Rowan Ellis and Krish Jeyakumar have announced a creative retreat featuring workshops, evening events, and community support.
Ruckus Retreat has been created by Rowan and Krish, and is described as an opportunity for guests to inspire and shape their creative work whilst surrounded by creative people in a beautiful countryside location. The three days will include workshops, creating time, evening events, and feedback sessions for creative disciplines like writing, fine art, photography, and YouTube.
Where is this Ruckus Retreat happening, Rowan? Great question!
It's a stunning manor house with over 60 acres of ground and gardens, of course!
— Rowan Ellis 🌈 (@HeyRowanEllis) November 17, 2017
Rowan tells TenEighty that the inspiration for the Ruckus Retreat came from wanting to design “a retreat for young creatives that got rid of the hierarchy of panel events”. This alternative approach to the conventional creator/teacher and audience/student roles will allow the Ruckus Retreat to adopt a different style.
“Ruckus is about community, workshops, and interactivity,” they explain. “Our workshop leaders are there to lead exercises, provide inspiration, share practical advice, and also be participants.”
Whereas many YouTube events are typically structured into formal talks or Q&As, particularly with big-name YouTubers, Rowan says the Ruckus Retreat will allow a more communal interaction featuring “time dedicated to creating freely, feedback sessions in small groups, a chance to share your work at an open mic and gallery night, and time to socialise with other emerging creatives”.
Rowan reveals the approach is not targeting any specific audience or demographic. Creators who are only just starting out are just as welcome as more experienced creators. “We’re hoping both groups will benefit – we’d love for there to be a spirit of experimentation to the retreat. A confident photographer might try out a poetry writing workshop to try and verbalise the visual. The sessions that are specifically for beginners or experts will be marked on the schedule, but they will mostly be accessible to anyone.”
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