Retreat! Ann Arbor, Michigan 
July 22-25th, 2018
Arbor Michigan June 2018
July 22 - 25th  2018
July 22 - 25th 2018
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This venue is high on my list of want-to-do’s!

We have secured a great spot in Ann Arbor for the days following their nationally recognized art festival: The Ann Arbor Art Street Fair! It’s been years since I’ve been to this one, and I want to go back! The game plan is to have our retreat following the Art Street Fair. It will make for a fun trip!

As we always do, please follow the exclusive retreat-members-only chat going on Facebook. 
Pedicab Night! Also for this venue, we have the ability to do a pedicab event – probably have them take us to a restaurant and then an after dinner bike tour… shooting for Sunday or Monday night (TBD with weather, etc). Just ask anyone that has participated in this before at our other retreats about their experience! It’s a blast!

This will be a totally optional feature to our retreat… so don’t worry about it now. We will probably do what we have done in the past – a $15 per person registration fee will be added here so we can reserve the drivers and bikes (and that money goes towards driver’s meals) …and then each participant will be expected to pay their driver a minimum of $50 per person. Each driver will receive dinner with us and AT LEAST $100 for their time with us. Please tip generously if you had a great time – please remember that these drivers give up all other income opportunities for the evening to give us a great time.
So I’m thinking this is going to be one of our best retreats next year! What do you think?

We have secured sewing room space and a block of rooms at the Wyndham:

Wyndham Garden Inn 2900 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103 (734) 665-4444

Wyndham Garden Inn Ann Arbor Website

Wyndham Garden Inn Ann Arbor
2900 Jackson Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 665-4400

A special room rate of $109 (plus taxes) is secured for our group. This rate is also available to you if you come early (for art fair) or stay on later if you desire. Dates for this rate: July 18th – 25th. YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR ROOM by June 18th to secure this rate. On June 19th, our block of rooms will be released and the rate (as of the time I’m writing this in March, 2018) will soar up to closer to $300 per night.

We will have 36 sewing stations for this one, as well as an ironing & cutting area.
Hubbies are welcome… there will be a separate item to reserve for them… stay tuned on that.


Thursday, July 19th – Sunday July 22nd – Ann Arbor Art Street Fair. Come early and enjoy the town! Our special room rate of $109 per night is available to you if you reserve your room early with the hotel.

Sally and Alice are intending to be in town for the Art Fair & will be staying in a different hotel Thurs & Friday night downtown in the midst of the Art Fair area.


July 22nd – SUNDAY: Arrival Day. 

We have the sewing room available to us all day – courtesy of the fine folks at Wyndham Garden for being so accommodating to us. The hotel has been kind to commit to making sure we are set up and good to go early.

Doors open at 10:00 AM so you can set up. If you want to be an early bird (before 10), we might put you to work helping with set up a little bit. Rooms are technically available for check-in at 3PM. If you come early and your hotel room is not ready, you may put your suitcases in the sewing room until you can get checked in.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Sew all day & night (if you like). Cleanup: Pack up your things from the sewing room when you are done on Tuesday night.

BREAKFASTS: Complimentary breakfast in the hotel for all guests staying there.

LUNCHES: Sunday (arrival day) tends to be a bit chaotic – so you’re on your own for that one… We are planning on using the hotel’s catering for lunches on Monday and Tuesday – we need a minimum of 20 sewing folks to do that. Otherwise, we’ll be on our own.

DINNERS:  We have three nights involving dinners – Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. To be the most flexible in terms of cost and respecting each individual’s tastes and preferences, we have decided to go “on your own” for the two nights dinners.

Read on, please…

We are hoping to do the Pedicab Night on Monday… but closer to the date, we’ll watch weather and it may happen on Sunday… or possibly even Tuesday night. We want to make sure to make this the best experience possible! We will secure a nice dinner location – this one is included in your full retreat package. Alcohol purchases are up to you on your own. Transportation back to the hotel after dinner will also be arranged. Anyone that is not interested in the pedicab ride is still encouraged to meet up and have dinner together.

The other two nights, we are all on our own to enjoy the hotel’s restaurant on the property or go to other nearby restaurants. There are about 20 restaurants in the area – and one is even vegetarian/vegan. If you are bringing a guest, you may want to break away from the group and enjoy a dinner on your own – or join some of your new found friends. We play this all loosely so everyone can enjoy the experience in a way they appreciate.

Nobody gets left out… we’ll make sure you have a great time.

BEVERAGES: Hotel guests have coffee available to them in the morning with the breakfasts that are included. Everyone else, we negotiated to able to bring our own beverages in to the sewing room. There will be ice water service all day.

WEDNESDAY: Checkout by 11:00 AM.

More details to follow – and soon – but please book in with a “Hold My Spot” (HMS) if you’re thinking of coming.

Meals, etc… we’re working through some fun options.
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 90 days before the 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.

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, please register ASAP with the Hold My Spot item. It gets your seat in the retreat, and it helps us get an adequate facility.

The full retreat cost (not including your room) for this event is: 
Early Bird cost of $375 if paid by May 27th
Full Retreat cost of $450 is due by June 18th

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!
• 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.
Ann Arbor
Hold My Spot
Full Retreat Ticket - Early Bird (Must pay by May 27th)
Add-On: Pedicab Ride (Will Hold Spot)
Sewing Attendee Pays
$15 per person, not included with Retreat Ticket
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