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The Lodge at Sweetwater Studios

Art | Yoga | Nature | Healing
South Mississippi's Newest Wellness Retreat Space

$24,821
pledged of$100,000 goal
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Campaign Ends on April 30, 2021

Project Description

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

1. How far is The Lodge from any major airports?

We are a 15-minute drive from the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport (PIB), 1.5-hour drive from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT), and 2 hours from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

 

2. Do you offer ground transportation?

We are more than happy to offer shuttle service from the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport for an additional fee.  

However, it's important to note that due to our rural location there is no public transportation allowing you to leave The Lodge to explore the area. If you are arriving by flight, we highly recommend that you rent a car and we are happy to assist you with this process. 

 

3. How many people will you be able to accommodate?

After fundraising and completion of our renovation and construction, we will be able to accommodate 12 people in 5 Glamping Tents and 1 Tiny House Cabin.

If we exceed our goal we may be adding additional tents, which would be added to your "Full Lodge Buyout" reward at no additional fee. 

 

4. Do you accommodate remote workers/ is there reliable wifi? 

While we do have wifi in certain public spaces around the property, there is no wifi and limited cell service in our Glamping Tent area. 

Our wifi is also not the most reliable or strong enough for extensive or speedy downloading/uploading.

 

5. How often will you host retreats?

This will depend on the response we get from our first visiting artist retreat! If there is a wide range of interest we would love to host at least once a month. 

Interested in hosting or leading a retreat of your own? Let us know at info@lodgeatsweetwater.com

 

6. Do you get the funds even if you don't reach the full goal?

YES! This is one of the many reasons we chose to host with IFundWomen! Any amount that you contribute becomes directly available to us allowing us to get to work ASAP.

 

 

 

Jeff Dayton-Johnson
04/14/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
McKay’s tribe
04/14/2021
Honorary Tree Planting
$50
04/14/2021
Honorary Tree Planting
$50
04/14/2021
Opening Night Funder's Dinner for Two
$150
04/14/2021
Opening Night Funder's Dinner for Two
$150
Meghan Myrick
04/14/2021
All-Inclusive Wellness Stay for Two
$200
Rick Manning
04/14/2021
Honorary Tree Planting
$50
Brittany Nicholson
04/14/2021
Original 5x7 Woodblock Print
$25
04/13/2021
Two-Night Visiting Artist Retreat
$400
Jessica Bernacchi
04/13/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

25 Supporters
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25.00 USD
Original 5x7 Woodblock Print

As a token of our appreciation, we will send you an original limited-edition handcrafted woodblock printed 5x7 print for you to always remember your contribution to The Lodge at Sweetwater Studios.

(These prints also make great gifts, so buy and share!)

 

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50.00 USD
Honorary Tree Planting

Watch your tree grow as our business grows! 

We will plant a tree in your name, provide you with a tagging number and have it listed on our property map. 

Come back and visit year after year and watch the progress of your tree as it grows with our new and thriving venture. 

An electronic certificate will be emailed listing you as a "Lodge at Sweetwater Studios Tree Sponsor" along with a property map listing your tree's location. 

All trees will be planted before our official opening in October 2021. You can expect your certificate and map via email in the summer or fall 2021. 

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75.00 USD
Opening Night Dinner and Silent Auction

Join us Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, for our official opening night!

We will start the day with an afternoon of croquet (watch, learn, or play!), enjoy a sunset cocktail hour with silent auction*, and then dine on a locally sourced farm-to-table dinner to honor all our supporters. 

 

*Featuring work from local professional artists and wellness providers. 

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100.00 USD
Private Lessons with Sweetwater Studios

Join us for one of three exciting learning opportunities! 

Choose between a private croquet lesson, painting or weaving instruction, or private yoga lessons. 

Enjoy the entire day at The Lodge at Sweetwater Studios. Your reward includes a day pass to our Tropical Greenhouse Spa (use of sauna, hot tub, and saltwater pool), a private lesson of your choice, and a home-cooked Southern-style lunch.

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115.00 USD
Basic "Glamping" Night

Sleep under the starts in our lake-view, eco-luxury clamping tents (up to 2 people).

