Tammi Glanzer-Boudreau - Bee Elements, LullaBee Baby Bellies, Bee Fast & Fancy
Neeta Sharma - Indian Bridal Mehndi Fills, Indo-Arabic Bridal, 1 more TBA
Jody Rogers - So You've Got Your First Henna Gig..., Creating Texture in Henna Penni AlZayer - Bringing the Bling: Glitter, Mica, and Gems & Finding Your Groove
(Who are you as an artist, and how do you market that?) Jamilah Zebarth - TBA with a heavy dose of awesome flowers Heather Caunt-Nulton - Mixology, Cone Rolling & maybe more TBA Holly Ferreira - Bellydancing & more dance goodness
& more TBA (we're still very much in the planning stages! by Nov 15, we expect to have almost everything sorted out and listed here!)
additional awesomeness :
Massages by Monica Vanasse, LMT
Photography by Danny Roberts
Register for the Henna Gathering Registration covers your attendance at all Conference Classes
and use of conference common areas (particularly the lounge and photo areas)
Registration will be limited to 100 attendees this year, to keep the Henna Gathering intimate.
the 9th annual Henna Gathering will be at the Sheraton Hotel
at Hartford, CT's Bradley International Airport
We have made very special arrangements for you with the hotel!
The room & board cost is $202.12 per person for a posh double occupancy room ($326.25 for a single occupancy room)
for Friday and Saturday Nights
Included in this rate are the following meals:
Friday: lunch & dinner
Saturday: lunch & dinner
Add additional nights to your stay (to arrive early on Thursday or leave late on Monday) for $101 per room ($50.50 per person in a shared room)
Breakfast is available each day at the on-site Starbucks and also at the on-site hotel restaurant.
And throughout the airport, too (yes, there is a Cinnabon).
Parking is FREEfor all people who have purchased the room & board package
You will be sent a ROOM & BOARD RESERVATION FORM once we receive your conference registration.
Using this form ensures that you're given our awesome discounted group rate.
We will email this to you directly once you've registered.
We cannot post it publicly online, because only registered attendees and their accompanying friends/family are being offered this excellent rate.
Our contact at the Sheraton is Peg Contois; if you have questions for her, you can reach her at 860-386-7846 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
It will be optimal for you to know who your roommate will be in advance of filling out the form to reserve your room, so that you can make the reservation in both of your names and provide both of your billing information so the bill can be split.
If you prefer to book the room for two and collect payment from your roommate directly later, that is also fine, but it gets more complicated than it has to be that way..
FREE HENNA SUPPLIES!
We'll have free henna paste and sealant available for the duration of the conference.
Everyone will also get their own glitter, gilding gel, and other goodies for use throughout the conference.
All henna supplies at the Henna Gathering are provided courtesy of our sponsor, Artistic Adornment
Your HG 2015 crew:
Founder: Heather Caunt-Nulton
Co-organizers: Jamilah Zebarth & Heather Caunt-Nulton
Floor Manager Goddess: Donna Lyons
Registration Chair: Connie Caunt (aka Mom)
In-House Engineer: Dave Caunt (aka Dad)
Enforcer & Technology Chair: Peter Nulton
Help Desk Staff: Holly Ferreira, Judy Johnson, ______ (we'll be adding more)
2014 Henna Gathering Schedule
Exact details subject to change, but this should help you plan arrival, departure, etc.
We recommend adding an extra day or two to your stay, if you're able, to fully take advantage of all we have to offer! (Arriving on Friday means being sleeeeeepy for or missing some Friday classes.... leaving on Sunday means leaving VERY tired and missing the post-conference fun and silliness and ordered-in Indian food that ends to ensue....)
small group classes available with instructors after dinner, $50-100 for most 1-2 hour classes
get more hands-on, personalized attention with world-reknown artists!
a favorite part of the conference for those who participate
Conference Classes 9am-12pm
1:30pm - GROUP PHOTO - Be there!!
We'll head to the photo location together from lunch.
Conference Classes 2-6pm
pay classes........or dancing?? we haven't yet decided.
Will there be classes for my level of experience?
We will offer all levels of classes, from beginner classes for those just starting out, to master classes for the experienced professional, and everything in between. Multiple classes will be running at the same time, so you can choose the class best suited to your needs.
What should I bring?
Beyond normal traveling stuff, you might want a 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 and make yourself a desirable portfolio photo model (rich/colorful/interesting fabrics, no busy prints).
What supplies will you guys be providing?
Endless henna cones and lemon sugar sealant, glitters and gilding gels, notebooks, pens, tape, scissors
What about supplies to take home?
You can order supplies to take home from our sponsor, Artistic Adornment, using coupon code HG2015 to indicate that you'll be picking the supplies up in person at the conference.
Pre-order what you know you'll want for sure, as some things do sell out during this busy weekend!
I hear there's a pool!
Heck yes, there is a pool. Bring your bathing suit, enjoy early on in the conference, and remember that Chlorine Kills Henna.
Can I bring my significant other or parent?
Absolutely! If they would like to attend any classes or hang out with us in the lounge where everyone hangs out and does henna, they will need to pay the registration fee. If they don't want to attend classes or hang out where henna is happening, they are still welcomed to take advantage of the conference's discounted room and board rate and join us for meals
Can I bring my kid?
The short version: Yes! If you want them there and they're well behaved and attended to, we're happy to have your child join us.
The long version, because, you know, some stuff has come up in the past:
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), or maybe even deciding this is the perfect weekend for a mini vacation at grandma and grandpa's house.
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.
Kids under 12 are free. Kids 13+ pay normal registration.
We figure that if your teenager actually wants to join you for this, they're probably actually interested and going to really get something out of coming...whereas younger kids are more likely to have no choice, and might have to come with you because you are their primary caregiver.
Also, note that kids under 12 who haven't paid for registration will be asked to sit in the back of the room on the floor, not at an actual seat or at a table, in any full classes. If it's important to you that this not happen to your kid, you are welcomed to get them a paid registration and the right to sit wherever they want.
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.
I have other questions about hotel-specific stuff!
For other questions about the hotel contact Peg Contois directly at email@example.com or 860-386-7846
What's the food situation? I have special dietary needs.
We've worked extra hard with the hotel staff to bring you a menu that is healthy and has options for all.
Don't worry - if you're eating vegetarian or halal or don't eat beef, we've got you covered.
There will be (protein-rich!) vegetarian options at all meals, and sometimes fish.
The vast majority of vegetarian foods will be vegan as well, for simplicity's sake, but if you're vegan, read on.
Vegan and gluten free meals are readily available, but you MUST contact Peg at the Sheraton in advance by noting this requirement on your booking form, as they take these needs very seriously and will take particular care to serve them. firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-386-7846
We also will have a stash of a variety of vegan, gluten free snacks available for those who ask the helper on staff.
Attendees last year noted how healthy everything was. Most really appreciated this.
If you need to bring your own secret stash of cookies (or a not-so-secret bunch to generously share in the common areas or at your 10-12 person table at meals), or any other comfort food that makes you happy, that's cool :)
Photos Past Henna Gatherings are on our facebook page.
On social media (Instagram, Twitter, etc) use #HennaGathering and #HennaGathering2015
to tag your photos so other attendees can find them!