|Re: community-wide retreats||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ellen Keyne Seebacher (ellepobox.com)|
|Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 20:26:30 -0700 (PDT)|
> I would also love to hear about retreats that communities have gone > on, before move-in. Cost, where did you go, what did you do, did > most people come? Mosaic Commons -- still a couple of months from move-in -- held a couple of retreats at a retreat center / youth hostel in east-central Massachusetts (which I'll leave unnamed for reasons that will be clear in a moment). It was the only place that fit all our requirements at the time, which included (quoting one of the organizers): Approx 30 adults and 12 kids Cooking for ourselves Under $100/day per adult, all inclusive under 2 hours from Marlboro [our usual meeting place] non-denominational It was a good choice in many ways, being an old farmhouse/barn with extensive outdoor grounds -- much like a sprawling rural common house, only with more sleeping space -- but not so good in others. The second year, the retreat organizers gave us stern warnings about riding herd on children at all times, which meant that parents were expected to be on kidcare duty fourteen hours a day -- during a snowy winter -- and had very little time to relax and interact with non-parents. (Supervising children is reasonable, but being in the same room at all times? When you have multiple children in a family of varying ages and interests? No. And aside from the kitchen, it was a fairly kid-friendly space!) Also, some of us were rather disturbed to realize that the owners' requests to remake the beds when we left so that they looked "like new" indicated that bedding was being shared between succeeding guests. Ew. Anyway, there's a datapoint of what we were looking for, where we went, and how it worked out. :} Ellen Seebacher
- community-wide retreats Sally Wright, August 19 2008
- Re: community-wide retreats Craig Ragland, August 25 2008
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