When a Silver Leader within Young Living reaches the rank of Silver for 3 months in a row, they earn an all-expense paid trip to Salt Lake City for training and a trip to the Whispering Springs Farm in Mona. I reached the rank of Silver in October 2015, and I maintained it in November and December. Because of that, I was able to come to the 2016 Silver Retreat from September 29-October 2.
What Is Included
- Airfare from your local airport
- Hotel at a beautiful downtown SLC location
- Transportation to and from airport (if needed)
- Welcome dinner
- Transportation to and from Mona Farm
- Food during several of the days
- Swag galore
- Flowing NingXia
- Trainings with top leaders and notable experts
- Cross-line relationships and team building
*We decided that this would be an amazing chance for Tim to come with me to Salt Lake City and fall in love with Young Living like I had. We did have to pay extra for him to attend and we had to pay for his flight.
How it Works
Once we registered online that we would be attending, we had the option to book our own flights (and get reimbursed to a certain amount) or have a travel agent book for us. We opted to have a travel agent book for us, because otherwise we would have to wait 8-10 weeks for reimbursement.
We were contacted within a few weeks and quickly were given a flight option. It didn’t work with our childcare schedule, so the travel agency was wonderful in taking our suggestion for a flight itinerary that we had found. It was a little above the price that they would allow, so we happily paid the difference. This allowed us to take our kids to school on the day we left, and our plane was so late leaving Salt Lake City on the return trip that we could squeeze in some further sight-seeing.
For hotels, YL booked those for us, and we were assigned to one of four hotels in the downtown SLC area. We were booked in the Little America Hotel.
We also opted to arrive a day early, so we had to pay for an extra night in the hotel. We just called the hotel and added on the room using our confirmation number.
When it came time to prepare for this trip to Salt Lake City, I knew from my trip this past summer NOT to overpack. I know I’m going to pick up quite a few things at the farm and at the training, so it was really going to be a test to see how little I could pack. In order to do this, I gave myself the smallest of carry-on size suitcases that we had (just a little over half the size of my husband’s carry-on suitcase).
In order to make sure that I was only packing what was needed, I put every outfit into 2 gallon plastic bags (much cheaper than packing cubes).
Day 1 (Travel): Comfy clothes with a sweater and tennis shoes. Not anything fashionable, but comfortable for hours in the planes and airports. Wear your tennis shoes on your travel days, since that means that you won’t have to pack around them (taking precious room in your suitcase).
Day 2 (Warehouse): Young Living shirt. jeans, and tennis shoes. This was our warehouse day, a special excursion that several of us on the Facebook page for Silver Retreat 2016 booked directly through the warehouse. They only could do tours for about an hour, and they could only allow 25 people at a time, so we had to jump on scheduling it. There were probably a couple hundred members that wanted to participate that went on a waiting list.
Day 2 (Welcome Dinner): This is a “formal” event where you can expect anything from cocktail attire to formalwear. I’m all about thriftiness, so I am re-using the dress that I bought (brand new but 80% off retail price) for this past summer’s Convention. No need to spend money on another dress when I want to save that for the day at the farm.
Day 3 (Farm Day and Fall Festival): Young Living shirt (provided), light jacket, jeans, and tennis shoes. Comfy and layers are the name of the game for a full day at the farm. With the option to stay until 9 PM for the Rodeo, we wanted to make sure to be ready for cooler weather once the sun set.
Day 4 (Training): For these business casual trainings, I opted for a shin-length skirt and shirt with a jacket/sweater. The evening’s farewell party is supposed to be causal, but I am just going to wear the same thing.
Day 5 (Travel): Back to comfy travel clothes and my tennis shoes. I also have a foldable duffle bag to house all of our goodies that we purchase at the farm.
The Oils & YL Products
You can always (and should) check out my High Altitude Preparation post, where I discussed the items that worked for me on my first trip to SLC. But here is a bulleted list of the products that are making a return trip with me this time:
- Abundance – for training days
- DiGize Vitality – digestion
- Peppermint – digestion and breathing easier in the higher altitude
- Northern Lights Black Spruce – sleeping and altitude
- Lavender – relaxation
- Thieves Vitality – staying healthy
- Frankincense – relaxation
- Stress Away – calming for travel (also contains Cedarwood)
- Valor – calming for travel
- Peace & Calming – calming for travel and enjoy the smell
- Melrose – to negate the electronic frequencies while traveling
- Cedarwood – for helping to breathe easier in the higher altitude
- White Angelica – positivity amongst potentially negative views
- Digest & Cleanse – as a supplemental digestion capsule
- Essentialzymes-4 – to eat with the two biggest meals of the day for digestion
- Detoxyme – for in between meals as a digestive enzyme
- Inner Defense – since we will be traveling and around so many people
- NingXia Red (enough for 1 for travel days and 2 per person for other full days)
- Diffuser – for nighttime zzzzzz
- Lip Balm – to help with the dry climate
- Lotion (mixture of Genesis lotion and Myrrh oil)
- Thieves Spray – because we will be touching a lot of surfaces
- Thieves Hand Purifier – for non-drying hand cleaning without water
- Thieves Lozenges – dry air on land and air pressure in airplane
- And then my normal YL toiletries (Morning Start Bath and Shower Gel, Toothpaste -for teeth and deodorant, and various other items that I’m sure I am forgetting)
When I was getting ready to travel to Utah for Silver Retreat, I did Google search after Google search to find information from past participants about their experiences, but it was hard to find much. I loved the surprise of not knowing exactly what to expect, but I also plan on having many of my teammates attend SR in the near future, so I am hoping that these series of posts can be helpful for them: