On February 6 and 7, nearly 20 CCWP members, staff, and volunteers gathered together for two days at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel in Pescadero to take part in the annual retreat. The time was spent discussing the accomplishments of 2008, and planning the focus and work plan for the upcoming year. The spirit was high, and the coming together of old and new members created energy that was refreshing to feed off of. Just being out of the office and surrounded by the smell of the ocean facilitated many innovative and out of the box ideas. The presence of people inside who could not be with us at the retreat was tangible throughout the weekend. Their ideas were incorporated and their spirit brought in with moments of silence and the creation of Valentines Day cards to send out to them. CCWP members left feeling inspired, rejuvenated, and ready to hit the ground running in 2009.