Friday, September 30, 2016

For Keeps Sake 2016 Fall Retreat

Twice a year, I host a scrapbooking retreat at a very remote church camp just outside Batesburg, SC.  The Moody-Gunter Center has provided so many wonderful memories for my group of ladies over the past five plus years!  The Hilton Resort - it is not... but with the kitchen staff and the leadership of the Christian Director, Rev. Pullen, the serene surroundings enhance the down time so many of us need in today's busy life styles.
At the center of the camp, the newly added kitchen and meeting facility overlooks the pond and fountain.  A wonderful walking track surrounds the pond with two beautiful wooden bridges crossing the water's incoming and outgoing points.

The scrapping area, is a large gym with everyone having their own six foot table and lots of floor room to spread out.  Everyone looks forward to packing the car fully knowing they will have lots of room on this retreat.

A few work in progress  and of course...lots of sorting!

Inspired by one of my card groups, Addicted to Card Making
the Saturday afternoon project was and Envelope filled with the same items.  Each person had to create a tag, card, or page using all or part of each item (envelope with grace be with you was optional) and they were allowed to add a base and two additional items.  This is what they were given.

The results were amazing as each person's creation was so very different, just as God created us different, allows us to see thing differently and blesses us with different styles and talents.

Each year I design our surprise T-shifts; and again this year our Hot Pink Elephant shirts were made by B&L Sports in Batesburg, SC.  

The goodie boxes were packed to overflowing with tags, pearls, charms, elephants and prayers.  
I had a couple of great  helpers this year also. Many thanks to Cassondra at Infinity Engraving for donating the chipboard elephants and to Lori of Lori's Lovely Paper Crafts for donating the charms and pearls!
And most of all ~ Thanks to the director and his lovely wife who take such loving care of us while we are with them.  Hats off to them for always ensuring our weekend is a wonderful memory!

We all had a blast!

Many of you have inquired about attending this retreat, 
so here are a few details for your consideration.  
Although it is a private invitation, I am always open to new friends who would like to join my group.  We are a Christian based group and this retreat is specifically set up to be stress free, drama free, and relaxing.  The location truly provides for a time of reflection of your blessings and opportunities to worship our Lord.  
The dates for 2017 are: 
Spring ~ March 10-12 and Fall ~ Sept 22-24.
Rates are dependent on the room you choose and number/room.  ($170 to $250)  Rates include your room, 7 meals, t shirt 
and your table space.   
Rooms are limited and are booked by first paid reservations 
which begin about 2 months prior to each event. 
If you would like to be on the email distribution for more details, please let me know by responding here or through a private message on Facebook. (Pamela J. Duncan)

Thank you for stopping by ~ Pam


  1. Today's blog is so relaxing just reading it. It looks like an awesome place. One can really see God's work in the surroundings. This is so very nice of you to sponsor this event. I'm sure you're ladies are already planning and looking forward to March. Well done.

  2. Looks like a wonderful way to spend time together and enjoy your cardmaking. Everyone looks like they are having a great time. Would love to be able to come, but it is too far. Thanks for sharing your goodies with us. Hugs.