What is included in the cost?
All Meals, housing, trade show, SWAG BAG filled with hundreds of
dollars in product and information, Keynote Seminars, most workshops
and seminars taught during the trade show hours. Some of the
workshops Friday and Sunday are free, a few of them are $50. You can
choose which you would like to attend. Details can be found
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What is not included in the
Transportation to and from
Camp Burton, you must find your own way to camp. Additional Optional paid workshops.
There will be always be FREE workshops occur ring at the same time as the
paid workshops so those who do not want to pay for additional classes
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How will I get my Swag Bag of products?
Our event is unique, and so are our swag bags! Each heavy duty bag is
filled with over 15 pounds of brochures and FREE product! Since we have
so many generous companies who donate but can not send educators, we
will give you your bag completely filled on the first night of the
Retreat. This will let you go back to your cabins that night and start
reading product information and play with the product! If you are
flying into this event, you will be happy to know that some of our
acrylic companies send small kits that include monomer so you will not
have to bring it with you. Make sure you bring room in your suitcase
for all this fantastic product and things you may purchase at the trade
show! A bag with wheels is recommended, the bags are HEAVY!
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What should I bring?
A warm jacket, boots that can get muddy/wet, flashlight, extension
cord, implements, files, efile, and product (you will get lots of free
kits in the goodie bags, so don't worry about flying with monomer). If
you are not flying, bring bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow), bath
towels, a small table lamp (fold up Ott lamps work great) and gel lamp.
Bring items you need to do nails! You will be doing
pink and white practice at some point, so bring forms, brushes,
products, etc. You don't need to empty your entire manicure
desk, but basic pink and white products are recommended.
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I don't live in the Northwest,
can I come?
Absolutely! at least 25%
of those attending do not live in the Northwest! We hope to see nail
techs from all over the place looking for an inexpensive mini vacation
where they can learn a ton and is also a write off! We have had techs
fly in from all over the country from Kansas to New York.
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I was going to fly to
Washington, what airport should I fly to?
Seattle Tacoma International Airport. You MUST find
your own way to camp. If you want to get onto the NW Nailtechs
Facebook group, you can find others flying in and group together to
rent a car, it is not very expensive. Keep an eye on the
Facebook group page, this is where we will announce a hotel with a
group rate and the party Thursday night before the Retreat (which takes
place near airport). Back
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Where is Camp Burton and how do
I get there? When do the Ferries come?
is famous for its ferries and getting to the retreat requires a trip on
one. Located on Vashon Island, Camp Burton is just a 10
minute drive from the Ferry Docks. We recommend carpooling
if you can and we can help arrange people in groups going over to
Vashon Island. Ferries leave about once an hour, schedules change so be
sure to check the current schedule before you leave - direct links and
other directions can be found on our LOCATION
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What if I fly in Thursday?
do! Some even fly in a day earlier and enjoy Seattle!
There is a light rail from the airport to downtown Seattle.
Thursday night we will have dinner at Sharps Roasthouse
Restaurant right by the airport. Next door is the Coast
Gateway Hotel. Last year they gave us a $99 a night deal,
speak with Tonya at 206-248-8200. If you want to
split the room with a few people to save on cost - go make a post at
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What if I need to come late or
Friday afternoon will be a salon
Nail Workshop hosted by Vicki Peters. This year, after the
lecture we will split the class into two buildings to help with the
crowd. If you can not arrive until evening, we recommend
trying to be there by 7pm for the evening welcome, but you can arrive
any time throughout the weekend. If you can not come until
Saturday, please let us know, we will be sure you have our cell phone
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What will the weather be like?
Autumn in Seattle is beautiful and the trees
are full of color! You can expect somewhat chilly nights in
the 40s-50s and days between 50-70. It is Seattle, so while we have had
2 beautiful rain-free weekends in the past, don't count on it! Bring
boots that can get wet and maybe even a tiny travel umbrella since
there is a bit of distance between the buildings and cabins. If you are
not used to northwest weather, be sure to bring a sweatshirts and a
coat just in case. Layers are the key, it may be chilly
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How should I dress?
With most industry activities, Dressing for Success in professional
attire is always preferred - not with this event. We want you
to come relaxed, ready to learn and not worry about what will ruin your
fancy shoes, what make up you forgot or how much hairspray you put in
your hair. Bring your favorite jeans or sweats and some good
sneakers or boots. This camp is all rustic with unpaved paths
through the grass and woods so you will not want to be walking around
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How many are expected to
We have space for 100 to attend. We
expect to sell out by April at the latest. Registration for
new attendees begins February 1st. Back to top ^
Will I be able to buy snacks
or should I bring them?
