I've been teaching at guilds, retreats and conferences for over 20 years and I put the Pictou Retreat at the top of the list for my favorite venue. I like it so much I go as often as I can even when I'm not teaching.
The Pictou Retreat has it all: friendly students, organizers and staff, great food and accommodations, the sea, the beach, a pool, a lake for paddling, trails for walking, bikes to ride and lots of inspiration. There are always fun times planned and you really get to know everybody. I've made some great quilting friends in all my times there.
When I think of past retreats I remember all the good times.
- Trips to the local antique store where I talked the owner out of his favorite frog salt & pepper shakers
- Swimming in the heated pool and seeing our breath, during a snow storm that had us all sleeping under our quilts with the fireplace blazing
- Sharing cow stories with Doreen Speckmann watching the hurricane send the lawn furniture into the ocean while we were all snug in the class room
- The skits in the evening that keep us laughing
- Learning how to hang spoons from not only our noses but from ours eyes and chin as well (my record is five)
- Making a bikini out of 45-degree triangles
- Seeing kites fly in the bright blue sky
- Making Halloween masks with Terri Mangat
- Taking part in the quilters triathlon - swimming , biking and drinking (and you thought it would be piecing, appliquéing and quilting)
The list could go on and on but to sum it up I guess I could say that if all retreats were this good I would be worn out from trying to get to them all.