I take my own needlework retreat, alone, at least once every year and get away for a few days to work on my designs and the "business" end of Lacey Thread Designs. This last August, right after Amy and Chad's wedding, I traveled up to my parent's cabin near the Canadian border and spent four lovely days stitching and working and walking and enjoying nature.
It is always so gorgeous up at the cabin in the summer, I sure wish we lived closer to be able to get up there more often! I always get so much accomplished when I am away from the demands of "home", and the knowledge I have gotten so much done is very refreshing.
When I was in sixth grade and just turning 12 years old, my class spent a day "in the woods" learning "conservation", basically plant and tree identification. At the end of our trip we were given a Ponderosa Pine seedling to take home, and mine was ultimately planted at the cabin....here it is 45 years later, huge and finally flourishing. It was a bit crowded when it was "young" by the other fir trees surrounding it, but now that it is as tall or taller than the firs it is finally looking majestic. I love my tree, and I go have a visit with it every time I make it up there!