|The view from the back deck of Camp Burton's Dining Hall|
What I think I love best about retreats is the chance to step away from my everyday to-do lists and focus on simply being and creating. Stitching, beading, a little sketching, walks along the beach; the little things that bring such joy.
The luxury of leaving home for a long weekend is fantastic. I started and finished several pieces while I was there. Which makes me wonder if the magic can't be captured even if you stay closer to home.
Talking with a friend, she mentioned that she periodically hosts 'mini-retreat stitch-ins' at a local community center. She reserves the room for the whole day, invites friends, buys snacks, even arranges for door prizes. And when the time comes, she leaves all her cares at home for the day while she spends the day with friends. Have you ever done a single-day 'mini-retreat'? I'd love to hear what arrangements you made and how you thought it worked.
|My beading table - I organize my beads like kits to save space in packing|
|clam shells encrusted with barnacles|
|Another view from the island, at low tide|