Tuesday, January 4, 2011


The 2011 Spring Retreat will be held at Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis, Michigan. I was able to make a great deal with the camp since we are a returning group and I think everyone will be happy with the results!

This year we will have two accomodations for sleeping, The Modern Cabin or The Guesthouse.

The Guest House has 9 bedrooms. Each room contains 2 sets of bunk beds which sleep 4 guests. Each room also has a private bathroom! The Guesthouse is directly across the courtyard from the dining hall where we will be scrapbooking and eating.

The Modern Cabins were built 3 years ago and will sleep up to 10 people with 5 sets of bunk beds. They are spacious and very clean. Each Cabin contains its own bathroom with 2 showers, 2 toilets and 2 sinks. So you do not have to leave the cabin to find a bathroom! The Cabins are located behind the dining hall.

The fees for the scrapbooking weekend will be based upon occupancy. So the more people you have in a room the cheaper the rate will be!

4 people = $99 per person
3 people = $109 per person
2 people = $133 per person
1 person = $203 per person

10 people = $82 per person
9 people = $84 per person
8 people = $87 per person
7 people = $90 per person
6 people = $95 per person
5 people = $101 per person
4 people = $110 per person
3 people = $126 per person
2 people = $158 per person
1 person = $252 per person

These prices include a sleeping room for two nights, 5 meals and scrapbooking space.

I have contracted with the Camp to provide all of our meals for the weekend. They have a chef on staff that prepares the food from scratch. The camp will provide coffee, hot tea, hot cocoa and water at no additional charge. All meals will be served buffet style. If you have food issues please let me know ahead of time so I can alert the chef.

Our scrapbooking space will be in the dining hall. It is large and open with plenty of natural light during the day. We will be eating and scrapbooking in the same building. I seem to recall a lounge area with a fireplace in the building as well for those little breaks! For those of you that enjoy the outdoors there are plenty of trails for walking or running.

The retreat will open on Friday afternoon, March 18th at 2:00 pm. The retreat will end on Sunday afternoon, March 20th at 4:00 pm.

Please plan to bring your own pillow, linens and towels for the weekend.

March 1st will be the deadline for early bird registration. After March 1st add $10 to each registration.

As for payments, I realize that it is difficult to know how much you need to pay especially if you are staying in the cabins. If you are planning to sleep in the cabins send in $82, which is the 10 people plan. If we do not get the maximum amount of 10 people per cabin I will charge you the difference and it will be due upon arrival at camp. So say you pay $82 for a cabin, I only have 7 people in the cabin, you will owe me $8.

If you are planning to stay in the Guesthouse please let me know the names of your room-mates so I can be sure to group you together.

Cancellation Policy: Retreat fees will be refunded in full, minus a $25 deposit fee, until March 5, 2011. Registrations cancelled after March 5 will not be reimbursed. If you have a family emergency or become ill the weekend of the retreat please contact me immediately.

I'll be mailing out registration forms later this week. Watch for them in the mail!


From the southeast (Ohio, eastern Indiana)

From the Indiana toll road take exit 96 (Elkhart East). Go north on C.R. 17 (which becomes US 217). Turn east on US 12. Turn left (north) on Union Road, at the blinker light at the only intersection in Union. See directions below, "From Union"

From the southwest
(Illinois, western Indiana)

From the Indiana toll road take exit 92 (Elkhart). Go north on IN 19 (which becomes MI 205 which merges with US 12 going east). Take US 12 to Union and turn left (north) on Union Road, at the blinker light at the only intersection in Union. See directions below, "From Union."

From Goshen, IN

Take SR 33 north. After going under an overpass(CR 17) get into left lane. Turn left on Reith Rd.(near Lowes). Turn left(north) on CR 17. CR 17 changes to US 217 in Michigan. US 217 dead ends at US 12 in Union, Michigan. Turn right on US 12(East) and go to the flashing light. Turn left(north) at light - this is Union Road. See directions below, "From Union."

From Union, MI

Go north on Union Road. After going through the S-curves you are going west. Be sure to follow Union Road when it turns right (north). Follow this to North Peninsula Drive and turn right. Go one mile and turn left on camp road, at Camp Friedenswald sign, just beyond large A-frame building (Lakeview Lodge). Follow directional signs to parking lot.

From the northeast (most of Michigan)

Take M 60 going west. One mile west of Vandalia turn left (south) on Calvin Center Road. Go 3 1/2 miles and turn left (east) on Chain Lake Road until it deadends at Union Road. Turn right on Union Road. Make an immediate left turn on North Peninsula Drive. Follow directions in last two sentences in "From Union" above.

From the northwest (the rest of Michigan)

Take M 60 through Cassopolis, eastbound. Go 3 1/2 miles and turn right on Calvin Center Road. Follow the directions given in "From the northeast" (excluding first two sentences).

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