Bring your own
snacks. Many have dietary needs so it has become impossible to have
snacks everyone can enjoy. There is a grocery store between
the ferry and the camp. Stop on the way and grab some of your
favorite beverages and snacks. There is a fridge in the
dining hall, if you want to pick up your own beverages to store in
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How will I know where
everything is at the retreat?
Upon check in
you will receive a customized folder that will include a camp map along
with cabin assignments, name badges, class schedules and
itineraries. These folders will also be a place for
you to put information and take notes during classes.
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Can I bring my husband or
No, we want you to get
the most out of this experience to enhance your career and that is
difficult to do if you are worried about entertaining your husband or
children. We also have no room :) Back to top ^
How do I choose my roommates?
During registration there is link to
"requested roommates." If you already know some people you
would like to share a cabin with you can enter it there. At
any time you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with more roommate
preferences. Cabins will sleep an average of 6 people, if you
request just 3 people, expect to have 2-3 more in your cabin with you.
People have moved around mid-weekend to room with different people as
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Will there be alcohol
Due to camp policy, no alcohol will
be served. Back
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How are the meals served?
are served in a large beautiful room overlooking the water at tables
that seat 8. They are served family style.
Salad bar is available for both lunch and dinner daily! Reviews of the
camp say it has the best cook of any retreat center near Seattle and
our past retreat attendees agree! Popular meals are Pub Burgers and
Taco night!. Back
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What will be offered if I have
a special diet?
Please let us know when you
register if you are vegetarian, vegan, have gluten allergies,
dairy allergies, and nut allergies. The camp will
help work to accommodate these diets and have been known to even cook
special meals for those who need it. Back to top
Is there a store close
Yes, within 5 minutes of Camp Burton is a
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Do I have to stay at the
No, but the price will be the
same. You do not have to stay at camp, however we can not
make adjustments to the price if you want to try to find a
hotel. The price we pay includes meals and many other
facility fees based on the number of attendees. We recommend
you stay at camp, the experience is half the fun! Plus there
is VERY little time before going to bed, so there is no benefit to
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Is bedding supplied or do I
need to bring a sleeping bag?
will have enough bedding for approximately 30 registered attendees and
all educators. If you are driving to the event, please bring
your own sheets, blanket or a sleeping bag and pillow. If you
are flying and will NOT bringing your own bedding, please contact us
using the link at the bottom of this page, or email
email@example.com so we can be sure to reserve one of the bedding
sets for you. There is not an additional
charge. Back to
What are the rooms like?
They are cabins, not hotel rooms - which means you also need to bring
your own hair dryer and toiletries. NEW in 2014, we get new
bunks and mattresses!! While they can sleep 10-12, we expect
an average of 6 per cabin - you won't have to climb on a top
bunk if you don't want to! There is a bathroom, electricity
and heat in all the cabins. The camp is spread out and there
may be a 3-5 minute walk from your cabin to a class room, bring
umbrellas in case of rain. Note that the student cabin holds
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What are the shower facilities
like? Do I need to bring towels?
Each cabin has a shower, toilet and sink. If you are bringing
your own bedding, you will also need to bring your own towels &
washcloths. Those flying in that are reserving a linen set
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Are there televisions in the
No, there are no televisions at the
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Is there Wi-Fi available on
NO wifi. This is a rustic
location, but we do have perfectly fine cell service. Some
people have wifi hot spots they can use with their phone, so check
around if you absolutely need wifi. There is an internet cafe
about 5 miles away as a last resort if you absolutely need to go do
some internet work. Back
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Should I bring my products or
will I be able to purchase any there?
Both. Bring products for hands on classes, playing on each
other and for competitions. You will be able to purchase
products during the trade show and of course get lots of freebies in
the bags! Back to
What type of educators and
classes will be there?
marketing, licensing, sanitation, airbrush artists, gel and acrylic
educators will all be joining us! Check the educator page
often, it will be updated constantly as we receive confirmation from
educators. The best way to get instant updates is the
Facebook group. Back to top
What do I bring to hands on
We will have more information as the
companies reserve their rooms and give us class descriptions.
The website will be updated each time we receive a
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How do I get a model for
competition? Do I bring one or will there be
If you know another nail tech
coming to the event that is not competing ask her to be your model. The
night before the competition at dinner we will announce who is looking
for models and who will volunteer to see if we can pair you up.Back to top ^
What should we bring for
If you are competing in mixed
media, bring your finished tips. For pink and whites, bring
your supplies, extension cord, table lamp, gel lamp (if needed),
towels, products, files, implements etc. Back to top ^
Are there exercise facilities?
This is a rustic camp setting, it doesn't have a high tech work out
room, sauna or fancy spa. But it's an absolutely beautiful
waterfront environment and you can go for a walk or jog around some
stunning scenery. There are tons of deer out early in the
morning. Back to
My question was not answered,
how can I contact the organizers for help?
the "Contact Us" link at or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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