Tuesday, January 8, 2013


It's that time again!!  The 2012 Spring Scrapbooking Retreat is right around the corner and now is the time to get signed up! We will be back at Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis, MI.  The camp will open at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 15th and end at 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 17th.  (Don't forget to wear your green!)

There will be two options for sleeping arrangements.  The Guest House or the Modern Cabins.

The Guest House has 9 bedrooms.  Each room contains 2 sets of bunk beds which sleep up to 4 guests each.  Last year we did find that one of the upper bunks is rather slim!  So while you can sleep 4 people in each room the 4th bed is small.   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 5 years ago and will sleep up to 10 people with 5 sets of bunk beds.  They are spacious with a vaulted ceiling and very clean.  Each Cabin contains its own bathroom with a shower, toilet and sink.  The Cabins are located directly behind the dining hall with paved pathways to each cabin.

Good News...The prices for the retreat this year did not increase!!  The fees for the scrapbooking weekend will be based upon occupancy.  The more people you have in a room the cheaper the rate will be!  This is a very economical retreat so bring your friends and get in at a great rate.

4 People = $102 per person
3 People = $114 per person
2 People = $137 per person
1 Person = $207 per person

10 People = $86 per person
9 People = $88 per person
8 People = $91 per person
7 People = $95 per person
6 People = $99 per person
5 People = $105 per person
4 People = $115 per person
3 People = $131 per person
2 People = $162 per person

These prices include two nights lodging, 4 meals and scrapbooking space.  Plan to bring your own pillow, bedding and towels.  These will not be provided.

Want to get in a cabin at a great 10 person rate but only have 2 friends?  Not a problem! I can put groups together if everyone is open to that plan.  Please indicate that you would like a cheaper rate and I will start combining friends together until we reach the limit!  That way everyone benefits from a cheaper rate.  You will also need to let me know if you can sleep on a top bunk or must have a bottom bunk.  Please realize that there are only 5 bottom bunks per cabin.

The camp will be providing all meals for this event.  They have a chef on staff that prepares the food from scratch or as close to it as they can!  Last year the food was good and there was plenty of it.  The camp provides coffee, hot tea, hot cocoa and water at no additional charge.  Juices and lemon-aid were provided at each meal.  If you have food issues please let me know so I can alert the chef.  I can't guarantee what she can do but there might be options!

Our scrapbooking space will be in the dining hall.  It is large and open with plenty of natural light during the day.   Depending upon your preference you may wish to bring a table lamp.  We will be eating and scrapbooking in the same building.  There are couches, a fireplace, a specialty coffee shop and a game room if you should need a break.  There are also lots of trails for walking and running.

This retreat will be limited to the first 35 guests.  Depending upon attendance I might have to place 2 people per table.  I do not like doing that but the camp only has 15 rectangular tables...thus I'm limited!  Luckily the tables are really large 8 ft tables so it shouldn't be too much of an issue on space.  I'll let you know the table situation when we get closer to the retreat.

Snacks are welcome.  We will have a refrigerator to use during the weekend but no use of the kitchen.  There was a microwave available but no oven or stove.

February 25 will be the deadline for early bird registration.  After February 25 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 and want to be combined with another group just send in the 10 People Rate, $86.  If we do not get enough people in your cabin to reach the 10 People Rate I will just charge you the difference upon arrival at the camp.  I will notify you before the retreat if you will owe more money or not.

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.

Registration will open immediately and will close once we reach the maximum of 35 guests.  Please mail your checks directly to me:

Jinger Woodring
220 W 11th Street
Fairmont, MN 56031

CANCELLATION POLICY:  Retreat fees will be refunded in full, minus a $25 deposit fee, until March 8, 2013.  Registrations cancelled after March 8 will not be reimbursed.  If you have a family emergency or become ill the weekend of the retreat please contact me immediately.

I will have a variety of Close To My Heart inventory available during the weekend.  If you are interested in a particular item or paper pack just let me know.  I do appreciate your purchases as they help off-set the cost of having merchandise on-hand.

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