Lately on this site there has been a lot of talk about retreats, what to bring, and group sewing vs sewing at home. Our guild had one a few weeks ago. My sister, who attended with me, shared with me the comment one of the ladies made, the day after a handful of us stayed up and shared a bottle of wine. She thanked her for that time, as her husband has a position in our small town that puts him in the spot light often, and people always treat her like "his wife". He has made decisions that are not always popular with the community. She said it was so nice to get away for the weekend and just be herself, and be included as one of the girls. Hearing that comment, really put things in perspective for me, and reminded me of the importance to reach out and try to make everyone welcome, as quilting ladies are so well known for doing just that, and just how good any kind of retreat can be for you in many ways besides getting UFOs finished.