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Do you think you have a blogging purpose? Do you think it is just by chance that you have a little place on the internet? Or do you believe that you have been called to blog at this point in time for a purpose bigger than yourself?

Bloggers have influence and can make a difference ~ by using blogging to help their families, to teach and share with others online and more.

This doesn’t just happen. There are ins and outs of social media and blogging that need to be learned in order for your message seen and heard. The BEECH Retreat was created to be a creative, hands-on learning retreat dedicated to empowering bloggers to sharpen their skills, renew their vision, and broaden their influence while learning about social media, design, photography, blogging, SEO, time management, leadership and more.

Speakers at the BEECH Retreat

BEECH speakers

Michael Hyatt, Crystal Paine, Amanda Padgett, and other online leaders will be teaching and encouraging attendees of BEECH. The intentional smaller scale of the retreat allows you the opportunity to be heard, to ask questions, and the ability to establish friendships without the crowds. It will be an environment aiming to equip and empower the next generation of changers.

Additional speakers at the BEECH Retreat include Jimmie Lanley, Jolanthe Erb {that’s me}, and Rachel Martin, who will be speaking on the topics of social media, design, photography, blogging, SEO, time management, leadership and more.

What a Ticket to the BEECH Retreat Includes

The Beech Retreat will be held from January 31 – February 3, 2013 at at the gorgeous South Seas Island Resort in Captiva, Florida.

Your ticket to the BEECH Retreat covers your full retreat pass for all retreat events, including transportation from the RSW airport to the resort, bellman fees, resort fees, wi-fi, all sessions, all meals (beginning Thursday night through brunch on Sunday), all sponsor parties, and beautiful lodgings at Harbourside at South Seas Resort. At BEECH we don’t want you worrying about those incidentals – instead we want you to have the freedom to concentrate on your vision, and leave equipped to make a difference in the online world!

Find out more on the FAQ page at BEECHretreat.com.

Enter to win a full retreat pass to the BEECH Retreat!

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We believe that this is going to be such a powerful time, that we want to give one of you a chance to join us at the BEECH Retreat in January! One person will win a FULL pass to the BEECH Retreat ~ a $635 value.

Pay attention to all of the ways you can enter! You can tweet everyday for extra entries and also share on your blog about the BEECH Retreat!

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The full pass to the BEECH Retreat covers all events Thursday, January 31 through Sunday, February 3, including all sessions, all meals, beginning Thursday night through lunch on Sunday, all sponsor parties, and beautiful lodgings at Harbourside, South Seas Island Resort. Travel and airfare expenses not included.

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  1. I am new to the whole blogging thing and I want to become a blogger who can help others homeschool and realize that it is an easy thing to do no matter how much or how little income you have. I have 4 kids in 4 different grade levels and face many trials and terrors and want to learn how I can help others with what I learn.

  2. I am most interested in learning how to reach beyond my circle of influence. To get people who are not friends and family to follow my page.

  3. I’ve been blogging for less than a year and know social media is so important but really have not gotten into it as much as I should!

  4. I would love to learn from Michael Hyatt!

  5. I want to win, I want to win!

  6. I would love to learn more about time management and design!

  7. I want to learn how to make money off my blog and how to get more influential in the homeschool community!

  8. I want to learn how turn my blogging pass time into an effective tool for God to use to help other homeschooling moms.

  9. LaToya Edwards says

    All of the above! It’s my first year “professionally bogging” and I feel like I have so much to learn.

  10. I would so dearly love to win this…. I’ve been blogging for quite some time, but I know I’m not doing all I can to make the most of my online space.. to say nothing of maximizing the time I put into it all! It looks like an amazing conference.

  11. Monetization tips! And just networking with other bloggers…. {pick me!}

  12. Wow this looks amazing! I’d love to learn more about influencing, the business aspects, ack, really all of it!

  13. I would love for this to be my first blogging retreat/conference! There is much to learn. Learning how to better relate to sponsors and my followers would be great.

  14. I want to help and encourage others in homeschooling and their faith. I would love to learn more on how to broaden my reach to others. I know it takes work, so definitely need help with time management.

  15. This is so awesome! I would love to be able to learn at the BEECH Retreat! Blogging has changed so much over the years and I need the hands on teaching this retreat has to offer! :)

  16. I want to learn more about how to balance blogging with writing books, how to develop synergy between those activities, and how best to handle writing about multiple topics.

  17. I want to learn much. I have so much to learn. :) I need to learn to how to balance writing with my crazy schedule

  18. I’m most excited about learning how to optimize the time spend online.

  19. Amanda Stephens says

    Getting started with toddlers. And helping older kids with reading problems.

