Thursday, May 18-Sunday May 21
Treat yourself to a weekend getaway surrounded by crafty friends both new and old! We will enjoy classes, a kit with an exclusive colorway of yarn to start a souvenir of the trip, a curated boutique, movie night, game night, prize giveaways, and of course lots of time to relax while knitting or crocheting. The setting is the idyllic Marconi Conference Center in Tomales Bay, with beautiful views, lovely grounds for gentle hikes, and wonderful meals. The retreat will be hosted by Kira Dulaney of Kira K Designs with special guest teachers Sunni Scrivner of YARN, Heather Marano of The Merry Spinster, and Cecilia Campochiaro, author of Sequence Knitting.
We will arrive on Thursday after 3 p.m. and enjoy snacks and wine to get into the festive spirit before our four-course dinner at 6:00 and a relaxing evening knitting together. Our group’s home base will be the Pine Lodge, with a large common room, smaller classroom, porch for enjoying the beautiful location, and boutique filled with yarn, kits, and other treats. Friday and Saturday, we’ll have a variety of classes geared to different interests and skill levels, and plenty of downtime to take walks or knit with friends, with a movie night and a game night. We will depart on Sunday after lunch, with an optional rendezvous at Knitterly in Petaluma on highway 101, where we’ll shop the beautifully curated collection of fine yarns, including local farm-to-skein wool, with a 15% discount for our group.
“Fun, relaxing, lots of good food, beautiful location, wonderful like-minded knitters, and lots and lots of knitting. What’s not to love?? I would totally do this again.”
“It was exactly what I needed; peace, relaxation, learning, lots of yarn, making new friends, amazing food and just a generally fun time.”
“Fantastic!!! The venue is great – beautiful site, comfortable accommodations, very good food. All in all a perfect place for a knitting retreat. But, the most fantastic part was the retreat itself. So well organized, great presentations, terrific workshops, lovely shop, fun movie nights.”
“What an inspiring retreat! There was fantastic instruction in a beautiful location with friendly participants–I couldn’t have asked for more.”
THE KNITTY GRITTY DETAILS
Registration includes lodging, classes, and all meals starting with Thursday’s dinner and ending with Sunday’s lunch. There is a vegetarian option at every meal, and most other dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice by April 15th. Beer and wine can be purchased individually at dinner, and wine to share in the evenings will be provided. Outside food or beverages are not allowed by the venue.
Full-weekend registration includes a special kit that includes a pattern designed by Kira and a skein of custom-dyed yarn in an exclusive colorway made just for our retreat. We’ll have a cast-on party on Thursday night so you can start a special souvenir of the weekend. A list of needles and notions will be sent in advance. We’ll also have some fun giveaway prizes throughout the weekend.
There will be presentations and classes, but also plenty of down time built into the schedule, since this retreat is focused on relaxation. Presentations will be The Origins of Fiber Arts by Heather Marano aka the Merry Spinster, and Sequence Knitting by Cecilia Campochiaro, author of the book Sequence Knitting. Students will also attend two of these classes: Slip-Stitch Knitting OR Knitting and Crocheting with Beads on Friday; Casting On & Binding Off OR Blocking on Saturday.
Chair massage by Jessie Wayburn of All Bodies Massage will be available on Saturday at a rate of $15 for 15 minutes or $30 for 30 minutes, payable directly to Jessie. After registration, you’ll be sent a survey that will allow you to sign up for a chair massage time slot if you’d like one.
Lodging options are available for double-occupancy rooms with two twin beds or a room with two queen beds and a sitting area. Rooms with one queen bed may be available for $975 all-inclusive, please email infoATkirakdesignsDOTcom to check in advance if you are interested in that option. If you are coming with friends, please provide their names in the form below so you will be placed in the same room. If you are coming alone, you can still choose a double occupancy room and will be matched with a roommate after answering a couple questions about preferences. Knitters are pretty much all wonderful people, but I’ll try to place early risers (or late sleepers) together.
The Marconi Conference Center is built on a hill, which gives us lots of amazing views. There’s a short walk uphill from the guest rooms to the Pine Lodge, and a steep walk uphill to the dining area, with one disabled parking spot at the Pine Lodge and more parking at the dining hall. Please check in advance if you need a wheelchair accessible bedroom. The lodging area, our meeting building, and the dining hall have disabled parking spaces and ramps into the buildings. Cell phone service is spotty, but there is wifi and you will be able to receive phone calls on your room’s landline.
For those flying into the area, nearby airports are San Francisco, Oakland, and Sonoma County. Chartered van services like Marin Door-to-Door or Marin Airporter can get you to and from the conference center, or you could rent a car.
For those who can’t commit to the entire weekend, there’s a day trip option for a limited number of people to join us for Saturday only. Day trip guests can join us between 9:00 a.m. and 6 p.m., with the morning presentation on Sequence Knitting, lunch, and afternoon class included. The class will be a choice of Casting On & Binding Off OR Blocking. They can sign up for chair massage (see details above). They will not receive the exclusive kit, but may choose to purchase one separately.
If you cancel with more than one month’s notice, an 80% refund will be sent. An 80% refund will be sent for cancellations with less than one month’s notice only if we can find someone else to take the spot. In the very unlikely event that we have to cancel the retreat due to low enrollment, we will give at least one month’s notice, and a full refund will be sent to all registered attendees.
Note: Weekend and daytrip registration is full. To be added to a waitlist in case someone cancels, please email infoATkirakdesignsDOTcom.
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