The Guild sponsors two Retreats each year, one in January and one in May. June Bartzak is our Retreat Coordinator, please send your payment to June and direct any additional questions to her as well.
LA CASA deMARIA RETREAT
April 28 - May 1, 2014
This year we had several new members enjoying the Casa de Maria Retreat! Once again, we had a great time, although it was really HOT! Not SO hot that we didn’t want our morning coffee, however!!
It was, however, so hot that we requested and graciously were granted an additional knitting space in the La Paz yoga room where it was about 62 or so degrees. With excellent lighting and a calm atmosphere, some of our members chose to descend the fairly steep stairs to knit. Probably La Paz used to be the (wine?) cellar of the old Dupont mansion that is now The Center for Spiritual Renewal. Our original knitting room at La Teresita was only a few steps away from La Paz.
Although it was too hot to go hiking, most of us went for a stroll around the grounds, visiting the Paper Cranes decorating the Japanese Peace Garden, the 200 year old tree and the eternity pool area.
Some of us went with JoAnn, one of the retired Sisters of the Immaculate Heart Community who live at The Center for Spiritual Renewal. She took us through all of the rooms, including Sister Corita’s Art Gallery in the basement.
Some of us also went to San Ysidro Ranch for a visit to the gardens, the lobby, the grounds and the bar. The rest of us watched an interesting and educational Lily Chin DVD brought by Patt Miller at La Teresita.
The food was good, as always, and the air-conditioned sleeping rooms provided welcome respite from the heat.
Join us next year at Casa de Maria in Montecito June 1 to 4, 2015.
VINA de LESTONNAC RETREAT
Our next retreat to La Vina de Lestonnac in beautiful Temecula is scheduled for January 19 to January 22, 2015 mark your calendars!
Vina de Lestonnac Retreat Center is in Temecula (39300 De Portolo Road, Temecula, CA 92491) it is among the vineyards in the heart of the Temecula Valley wine country. Their website is:
Besides kintting and visiting with friends, there is pleanty of good, home-cooked food and opportunities for hiking and massage (off campus).