  20. Felice Gerwitz says

    So excited to be joining you at BEECH! I wouldn’t miss it!! I have a much neglected blog for authors and I’d like to get back to posting more. Coming will give me the impetus to get back at it!

  21. I would love the opportunity to learn from experienced bloggers like Crystal Paine!

  22. Ack, it posted before I finished! I would love the opportunity to learn about SEO and the nitty-gritty of web design/optimization from pros like Crystal. :)

  23. Jamie {See Jamie blog} says

    I’d love to learn more about maximizing my influence, etc, and would have a blast networking with all the other bloggers there!

  24. I would love to learn more about promoting my blog and how to best maximize my influence.

  25. I’d love to learn about how to write more effectively. I love blogging but I’m scatterbrained and so things are all over the place, or really short.

  26. learningtable says

    Wow–what an opportunity! I’m not media or tech savvy, and I’d love to learn about how to get my blog out there and get more readers.

  27. I’d love to learn how to better organize the task of blogging so it isn’t so time consuming. It would be a blessing to attend!

  28. Goodness, I’m not sure I could pin down ONE single thing that I would like to learn at the BEECH Retreat! I would seriously just be trying to soak up as much knowledge as is physically possible while I was there from all of these wonderful speakers! ::Fingers crossed!::

  29. Marianne @ Abundant Life says

    I’d love to learn about how seasoned bloggers balance everything – family and computer time.

  30. Dolly Garnecki says

    1) Never been to Captiva Island, even thought I was a Florida resident for 5 years, and it’s on my list of places to visit someday
    2) It’s been over a year since I’ve attended/taught a session/planned a blogging conference…and it would be nice to kick-start my vision/purpose without the weight of speaking or event planning
    3) That is one hard-hitting line-up of speakers and bloggers that I enjoy following online. I’d love to learn from each of you.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  31. Jolanthe! How exciting for you to host this giveaway!! What am I most excited to learn? Girl, I just like soaking it all in. I totally feel and you know that God has been doing a lot of work behind the scenes for a larger purpose on my blog — and it has been cool to see that happen. I’d like to show up and see God work — whether I learn or have the chance to serve.

  32. Cornerstone Confessions says

    Oh wow. This is a great giveaway Jolanthe. Thank you so so so much for the opportunity. I would love to be able to connect with other bloggers and meeting some of my inspirations.

  33. I would love how to better use my influence of blogging for a higher purpose

  34. I would love to learn how to balance my blogging content (for the company I blog for)… marketing vs service vs inspirational, etc.

  35. What a great giveaway! I’ve been to South Seas many years ago and it was amazing. I would love to learn how to more effectively use my blog to support my existing customers and as a part of a social media platform. Plus it would be fun to meet all those incredible bloggers in real life ;).

  36. I’d like to know how to bring more people to my blog site.

  37. Since I am a new blogger I would love to be there to learn it all! I have so much to learn, and would love to be a part of this fabulous conference!

  38. Sidetracked Sarah says

    Since I’m already going, I’m entering the giveaway for my husband who is going to be starting a niche blog in the next few months. It would be awesome if he could come along and learn what I’m learning!

  39. Jenny Yarbrough says

    I’m a blogger (2 blogs and an eBook) who will be a new homeschooling mom next fall. I need encouragement and direction about how to do both to my best capabilities! I would LOVE to attend, learn, and meet you all! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  40. teachpreschool says

    What a wonderful opportunity! I would love the time away to rest and learn!

  41. I just want to experience it all and meet the bloggers and bask. just bask in it. I want to glean all I can to improve our homeschool.

  42. ali @ an ordinary mom says

    I’d love to learn to be more strategic & focused, so that my time online can have a greater impact on the world around me, and less of an impact on my family (as in, being more efficient with my time blogging, so that I can still be intentional about giving my precious family my best every day!)

  43. I’d like to learn how to balance the timing of post series (covering in-depth topics) with posts that may have a broader appeal.

  44. Sonya Schroeder says

    More ideas and encouragement in my homeschooling! Thank you for the offer!

  45. Carol J. Alexander says

    Balance of blog and family.

  46. Heather Bowen says

    I am looking to learn more about SEO and balancing blog ad family.

  47. MomsMustardSeeds says

    Anything I could learn…..in a quiet and peaceful setting.