Each tent features:

  • 2 twin beds or 1 king
  • Electricity and lighting
  • Fully furnished with memory foam mattresses
  • Lake View Deck and Seating Area
  • Electric Blankets
  • Heat and Air Conditioner 

Each night booked also includes access to nature trails, 3-acre lake and kayaks, use of Yoga Dome and Hilltop Art and Meditation Studio, and full access to the Tropical Greenhouse Spa with hot tub, sauna, and saltwater pool.

*Daily yoga classes can be added on for $10 per person per class

**Meals available for an additional fee

Interested in a specific date? Leave us a note when you purchase and we'll get back to you about availability! 

(bookings only available after late October 2021) 

(String together as many of these rewards as you'd like for a larger vacation*, as a gift to friends and family, or schedule them sporadically over the next 5 years.)

*To add on additional nights, simply increase the price by $115 per desired night upon purchase. 

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200.00 USD
All-Inclusive Wellness Stay for Two

Surprise your special someone or escape for a 2-day, 1-night nature retreat! 

This reward includes:

  • One night in our Eco-Luxury Glamping Tent (up to 2 people) with two twins beds or one king-size bed
  • All meals for two (includes lunch if booking for consecutive nights, menu customizable for dietary restrictions)
  • Daily 60-minute lakeside yoga classes
  • All-access pass to Tropical Greenhouse Spa (sauna, hot tub, and saltwater pool)
  • Access to Yoga Dome and Hilltop Art and Meditation Studio for solo practice 
  • Access to nature trails, lake view croquet court, and 3-acre lake with kayaks
  • Unlimited bonfires and stargazing

Arrive early, and stay late to create a full 2-day wellness experience by enjoying the hot tub and sauna, exploring the nature trails, practicing yoga, creating art, and napping lakeside! 

(String together as many of these rewards as you'd like for a larger vacation*, as a gift to friends and family, or schedule them sporadically over the next 5 years.)

*Book multiple nights by increasing your reward price by $200 for every additional night. 

*Dinner included on day of check-in, breakfast and lunch included on day of check-out. 

Interested in a specific date? Leave us a note when you purchase and we'll get back to you about availability! 

(bookings only available after late October 2021) 

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275.00 USD
5 Pack of Private Yoga Instruction

Choose to practice in the comfort of your own home (Hattiesburg-Laurel area only), via Zoom (available worldwide), or visit our Forest Yoga Deck at The Lodge at Sweetwater Studios. 

Your package includes an initial assessment where you can express areas you would like to improve or work on and five 60-minute yoga lessons*. After your five private classes, you also will receive via email a series of postures to help you maintain your desired intent.

(All yoga instruction led by Airon Whitt, 200-hour CYA instructor, and Reiki Master.)

*Switch any 60-minute yoga practice for Reiki session at no additional charge.

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400.00 USD
Two-Night Visiting Artist Retreat

Responding to Nature is a two-night all-inclusive drawing and painting retreat with professional artist and educator Chatham Meade Kemp where we will explore the process of expressing your relationship with nature. 

Starting at noon Friday, October 22, 2021, until sunset Sunday, October 24, 2021*, you will have full access to the grounds of The Lodge at Sweetwater Studios,  nightly shared accommodation in one of our Eco-Luxury Glamping tents, and all meals for this three-day, two-night retreat.

This reward includes:

  • Ten hours of artistic instruction with professional local artist (TBD)
  • Solo work and relaxation time
  • Daily relaxing yoga and forest meditation
  • All-access to Tropical Greenhouse Spa (sauna, hot tub, saltwater pool)
  • Nature trails, forest bathing, bonfires, & stargazing 
  • All meals for the duration of the retreat
  • Shared nightly accommodation in Eco-Luxury Glamping Tent (2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed)

Participants will be sent a supplies list before the retreat. Art supplies not included in the reward price.

*Interested in attending a weekend retreat, but can't commit to these dates? Not a problem! With the purchase of this reward, you can choose to defer your retreat to a later scheduled retreat if these dates are less than ideal.

 

 

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450.00 USD
Artist Retreat & Opening Night Dinner

Wanting to take part in our first visiting artist retreat AND our Opening Night Dinner!? This is the reward for YOU! 

