I particularly love doing these retreats and sharing the beauty of the island where I am so fortunate to live. San Juan Island is closer to British Columbia’s Vancouver Island than it is to mainland USA, and those of us who live here consider it paradise. These three retreats will take place in a beautiful setting, (see for yourself: http://www.lakedale.com) on a lake in a forest with eagles, ravens, occasional foxes, clean fresh air, wonderful food, and best of all the company of knitters over a relaxed and lovely 5 nights and 4 days. The lodge itself has about 10 luxurious rooms (with fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs, free wifi) and there are also cozy cabins which may be shared with a friend. We are in the off-season, so I have arranged for very good rates. Afternoons will be free for exploring the island – there are alpaca farms, hiking trails, beaches, a lovely small town, an outdoor sculpture museum, a yarn shop, whales, harbor seals, and more. Depending on the ferry schedule, we are usually able to spend a day on a ferry using it as a floating classroom. There will be bountiful time to learn lots of knitting techniques, get plenty of one-on-one instructions, make new friends, relax, and make yourself at home on a beautiful island. What I teach shifts from year to year, but I always welcome any projects you want to explore or have help with. I welcome anyone who loves to knit, even if you knit dishcloths year in and year out, you are a knitter and we understand one another and share a kindred well of goodness.
I have not yet opened the 2014 retreats for registration, but you can have a look at the 2014 PDF here: IKR 2014 inquiry PDF The fall 2014 retreats will open for registration in January, 2014. Here is a podcast that includes Jan Hamby’s interview with me during an island retreat. And here is an article written by a retreat knitter about her experience.