Located on beautiful Cape Cod, the 7th annual Henna Gathering will be at the Cape Cod Irish Village
We have made very special arrangements for you with the hotel!
The hotel cost is $167 per person for a spacious double occupancy suite with kitchenette and couch for a 3 night stay (Fri, Sat, Sun). (yup, no quadrouple occupancy or shared bathrooms here!) ALL MEALS during the conference (Friday lunch through Sunday dinner) are INCLUDED in this cost! (no wasting precious henna time figuring out where to eat - plus it's delicious!) Parking is FREE
(woohoo, that saves you $50+ over last year!)
It sounds too good to be true, right? We stayed there ourselves to make sure it was not!
The food at Cape Cod Irish Village is FANTASTIC. The staff is warm and welcoming. The rooms are all suites complete with mini kitchen and sitting room.
We will have full restaurant service for breakfast and dinner, and lunch will be buffet style.
Far better than standard catering, you'll be eating in a top-notch restaurant for most of your meals.
Regular menu, vegetarian and heart-healthy options available.
In speaking with some of our instructors, they have urged us to go on even more about how fabulous the venue really is. So here you go.
There are TWO pools - indoor and outdoor (indoor = best, and has a whirlpool next to it as well)
The food is really delicious, and generously portioned. One of the nights you can have lobster if you so choose - included in the cost of your stay! They are very accommodating with special dietary needs (including gluten free, which our staff needs so we have confirmed ahead of time... and vegetarian / heart healthy options)
There are tons of rooms throughout the first floor of the hotel / resort... and we will be taking over ALL of them! This includes a ginormous pub with two separate dining areas (one well out of view of the bar, for those purposefully avoiding alcohol for whatever reason), multiple classrooms, an arcade area, and a dedicated vending room. There's also a gym. And a spa. And an atrium with truly AMAZING lighting for daytime photos.
Every single room is a mini suite! Couches and kitchenettes and balconies for all!
CALL CAPE COD IRISH VILLAGE DIRECTLY TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS: (508) 771-0100
Mention you are with the Henna Gathering and would like the $167 for Fri, Sat, and Sun all inclusive rate.
If you prefer a single room, there's just a $60 additional charge for the 3 day weekend (for a total of $227).
Stay Thursday night as well for just $65 more for double occupancy, $88 more for single occupancy.
They'll ask for a $50 deposit for you to reserve your spot.
If you know who you'd like as a roommate, mention it when making your reservation.
Cape Cod Irish Village is
just 4 miles from Cape Cod's primary airport and bus terminal in Hyannis! Fly in to Boston Logan Airport (BOS).
From there, you have two options:
1) Take Plymouth and Brockton bus from Boston Logan Airport to Hyannis (about 1 hour)
Take a commuter plane from Boston to Hyannis (about half an hour). Jet Blue has the most frequent flight service from Boston to Hyannis
From Hyannis, you can arrange for Judy to pick you up (in groups, at sensible times on Friday and very early Saturday- arranged within the month before the Gathering)
or get one of the many available taxis.
Alternative flight location:
Even though on a map, Providence and Boston *look* about equidistant from the Cape - consider yourself forewarned! Flying into Providence makes FAR, far less sense when going to the Cape if you don't want to rent a car.
If you like driving, the Cape is only about 1 hour from Providence, and renting a car from the Providence/Warwick airport would make sense.
But if you're depending on public transportation to go from the Providence (actually Warwick RI) airport to the downtown Providence bus station, to wait outside for a bus (there's no really good indoor wait area in Providence) to go to the Cape, that is really just much more hassle than you need to deal with. Do yourself a favor and either rent a car or fly into Logan.
You may consider flying into New York City and then taking a Greyhound bus directly from there.
However, the airport and bus terminals are nowhere near each other, and you will have to navigate the NYC subway system.
It will be easiest for you to fly into Boston if possible.
FREE HENNA SUPPLIES ALL WEEKEND!
We'll have unlimited free henna paste, glitter, and sealant available all weekend.
There will also be an Artistic Adornment shop set up at the Henna Gathering itself
for goodies to take home..
You may submit an order for pickup to make sure we've got everything there ready to go for you by entering code HG2013 at checkout.
