2007 CUB Retreat

February 21st, 2007
Categories: Events, Retreats

For those of you who are members of CUB or are interested in the organization you may want to mark your calendars and save the date for the 2007 CUB retreat which is being planned for Friday, September 28, 2007 – Sunday, September 30, 2007 in Chicago at the McDonald’s corporate campus in Oak Brook, IL. This is 88 acres of forest with a lake and four miles of hiking trails and beautiful setting that is conducive to serenity. The facility that will be utilized for the workshop sessions will be held at Hamburger University which is McDonald’s training facility. A block of rooms have been secured at the Hyatt Lodge which is on campus. A trolley is available through out… [more]

The CUB Retreat – Part 1 – The People

October 26th, 2006
Categories: Events, Retreats

For me one of the best parts about any event that I attend is usually the people whose hearts touch me in a myriad of ways. In past CUB retreats, I have met many inspiring and interesting people. In addition to CUB members from all over the country, there are also authors and speakers. In past years, I have had the pleasure to meet some of the most notable “stars” in the adoption world such as Nancy Verrier, Carol Schafer, Evelyn Robinson and others. Most, for obvious reasons are women, but I have also met two amazing birth dads, Jon Klaren, and Gary Coles. The retreat that just occurred was no exception as far as fascinating people… [more]

Footprints in the Sand

October 13th, 2006
Categories: Events, Retreats

Ah, the CUB retreat. Think stunning orange/pink sunsets - perfect weather - a few strolls on the beach. Imagine 60 or so birthmothers, adoptees and a few birth dads together and basking in feeling understood and accepted. I often comment that I feel most understood with other birth mothers. CUB retreats offer a phenomenal experience for attendees. All last week, Oct. 2-8, I was in Florida, visiting with my friend Patty, and then attending the CUB retreat. I can't wait to tell you about the retreat! I did get a chance to make some footprints in the sand myself while I was gone. I saw some awesome shore birds and took a few photos. Patty and I had a day… [more]

CUB Retreat in Florida

September 21st, 2006
Categories: Events, Retreats

Off to Florida soon for me! The CUB Retreat is coming up on Oct. 6-8, and I am looking forward to attending. This CUB retreat will be my third one, and I am looking forward to seeing some of the warm and wonderful people I have met at past retreats. Ann Fessler, the author of "the Girls Who Went Away," will be speaking at the retreat this year. With the success of her book, she is making the rounds and all reports are that she is winning many hearts along the way. Her book has been very well received and much appreciated, particularly by many birth mothers. Reading her book has been a revelation for many mothers who believed themselves… [more]