  48. Um, all of it? The opportunity to learn in all the subject matter would be awesome. I haven’t been actively posting for awhile, but I have a clearer vision now and I’m ready to start again. :)

  49. I would love to learn more about the ins and outs of homeschool blogging from those who have been doing it a while- ~on personal note, I’d love to meet someone who can tell me the secret of how to homeschool with toddlers, lol!!!

  50. I would love to take the Must Love God Community to the next level!!!

  51. This sounds spectacular. Most hoping to learn how to best glorify God and encourage others using my blog, in a practical way of course :-)

  52. pines2palms says

    I would love to get some fresh ideas on blogging topics…AND a vision of where God wants me to take this blog o’ mine!

  53. I want to learn more about monetizing while still blogging authentically.

  54. Jennifer Greene says

    I would love to attend this conference. I hear wonderful things about it.

  55. I like to learn more about the SEO settings on the back end of my blog.

  56. SEO tips and fellowship!

  57. I would love to learn from the bloggers that have been successful at it and how they do it. Also to connect with the blogs I read everyday.

  58. Sarah @ My Joy-Filled Life says

    How to build community and fellowship through blogging.

  59. Thank you for providing such a wonderful opportunity! I have much to learn regarding images and back end stuff, would love the fellowship of others with the same vision as I, and could really use the break. :-)

  60. To met and network with amazing ladies. To learn more about blogging and the ins and outs. To retreat. I think it is wonderful that you all can do this!

  61. Melanie Heywood says

    I’d love to learn more about how to get better interaction from the social media side of things…I have a great following but not always as much interaction as I’d like…

  62. This would be a dream come true!

  63. If I make it to BEECH Retreat, I’m looking forward to the “hands on” time with blogging “experts.”

  64. Jennifer Kochert says

    This would be such a blessing. As a new blogger I would learn so much!!

  65. Belindas_Buzz says

    My husband and I were discussing this conference just this past weekend – it would be wonderful to win this!
    I would love to learn more from Michael Hyatt – my platform and serving my fellow home school moms and customers better!

  66. This would be an amazing blessing! I would love to win!

  67. I’d love to learn more about vision, time management and photography!

  68. Creating a platform.

  69. I think there is going to be so much to learn it’s hard to put my finger on just one thing, but I would most look forward to networking and hearing from the incredible panel of speakers.

  70. Oh goodness … what am I most wanting to learn? How to be consistent and have decent content. How to be focused. How to expand my readership. And getting some “me” time!

    If I win, I know God will provide me with the money for a plane ticket!

  71. I am most wanting to learn how to focus my writing. I live so close I could drive there- and I soooo want to go!

  72. To help develop a better vision of what I want to accomplish with my blog and being consistent in writing.

  73. Hello! I would absolutely love to win this! I LOVE blogging, but I am new and have so much to learn. I want to learn more about time management, photography and would love to meet fellow bloggers!! I would be SO grateful if I won!

  74. I would love to win a pass to the BEECH retreat. I am just getting started in my blogging journey so right now I learning as much as I can about how to be a good blogger. This retreat would be the perfect catalyst for my blog and the perfect learning experience for me.

  75. OOO! I’d LOVE to go! I’d like to learn about the seo and time management.


  76. I would so love to go!! I would love to hear the wisdom Michael Hyatt has to share, as well as how to better manage my time as a work-at-home homeschooling mom!

  77. The smaller atmosphere sounds perfect for getting to know other bloggers!

  78. I would love to learn more about using social media to expand our reach. Facebook is ok, but I still don’t have a good grasp on Twitter and how to make the best use of it.

  79. I would love to learn how to make my blog more interesting.

  80. How to blog effectively to reach out to women who are homeschooling mom’s.

  81. WOW – I would love to learn more from these great women who have traveled this before me!

  82. Melanie Wilson says

    I would love to meet other homeschool bloggers.

  83. I would love to develop a better vision for what I want my blog to be and how to move it into an income generator.

  84. I’m a brand new blogger, so I would love to learn anything and everything!

  85. The Organized Wife says

    So wish I could afford this trip! We are moving right after Thanksgiving so this will have to wait for another year :(

  86. Lisa Fischer says

    This conference sounds aMaZiNg! Would love a spot! Would love to learn anything about building a platform without going crazy as well as potentially making a living off of blogging/writing.Thanks for the opportunity!

  87. I would love to go to Beech!!!

  88. This is an awesome opportunity! Would love to win it. ♥

  89. There is so much I want to learn. It is hard to narrow it down.

  90. I would LOVE to go to this retreat! You can never learn enough!

  91. Amber @ classic housewife says

    It sounds amazing!

