Gathering Schedule

All activities will take place at our host hotel, the JW Marriott, located in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas. Yee-haw!

LEAPRETREAT-1289Friday, April 22, 2016

Let the celebration begin! Gather with your fellow Wayfinders with no agenda other than to mix, mingle, and have a good time. There will be a cash bar and light appetizers.

  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm Registration Open
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm Gathering on the Congress Avenue Terrace

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The bewilderment begins! Martha spends the day bringing Diana, Herself to life for you.

9 am – 5 pm

  • Breakfast on your own
  • LEAPRETREAT-04849:00 – 12:00 am – Morning session in the JW Grand Salon
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch (included)
  • 1:30 pm Afternoon session
  • 5:00 pm – Day ends, dinner on your own

7 pm

  • 7:00 pm – Maria Bamford!

Laughter and storytelling are a major part of any village gathering
(at least in our book), so we’ve asked comedian Maria Bamford to do a set Saturday night, followed by a Q&A with Martha. You’re not going to want to miss this! (See below for more on Maria.)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

LEAPRETREAT-0225Martha returns to continue teaching the tools from her new book.

8 am – Noon

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Breakfast (included) in the JW Grand Salon
  • 9:00 am – Morning session
  • Noon – Gathering ends

Appetizers are provided on Friday night, lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.  All other meals are on your own. This is the perfect time for catching up with old friends and meeting new ones, or spending some quiet time on your own. The hotel is in the heart of downtown Austin, there are plenty of dining options and be sure to catch the vibrant music scene if that’s your thing.

MARTHA ON MARIA

imageedit_2_4719984762Anyone that knows me knows I love me some Internet videos. Cute otters teaching their young to swim, bizarre Japanese sporting spectacles, I love them all. I first encountered Maria Bamford’s genius send up of Paula Deen, and became obsessed.

My team and I were leading a retreat, and we needed a break from planning. Of course I pulled up my panoply of Maria videos and we laughed until we cried. Little did I know that event hatched a plan in my CEO, Bridgette’s, mind. Bridgette asked herself, “How hard could it be to book Maria for our Gathering in Austin?” Turns out, not that hard. Manifested!

If you’re not familiar with Maria, here’s more about her:

Judd Apatow calls her “hysterically funny.” You might remember her as the frazzled track-suit wearing shopper for Target’s hilarious Black Friday ads a couple of years ago. Or you may have seen her snort-inducing web series, “Ask My Mom.” And you’ll be able to catch her new series, “Lady Dynamite” on Netflix soon. Check out all things Maria at mariabamford.com.

OCTOBER PROJECT

OP Triptych.2015We won’t spoil the surprise by revealing too much, but the amazing October Project—who is one of Martha’s all-time favorite musical groups—will join us at the Gathering to weave their enchanting sound and aural beauty throughout the conference, helping to deepen and illuminate your be-wildering experience.

About October Project

Renowned for the aural beauty and metaphysical power of its songs, October Project features award winning composer Emil Adler, internationally acclaimed poet/lyricist Julie Flanders and transcendent lead vocalist Marina Belica.

Innovators in the ever-changing music world, Belica, Flanders & Adler have released a succession of highly acclaimed independent recordings following two albums for Epic Records (Sony) that helped define the musical landscape of the 1990s.

Powered by Flanders’ words, Adler’s music, and the group’s trademark harmonies, October Project has enjoyed sustained popularity and longevity around the world through the timeless impact of its material and powerful artistry of its vocals. They have sold over half a million records, with headline tours throughout the country and songs featured widely on television, radio and in film.

Their current release on Sounds True, ‘The Book of Rounds: 21 Songs of Grace’ (2015), is an epiphanal and collaborative masterwork featuring a choir of singers specially chosen for the recording. Described by Spirituality & Practice as “un uplifting collection of rounds that stirs the soul and enchants the mind with their beauty and meaning,” choruses around the country have begun to perform the piece.

Coming this fall, the band will be releasing ‘The Ghost of Childhood,’ its highly anticipated full-length studio album.