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bonsaikc

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Bonsai Retreat Update
« on: February 13, 2010, 10:01 AM »
I received this notice from Frank and thought I'd post it here. What a great deal this is going to be!

BONSAI RETREAT
Featuring
Boon Manakitivipart
Sonlight Nursery
March 26, 27 & 28
Forest Park Conference and Retreat Center
Topeka, Kansas
 
Spend the weekend immersed in bonsai.  Learn from one of the best bonsai masters in the United States while being surrounded by century old trees.  This will be a weekend with no stress, just relaxing, learning and spending time with others that love bonsai.
Things get started Friday night with snacks and a time to meet everyone.   Boon will present a demo using a tree of his choice.
Saturday will include one morning and one afternoon workshop.  Participants can furnish their own trees, purchase trees from Sonlight Nursery, or select trees from the nursery to work on.  A large selection is available.
Sunday will be a half day to work with Boon and finish incomplete projects. 
The cost for the weekend is $150; workshops are an additional $50 per session.  Sunday is no cost for those that have paid for a workshop on Saturday.   Cost includes meals and lodging at Forest Park.   Registration and fees are due no later than March 12.  Contact Frank for details regarding payment and lodging at Forest Park or for local motels.           
To register, or if you have any questions, call 785 633 8169 or email me at fkroeker@yahoo.com.  You can find more at Bonsai Retreat on Facebook and http://forestparkretreat.com.
 Hope to see you all there.
Frank Kroeker
Sonlight Nursery
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Bonsai Retreat Update
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2010, 02:12 PM »
$150 for the weekend???  $50 workshops?

Holy cow that is cheap.  This is a super opportunity and the price is very affordable for those that can make the trip.
 

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Re: Bonsai Retreat Update
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2010, 03:38 PM »
Bonsai Retreat – Additional Information

Forest Park Accommodations
Lodging at Forest Park is reminiscent of staying at a church camp. It is very “rustic” and not for those who want a private room or are not willing to share a bathroom.  Sheets, blankets, pillow, towels, soap, etc. are provided by guests – not the park.  Cabins are dormitory style and only the one for female guests has plumbing. Those in all other cabins must share bathrooms and showers in other buildings. Only cabins with heat will be used for the March workshop.  If you are up to an adventure it is a great bargain!

Motels – Additional Expense for Participants
We have not stayed at any of these motels and did not do price comparisons. We did not list the most expensive, or the cheapest. Please read reviews and check prices for yourselves. Ramada Inn Downtown is closest to Forest Park. The others are all further west but all are still only 15-20 minutes away.  Google Maps is a good resource.
Ramada Inn Downtown
Holiday Inn on Fairlawn Road
Sleep Inn and Suites on Wanamaker Road
ClubHouse Inn and Suites
Holiday Inn Express

Food
Snacks or meals  and drinks are provided beginning Friday night through lunch on Sunday.  If you have special dietary requirements, please bring your own food.

Payment
Checks should be made out to Frank Kroeker and MUST be received no later than Friday March 12.
Checks should be mailed to
Frank Kroeker
3158 SE 10th Street
Topeka, KS   66607
 

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Re: Bonsai Retreat Update
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2010, 10:51 PM »
It sounds like its going to be a great weekend.....

I would be their but the 18 hour drive or 13 hours and three flights don't sound like great thing to do....

Yall have a good time.

 

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Re: Bonsai Retreat Update
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2010, 03:44 PM »
Just spent a few minutes with Frank this morning to see how he is coming along for preparations for our retreat in ten days. I'll be spending next Tuesday helping him pot up more of these beauties!! I've also added some pics of the hoop houses. There will certainly be plenty to choose from!

Chris
 

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Re: Bonsai Retreat Update
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2010, 05:20 PM »
 :o  HOLY CRAP!!!  :o

 That is a hoard of JBP! Man wish I made enough income to be there.
 

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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2010, 06:43 PM »
Dibs on the 32nd tree from the back, 3rd row.
 

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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2010, 11:44 PM »
Yeah, but is there a single good one in there?   Heh, heh, heh
 

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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2010, 12:13 AM »
Yeah, but is there a single good one in there?   Heh, heh, heh

No none left, you got all the good ones in years gone by.   
 

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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2010, 08:19 AM »
That is what I thought.  I figured it would be my fault somehow.

Nice group of trees.
John
 

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Re: Bonsai Retreat Update
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2010, 10:42 PM »
Ok one day left.  I am beat and ready for everyone to go home.  Just kidding, I just need some rest.
Everyone is having a great time and enjoying Boon.  Chris and John will be posting pictures soon.  Those of you who didn't make it this year really missed out on a great time but we are planning for next year.  So save up your money.
Frank