Retreat For One

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Needlework Retreat For One.

All in, single room​.


It’s nice to be able to craft in peace. It's also nice to share your inspiration and your experience with others. In the Needlework Retreat (January 26-29, 2019) you can enjoy and experience both. All lovers of textile handicraft are welcome, both novice and advanced.

Enjoy some time for yourself in the beautiful boscage of the Geldersche Achterhoek. Stay at an inspiring and comfortable location where you don’t have to worry about anything. Your meals will be cooked for you and coffee & tea are always within reach. Enjoy some needlework, exchange experiences, go for a walk or just relax near a cosy fire… Everything is possible.


Anything goes


During this 4-day Retreat you can go at your own pace.

Want to join a workshop? Do it. Do you prefer to do your own thing? That’s fine as well.

All the participants are lovers of textile arts handicraft, so you’ll find a lot of inspiration and experience – for everyone that likes to share and learn together.

But… creativity should flow freely… go at your own pace. Anything goes.

The only fixed moments during the day are when we have our meals together.


For whom?

The retreat is for all lovers of textile handicraft. Knitting, sewing, felting, quilting, crochet... or all of the above.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re “advanced” or only know some basic stitches. That's not what this Retreat is about. What matters is that you have all the time in the world to do what you love, with easy access to help and inspiration - if required.

That’s why we ask you to bring your own projects and tools with you. The Retreat isn’t meant to put you under time pressure while working on a project, or to send you back home with loads of homework. Neither is it a sneaky way to sell our products.

If you leave with a lot of new ideas, that’s great. But do bring that one piece that you really have to concentrate on, or those almost finished projects that you can’t seem to find the time for... or go for broke and stuff your bags with all of your WIP’s (Work-in-Progress, unfinished projects). 



Centrum Athanor Centrum Athanor winter   

We will be staying at the unique and inspiring Centrum Athanor, in Lochem. Do visit their website, for more information about this beautiful place.

This venue has a relaxed and homely atmosphere.

Winter sunrise at Centrum AthanorCentrum Athanor also has an huge garden – let’s just call it a park. With big, old trees, thickets and open spots. Wonderful to wander around and to explore. If it’s cold or raining, outdoor lovers can go to the shed which is heated by patio heaters.

During the Retreat there won’t be any other groups in or around the premises. 

Centrum Athanor shares a border with Landgoed Ampsen: woods, fields and characteristic farms. A beautiful area to go for a hike. Quiet and not many visitors. Maybe you’ll spot a deer, mouflons or even a badger. On the other side of Centrum Athanor you’ll find wide fields, roads with large oak trees and the distinctive acacia trees. Especially during sunrise and sunset it’s a beautiful view to behold.

The direct surroundings are very quiet and at night it is still really dark. An ideal place for you to retreat to. Let things be and take some time for yourself.




We – Joos and Michèle – will host workshops on Sunday and Monday morning. We have some suggestions for topics (see below), but we'd also love to hear what people are interested in and treat that in our workshops.

Workshop suggestions:

These subjects are only suggestions. Other possible subjects are: knitting in the round for beginners, knitting cables, i-cord cast-on and cast-off, all sorts of sewing techniques like decorative stitches (embroidery) on your sewing, the English seam and denim seam, several crochet stitches.

It’s also possible that workshops just happen spontaneously between participants. In our experience, when you put a bunch of creative people together in one room, they automatically start sharing skills and inspiration. Even when they practise totally different disciplines, like sewing and knitting.




Centrum Athanor will turn into a needlework heaven, where you have everything you need within reach.

In the living room/dining room you’ll find comfortable chairs and sofas where you can install yourself to work on your sofa-based projects. (Even better with a glass of wine, near a cosy fire.) Use the large dining tables if you wish to spread out your work, or prefer to work seated behind a desk.

In the crafting parlour you'll have lots of daylight. Several desks provide useful space for measuring and cutting your sewing patterns and fabric. Here we can gather as "Knitters of the Round Table" and have our workshops. We also provide a sewing machine, but of course you're welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

In Centrum Athanor's small Library you can quietly retreat with your needlework. Just don't get distracted by all those books and inspiration...

And of course you can always go to your own room, where you have all privacy. Or wander around and explore the beautiful places outside.

During the Needlework Retreat there won’t be any other groups in or around the premises. 


Practical stuff


Date & time:

Saturday 26th January till Tuesday 29th January 2019.

Arrival on Saturday between 17:00 and 18:00 hrs. During dinner we have time to introduce ourselves and we'll decide what we shall do for workshops.

Departure on Tuesday after lunch, around 14:00 hrs.


A Needlework Retreat For One costs €485,- per person. This includes workshops and accomodation with full board. (Included in this price are the accommodation fees of €289,-, based on a single room.)

All rooms have their own bathrooms, made beds and towels. (During your visit the beds won’t be made again and the towels won’t be refreshed – your room stays your room.)

It’s also possible to book a double room with a friend. A Retreat For Two costs €440,- per person. The booking then applies to 2 persons.


Full board: breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Obviously on Saturday there will be only dinner and on Tuesday there will be only breakfast and lunch.) The meals will be served on fixed times, fresh & hot. There won’t be a continuous buffet.

Coffee and tea are free and can be taken at any time. There’s a big bowl of fruit from which you can pick a snack. Fruit juice, soda, wine and beer are available for a fee.

For the meals, Centrum Athanor uses regional and organic ingredients as much as possible. We can of course take allergies and other dietary restrictions into account (let us know in your booking). 

The location is Centrum Athanor, Hooislagen 9, in Lochem, The Netherlands. At Centrum Athanor there are sufficient (free) parking places available.

Are you planning on taking the train? Let us know at least one day in advance and we can pick you up from Station Lochem.


Booking, cancelling and the small print


The maximum number of participants is 12.

Booking is easy, just order a Retreat for One in the webshop. Put it in your shopping basket like any other product and proceed through checkout. There you can choose from several safe payment options. Your booking will be final once we have received your payment.

  • You can cancel your booking free of charge until 1st of November 2018. You’ll receive a complete refund.
  • If you cancel between November 1 2018 and January 1 2019 we charge 50% cancellation fees – you’ll receive a 50% refund of the purchase amount.
  • If you cancel on or after January 1st 2019 we charge 100% cancellation fees – you won’t receive any refund. 

You can cancel by sending us an email or by giving us a call.

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