2017 ConnecT1D Adult Retreat FAQs:
Who can attend this event?
- The Retreat is for "adults living with T1D", which means people over the age of 18 who have type 1 diabetes. Partners and spouses (aka T3s) are also welcome!
Is there a parent program?
- No there is not. However, if you are a parent of a kiddo with T1D, we'd love to hear from you if you'd like to volunteer at this event. Also, ConnecT1D offers Family Camp every fall!
What are you offering for partners/T3s?
- Registered T3s are welcome to attend all workshops and events. There will also be a workshop specifically for T3s that addresses the diabetes-related stresses and issues unique to those who love someone with T1D.
Will you have carb counts and gluten-free options?
- Yes and yes!
What kind of hotel amenities/goodies are available?
- A bunch of cool stuff! Check out the Clearwater Resort and Casino website
Are both days at the Clearwater Resort & Casino?
- Yes, the entire Retreat will take place at the Clearwater Resort & Casino (which is where the second day of last year's Retreat took place). All workshops and scheduled activities will take place in the Resort building and its grounds, just short walk from the main hotel and casino.
Can I just come for one day?
- We are offering a two day option only.
What is the cancellation policy?
- In order to receive full refund, you must cancel by Saturday, March 15th, 2017. No refunds will be administered after that date.
If I don’t stay at the hotel, can you reduce the cost of my registration?
- Unfortunately not.
How do I get there?
Several options: a scenic drive from Tacoma, or via the Washington State Ferry System:
- From the Seattle/Bainbridge Island Ferry: Follow Highway 305 North towards Poulsbo approximately six miles. The Clearwater Casino Resort is located just across the Agate Pass Bridge on the left.
- From the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry: Take highway 104 to Poulsbo. Turn left on Highway 305 and continue south through Poulsbo toward Bainbridge Island. The Clearwater Casino Resort is located just before the Agate Pass Bridge on the right.
From Tacoma: Take Highway 16 West to Highway 3 North towards Poulsbo. Exit at the Highway 305 Bainbridge Island exit. The Clearwater Casino Resort is located just before the Agate Pass Bridge on the right.
When should I get there?
- Check out the ferry schedule
- Be sure to allow enough time to check in and register by 9:30 so you don't miss anything cool!
What if I don’t drive/walk on the ferry?
- Click here to find out about Courtesy Shuttle details from the ferry to the Resort
- Carpooling is encouraged! Join our Facebook page to find a ride.
How does the roommate situation work? What if I want my own room?
- This weekend is all about making connections, and if you don't know anyone you wish to room with who is attending the Retreat, we welcome to find a roomie by posting on our Facebook page. If you already know who you wish to room with, please tell us who that person is on your registration form. If you wish to have your own room, there is an additional fee of $50. Please keep in mind that we only have a certain number of rooms reserved and single room requests will be satisfied on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parking, check-in and registration details?
- Parking is free. Once you’ve turned into Clearwater Casino & Resort driveway, take the road that leads just to the right of the main building and follow it down to the uncovered lot where you can park to check in at the main hotel where the reception desk will give you more information as there is a time limit to park in the uncovered lot. Once you’ve checked in, head down to the Resort building lobby where you will be greeted by our super pumped volunteers!
What topics will be presented?
- Dealing with Diabetes Burnout
- Your diabetes in the world: Navigating conversations, your identity and relationship with T1D
- T1D Adventures: Staying Active with Type 1 Diabetes
- T1D Mind and Body Connection Through Yoga
- Research Participant Panel
- Top Advances in T1D
- Men Only, Women Only and T3 Only sessions
- Newest technology and research update from leading diabetes device companies
- Stay tuned by joining our Facebook group for program updates.
What does the price include?
- Overnight accommodations at the beautiful hotel resort with hot tub, indoor pool, casino
- Saturday lunch, snacks, beverages and dinner
- Sunday breakfast, lunch, beverages
- Keynote address and workshops
- Yoga session (Bring your yoga mat!)
- Vendor fair
How much fun will I have?
There is seriously no telling. Kerri Sparling, PWD and award-winning blogger said of her experience as one of the keynote speakers of the ConnecT1D Retreat in 2016, "Access to sound and reasonable medical advice is necessary for a healthy life with diabetes, but peer-to-peer connections are just as essential. Sitting with a group of people who understand the intimacy of diabetes, both emotionally and physically, can be a powerful healing and dealing strategy. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to visit the ConnecT1D group and see the power in their collective stories.”
Here's what some of last year's attendees said:
- “Memorable, compelling, impactful are only some of the words that describe this experience…and I don’t know anyone that won’t be back next year.” ~Jo, PWD (Person With Diabetes)
- “It was such a great weekend for my mental well-being and gives me more oomph to face tackling diabetes for another 32 years!!” ~Tracy, PWD
- “All the T3s met outside by the beautiful willow tree. Looking around at all of us, many of us realized that we had never spent any time with other spouses of T1’s. Most of us had never even met another spouse of a T1. Wow, that was weird to realize that in the 20 years out of 38 years that Jim and I have been together I had not spent any time with a T3. I shared things with the group that I have not shared with others because those others would not have understood.” ~Diana, T3
- “For the first time in my life I felt like I wasn’t alone with type 1 diabetes. ConnecT1D was amazing and the speakers were down to earth and real! It shaped me in more ways that I could have imagined! It was an emotional, eye-opening experience.” ~Lauren, PWD