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Don't miss out on the BIGGEST Community Bookseller event of the year! Join us at our beautiful new home office in Concord, MA for engaging presentations, exciting activities, community bonding and more.

Registration Fee:
$49.99 USD / $64.99 CAD*

Winter Challenge Step 3 and 4 Achievers
FREE (Registration code will be sent via email)

Registrations are coming in! Please book your hotel early for best selection of dates and availability.

Wondering how you'll spend your days at the 2022 Barefoot Retreat? Take a peek at the rough schedule below!

Thursday, June 16th

  • VIP Experience begins (Winter Challenge Step 4 Achievers only)

Friday, June 17th

  • Registration and check in (All Community Booksellers)
  • Professional headshots by our Design team at sign in
  • Catered lunch from a local West Concord restaurant
  • A sneak peek from our Editorial Team about what's in the works
  • Participate in our Book Fair Challenge, where you will work in collaborative teams to role-play in different scenarios and present to the group your tips and tricks.
  • Presentation from Wafa' Tarnowska, author of Nour's Secret Library Nour's Secret Library
  • Cocktail hour and recognition ceremony to toast our Top Performers, and those celebrating Milestone achievements!
  • Join us for a festive dinner + drinks at a local restaurant!

Saturday, June 18th

  • Check in with coffee and breakfast pastries
  • Hear from Stefanie Paige Wieder, M.S.Ed (Director of Education and Content) and Dr. Paula L. Jackson (Director of Global Citizenship) about representation in children's books
  • Yoga Adventure! movement activity with author and Community Bookseller, Jamaica Stevens
  • Catered lunch from a local West Concord restaurant
  • Meet Mia Wenjen, @pragmaticmom and founder of Multicultural Children's Book Day
  • Author Q&A and signings! Authors include Christy Mihaly, Jamaica Stevens, Phaea Crede, Shirin Shamsi, Wafa' Tarnowska, Caroline Curtis and our very own Senior Editor and author Kate DePalma (a.k.a Sunny Scribens)! You’ll have plenty of time to shop our shelves and grab some great out-of-print titles!
  • Explore charming West Concord shops (and Reasons to Be Cheerful, a local favorite for ice cream!)
  • Live it up at our signature Barefoot party, including dinner, dancing, and laughs at Nancy Traversy's house

We have reserved a block of rooms for the Barefoot Retreat at Aloft Lexington (USD $145/night) and Element Lexington (USD $159/night), both located at 77 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421. These hotels are just few minutes away from the Barefoot Retreat venues. To receive these special group rates, you must use the links above or book your room by calling Marriott Reservations directly no later than May 25, 2022 and identifing yourself as part of the Barefoot Group staying at these locations. Rooms may sell out before then. Don't delay!

Coordinate your travel plans with other Community Booksellers here.

Please note that we are unable to provide childcare during the Barefoot retreat. However, you are welcome to bring your infant to general sessions if you need to breastfeed. If you are traveling with your family, we will supply you with a list of local attractions, and you are welcome to bring guests to the Saturday night party!

Barefoot Books COVID-19 policy as of 05.13.22 (subject to change): For the health and comfort of Retreat attendees and staff, we ask that all individuals take a rapid test prior to check-in. If you do not have access to a test, one will be made available for your use. All sessions will take place within our offices, which are well-ventilated and open concept. Weather permitting, we will have our lunches outside in the Bradford Mill Garden. Those who prefer to wear masks due to personal feelings and circumstances are wholly supported.  


*CAD price is an estimate based on currency conversion at the time this event was created on Eventbrite (February 21, 2022).

Cancellation Policy: Please contact help@barefootbooks.com if you need to cancel or change your registration. Cancellations after June 1, 2022 will be nonrefundable.