Your HG 2013 crew:
Founder: Heather Caunt-Nulton
Co-organizers: Heather Caunt-Nulton and Jamilah Zebarth
Floor Manager: Colleen Finnerty
Registration Chair: Connie Caunt (aka Mom)
In-House Engineer: Dave Caunt (aka Dad)
Enforcer & Technology Chair: Peter Nulton
Transportation Fairy: Judy Johnson
2013 Henna Gathering Conference Schedule:
Making and Filling Cones - In this class we will cover the basics of rolling and filling cones. One of the most frustrating things to learn to do is roll a henna cone! We will go over a couple of different ways to accomplish this goal and then go over a super easy way to fill and seal the cone.
Creating Custom Designs with Flow - There is no ‘wrong way’ to do henna, but there are a few tips and tricks that can help you create designs with flow and appeal. In this class we will cover basic design shapes and how to connect them. White space, accents and fills will also be covered.
Mauritanian Henna Designs
Learn the “Moroccan” style of Mauritanian design application, using a cone-like applicator to apply designs freehand. We’ll break down this style of North African design so that you can create new fusion designs based on this style with confidence and respect for tradition. We’ll also very briefly touch on the tape resist method of henna application. Heather’s Mauritania will be available at the conference store.
Henna Mixology From sourcing the best materials, to timing dye release, to what effect acidity has on your mix and more, we’ll go over all you need to know about mixing natural henna on your own from scratch. We’ll demonstrate mixing a batch of henna and also take all your questions.
Step by Step Party Designs - Heather and Jamilah will demonstrate as many party-friendly designs as there is time for! The live camera and projector will be in full effect! We’ll cover some of our favorite go-to designs for when speed is of the essence, and also will happily take requests! Jamilah & Heather’s Artistic Adornments series, full of lots of quick and fun party designs, will be available in the conference store.
Sangeet - Have you always wanted to learn the traditions of a Sangeet? In this class we will cover the history and traditions of a Sangeet, plus cover popular and quick designs that the guests will love.
Symbolism In Indian Bridal Henna - This class will focus on the meaning of some of the traditional motifs
used in Indian bridal henna. We'll also talk about some of the special symbols used and some of
the legends and traditions related to henna.
Advanced Bridal Shapes - Take your Indian Bridal designs to the next level with this class. We will cover more advanced design elements and how to put them together.
Pysanky - Etched Eggs II -
We will continue with the fun of etching emptied brown chicken eggs in a contemporary twist on a traditional Eastern European art! A brief discussion of the history will be presented, with emphasis on newer trends in egg-decorating and how etching fits in. New planning and pattern ideas will be presented. Bring a small piece of not-too-intricate line art if you'd like to attempt to duplicate it on your egg, or freestyle and have fun on the fly! CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 24.
Thou Shalt Not Say "I Suck" -
Most professional artists look for ways to improve themselves and constantly judge their endeavors - sometimes in counterproductive ways. Constructive methods of criticism, both from oneself and from the community, can vastly improve skills and techniques, but critiques must be carefully thought through and not merely felt. We will discuss ways to critique our own work in meaningful, teaching patterns, rather than allowing ourselves to get trapped in the "I suck" loop. Together we will identify and offer thoughts on improving both the good and bad points in a number of images, the creators of which may startle you! Students should leave the class determined never to use the phrase "I suck" again, and instead will be armed with mental tools to improve both their work and their view of themselves as professional artists.
Beyond the Corn Nut Flower -
In this class you'll learn to get inspiration from real plants and flowers for your henna designs. This will give you a chance to expand your repertoire beyond what you "always" do, will help you get beyond the "corn nut flowers", and will help you stretch your henna muscles.
Moroccan Intermediate -
In this class we'll do a quick brush up of the basics of the linear, geometric Moroccan style.. the building blocks needed and the do's and the don’ts of this unique style, and then we'll look at how to put them together to make practical designs that you can use on your clients.
Artists & Intellectual Property -
What are your intellectual property rights as an artist? What are the best ways to protect those rights? How can you best work to help others protect their rights as well? We'll discuss all this and more.
Prenatal Henna -
In this class we’ll cover design elements, best henna mix to use, and helpful tips on doing henna on a mom to be.
