Monday, November 12, 2012

My Halloween Trick or Retreat Experience!

Some of you may have been at the Halloween retreat that took place this past weekend in North Carolina. For those of you who could not be there I wanted to share my experience so that you can get an idea of what it was like through my eyes. I have to say with all of the stuff going on with Hurricane Sandy, we managed to have an awesome time at the retreat! We had a great bunch of people show up, made lots of new friends and reunited with friends we had met at past events. We truly have become a PRS Family.  This was my second retreat that I have attended.  My first retreat was for Bureau members only and this was held in Pennsylvania in July 2012 for Ryan's Birthday.  The video link for the PA retreat is posted below:  

The retreats are usually capped at 30 people so it is a smaller, intimate group which gives you a lot more opportunity to get to know one another. There is a schedule but it is a lot more relaxed, which I am totally happy with because sometimes I do like to have my own time or go off and create my own adventures.

New Hope Camp was a beautiful location. Lots of room with plenty of space for gathering, and sleeping. I just signed up for Camp Paranormal which is at the same location as the retreat. I'm very excited to go back!

We had three awesome volunteers that do an awesome job cooking for all of us. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to make sure there is plenty of food to go around, but they have proved to us over several events now that they make sure that everyone is well fed, even with some left overs.

It is  helpful to have lodging and food all paid for since traveling alone can cost a lot of money, especially if you live out as far as I do in Canada. I'm not constantly worrying about having a budget about how much money I can spend on food etc.

We had a HUGE Halloween party. Thanks to those who were able to bring some Halloween decorations, candies, drinks, and food to share. It was A LOT of fun! I still can't believe I wore my Tinker Bell and Boxing Girl costume! I'm not really into dressing up, but I'm glad that I went ahead and joined in with everyone. I really hope that PRS will hold another Halloween retreat next year! Be sure to come, you won't regret it!

Here are some of the things we did:
  • Went for walks at night
  • Watched horror movies and episodes of X-Files
  • Had a costume contest
  • Halloween party
  • Costume photo shoot
  • Decorated our cabins
  • Decorated the main hall
  • I-ching with Sergey
  • Binural beats
  • Played board games
  • Danced to music

I really hope that this gives you a good idea of what went on at the Halloween retreat.  I have also posted a link to a video that I made with the help of fellow retreaters who were nice enough to share their photos.

I wanted to thank Ryan, Sergey, Chris, Eilfie and our volunteers  for an awesome weekend! You guys all did an amazing job of making this a memorable event for me and everyone else. I am looking forward to going back to New Hope Camp for Camp Paranormal in March. Looking forward to seeing all of you then. It was a great bonding experience and I made a lot of new friends. There were lots of laughs, smiles, and a great experience all around!

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