Pat D.
By Pat D. Latest Reply 2012-03-23 02:48:17 -0500
Started 2011-09-10 23:44:46 -0500

I would like to ask a question. Is there a diabetic retreat?

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Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-25 15:48:30 -0500 Report

Hi Pat,
There are 2 types of retreats that come to mind that you could mean. One would be an educational retreat where the food would be diabetic friendly, there would be some education provided, and scheduled events would include gym time, hiking and other activities. So, the whole time would be diabetic friendly.
The second would be one just for time away. This would be more self directed.
Now, do these exist? I don't know, but if you have the time and are willing to invest it, you can put it together. Example:
I work at a camp that is opened all year. The weekends we have retreats. Now these retreats are ran by the church and they establish the programs, we provide the facilities. Recently, we hosted a "Have a Heart" retreat. The local hospital provided the education sessions. Some were general sessions, some were smaller individual topic sessions. For our part we provided heart healthy foods and we provided the tour of our trails through the woods. The woods are flat, uphill, down hill, a good variety. Those that didn't want to do the woods could do the paved roads, downhill and uphill and steep. Now we are cheap when it comes to cost. It cost people $20.00 per night as long as there are 3 or more in the room. The rooms have 3 sets of bunk beds. The meals are $30.00-$40.00 a day per person. This was higher than usual because of the special foods. So, for about $60.00 a night (the educators were free) a good heart healthy retreat was done. Most people paid under $150 for 6 meals and 2 nights.
Can you do this?
Yes! Just remember the components: 1) a location 2) the food 3) sessions.
If I were to do this, I would figure about 3=6 months of planning. Why? Well, finding a reasonable place is not always easy. Yes, coming up with a place that is $80.00 a night and $15-$30 per a meal is not hard. Coming up with a place that people on a fixed income can afford is something else.
Next you need the people. A visit to your local hospitals with an information sheet works better than a mailing. If you want 50 people, you need to reach 1000 people with diabetes. Doctor's offices would get a mailing and ask them to invite their patients. Provide an email and contact # on everything. If you have diabetic clinics where you live, inform them. In other words, reach as many people with diabetes as possible. The Heart retreat above, sent letters to the large employers in the Winchester area and they informed their employees. About 25% came from these contacts. Always get a large deposit, some of which may be non-refundable. If you do not do this you may be stuck with some bills. Educators-Ask at your hospitals and clinics. Hospitals usually have people just to do this. Find out what, if anything they may need for their presentation and be sure it is available at the site, or see if they can bring it. We found they prefer to bring it more often than not, because they know it works and it has their presentation on it. Food-Be sure the facility knows what heart healthy food is! The hospital may help you with this too.
Okay, that is enough for now.
To answer your question, I don't know! Jim :)

nzingha 2012-03-23 02:48:17 -0500 Report

i think this is a great idea… ill be your first client depending on the timing… i'd be more than willing to participate … go for it.. and jim u could do one at ur place

dIDYMUS 2011-10-25 20:29:00 -0500 Report

Wow!That is a plan. Really absolutely cool. (Can I say that word here)? I know of a perfect place to do this. It is actually mostly used by churches, but there are rooms and a great kitchen and dining room. I really wish I could do something like you, but I don't know anyone else with D. They are probably all in the closet like me. Who knows, maybe there is a retreat here and I just don't know about it. On my bucket list.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-26 09:37:33 -0500 Report

You would be surprised. Start a discussion with your city and state here on DC.
If your city is real small, use the name of a larger city. So your discussion title might be "Baltimore, MD"

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-26 09:35:21 -0500 Report

Trust me, you do know at least 10 people with D! Look for the D tattoo behind their left ear! You can contact the churches in your area and ask them to put a notice in their Sunday Bulletin and see what response you get. Also the hospitals and clinics may also help you with participants. they are not allowed to give you names, but they can help notify people.

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-14 18:04:39 -0500 Report

I retreat each time my wife goes to Bingo! Good way to snuggle upto a good book or a John Wayne movie on tv! Grandpa Bill, only joking with ya!!

sheriden 2011-10-25 14:18:42 -0500 Report

Lol. But you know we do need to retreat get away from the things we deal with every day. And for me I love to read, and Love old John Wayne movies so I could do that.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-11 21:46:29 -0500 Report

Would that be hanging it in the closet for a week-end and going out camping and singing around the campfire?
I have noticed that the American Diabetes Association puts on walks and sometimes day long fairs. If you are in a city that has one of their offices you might check online to see what they have going on. You can also check with your drs office and your local county health department to see if they know of any local diabetes support groups. If they are serving cake and ice cream just say NO.

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