Friday 7.28.23 - Sunday 7.30.23
Cassidy Conway is a Boston Public School science teacher by day and Cross Street Flower Farm’s yoga teacher (and a mom) by night and on the weekends. You will find her in our beautiful fields every Saturday morning, closing each class with a Mary Oliver poem.
Writer Marcia DeSanctis is the author of "100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go", a NY Times Travel bestseller, and the 2022 memoir-in-essays, "A Hard Place to Leave: Stories from a Restless Life,” one of Vogue’s Best Books of 2022 and the Washington Post’s Best Travel Books of 2022.
She is a contributing writer at Travel & Leisure, and also writes for Vogue, Air Mail, BBC Travel, the NY Times, and many other publications. She has won 5 Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers for excellence in travel writing, including one for Travel Journalist of the Year. Visit her website at marciadesanctis.com.
Our very talented friend Semia Dunne is returning to Cross Street to join us for our inaugural BLOOM retreat. Semia is one of the top floral designers in the country and also owns The Floral Reserve, a wholesale floral market in Providence, Rhode Island. We are thrilled to have Semia join the BLOOM team.
Colette Hannahan is a painter living between San Francisco, Minnesota, and places she's invited to paint commissions or teach workshops. Floored by nature, Colette paints to toast and connect with the moments that cause her to look up, slow down, and to remind herself how a place felt.
Colette shows her paintings regularly around the Bay Area and soon in Minneapolis. Her last show — which celebrated the glory of Mount Etna, Ustica, and Ortigia — was in Catania, Sicily last June. Currently, Colette is working on a new series of Bay Area and Midwest paintings for open studios in the fall. And this spring, she will be co-leading a creativity and movement retreat in Sicily. Her website is colettehannahan.com and you can see some of her travel paintings and work in progress on Instagram (@colettehannahan).
Lavinia Spalding is an author and editor who has published ten books. She is the six-time series editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing, the author of Writing Away, and the co-author of With a Measure of Grace, This Immeasurable Place, and the 2022 Frommer’s Easy "Guide to New Orleans." She’s also co-host of the storytelling podcast There She Goes.
Lavinia’s writing has appeared in The New York Times’ Modern Love column, AFAR, Tin House, Longreads, Yoga Journal, Sunset, Ms., The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, and many more publications. Her work has won gold Lowell Thomas and gold SOLAS travel writing awards and has been recognized in The Best American Travel Writing. Her TEDx talk has been viewed over 60,000 times.