One of the things that's most important to me is to make retreat items with my own hands, and to use recycled/repurposed materials whenever possible. It's so rewarding when an idea takes hold and I can bring it to fruition. Sewing fabric, tearing ribbon, putting together bags of ephemera—lots of love goes into it all, which is why I choose to hold small retreats. This is what makes it such a joy for me.
Of course, it's always nice to have some help too. Max lends a hand whenever he's not out chasing down the blue jays, or gifting me with rodents.
In the midst of all of this, I'm getting ready to post the classes for the Feb. 2011 retreat as well. And wow, oh wow, are they great!! Stay tuned for more on that next time...
We're having some gorgeous weather here in northern California--seems summer has finally arrived! I hope it's just as beautiful for you, wherever you are.