This reward includes all of the above details for both the Visiting Artist Retreat AND a ticket to our Opening Night Farm to Table Funders Dinner ($75 value), all meals, art and yoga instruction, and access to the Tropical Greenhouse Spa for the entirety of your stay. 

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2,400.00 USD
2-Night Corporate Retreat Buyout

What a year it's been! Gather your colleagues or employees for this 3-day, 2-night Corporate Retreat Buyout.

This reward includes a two-night "All-Inclusive" stay for up to 12 people ($100 per person, per night):

  • 5 Tents (each sleeps 2 people, either 2 twins or one king bed)
  • 1 Tiny House (with kitchenette, private bath, & queen size bed)
  • All meals (including dinner on the night of check-in & breakfast/brunch on the day of check-out)
  • Access to Tropical Greenhouse Spa (hot tub, sauna, saltwater pool)
  • Access to Yoga Dome and Hilltop Studio for meeting space and strategic planning sessions
  • Access to nature trails and 3-acre lake with kayaks
  • Morning yoga Instruction (if desired)
  • Croquet lessons and full access to Lake View Croquet Lawn for duration of stay (if desired)
  • 2 Interactive Team Building Activities facilitated by Lodge staff
  • Unlimited bonfires, forest bathing, and stargazing

Our buyouts can be used to host your company retreats, family reunions, or get your COVID pod together and share the cost.

*This reward also includes one ticket to our Opening Night Funder's Dinner and Silent Auction

**Backers will have up to 5 years to schedule their buyout

**Want a longer stay? Check out our 3-night buyout option! (we'll throw in all the corporate retreat add-ons too!)

 

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3,600.00 USD
3-Night Full Lodge at Sweetwater Buyout

Gather your colleagues or closest friends for our Full Lodge Buyout! 

This reward includes a three-night "All-Inclusive" stay for 12 people:

  • 5 Tents (each sleeps 2 people, either 2 twins or one king bed)
  • 1 Tiny House (with kitchenette, private bath, & queen size bed)
  • All meals (including dinner on the night of check-in & breakfast on the day of check-out)
  • Access to Tropical Greenhouse Spa (hot tub, sauna, saltwater pool)
  • Access to Yoga Dome and Hilltop Art and Meditation Studio
  • Access to nature trails and 3-acre lake with kayaks
  • Morning yoga Instruction (if desired)
  • Croquet lessons and full access to Lake View Croquet Lawn for duration of stay (if desired)
  • Unlimited bonfires, forest bathing, and stargazing

Our buyouts can be used to host your company retreats, family reunions, or get your COVID pod together and share the cost.

*This reward also includes one ticket to our Opening Night Funder's Dinner and Silent Auction

**Backers will have up to 5 years to schedule their buyout

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5,000.00 USD
Friends & Family Tent Sponsorship

This reward is for our lifelong supporters!

We will build a tent in your name and list you on our "Tent Sponsor" wall plaque and website for all future visitors to see! 

Additionally, you will receive a ticket to our Opening Night Funder's Dinner and silent auction where you will be honored as a "Tent Sponsor".

This reward also includes two weekends a year for the life of our business, a "Friends & Family Discount" of 25% off all additional nightly bookings and add ons, and 10% off all future retreats

An electronic certificate will be emailed listing you as a "Lodge at Sweetwater Studios Tent Sponsor" along with a property map listing your tent's location. 

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

25 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Original 5x7 Woodblock Print

As a token of our appreciation, we will send you an original limited-edition handcrafted woodblock printed 5x7 print for you to always remember your contribution to The Lodge at Sweetwater Studios.

(These prints also make great gifts, so buy and share!)

 

284 Left
16 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Honorary Tree Planting

Watch your tree grow as our business grows! 

We will plant a tree in your name, provide you with a tagging number and have it listed on our property map. 

Come back and visit year after year and watch the progress of your tree as it grows with our new and thriving venture. 

An electronic certificate will be emailed listing you as a "Lodge at Sweetwater Studios Tree Sponsor" along with a property map listing your tree's location. 

All trees will be planted before our official opening in October 2021. You can expect your certificate and map via email in the summer or fall 2021. 

128 Left
22 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD
Opening Night Dinner and Silent Auction

Join us Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, for our official opening night!

