What should my food budget be? What are my options?
Everything in the downtown area of Warren is in easy walking distance. There are sit-down restaurants and takeout options.

With Subway right around the corner (one foot long sub = 2 meals) and a fridge at our disposal, people who want to keep their food budget low ($30-40) will have no problem doing so. People who want to budget something on par with the package deals from the past three years ($100) will eat very well.

We are allowed to bring whatever food we want in to the venue – there are no restrictions against outside food! Please feel free to bring things to make sandwiches, salads, etc, if you would like – whether it’s to keep your food budget low or make sure your dietary needs are met.

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 should I not bring?
Alcohol, drugs, illegal things… Do we really need to spell this out? Okay we just did 🙂

What supplies will you guys be providing?
Endless henna cones and lemon sugar sealant!
Plus a goodie bag with $40 worth of other goodies to take home (or use while you’re here) like henna powder, essential oils, glitter and mica stuff, etc

What if I want to buy particular supplies and not just take whatever is in my goodie bag?
You can order supplies to take home from our sponsor, Artistic Adornment, using coupon code HG2017 to indicate that you’ll be picking the supplies up in person at the conference. Orders to be picked up must be placed by Monday, March 13th.

Can I buy supplies at the conference this year?
NO – it will be PREORDER ONLY. As of 2016, we have phased out the store from the Henna Gathering. It is too much work for the people who have to man it the whole weekend – they want to have fun too.
So all supplies-buying must be done by pre-order, and all supplies must be picked up at times clearly noted on the schedule.

Can I bring my significant other or parent?
Due to the nature of the space at the Warren Armory, all people present must be registered for the Henna Gathering. You can bring along anyone you’d like – they’ll need to also pay for registration (although they don’t need to also take paid classes).

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.

Can I send my kid on their own?
No. All minors must be accompanied by a parent – and that parent must also pay to register.

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.

What if I register but then can’t come?
While all registrations are non-refundable, we will be happy to mail you your goodie bag and issue a store credit for whatever else remains after the cost of mailing it to you. Alternatively, you can transfer your registration to someone else.

Photos Past Henna Gatherings are on our facebook page.
On social media (Instagram, Twitter, etc) use
#HennaGathering and #HennaGathering2017
to tag your photos so other attendees can find them!
(use #HennaGathering2016 to find last year’s photos)

What do I need to know about the Charity Auction?
This is a silent auction. All attendees are encouraged to donate whatever items they would like.  All proceeds will be donated to a Rhode Island based charity that helps displaced families get back on their feet; since the Women’s Center of RI (for victims of domestic abuse and their families) has been dissolved as a charity, we are in the process of establishing a relationship with a new partner organization.
Items can be dropped off upon arrival. Bidding can be done throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, but will get SERIOUS the hour before the auction is about to close.

What do I need to know about the Swap Meet?
The Swap Meet will be a time set aside for attendees to trade supplies that they got in their goody bag with other attendees. The goody bags will all be a bit different, which we hope will ensure that everyone has a fun time trading! It’ll be best to wait until the Swap Meet to try to trade goodies, so that you can get competing offers on whatever you might want to trade 🙂