More and more city and county officials are having "retreats." In many cases, these are very clear VIOLATIONS of open meetings laws and should be stopped. Retreats are a very thinly veiled attempt to escape public scrutiny. Public business should be discussed in a readily available public place known to citizens, not some out of the way "retreat."
HERE is an article about a recent retreat by Murfreesboro officials. A retreat by definition is an escape from the normal public meeting venue. It almost always involves discussion of substantial issues (why else would you have it) and many times involves a quorum.
The idea that public officials need an escape from the public is pure arrogance. If you want an escape from public scrutiny then go get a job in the private sector.