When: October 17-21, 2014
Where: Camp Burton, WA
Cost: $449    total due at registration
(you may be able to make payments using paypal's "bill me later" option)
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 in the CLASSES website section.   Back to top ^

What is not included in the cost?   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 do not have to.   Back to top ^

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!   Back to top ^

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.     Back to top ^

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.   Back to top ^

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 to top ^

Where is Camp Burton and how do I get there? When do the Ferries come?  Seattle 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 page.  Back to top ^

What if I fly in Thursday?  Most 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 the NW Nailtechs Facebook Page.   Back to top ^

What if I need to come late or leave early?  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 numbers so we can meet you when your ferry arrives. Back to top ^

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 outside but the buildings will still be warm.  Back to top ^

How should I dress?  COMFORTABLE!!  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 in flip flops or heels.    Back to top ^

How many are expected to attend? 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 there for meals.  NO ALCOHOL    Back to top ^

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.    Back to top ^

Can I bring my husband or children?   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 info@nwnailtechs.com 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 they make friends, that is perfectly fine.   Back to top ^

Will there be alcohol served?  Due to camp policy, no alcohol will be served.   Back to top ^

How are the meals served?   Meals 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 to top ^

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 by?  Yes, within 5 minutes of Camp Burton is a group of small stores with necessities.   Back to top ^

Do I have to stay at the camp?  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 leaving.    Back to top ^

Is bedding supplied or do I need to bring a sleeping bag?   We 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 info@nwnailtechs.com so we can be sure to reserve one of the bedding sets for you.   There is not an additional charge.  Back to top ^

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 10.  Back to top ^

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 will have a hand and body towel in their set.  Back to top ^

Are there televisions in the cabins?  No, there are no televisions at the retreat.   Back to top ^

Is there Wi-Fi available on site?  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 to top ^

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 top ^

What type of educators and classes will be there?  Everything from 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 classes?  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 confirmation.  Back to top ^

How do I get a model for competition?  Do I bring one or will there be volunteers?  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 competition?  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 top ^

My question was not answered, how can I contact the organizers for help?  Click the "Contact Us" link at or email info@nwnailtechs.com.     Back to top ^
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