I have discovered that these retreats become an annual get away to learn and meet up. Many have become good friends traveling to get together once or twice a year at these events, shutting out the day to day obligations for a day or a week to saturate one's soul in the creative process. I recommend trying an Art Retreat, and suggest to get the full enjoyment out of it to take several workshops and stay a day or two ..or the week if you can. My first retreat experience I only took one class and did not stay at the venue. I was sorry when I had to go, I sooo wanted to stay for more and socialize, network and just plain soak it all up! Try it! Trust me...you'll like it.