You must have worked for at least three years in the hospitality industry
All decisions on qualifications will be completely arbitrary, and final
The Retreat starts in Manhattan on Monday mornings.
You'll be returned to Manhattan on Tuesday in the early evening.
We have seven rooms, and there's room for 10 students in each class, so you might want to apply with a friend, or be prepared to share your room.
Price for students is $250
Transportation from and to Manhattan Included
Most Meals and Refreshments Included
Overnight Accommodation Included
Itinerary below is subject to change at a moment's notice.
Pick-up in Manhattan in a Luxury Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Arrive at Painters, check in, settle down, get to know each other
2- 5 pm:
The Mindful Bartender
This will be an expanded session of gaz's Mindful Bartender Workshop
Topics will include:
Preparation for a Shift Behind the Stick
Tapping into Intuition
The Rewards of Mindful Communication
Dealing with Anger
Changing your Reality
Changing the World
5 - 7 pm
Break for food and refreshments
Set up the bar
8 - 11 pm: Organized Chaos
Each bartender will be assigned a specific base spirit with which to create new cocktails, and everyone will take a turn behind the bar making drinks for us all to sample.
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at Painter's or walk (less than 3 minutes) to The Hudson Street Cafe, or Two Alices, for something more substantial.
10 am - 10: 30 am: How to Write a Cocktail Recipe
There isn't just one correct way to write a recipe, but there are definitely hundreds of wrong ways to do it. gaz will guide you through the process of how to write a recipe that's easy to understand, and will look good to judges if you enter it for a competition.
gaz will also discuss his belief that, when it comes to recipes, Nothing is Written in Stone. And he'll explain why.
10:30 am - 11: 15 am: The Secrets of Success
Tips and Guidance on how to get to the top, how to stay there, and how to remain true to yourself, and to the universe
11:15 am - Noon: Mindful Mixology
A discussion on recipes, and methods of creating new drinks by using product knowledge and bartender intuition.
Noon - 2 pm: Lunch
2 - 5 pm: Organized Chaos
A second round of cocktail creation. Each bartender will be given a specific base ingredient with which to create a new cocktail which will be sampled and discussed by all and sundry.
Luxury Mercedes-Benz Sprinter back to Manhattan
Shortly after completing the workshop students will be asked to submit an essay on how they have applied Mindfulness in the workplace,.
Students who pass the exam will receive certificates that qualify them as a Master of Service.