Retreat! Gainesville, FL 
November 1-4, 2018
Gainesville FL November 2018
November 1-4  2018
November 1-4,  2018
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Our 4th time at this wonderful retreat house!  Our plans are to use this one twice a year! 

This is a FANTASTIC Venue!

Luther Springs Camp and Conference Center
64 Vause Lake Road
Hawthorne, FL 32640

We were here in February & October 2017, and March 2018.    *Everyone* enjoys this place!

As we always do, once you are registered, you will be added to the exclusive Facebook chat for attendees for this event.  

Lots of room to spread out, wonderful lighting, lots of electricity (there is an outlet in the floor near each of these groups of tables)
This room is available to us all day and night while we are there.   Get up early, stay up late - do what makes you happy.  

Once you arrive, everything you will need is provided! Miss Sarah is an amazing hostess for us – she’s an amazing cook.

This is a retreat house venue. If you are not accustomed to this culture, just a few pointers:

•  We might be sharing the dining area during meal times with other folks that might be staying at the facility.
•  We try to be KIND and we try to be HELPFUL to the staff here. They are wonderful. So we try to help with cleaning up a bit, maybe running a vacuum for them, etc.
•  When departing, we help out by stripping the bed sheets and bringing soiled linens to their bins they leave out for us.
•  Clean up after ourselves throughout the stay.
•  We always get lucky and have local people help out by bringing a couple of ironing boards, irons, cutting mats
•  Flying in and don’t want to haul a machine? We’ve also been fortunate to have local gals driving in be kind enough to bring some extra machines for the “fliers” to borrow - we can't guarantee that, but we have never had a problem. 
•  As soon as you register your intention to come with the “hold my spot” purchase, we will add you to the exclusive group chat on Facebook for the attendees of this event - this chat begins about 4 months out from the start of the event. The chats are fun, and they are a great place to “learn the ropes” as well as make sure any special needs you may have are met.

You’re going to love this place…

Bring your own wine or other alcoholic beverage if you choose. You also can bring in your favorite beverages like soda, etc. A refrigerator is available for our use.  There is coffee, tea & ice provided.
Rooms are comfy and air conditioned.

About this retreat:

This is an “open sew” type “workshop”. Sally floats around the room and is very helpful. She also does some demos throughout the weekend with some great tips and tricks. Sew any project you’d like from the site (and if you work on something else, nobody has heartburn over it - finish that quilt that has been collecting dust if you want!)

We will be able to accept 24 attendees in the main hall. We also have the use of a second meeting room for this event – so stay tuned! We may try to do something special in there.
Check in: as early as noon on Thursday.
Check out: 4PM on Sunday.

Flying in and got a better rate for Monday departure? We will be allowed to stay in the rooms on Sunday night AS A COURTESY – but there is no lunch or dinner on Sunday or breakfast on Monday. We ordered pizza on Sunday night during the last retreat…. and we all bugged out of the rooms by about 8:00 AM on Monday. If you want to stay and sew late on Sunday, you may. If you take advantage of this, just know it’s important to depart on Monday morning EARLY to be respectful of the hospitality that Miss Sarah has put forth for us.  Again, this is a COURTESY - so courtesy goes both ways.

Pricing:   Please read below.   Read carefully.  

To attend, you must purchase both of the first items:

1. Hold My Spot! This item is $49 and must be purchased by all attendees. This is the item that allows us to accurately get a body count for this event without requiring a 50% down deposit, etc. Please purchase this item *first* as soon as you can. First come are first served.. based on the availability of this item. Refund policy for this item: 100% refundable if you change your mind before August 1st, 2018. Not refundable after you have made any payment towards your “Full Weekend Package” item.

2. Full Weekend Retreat Package: Tuition, Room, Meals, Snacks & Gifts – $315 EARLY BIRD price until July15th. $375 after July 15th.
This secures the balance of your reservation for double occupancy with a sewing roommate. Refund policy: Fully refundable if cancelled in writing to  before July 15th. 50% refundable if cancelled by August 15th. No refunds after August 15th unless we re-sell your seat. 

3. Optional – Private rooms available with a $79 upcharge.  This needs to be paid if you are not going to be on the roommate list.   If you are bringing a hubby - and you're staying together - please add this item to your cart. 

4.  Optional - Hubby/Non Sewing Person Add-On - $125

Once you are at the retreat, you shouldn't need to go anywhere or need anything.  These rates include everything - sewing room, sleeping room, food.   

If you have any need to communicate with us regarding your reservation, it must be done through

Thursday: Arrivals begin at noon. Snacks, beverages and dinner at 5 .
Contribute your goodies to the Swag Bags 
Secret sister gifts begin
Sew as late as you’d like!

Friday and Saturday: 8:30 AM big breakfast, Noon: Sandwich/Salad/Soup type light lunch & 6 PM dinners
Snacks, beverages - bring your own to your taste (coffee, tea, iced tea, ice and water is available)
Sew all day!
Secret sister gifts
Secret Sister Reveal before dinner
BYOB is acceptable

Sunday: 8:30 AM breakfast
Jammie Chat live from our retreat at 10 AM – show and tell your work!
depart by 4
If you are even thinking of attending do your “Hold My Spot”. If you have retreated with us before, you know this is our way of having a list of who is coming and get a rough guess as to how many sewing seats we need to be able to accommodate. The seats in the retreat are filled first come, first serve – based on the HMS list.
The benefits of doing the HMS are:

• We don’t require a big deposit down far in advance of the event
• It is refundable – no questions asked. So if the time doesn’t work out for you, or the retreat fee winds up being out of your budget, it’s cool. The HMS is          fully refundable up until deadline stated for specific event.
• This fee, when we first offer it, helps us to know what kind of interest we have in this venue… and a better guess of attendance we are going to be able to expect. This helps us when it comes time to sign contracts with the venues for the rooms, sewing room space, etc.

•  If you do not cancel by the HMS deadline, you are committed to the retreat and we have made arrangements/put contracts in place for you.   You are responsible for the retreat fee according to the cancellation schedule of your event.   The terms for each of our retreats may vary according to the venue.  Please read each one carefully - they may not be the same. 

The number of HMSs we have within the 90 day window is very important to us – we base contracts on that number. If you do not cancel before 90 days out, we are expecting you to attend.

So, if you are thinking there is a 75% chance that you want to attend this event, we encourage you to register ASAP with the Hold My Spot item. It gets your seat in the retreat, and it helps us get an adequate facility.

If you have any need to communicate with us regarding your reservation, it must be done through
As always, once you register with the “Hold My Spot”, you will be invited into the private Facebook chat for everyone that is coming to this retreat. There, you will be able to work out roommate situations (if you desire) , any other details about your trip, etc.

What to Expect!

• A good time!
• Crazy amount of food.  Nobody starves. 
• Sewing is workshop style. Sally is there to give loads of tips and tricks and guide you through any of your Sew Like A Rockstar projects.
• No one is expected to be sewing a certain thing at a certain time. It’s totally a work at your own pace & pleasure retreat!

Important: This page, and ONLY this page, is where all official information/details will be provided. Terms of cancellation/refunding are listed with each item prior to purchase. Please review this often and read carefully before checking out.

We look forward to seeing you at this event!   

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