Robin Jaeckel Menna- Yes, men can enjoy henna too! This course will cover some of the differences in selling henna to men. We’ll discuss best placement, with considerations for working with muscle tone and hairy areas. We will explore other design options to give you more choices in your tool belt when working with men.
Using Jacobean Design to Create Your Own Fantasy Flowers -
In this class we will go over a short history of what Jacobean design is, why the style is beautifully suited to henna art, and how to create our own fantasy flowers using this inspiration.
We will break down design patterns we find on fabric,wallpaper,notebook covers, ect. and work-out our creativity....possibly revealingour own signature flower!
I will go over tips on making this style "pop" on the skin,including ways to use time-period themed fills and two-toning. Lori’s Jacobean Fanstasy will be available at the conference store.
Elements and Principles of Design Part 1 - In this class, we will be taking a brief look at the different elements and principles of design, their uses and abuses, and how they influence the concept and execution and the overall look of a design.
Elements and Principles of Design Part 2 - This class is mainly a lab for Part 1. Together, we will experiment with using the elements and principles of design that we talked about in Part 1, and learn how to apply them in our daily designs, henna or otherwise.
Quick Strips – Explore how limiting your elements and focusing on coverage creates beautiful Sangeet style strips in just minutes. I’ll go over easy ways to bridge some common motifs and combine simple elements as well as ways to add variation to common motifs and elements. Your clients will be happy and you can confidently leave your pattern book at home.
Modern Bridal – Learn about using a modern, Western infused style sensibility in the traditional application of bridal henna. Explore and discover how to incorporate modern feeling motifs and elements into dense bridal henna as well as utilizing modern motifs and negative space for an option to the heavy traditional style henna. Victoria’s Patterns for Beautiful Brides and Glamorous Guests will be available in the conference store
Glorious Gulf – Learn my method of breaking down the motifs and designs into digestible chunks. You’ll leave with a knowledge base of common Gulf style motifs, basic design flow, and how to combine those elements.Victoria’s book Glorious Gulf will be available in the conference store.
Dustin Daws & Christine Shahin
Henna for Hair -
In this class you will learn all about Natural Hair Care. Dustin and Christine (Licensed Cosmetologists) will answer all of your natural hair care questions. Formulas to create beautiful radiant reds or soft natural browns or even black! We will go over how henna stains your hair. The application process of applying Henna, Cassia, Amla, and Indigo. Easy ways to remove Henna and other natural powders from your hair. Important information about Henna and Metallic Salts (compound dyes).
Facials - Join Dustin to delve into the world of beautiful, radiant skin! We will go over the histology of the skin. How to keep your skin hydrated, fresh and supple. We will go over the process of a Basic Facial, including manipulations. How to pick the right products for your skin type. Facial Zoning and identifying different areas of concern.The importance of SPF.We will go over how you can make own at home exfoliants and mask. All attendees will receive a mini facial and take home product.
Dance from Around the World -
We will be traveling the world through dance. I will take you from Brazil with Samba Reggae, to India with some Bhangra/Punjab, to Iraq with the Kawleeya hair dance, to Egypt for some traditional bellydance, and will be ending with a trance dance from Morocco. You will need a lot of water for this class, and please dress comfy. We will moving A LOT!!!!
Monica Vanasse (LMT, NCMT) -- Graduate of Lincoln Technical Institutes’ massage therapy program august 2009, is happy to be offering chair massage for tips only. This is Monica's 3rd year doing chair massage for the Henna Gathering. Her services will be provided during breaks and the evening until 8pm.
Chair massage usually averages around 10-15minutes depending on the demand at that time. Massage is a great way to help gain back range of motion and restore muscular balance after being hunched over hennaing for extended periods of time. More information about the benefits of massage will be available at the massage "booth". Monica is very happy to be seeing past Henna Gathering attendees as well as meeting first timers.
Ezia “Z” Leach
Face Painting for Henna Artists -
This class will help the henna artist incorporate their henna techniques into face painting. Keeping it simple and basic, you will learn designs that will be easy to achieve and be an extension of what you already do
Sudanese Henna: Traditions and Change - This class will be an overview of henna use in Sudan. There will be a presentation of cultural information and historical background, as well as a discussion of the widespread use of PPD in Sudan. The rest of the workshop will be participatory and focus on developing an understanding the design principles particular to this style. Liz’s book Lotuses of the Nile: Sudanese Henna Designs will be available at the conference store.
