Want to sew the knit pants of your dreams? With friends? On an island? Check out the fall sewing retreat on Mackinac Island.

Fall 2023

The Knit Pants of Your Dreams
Sewing Retreat

Sometimes, we like to wear pants.

And by golly, if those pants fit us perfectly and look professional, have pockets and are comfortable! SOLD.

And then, what if we took those pants, and we created new versions, out of different fabric and with different style lines? Wouldn't that feel amazing!?

Yes. Let's do that.

Join us for a 5 days of
pattern drafting and garment sewing on
Mackinac Island, Michigan

5 Day, 4 Night Retreat

Sunday, October 15th - Thursday, October 19th, 2023

The view from the ferry dock!

Each day begins with a women’s circle and some journal and talking questions (we get deep and vulnerable…not your thing?  Don’t feel any pressure at all to join this part, but it adds a depth and connection that I just LOVE).  Then we have sewing and pattern drafting instruction, a nice long lunch hour, some more instruction and end our day with Qoya movement!  (a wee bit of dance, a dash of yoga and a whole lot of embodiment). 

You might then find yourself in the spa pool for a bit before our group dinner or back at the sewing machine, gleefully in the flow.

In this intimate retreat, only 12 spots, you’ll learn to sew knits pants (with pockets), get the fit down and then take that pattern and change into a new style!

All while getting mindful about what you sew, loving your body a bit more and connecting.

(ready to book now? Scroll right to the end!)


Here’s what you can expect…

  1.  You’ll start with the pattern for my crowd-favorite knit pants, with pockets! And we’ll spend time working out how to choose your best size and how to grade the pattern to fit you better.

2.  Then, we’ll take the time to sew them up and adjust the fit

3. Then, we’ll take that pattern and adjust it into pants with new design elements.  Like, wide legs or a fold-over yoga band top or….the sky’s the limit!  (yes!  Pattern drafting!)


You’ll leave with the original pants pattern and the pattern adjusted to your unique body, a pair of pants in the original style, and a pair of pants with new elements and a pattern for that.  

That’s not all!

When we’re not dreaming up lovely clothes, sewing, and designing, we’ll be lounging in the spa pool, doing Qoya (what’s Qoya?  Check it out) and mindfulness activities, hiking, bike riding (while avoiding horse hooves), immersed in deep conversation, taking meals together, and connecting!  ohh…and there are a couple of surprises!


Got questions?

Do I have to know a lot about sewing to come or to feel comfortable?
While beginner level sewing experience is required, you don’t have to be an expert at sewing clothes.  That means, if you’ve used a sewing machine and can sew a thing or two…you’re good to go. 

A little nervous about pattern drafting?
Have no fear, I’ll break it down into easy steps.  And make it doable and fun.  …and, this is the important part, you’ll have assistance whenever you need it.

Do I need to lug my sewing machine along?
Yes.  However, no lugging required.  Once you arrive on the island, the hotel has porters who will haul your luggage (including your machine) to the hotel…via bike!  Really.  I’m not kidding. 
Coming from afar?  I have a couple of basic machines for lending (no fee).  Just let me know!

What about COVID?
Good question.  Here are a few of the precautions we’ll be taking.  Folks  attending the retreat should be vaccinated or take a COVID test three days prior to attending and test negative.   Also, we’ll be ordering dinner in as a group (if you wish) and eating in a private dining area at the hotel.  Masks are not required, but you are welcome to wear one.  If the CDC recommendations change for that, we’ll follow those recommendations.   If we have to cancel the retreat due to a COVID (or other unforeseen event) you’ll get all your registration fees and deposit back.

You probably have lots more questions…all the details are below!  If you don’t find the answer to your concerns, or you just want to talk with someone who’s as excited as you, feel very, very free to contact me at Tina@kinshiphandwork.com

All the Details

Tina Bury – Sewing Instuctor and Your Host!

I have been sewing my own clothing for over 15 years.  As a lover of learning, I dove in deep and learned early on how to draft my own patterns and how to get really nerdy on fiber content and great fit.  I live in knit fabrics. And so, I teach about knit fabrics, primarily.

