It started with an idea: workshops are truly good, but something is missing.
To fill the void, the creative world needs a no-frills camping vacation with a group of delightful humans. That's what Ramble is, with the first edition occurring in May 2018 among the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. It was a desert wonderland of learning, exploring, and an unexpected standoff with feral pigs at 2:30am (true story). We found that there is a yearning in creatives everywhere to make things with meaning. So for starters, we're sleeping on the ground and making stuff on-the-fly. And to stoke the creative fire there is a handful of organized opportunities to learn from those you may admire, or you can just climb the same rocks together. Either way, it's a rad time.
Ramble was born out of a passion to dismantle creative obstacles through friendships.
Think about how easy it is to learn from others when they become your friend first. It's bananas how easy it is. The organized teacher/student relationship definitely has a time and place, but Ramble is something pretty different. It's 3 days of open-forum interaction with industry leaders and a handful of peers. No classes. Just free-roaming, peppered with an activity schedule to rejuvenate your creative muscles alongside a small group of like-minded humans. Think 1 part retreat, 1 part camping trip, 1 part fiesta. Your creativity matters. Let's bring it to life.
We’re hiking. Making bonfires. Creating things. Taking photos. Sight-seeing. Doing extrovert time. Doing introvert time. Singing songs. We’re gonna laugh. We’re gonna cry (happy). We going to bond real good. We’re having fireside chats. We’re talking business improvement & life improvement. We’re frying eggs. We’re doing teamwork. We’re learning fast. We’re learning slow. We’re experiencing paradigm shifts. We’re having storytime. We’re doing bedtime. We’re stargazing. We’re talking myers-briggs. We’re drinking coffee. We’re discussing branding. We’re talking curation. We’re exploring style approach. We’re finding purpose. We’re throwing frisbees. We’re hanging with delightful people (but not too many). We’re putting ourselves out there. We’re appreciating the quiet. We’re chatting strategy. We’re living better. We’re living healthier. We’re exercising. We’re partying. We’re spontaneously dancing. We’re playing acoustic guitars. We’re talking entrepreneurial stuff. We’re getting inspired. We’re eating trail mix. We’re carrying backpacks. We’re trying new things. We’re being awesome together.
A guy from North Carolina met a photographer from Ohio at a wedding in England. Friendship!
As time passed, we started relying on one another for advice during difficult times of life. A day came when Ben said to Alex, "Friendship amongst creatives is great. What if we just had a bunch of creative people go camping with some well-known industry leaders?" The idea was a good one. We proceeded to talk at length about how unhealthy idolatry of successful artists often stifles true growth. If people could spend quality time with those they admire, the glass can shatter in a good way. On a level plane, creativity can bloom faster than anyone thought was possible. It comes down to a pretty simple idea: Good relationships and a healthy perspective are the cornerstones of creativity.
And so Ramble was born screaming into a world in need of creative fulfillment and stronger friendships.