UFO Retreats

(Unfinished objects)


Apr. 19-21, 2020

Apr. 22-23, 2020 - extra day options

JUNE Retreat

Jun. 28-30, 2020

Jul. 1, 2020 - extra day option



Aug 2-4, 2020

Aug 5, 2020 - extra day option

AUGUST Retreat 2

Aug. 30-Sep. 1, 2020

Sep. 2, 2020 - extra day option


Oct. 18-20, 2020

Oct. 21-22, 2020 - extra day options



Dec. 4-6, 2020

No extra day option

These retreats are for crafters of any kind. Bring your own projects and use this time away to get caught up or do new projects! It's a great time to meet new friends, learn new skills and be inspired by other's creativity. Come stay in a beautiful place with high-comfort facilities and great food - you'll leave refreshed and ready to start other projects.


This retreat will be in the Swanson Retreat Center. This facility features oversized sleeping rooms with two queen beds, a restroom, desk, television, telephone, internet access, wifi and so much more.

Check In and Check Out Times

Check in is from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for all UFO Retreats. To give our guest services staff enough time to prepare for your arrival, please do not come earlier than 5:00 p.m. Check out will be by 3:00 p.m. on the day you are scheduled to leave.

  • $175 per person (triple occupancy)

  • $195 per person (double occupancy)

  • $230 per person (single occupancy)

Your registration fee for all retreats includes two nights housing, all meals and snacks. Extra day option is an additional $80 per day.


There is a $100 non-refundable deposit at time of registration. Registration closes two weeks before the retreat start date.



For more information, contact Katherine by email at KAlbin@NLOM.org or by phone at 402-944-2544.

NEW! Pre-Retreat Class


Cindy Shelley is teaching a class before the second Spring Retreat in April 2020. During this class, Cindy will teach participants how to create a quilt with a 3D optical illusion effect! Using one piece of fabric with an uneven stripe, Cindy will show you how a couple of folds, a few cuts, and three seams per block can give this quilt a magical appearance.

Date: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 19

This class can be added before the April UFO retreat and will allow you plenty of time to get settled before the official start of the retreat at 5 p.m. Lunch will note be provided on Sunday, so make sure to eat before you arrive.

Cost: $50

27416 Ranch Road, Ashland, NE. 68003


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Carol Joy Holling Conference & Retreat Center is operated by Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (NLOM), a non-profit organization.