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    Those are great tips in case I can ever afford to go to one. smiles and hugs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsponcho1 View Post
    My son's mother in law was a hostess for a retreat back in September. She had asked me several times about attending, but I told her that I just didn't know if that was my thing, since I like my peace and quite while working. Well, I talked to my sister in law and we decided to give it a try. My sister in law got a full time teaching position and her first day was the first day of the retreat. So, I went by myself - now I'm not one to venture very far from home and especially not for a 5 day overnight retreat. Packed bedding and sewing stuff and headed out. I knew that I might have trouble concentrating so picked projects accordingly. No teaching, everyone worked on their own projects. I did not get alot done but I went for the purpose of meeting new people. I had a great time and met a wonderful group of women. They have decided to do 2 retreats next year and I have already sent my deposits in for both of them.

    So if any of you are in my area and would like to attend, let me know and I will get you the information.

    btw - no alcohol was allowed but we didn't need it to have a great time - altho I missed my vodka and seven up at bedtime to help me unwind - lol
    Hmmm, you're not too awful far from me. PM me the info and I might go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by indymta View Post
    This my experience...assigned placement. My last retreat I was next to a woman whose machine rattled not only the table but my teeth too. Made it difficult to work and concentrate. Not a fun weekend.
    I had to laugh at your comment, as I just finished a class with a table mate that had an old machine that she ran 100 miles an hour - it was noisy and bounced my little featherweight inches into the air. Needless to say my seams weren't as nice as I had hoped. Fortunately that was just an evening class and not a retreat that I had paid $$ to attend.
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    So glad you enjoyed it after all.

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    this is why I don't do retreats - too much drama

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    That is why I always take my ear buds to drown out the chatty Kathy and whining women. And I always bring extra clothes to dress for the occasion. For me, it seems, I'm get cold easy and I still bring clothes if the room is to warm. I wouldn't want to see some of the ladies running around in their granny panties and I'm sure they would not want to see me running around in my boxer.
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    I haven't been on any retreats - but the same is true with quilting classes. Took a class and a lady brought her new machine in she had bought at the store and thought during the quilting class they could give her lessons on the new machine- what a waste of time for those of us there to learn.
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    Good for you!!! I would be right there by you. (Quite as a mouse)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I don't think that was called for.
    Amen. I thought the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    I've never been to a retreat but I can tell you that I don't suffer in silence. Once the patience has been used up, I tend to speak my mind. lol
    hear hear!! I have never been to a retreat either (I would love to go to one), but I was in a movie theatre, and there was a girl sitting next to me that kept texting every 5 minutes. I leaned over and said "move it a little closer I can't quite read it." She turned it off and put it away.

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    i take the easy way out...my girlfriend and i share space. this way, we don't have to sit with someone we don't know! she can tell me to shut up and get to work! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    You're not an annoyance!!! You can come sit by me and I'll help you with your machine or your project and I don't care if you talk to your kids and hubby on your cell phone. And if you're cold I'll even loan you my sweater!!

    Don't let one stick in the mud attitude deter you!!

    Thank you! I made friends at the retreat I was at that I am still in contact with. So, probably wasn't that bad. I just know I talk and worry. A lot of the time I need conversation to overcome the ringing in my ears or I go crazy. I don't have to talk but I will ask you questions to hear YOU talk.

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    You need to come to our quilt retreats. A box of wine, our beautiful "red plastic cup" wine glasses and lots and lots of fabric and thread. We stitch and drink our wine until we wilt!! After just so much wine, you could care less about clients, heating or cooling systems, or for that matther if our machines are working properly!! LOL!! But I hear you, I think we have all been to one of THOSE kind of retreats at one time or another! Sounds like you have a great plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    You're not an annoyance!!! You can come sit by me and I'll help you with your machine or your project and I don't care if you talk to your kids and hubby on your cell phone. And if you're cold I'll even loan you my sweater!!

    Don't let one stick in the mud attitude deter you!!
    Okay, but you didn't address the talking nonstop issue. One time I was beside a woman who told me all about her ailments, her surgeries and just when I thought she might be finished I got to hear about her husband's ailments, surgeries... This is why I now go only with friends. I do love retreats, laughter, eating etc. and don't mind helping,but don't want to be someone's babysitter.
    Peace is one of His greatest gifts.

