The Next PuttyRetreat! *News*

The Next PuttyRetreat! *News*

Written by Emilie

Topics: PuttyRetreat, Updates

About a month ago, 11 multipotentialites gathered in Portland, Oregon for two days of brainstorming, co-working, and collaboration. It was the inaugural PuttyRetreat.

It’s hard to put the experience into words. You know that feeling when you participate in something so good, that you just feel like you’re contributing to… the wellbeing of humanity? Maybe that’s too strong a sentiment, but I’m not so sure.

Valerie and I can’t take sole credit for the magic. It was the smart, creative, supportive, and interesting PuttyRetreaters who made the weekend as inspiring and fruitful as it was.

The Retreaters seemed to bond instantly. During the group brainstorms (or “huddles”), I saw fears dissolve and creative blocks dislodge. I witnessed the exchange of wise words of support and encouragement. Since the retreat, I’ve seen our Retreaters launch blogs, businesses, record the videos they’d been too afraid to record, and make big changes in their lives.

Here are some photos from the weekend:

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The Next PuttyRetreat

I have good news for the international multipods among us. Valerie and I have decided to hold the second PuttyRetreat in England, in June 2016.

Almost everyone who attended the first retreat told us that two days wasn’t enough, so we’ve decided to make this next one three days long. It will take place from June 4-6, 2016. Registration will open in January, 2016, and the precise location and event details will be announced around this time.

Join Us in the UK Next June!

We’ll be capping the group at 15 participants. If you would like to get first dibs at registering for the next PuttyRetreat, please enter your information below.

I can’t wait to meet, and work with, all of you new PuttyRetreaters!!

Your pal and fellow multipotentialite,


em_bioEmilie Wapnick is the Founder and Creative Director at Puttylike, where she helps multipotentialites integrate ALL of their interests into their lives. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University. She is an occasional rock star, a paleo-friendly eater and a wannabe scientist carpenter. Learn more about Emilie here.


  1. Beth says:

    Well obviously I’m putting my name and email in *that* little box! So good to see photos from your first retreat Emily, and congratulations on creating something so beautiful and brilliant and genuinely useful. I can’t wait to see Puttylike here in the UK :)

  2. Luis says:

    And I guess I am the second to join… flying in from Scandinavia. Can’t wait to meet and get to know whoever is joining.

    So long!


  3. Carol says:

    Congrats on the success of the putty retreat?

  4. Sarah Winnard says:

    Hooray! I would love be to be involved, and if you need some ideas for some great inspiring venues, I know just the place! Do let me know if I can help in any way being based in the UK :-)

    • Valerie says:

      Hey Sarah — We’re looking into some venue options already, but I’m definitely curious what you have up your sleeve! Shoot Emilie or me an email?

  5. Lisa says:

    I’m in!

    And we’d love to host you here in the North East if you fancy it. X

  6. Lisa says:

    Hello – me too! I am very new to Puttylike and was unsure if there were many members in the UK so good to know you are out there. :)

  7. Maryske says:

    Can’t promise you I can get away from work, but I’ll definitely try!

  8. Christina says:

    Can’t make it to England but wish you all much success! If you’re considering future locations, how about the Boston area. (September is particularly lovely.) Cheers!

  9. Jennifer says:

    I would love to go to one of these, but the UK is just not in my budget right now.

    Any chance of doing one of these in or near NY soon?

  10. Joe Rosenberger says:

    Interested in stateside or Canadian retreat. Viva la Francé

  11. Maru says:

    Congrats on this huge success!

  12. George says:

    I cannot wait to be there. Waiting for news about. Will be nice to meet others from UK and Europe.

  13. Valerie says:

    Thanks to everyone who has gotten in touch with excitement and suggestions! Lots of you have expressed that you’d love to attend a PuttyRetreat in your country or region, and we’ll keep all your feedback in mind for future retreats. In the meantime, we’re unbelievably excited to meet fifteen of you in England!

  14. Karen says:

    I moved from England 3 years ago and am planning a visit back asap but I’m not sure if it will be as soon as next year, so I thought I’d put out the request for an Australia / New Zealand retreat in the future. Any other multipodes out there from over here?

  15. Tanita says:

    I wish I could be there!

    But, unfortunately my budget is dedicated to the UK/Europe trip I have planned with my mom in May 2016. First time we are both setting foot outside our birth country, EVER!

    Maybe one day I can join but here in South Africa, international travel is bit pricey. Maybe one day we will meet in South Africa?

    Who knows where this wonderful initiative will take you and I hope you continue these retreats! Its such an amazing idea:-)

  16. Stacey says:

    How about coming to Hawaii? Just a thought… (:

  17. Dallas says:

    Hi just watched your Ted-X speech. I feel liberated, thank you so much!!! Would love to attend a retreat. How can other people who are alike connect from all over the world. Dallas from New Zealand.

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