I’m passionate about getting to know what you love to wear so that you can use clothing as a way to show up in the world fully lit up. 

Great fit and altering patterns is a huge piece of that journey for me. 

I want to share that with you!  It’s easier than you think.



Adrienne Wood – Qoya Instructor

Adrienne Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kalamazoo College, studied feminist theology at the Pacific School of Religion, and was awarded certificates as a nutritionist from the Nutritional Therapy Association and a Qoya instructor from Rochelle Schieck.
She founded Soil and Sunshine Wellness to weave together science and spirituality for body-positive weight-loss and wellness. In her work as a nutritionist and Qoya instructor, she helps women celebrate who they are, love their bodies, and honor their desires for more joy and less weight. Connect with her at soilandsunshine.com/qoya

Registration is $675.

Registration costs includes:

  • expert instruction in sewing, fitting and pattern alterations
  • studio time to work on your projects and to experiment
  • Qoya classes and Mindfulness activities
  • sweet little surprises
  • secret extra activity
  • closing celebration lunch on Thursday
  • coffee, tea and snacks during the day
At time of sign-up you can either pay in full or put down a $200 non-refundable deposit, with the balance due on Sept 1st.

Materials, travel, meals and lodging are not included.

See below for detailed options.   

The cliffnotes
Lodging –  $89.99 per night for a single room  (this is an incredible deal, not only for Mackinac Island, but for anywhere!) 
Meals – breakfast at the hotel starts at $10, you can also get lunch at the hotel burrito bar and we’ll plan to order dinner in as a group, choosing a different restaurant each night. (if you choose to join!)

See Lodging & Meals for more detailed information.

We’ll be staying at the historic Murray Hotel on Mackinac Island. The Murray Hotel is a quiet, family owned hotel built in the late 1800’s and is located right downtown. I’ve had the pleasure of staying at the Murray Hotel several times and can attest that their hospitality and warmth is unparalleled. We will be using the Gallery room for sewing/making and gathering. The hotel also has an inviting, spa pool in a cozy, private courtyard open to the sky. Did I mention they make their own fudge and you can buy it in the lobby?

Spa Pool

Mackinac Island is a small island located between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. The Island has a lot of interesting history, which is preserved in its state parks. The Island has a small, robust downtown with restaurants, shops and bars and also sports 70 miles of trails for biking and walking. You can circumnavigate the Island on bike in about an hour (8.3 miles). Cars are not permitted on Mackinac Island, so you are going back in time where the main means of transportation are bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. A ferry boat must be taken to reach Mackinac Island.


We have a block of historic rooms held for our retreat. In order to take advantage of the special room rates below, when booking your room for the retreat, ask for the Kinship Retreats rooms.  The historic rooms are cozy (small!) but very comfortable.  And as I mentioned, the hospitality is exceptional.

Contact the Murray Hotel to reserve your room. – www.mymurrayhotel.com phone (855) 696-8772

Historic One Bed Room rate $89.99 per night.

Historic room with one queen bed and a standard view. Historic rooms are the original rooms from the 1880’s and have a smaller bathroom with just a standing shower and toilet. There is a sink with a glass shelf above in the bedroom.

Historic Two Bed Room rate $149.99 per night.

Historic room with two queen beds and a standard view. Historic rooms are the original rooms from the 1880’s and have a small bathroom with just a shower stall and toilet. There is a small sink with a glass shelf above in the bedroom.

*Deluxe room upgrades are $50 per night per availability.  Deluxe rooms are larger with a full bathroom.  

Contact the Murray Hotel to reserve your room. – www.mymurrayhotel.com phone (855) 696-8772


Breakfast and Lunch are available in the hotel at Amigo Burrito Cafe; an informal Mexican grill serving made-to-order burritos, tacos, quesadillas and salads with fresh ingredients a la carte.  Click the link for menus.

There is also a market just a few doors down.  Doud’s Market is America’s oldest family-operated grocery store!

There will be a 1 1/2 hour lunch break, so feel free to partake with the group at the hotel or venture out.

Dinner – We will choose a different dinner location nightly from what the Island has to offer. Join us as you wish.

Snacks and coffee/tea and water will be provided during class time. 