We will start the day with an afternoon of croquet (watch, learn, or play!), enjoy a sunset cocktail hour with silent auction*, and then dine on a locally sourced farm-to-table dinner to honor all our supporters. 

 

*Featuring work from local professional artists and wellness providers. 

25 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Private Lessons with Sweetwater Studios

Join us for one of three exciting learning opportunities! 

Choose between a private croquet lesson, painting or weaving instruction, or private yoga lessons. 

Enjoy the entire day at The Lodge at Sweetwater Studios. Your reward includes a day pass to our Tropical Greenhouse Spa (use of sauna, hot tub, and saltwater pool), a private lesson of your choice, and a home-cooked Southern-style lunch.

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4 Supporters
Select this reward
115.00 USD
Basic "Glamping" Night

Sleep under the starts in our lake-view, eco-luxury clamping tents (up to 2 people).

Each tent features:

  • 2 twin beds or 1 king
  • Electricity and lighting
  • Fully furnished with memory foam mattresses
  • Lake View Deck and Seating Area
  • Electric Blankets
  • Heat and Air Conditioner 

Each night booked also includes access to nature trails, 3-acre lake and kayaks, use of Yoga Dome and Hilltop Art and Meditation Studio, and full access to the Tropical Greenhouse Spa with hot tub, sauna, and saltwater pool.

*Daily yoga classes can be added on for $10 per person per class

**Meals available for an additional fee

Interested in a specific date? Leave us a note when you purchase and we'll get back to you about availability! 

(bookings only available after late October 2021) 

(String together as many of these rewards as you'd like for a larger vacation*, as a gift to friends and family, or schedule them sporadically over the next 5 years.)

*To add on additional nights, simply increase the price by $115 per desired night upon purchase. 

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
200.00 USD
All-Inclusive Wellness Stay for Two

Surprise your special someone or escape for a 2-day, 1-night nature retreat! 

This reward includes:

  • One night in our Eco-Luxury Glamping Tent (up to 2 people) with two twins beds or one king-size bed
  • All meals for two (includes lunch if booking for consecutive nights, menu customizable for dietary restrictions)
  • Daily 60-minute lakeside yoga classes
  • All-access pass to Tropical Greenhouse Spa (sauna, hot tub, and saltwater pool)
  • Access to Yoga Dome and Hilltop Art and Meditation Studio for solo practice 
  • Access to nature trails, lake view croquet court, and 3-acre lake with kayaks
  • Unlimited bonfires and stargazing

Arrive early, and stay late to create a full 2-day wellness experience by enjoying the hot tub and sauna, exploring the nature trails, practicing yoga, creating art, and napping lakeside! 

(String together as many of these rewards as you'd like for a larger vacation*, as a gift to friends and family, or schedule them sporadically over the next 5 years.)

*Book multiple nights by increasing your reward price by $200 for every additional night. 

*Dinner included on day of check-in, breakfast and lunch included on day of check-out. 

Interested in a specific date? Leave us a note when you purchase and we'll get back to you about availability! 

(bookings only available after late October 2021) 

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18 Supporters
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275.00 USD
5 Pack of Private Yoga Instruction

Choose to practice in the comfort of your own home (Hattiesburg-Laurel area only), via Zoom (available worldwide), or visit our Forest Yoga Deck at The Lodge at Sweetwater Studios. 

Your package includes an initial assessment where you can express areas you would like to improve or work on and five 60-minute yoga lessons*. After your five private classes, you also will receive via email a series of postures to help you maintain your desired intent.

(All yoga instruction led by Airon Whitt, 200-hour CYA instructor, and Reiki Master.)

*Switch any 60-minute yoga practice for Reiki session at no additional charge.

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1 Supporter
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400.00 USD
Two-Night Visiting Artist Retreat

Responding to Nature is a two-night all-inclusive drawing and painting retreat with professional artist and educator Chatham Meade Kemp where we will explore the process of expressing your relationship with nature. 

Starting at noon Friday, October 22, 2021, until sunset Sunday, October 24, 2021*, you will have full access to the grounds of The Lodge at Sweetwater Studios,  nightly shared accommodation in one of our Eco-Luxury Glamping tents, and all meals for this three-day, two-night retreat.

