Join us virtually this year on November 12-13!  Register early and receive a SWAG box while supplies last!

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GCA Member Registration Fee $199
Non-Member Registration Fee $299

RETREAT REGISTRATION RATES (optional add-on events)

RESET.  Restorative Morning Yoga
Friday, November 13th 
10:45 am Eastern


This gentle, restorative yoga practice combines mindful movements, breath awareness and stillness, helping to reset your mind and mood. This all-levels class will open and expand the body and mind and can be experienced from a yoga mat or seated in/supported by a chair. Kick off this year’s GCA Workshop & Retreat with this 30-minute session and get into the right mindset to learn, engage, and RESET.

Led by certified yoga instructor Christine Hyatt (RYT 200) of the West Side Yoga Collective in Portland, OR.

RECOVER. Passion with Purpose….and Cheese 
Thursday, November 12
6:00 pm Eastern
Featuring John & Kendall Antonelli, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Austin, TX 


Don’t miss this opportunity for a fun, private cheese tasting while you learn about how one small retailer incorporates social impact into their business. You’ll receive a custom tasting box that includes 7 cheeses with 7 food pairings (serves up to 4). This husband-and-wife pair of cheese experts will walk you through 7 delicious pairings, giving you a chance to explore products made by passionate makers like you. Made from milk, not paper!  

John and Kendall Antonelli opened their specialty food shop in Austin, TX in 2010 and have received numerous awards and accolades, including Travel + Leisure Magazine’s “Best Cheese Shops” and Local Heroes (8 consecutive years). On the surface, it’s a success dream story – a business launched after a honeymoon decision to quit their jobs. But the Antonellis have faced their share of challenges, and in the past two years have had to recover—from business losses, personal struggles, and most recently, the impact of a global pandemic. Learn how they persevered and pivoted by relying on their true north ethos of “Passion with Purpose” to guide them through the challenges, all while you explore and learn about their passion – cheese. Here’s a preview of how they share their vision with new hires, making sure their team is in alignment from day one! 

Pro Tip: Don’t eat your goodies when you receive them. Refrigerate until an hour before our event. Then watch their 10-min plating video to have your board ready for our guided tasting.   

It is always a great idea to have a beverage on hand for one of these tasting experiences. Here are some of our recommendations: 

  • Bubbles: Prosecco 
  • White Wine: Chenin Blanc 
  • Rose: Any and All 
  • Light Red: Pinot Noir 
  • Bigger Red: Montepulciano or Cabernet Franc 
  • Beer: Porter/Stouts/Saison 
  • Cider: British style dry ciders in bottles are great 
  • Non-Alcoholic: Find a sparkling water, flavored or unflavored. The effervescence goes great with cheese. 

Limited to 45 attendees. 

REIMAGINE.  Cocktails and Connections
Friday, November 13
4:30 pm Eastern
GCA is reimagining happy hour! You’ve missed spending time with your industry friends and colleagues. And while virtual is never quite the same as in person, it can make for a fun and engaging opportunity to kick back with a drink, pop into a chat room, and expand your network. Join Executive Director, Nora Weiser, and Board Member, Susan January of Leanin’ Tree Cards, as they mix up the exclusive 2020 Workshop & Retreat cocktail recipes then invite you to network, connect, and wrap up this year’s event.


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The GCA Workshop & Retreat registration fee is non-refundable.  If you miss any sessions they will be recorded and made available to you.