Pre & Post Conference Classes - new to the Henna Gathering this year!!
We are going to do some classes before / after the conference officially starts and end, for people who would like to arrive early or stay late!
Please contact your instructors directly to register for pre/post classes. They will be collecting their own registration fees.
Moroccan Henna from start to finish - $100 - Friday Night
A comprehensive class on the building blocks of the geometric Moroccan style and how to make them into full blown designs
De-Mystifying intricate Henna - $100 - Sunday Night
How to approach a design, where to begin!
ICNHA Certification - $40 - Sunday Night
What is the International Certification for Natural Henna Artists and why would you want to get certified? We’ll also do a run through of sample test questions, with discussions on topics of importance. At the end of this class, you’ll feel much better prepared to study and take the exam!
The Business of Henna - $100 - Friday night
What does it take to have a successful henna business? We’ll cover it all!
Skillz – at what point are you “ready”?
Legalities - business registration, taxes, and insurance
PR – portfolio considerations, promotion, marketing, social media
Partnerships – who should you work with? why? what’s in it for you?
Parties & Weddings – contracts, deposits, and consultations
Festivals - selection, what to bring, design pricing
Watermarking and Photoshop - $40 - Sunday Night
One well-edited portfolio image is worth a thousands lousy snaps, especially in the professional visual arts. We'll cover basic photo editing, when editing becomes cheating and how to avoid it, and how to watermark your shots to frustrate thieves worldwide, with your own custom logo. Class will be based around the mechanics of Adobe CS4, but tutorials and instructions will also be provided for other popular photo-editing suites. In the world of photo-editing, conceptual knowledge is more important than platform! Bring materials to take notes!
Hennaing Drums and Tambourines $40 + materials cost - Friday Night
We'll cover planning out your designs, laying in guides on natural skin, and the best mixes for drum-work. Shading and detail-work will also be covered, as we work on our drums in class. Bring possible ideas or sketches and a pencil. The conference shop will be open right before class, so you can get a drum or tambourine of your choosing to work on in class!
Modern Mehndi Step by Step - $40 - Friday AND Sunday Nights
Explore Victoria’s unique style of blending and combining floral elements and motifs to create Modern Mehndi . The modern Western-Indo fusion style is very popular and is easily adaptable to any part of the body. Victoria will break down a complex strip with fingertips done in this style, giving a live demonstration during the class and assisting the students in creating one as well.
Ravie Kattaura Quick, Full, Symmetrical Bridal - $60, Sunday Night
How to do quick full looking symetrical bridal henna - The Ravie Kattaura way
Class will focus on tips on how to make intricate symmetrical bridal patterns within a short period of time.
Monica Vanasse, LMT
Maintaining your most basic tool, YOU! - $40, Sunday Night
A quick beginners course on maintaining your body's musculature to help prolong your career as an artist. We will go over what makes the human musculature and cover the most affected groups for henna artist (shoulders, neck, arms) as well as learn self massage and other treatments to keep you happy, healthy, focused, and ready gig after gig!
2013 Henna Gathering Schedule
More classes! Longer classes! This is now a full 3 day event!
Exact details subject to change, but this should help you plan.
What should I bring?
Beyond normal traveling stuff, you might want a notebook, pencil, your favorite drawing pen, and a camera.
You might also want to think carefully about what clothes you wear to enable maximum henna-getting. Bring a bathing suit if you want to use the pool.
Can I bring my significant other?
If they pay to register like everyone else, of course they are welcome! But no, they can't come to conference events for free...
Can I bring my kid?
You can bring your child if you absolutely 100% of the time keep them in your sight and listening to you at all times, since they are your responsibility. If you think this is too much work or responsibility when you're at a henna conference to learn and have fun (we'd agree!), consider bringing a helper along to watch your little one(s). If your child is distracting or unattended, we'll ask you to take them somewhere else, and you'll miss out on the good times and learning.
How can I find a roommate to share a room with?
We created the Henna Gathering facebook group specifically for the purpose of making a user-editable list so people can find each other for roommate and ride shares! Check the Files section in the group for the list.