan English Photography

February 10-13, 2019 | New Buffalo, MI

Designed to serve wedding photographers in both life and craft, this comprehensive workshop includes sessions on workflow/editing, technical skills, brand legacy, wedding day composition/execution, client experience, best practices and marketing. Three styled shoots offer opportunities to direct and pose. Set on a luxurious estate with outdoor hot tubs and fire pit, all food & beverage is included. Private and shared rooms available.

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A lovely floral arrangement for the event planners retreat.

Soigné Retreat by Jenn Ederer of Modern Day Creative

February 10-13, 2019 | Union Pier, MI

Learn the secrets to leveling up your event planning business at this all-inclusive retreat for designers, planners and florists. Includes leading-edge resources, group sessions, styled photographic collaboration and networking. Private and shared rooms available in this luxury home with outdoor hot tubs and fire pit steps from Lake Michigan.

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