Retreat attendees! Drop us a comment below about your experiences at the writing retreat.
Some highlights for me were:
- getting to know other writers and hearing their stories,
- enjoying the education center with all the different rooms marked for different purposes,
- the walk and scenery so inspiring to topics to write about!
- I did have some time to write for more than a moment. Very helpful.
- the amazing food! We definitly grew in healthy calories!
- the award presentation was great fun. And even though I didn't win any writing award this year, I have a newfound admiration for the other works written. They were amazing and inspiring!
I was looking forward to this past weekend to reenergize, be with nature, meet more KAC people and be joyful in my mind. It was a huge blessing to not have any obligations to go to anything nor expectations of something that had to be done.
. . . I found the lodge to be cozy, comfortable, and a perfect place to gather in the evening . . . The lodge setting afforded everyone so many opportunities for new connections, impromptu conversations, and the fire pit was a huge team builder (plus the s’mores). And yet, there were some that also found it a peaceful place to write and relax. By the end of the retreat, it felt as if we had been at a class reunion with good friends.
The meals were exceptional! On time, fantastic variety and prepared in a healthy manner. Again, the dining setting gave people an opportunity to sit with other people and chat. . . . I also liked the fact that we cleared the tables and worked as a team. . . .
The meeting rooms were also exactly what we needed to be creative and relaxed. I didn’t get to a few of them, like poetry, and I started a chap book but, didn’t get it finished. Oh well. Whoever set up that chap book room gets gold stars for presentation and cool stuff to use.
I especially liked the book awards in the Great Plains room. . . . This setting was great for both the audience and the recipient. It was delightful to see the happiness of people receiving a KAC award!
. . . For me, the KAC should afford members the opportunity to gather, share information, learn, be creative and have time to WRITE. I heard so many attendees say that they actually had written something. I believe that is a huge takeaway.
Traci Brimhall nailed it with her presentation. High energy, fun, and put everybody in instant KAC retreat mode. I believe a presenter like that should be the norm for opening night. Play!
I attended all three of the sessions and learned new ideas from each one. I liked that they were low-tech.