Join us for a three-day knitting retreat Summer 2011 in the Pacific Northwest!


Spinning and Knitting Retreat house

From your arrival on the sunny shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the day you say goodbye to a group of new friends, you’ll be treated to amazing organic meals, knitting challenges and adventures, and opportunities to learn more about the amazing world we live in.

The curriculum for our the summer retreat includes workshops on learning to see more wildlife (use your knitting as a tool!), understanding bird language, using your knitting needles as a tool to protect yourself from cougars, learning to walk in the woods with an awareness of your impact on your surroundings, using non-dominant senses to improve your knitting skills (or spinning skills, or embroidery skills, or whatever fiber art you would like to practice) and your sense of ease in the wilderness, using local native plants for fibers and dyes, and much more.
games on the beachIt’s hard to believe that we are going to fit it all into three days, plus plenty of chances to sit calmly and watch the sunrise or sunset while you knit or spin, eat amazing meals, and time to laugh and tell stories and play games with a whole group of people who are as passionate about nature, spinning yarn, and knitting as you are.

The retreat is being held on Indian Island, in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, just off the Northeast corner of the Washington peninsula. There are airports in Seattle, Portland, and Port Angeles that give you easy access to the retreat location. Ask for information about carpools when you register. Optional lodging is in old officer’s quarters, refurbished into beautiful accommodations including clawfoot tub, front porch views of the beach, beautiful furnishings, and a comfortable living room with room for everyone to relax and knit.

handmade knitting needlesRegistration is currently open, with a sliding scale of $400 to $460 (you decide what you can afford). The registration fee includes all the 2 nights lodging, workshops, 7 gourmet meals plus snacks, and tons of fun. Just bring your knitting and your sense of adventure.

Lodging is available in the Hospital Stewart’s House at Fort Flagler, which is where many of the knitting workshops will be held and the meals served. You’ll be right in the center of it all. The charming, century-old historic Hospital Steward’s House overlooks the original grand parade ground at Fort Flagler. It features a spacious kitchen, pressed-tin ceilings, a hardwood floor that leads into a comfortable double-couch living room and a separate dining room decorated with lace curtains and tablecloth. The upstairs includes pressed-tin ceilings, an antique claw-foot bathtub and two bedrooms with one queen-size and two single beds. A private porch with Adirondack chairs offers a scenic view of a historic parade ground, Admiralty Inlet and the Marrowstone Point Lighthouse on the northeast tip of the beach.

If you choose to find your own lodging, you can subtract $75 from the registration fee. Sites are available at the Fort Flagler Campground (, at the Beach Cottages just down the road in Nordland ( or at several hotels in the Port Hadlock and Port Townsend area. If you would like further information about finding lodging, please send me an e-mail.

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Or e-mail DeAnna at or call 360-584-6638 for more information and to get registered.

*Interested in something a little smaller, or in a different part of the country? Check out the Workshops page for an idea of the 1/2 day workshops that DeAnna facilitates around the greater Olympia, WA area, and for information about getting DeAnna to come to your part of the country to do a presentation or workshop with your guild or just a group of friends.