  92. I’d love to attend and learn about refining my focus. As a life blogger it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and scattered, I want to hear how others do it!

  93. This looks awesome. I’d love to win a pass!

  94. This looks so fun I would <3 to win

  95. Carol Anne Swett says

    I like the idea of working toward project completion while I’m there and hope to learn how to apply some of the technical knowledge I’ve been and will be exposed to.

  96. theadventuresofbear says

    I don’t even know what SEO stands for. How sad is that? I also don’t get how to use Twitter. I would also love help with strategy of posting.

  97. Carla Marvin says

    I would adore the chance to be at this retreat! I am not new to blogging, but know that I could glean tips from the amazing speakers here…I could use some help on organizing and planning posts. Couldn’t we all? :)

  98. This would be so helpful. I would love to win this.

  99. Robin from Frugal Family Times says

    I would like to learn how to market our blog better. I think our ideas and writing are good, but we’d like to get more eyes reading it!

  100. There is so much I’d like to learn. One is finding time to blog!

  101. Joleen Steel says

    I would love to be a “better blogger with a clearer vision and a broader influence.” I posted about it here: http://www.underthesamewing.wordpress.com and here: http://www.musicforlittlelearners.com

  102. Oh my goodness! Do I have to pick just one thing I want to get out of it? Getting refreshed!

  103. Joleen Steel says

    Let me sit in the sand and soak in the sun! Let me learn from the best and grow! If you pick me my business will run and my toes and my face will glow!

  104. Seo and time management skills!

  105. Seo and more advanced blogging skills

  106. I need to learn more about time management and social media!

  107. how to fit it all in my schedule without losing sleep

  108. As a new blogger, I am sure I would learn more than I can imagine. It would be wonderful to hear from these great bloggers and meet so many bloggers in person.

  109. Joleen Steel says

    Oh yes! I want to go to BEECH! Not just for me but for my family. I know I waste tons of time trying to juggle all my blogs/websites/biz stuff. If I could just learn how to consolidate a few things and streamline it all!

  110. I would love to win this. I am just starting out, so I would love to hear the speakers, and learn the ins and outs of blogging and having a family :)

  111. The more I learn about this retreat the more I would love to attend! I would like to learn how to balance all my ideas and the limited time I have.

  112. Alicia Marietta says

    I would love to learn how to get all my thoughts out without it dragging on so readers get bored. Also, how to prompt my blog.

  113. Joleen Steel says

    Somewhere…over the rainbow…blue birds fly! Birds, fly over the rainbow…why oh then why can’t I? Somewhere over the South Seas….bloggers blog! I’d like to blog over the South Seas…Down in Florida.

  114. What an awesome opportunity this would be!

  115. I would love to learn how to stir my creativity and write more interesting blogs!

  116. Take my blog and business to the next level.

  117. Have my ticket but would love to replace it with a free one or give one away!

  118. I’d love to network with other bloggers and learn how to broaden my audience.

  119. Joleen Steel says

    Okey Dokey! I’d sure like to meet all these wonderful BEECH retreat ladies and glean from their pool of wisdom. I’d also love to be an encouragement and helper to the Homeschool community. Okay, I’ll just beg….PLEASE PLEASE PICK ME!!!!!!

  120. Jessica @ Our Montessori Home says

    I’m looking forward to growing my blog, getting, a better vision for the future, and working on time management. Also insight on balancing blogging and homeschooling without burning out would be a plus. :)

  121. Wow! This looks like a great opportunity to develop my blogging skills, meet some phenomenal people and sooth my wintered skin with some salt air! I hope I can go!

  122. Rachel Holland says

    I would love to win!!

  123. Wow! That would be an awesome opportunity to improve my blogging and writing skills! I’m new to blogging so I’d love it! http://addsarah.wordpress.com

  124. Joleen Steel says

    44 mins left!

  125. Rachel Holland says

    So I should’ve read the directions BEFORE I left my comment! I would love to connect with other bloggers who homeschool and learn how others balance full-time blogging and homeschooling!

  126. I am a newbie so i need to learn it all!! :)

  127. Catherine@A Spirited Mind says

    This would be fabulous!

    • Catherine@ A Spirited Mind says

      Oops, hit post too soon. I’d hope to learn more about how to broaden my reach and balance the time that takes with the time it takes to homeschool.

  128. What a fantastic idea! I hope to learn how to increase my blog audience and network with other bloggers, moms, and home schoolers!

  129. I’m hoping to connect with bloggers that I’ve worked with online for so long, and make even stronger friendships!

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