This reward includes:

  • Ten hours of artistic instruction with professional local artist (TBD)
  • Solo work and relaxation time
  • Daily relaxing yoga and forest meditation
  • All-access to Tropical Greenhouse Spa (sauna, hot tub, saltwater pool)
  • Nature trails, forest bathing, bonfires, & stargazing 
  • All meals for the duration of the retreat
  • Shared nightly accommodation in Eco-Luxury Glamping Tent (2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed)

Participants will be sent a supplies list before the retreat. Art supplies not included in the reward price.

*Interested in attending a weekend retreat, but can't commit to these dates? Not a problem! With the purchase of this reward, you can choose to defer your retreat to a later scheduled retreat if these dates are less than ideal.

 

 

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2 Supporters
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450.00 USD
Artist Retreat & Opening Night Dinner

Wanting to take part in our first visiting artist retreat AND our Opening Night Dinner!? This is the reward for YOU! 

This reward includes all of the above details for both the Visiting Artist Retreat AND a ticket to our Opening Night Farm to Table Funders Dinner ($75 value), all meals, art and yoga instruction, and access to the Tropical Greenhouse Spa for the entirety of your stay. 

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2,400.00 USD
2-Night Corporate Retreat Buyout

What a year it's been! Gather your colleagues or employees for this 3-day, 2-night Corporate Retreat Buyout.

This reward includes a two-night "All-Inclusive" stay for up to 12 people ($100 per person, per night):

  • 5 Tents (each sleeps 2 people, either 2 twins or one king bed)
  • 1 Tiny House (with kitchenette, private bath, & queen size bed)
  • All meals (including dinner on the night of check-in & breakfast/brunch on the day of check-out)
  • Access to Tropical Greenhouse Spa (hot tub, sauna, saltwater pool)
  • Access to Yoga Dome and Hilltop Studio for meeting space and strategic planning sessions
  • Access to nature trails and 3-acre lake with kayaks
  • Morning yoga Instruction (if desired)
  • Croquet lessons and full access to Lake View Croquet Lawn for duration of stay (if desired)
  • 2 Interactive Team Building Activities facilitated by Lodge staff
  • Unlimited bonfires, forest bathing, and stargazing

Our buyouts can be used to host your company retreats, family reunions, or get your COVID pod together and share the cost.

*This reward also includes one ticket to our Opening Night Funder's Dinner and Silent Auction

**Backers will have up to 5 years to schedule their buyout

**Want a longer stay? Check out our 3-night buyout option! (we'll throw in all the corporate retreat add-ons too!)

 

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3,600.00 USD
3-Night Full Lodge at Sweetwater Buyout

Gather your colleagues or closest friends for our Full Lodge Buyout! 

This reward includes a three-night "All-Inclusive" stay for 12 people:

  • 5 Tents (each sleeps 2 people, either 2 twins or one king bed)
  • 1 Tiny House (with kitchenette, private bath, & queen size bed)
  • All meals (including dinner on the night of check-in & breakfast on the day of check-out)
  • Access to Tropical Greenhouse Spa (hot tub, sauna, saltwater pool)
  • Access to Yoga Dome and Hilltop Art and Meditation Studio
  • Access to nature trails and 3-acre lake with kayaks
  • Morning yoga Instruction (if desired)
  • Croquet lessons and full access to Lake View Croquet Lawn for duration of stay (if desired)
  • Unlimited bonfires, forest bathing, and stargazing

Our buyouts can be used to host your company retreats, family reunions, or get your COVID pod together and share the cost.

*This reward also includes one ticket to our Opening Night Funder's Dinner and Silent Auction

**Backers will have up to 5 years to schedule their buyout

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5,000.00 USD
Friends & Family Tent Sponsorship

This reward is for our lifelong supporters!

We will build a tent in your name and list you on our "Tent Sponsor" wall plaque and website for all future visitors to see! 

Additionally, you will receive a ticket to our Opening Night Funder's Dinner and silent auction where you will be honored as a "Tent Sponsor".

This reward also includes two weekends a year for the life of our business, a "Friends & Family Discount" of 25% off all additional nightly bookings and add ons, and 10% off all future retreats

An electronic certificate will be emailed listing you as a "Lodge at Sweetwater Studios Tent Sponsor" along with a property map listing your tent's location. 

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