Happy New Year to everyone!
2014 at Reverie was definitely a year of growth, challenges, stress, laughter, tears, big highs and big lows, and in the end, unexpected change. I am sad to announce that Liz and Stan have decided not to continue as our partners in Reverie Retreat. While in a lot of ways the four of us were wonderfully compatible, particularly when it came to putting on retreats, in the end, the wide disparities in our abilities to commit resources to the project meant that it just isn’t a good idea to continue as partners going forward.
Ramon and I will miss them very much. Each in their own way they brought fun and laughter and a distinct perspective to the development of Reverie which has contributed immensely over the past few years.
As you can imagine, this means a bit of regrouping for Ramon and me to determine what the path forward will look like without Liz and Stan. We are continuing with the permitting process and hope to have our Special Use Permit application submitted to El Dorado County by the end of the month. We’ve spent the last few months working with a consultant on the site design, an essential component of our application, and one of the major hold-ups has been figuring out where to put parking that doesn’t interfere with the aesthetics of the land and views, while at the same time meeting building codes and keeping costs down as much as possible. We hope to have that worked out over the next few weeks to keep this process moving forward.
Once the permit is approved we can finalize our construction budget and timeline for the build-out, as well as begin working on obtaining the financial resources we will need, which may be loans, investors – we aren’t sure yet, but clearly that’s one of the things we will be figuring out this year.
There are too many unknowns at this point so we aren’t going to plan any formal retreats for 2015; however, please save the date for a friends/family weekend on August 7-9 to coincide with the Perseids meteor shower. There will be a new moon so the star-gazing should be pretty spectacular. More details to come later in the spring.
And we love visitors! If you’d like to visit us just let us know and we can get something on the calendar.
Thanks to all of you who have supported this endeavor so far – it’s a labor of love and it’s all the more so with our family and friends supporting us. I can’t imagine doing this without you.