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    I guess it doesn't matter where the issues you mention have been something we have all experienced, the cell phone issue for me though is the most aggravating, if you are that important and need to be called every 30-60 minutes you maybe are too important to attend a retreat where others come to sew, or at least take your calls outside the quilting room, i think the only thing worse is the person who has to skype (?sp) on their computer with their daughters and grandchildren or whomever, I'm so glad you were able to move

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    Quote Originally Posted by Margie View Post
    I have been to many retreats and enjoy them. There are annoying people everywhere, stores, planes, roads, even churches. Everyone is different. I hate to say it, but I find some of these comments harsh.
    Maybe harsh, maybe not. When you are sitting by someone talking non-stop it gets old real fast. One time I was a table away from a singer. I didn't want to hurt her feeling so didn't say anything, couldn't move, so suffered in silence.
    Peace is one of His greatest gifts.

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    So, so funny. Been there done that. Going again in 2 wks so it really made me chuckle.

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    I have been to many retreats and everyone has their "thing" and we all put up with them. It's being together that counts. So what if someone complains a little or talks on the phone once in a while? We have a group that likes to drink wine in the evening and laugh really loud and the rest of us just laugh along with them. There are 25 of us. We are all doing something all the time and having lots of fun. We aren't there to judge or turn our noses up at each other. I go outside every couple of hours and have a cigarette and come in and wash up real well. I know I smell like smoke, but no one complains. Thank God! Some women eat at their work station. So what? Some women gab a lot. So what? We are at a retreat having fun. We are away from home. Having a good time. Celebrating. We are there as a group to enjoy each other and have fun. We OVERLOOK each other's differences. Do you want total silence? No talking? No friendship? So, offer the woman a sweater. The gal will get off her phone in a minute. Sounds like you are a complainer to me. You should be enjoying yourself. Instead, maybe you should have stayed home and sewed by yourself.
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    I'm new to quilting, and would love to go to a retreat. How do you hear about them?

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    But did you learn anything about quilting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I have been to many retreats and everyone has their "thing" and we all put up with them. It's being together that counts. So what if someone complains a little or talks on the phone once in a while? We have a group that likes to drink wine in the evening and laugh really loud and the rest of us just laugh along with them. There are 25 of us. We are all doing something all the time and having lots of fun. We aren't there to judge or turn our noses up at each other. I go outside every couple of hours and have a cigarette and come in and wash up real well. I know I smell like smoke, but no one complains. Thank God! Some women eat at their work station. So what? Some women gab a lot. So what? We are at a retreat having fun. We are away from home. Having a good time. Celebrating. We are there as a group to enjoy each other and have fun. We OVERLOOK each other's differences. Do you want total silence? No talking? No friendship? So, offer the woman a sweater. The gal will get off her phone in a minute. Sounds like you are a complainer to me. You should be enjoying yourself. Instead, maybe you should have stayed home and sewed by yourself.
    I have never been to a quilting retreat but I will take your advise and stay home as I don't talk much when I'm involved in any project because I have to concentrate 100% aiming for perfection, which I will never achieve, but that's my goal.
    And I would feel like I was bothering others if I talked and talked while taking a break from what I was doing. It probably comes from upbringing when I was told children should be seen and not heard...not that anyone else is doing wrong. :-)
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    These stories remind me why I'm happiest at home, sewing alone with my thoughts... I definitely couldn't handle someone SINGING while they sewed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I have been to many retreats and everyone has their "thing" and we all put up with them. It's being together that counts. So what if someone complains a little or talks on the phone once in a while? We have a group that likes to drink wine in the evening and laugh really loud and the rest of us just laugh along with them. There are 25 of us. We are all doing something all the time and having lots of fun. We aren't there to judge or turn our noses up at each other. I go outside every couple of hours and have a cigarette and come in and wash up real well. I know I smell like smoke, but no one complains. Thank God! Some women eat at their work station. So what? Some women gab a lot. So what? We are at a retreat having fun. We are away from home. Having a good time. Celebrating. We are there as a group to enjoy each other and have fun. We OVERLOOK each other's differences. Do you want total silence? No talking? No friendship? So, offer the woman a sweater. The gal will get off her phone in a minute. Sounds like you are a complainer to me. You should be enjoying yourself. Instead, maybe you should have stayed home and sewed by yourself.
    Where's the like button???

    This is really the best kind of attitude to take with you to a retreat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I don't think that was called for.
    I just agreed with her statement: I probably shouldn't go to any more retreats because I am an annoyance.
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    A retreat sounds like so much fun! Thanks for everyones reply.

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