I had an amazing time! Attending Thundercraft has changed things for me both personally and in business over the last year. This year was even better than last, I learned a lot and met some awesome new people! A year ago I attended my first Thundercraft, I entered a cabin with three other women that I didn’t know and we became instant friends. We now meet up monthly and text and chat daily. Not only have I made friends because of it, I’ve pushed through several blocks I’ve had with my business, including pursuing wholesale and making decisions on branding and new product designs. One of the items I came to get feedback on last year, has become my top seller. I came back to camp with new roadblocks and ideas waiting in the wings that just need a little extra push to come to life, hopefully the magic of Camp will prevail once again! This morning I’ve worked down half a dozen items on my to do list, hoping by the time my postcard reaches me in November, I’ll have accomplished or at least started on the pathway to accomplishing my next big goals. Dream big peeps! And, thank you to Kristen & Lindsey for putting on this amazing event!
I think the most valuable thing for me was the networking and connecting with other people in my industry. I went in with hopes of learning a ton from the workshops…and while some of them were good, I learned a ton just from talking and connecting with other people.
As a first time camper, I got so much out of my weekend at Camp Thundercraft! I found some much needed guidance, a new tribe of amazing artists and friends, and a little sign from the universe that I am on the right path. I can’t wait for next year!
It’s invaluable to learn so many do’s and don’ts from teachers & other makers, both in an out of the classrooms at Camp Thundercraft. The “yes we can” vibe is inspiring and rejuvenating which is precisely what a solopreneur needs at the start of a new year! Thank you so much for using your limited time and energy to connect makers and help us be more successful through sharing ideas, resources, motivation, and support!
I truly am grateful that this camp was started and that I got to be there for its first year. I can’t even tell you how much I loved being around people who have made their work and their life their art, for so long I have been told that you need to go to college and get a job to live a successful happy life. But this camp and the people there taught me to do what I wanted, do what makes me happy. To not question who I am and to not question if I am an artist or not. This camp has totally changed my perspective on who I am as artist, and has totally cleared my path for what I want to do in the future, when it seemed so blurry. Thank you so much you guys! It was definitely an experience I will always cherish and never forget.
Camp was more than I expected in all the good ways! Had so much fun!! Felt at home connecting with fellow creatives and being about to not only learn together but also build relationships with everyone!
I took a leap of faith and crawled out of my comfort zone applying for events by @urbancraftuprising for the first time this year. I also spent the last 3 days on the beautiful Vashon island participating in their Camp Thundercraft retreat with around 70 like-minded, creative, entrepreneurial, badass women! Applying for this opportunity was scary. I didn’t know what to expect. The admission fee was hard to justify at the time. Imposter syndrome screamed loudly that I didn’t belong. aaand… all that was squashed! I can’t emphasize enough how valuable the connections, information, and education I’ve gained from this experience has been. The doubt I felt before taking that leap of faith and applying for these opportunities seems trivial and silly in retrospect. I can’t thank the organizers of this event enough for this incredible experience. 🙏 If you needed a sign to take that leap, apply for the thing, or spend a scary amount to invest in yourself: THIS IS IT!
The variety of classes available each day made it possible for me to hit an amazing sweet spot between “decompress and find creativity again” and “get reenergized about the business side of things.” Also I really didn’t expect this (I’m a raging introvert), but I made some truly amazing friends/connections. People showed up and were authentic and vulnerable, made the weekend so uplifting.
I got SO much out of this weekend – information, friends, time spent in surroundings that helped me recenter, delicious food, hope and insight. I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity.
It is hard to put into words. I feel reenergized and unstuck. Big perspective shifts happened because of having this space and time. I keep telling myself this year is about evolution not growth. And to stop feeling guild around that
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Camp ThunderCraft wouldn’t be nearly as awesome without our generous sponsors! All these wonderful businesses are helping out in some way to make sure the weekend is super fantastic.