You will need to catch a ferry to the Island from either Mackinaw City or St Ignace, Michigan. The ferry costs approximately $30 round trip with an additional $13 for a bike. (you can also rent bikes on the Island)

If bringing a bike, remember to bring a bike lock. I enjoy having a bike while on the Island, but it’s not necessary, as the downtown is small and the hotel is located downtown.

Information on getting a ferry.

Links to two of the ferry companies…Starline and Shepler’s Ferry

Once you arrive, the Murray Hotel will have porters that meet the ferry and transport your luggage and equipment to the hotel. (whew…you don’t have to lug your sewing machine down the streets!) The hotel is only a block or two from the ferry docks.


4 pm check-in to the hotel
5:30 pm – optional dinner as a group from a restaurant on the Island
7-8:30 pm – Everyone – Welcome Ceremony!  (psst…this time is somewhat fluid depending on how long dinner takes)



8-8:30 am – Breakfast available at the hotel
8:30 am- Mindfulness Journey (optional!)
9-noon – Class Time 
noon-1:30pm – Lunch and free time (for those interested, we can order a picnic lunch and either walk or bike ride on the island)
1:30-3:30 pm – Class Time
4:00-4:45 pm – Qoya Inspired Class!
6:00-7:30 pm – Dinner (if desired; as a group from a restaurant on the Island)



8-8:30 am – Breakfast available at the hotel
8:30-9:00 am – Mindfulness Journey
9:00-noon – Class Time
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm – Qoya Inspired Class
Free afternoon and evening, the studio will be open and you are welcome to sew…but you may just want to go exploring! 



8-8:30 am – Breakfast available at the hotel
8:30 am- Mindfulness Journey
9-noon – Class Time 
noon-1:30pm – Lunch and free time (for those interested, we’ll order a picnic lunch and either walk or bike ride on the island)
1:30-3:15 pm – Class Time
3:30-5:00 pm – Full Qoya Class
Evening Surprise! 



8-8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30 am- Mindfulness Journey (optional!)
9-noon – Class Time

Check out and departure. (of course, you can always book an extra night and spend some more time exploring the island!)


* All is subject to change!



Supplies for sewing muslin and dress/garments

  • Your sewing machine with cords, foot pedal, owner’s manual and presser feet…We have a couple of extra, basic sewing machines that we can provide those coming from afar, let me know if you’d like one.
  • Basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, pins & cushion, flexible tape measure, seam ripper, tailor’s chalk
  • bobbins
  • Sewing machine needles
  • Fabric requirements will be available upon registration.

  • All-purpose thread to match

*Fabric should be pre-washed and dried (in the same manner that you plan to wash your handmade garment) to reduce or eliminate shrinkage.

Supplies for pattern drafting

  • 18″ see through ruler
  • Pen and pencil, sharpener, eraser
  • notebook
  • clear tape
  • paper scissors
  • pattern paper – I like to use medical exam paper (yes, like what your doctor uses on the exam table)  I have several extra rolls that I can bring to sell for $6 each.  Let me know if you’d like one.
  • (optional) french curve or hip curve

Others things to consider bringing…

  • a journal for the mindfulness exercises and Qoya
  • comfortable clothes for the Qoya dance class
  • bathing suit for the spa pool!
  • bike, helmet and bike lock
  • day backpack for hikes/bike rides
  • Spring and Fall in Michigan can swing between warm (mid 60’s) and cold (mid 30’s)…bring warm layers and a jacket (and maybe a light hat for hikes).


I ask that you either be vaccinated or agree to take a COVID test three days prior to attending.  That test must come back negative to attend. 

All event participants agree to take measures to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19 and follow all CDC guidelines starting 14 days prior to the event start date.

All event participants must confirm that they have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms or knowingly been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the event start date.

Following CDC guidelines, at this time, physical distancing and mask wearing is not required at this retreat.


Registration – $675 per person

$200 non-refundable deposit holds your spot, with the balance due on 9/1/2023.

Registration includes all instruction, studio time, sewing patterns, sweet gift made just for you, coffee/tea and snacks during the day, celebration lunch, Qoya and mindfulness activities, secret activity and other surprises!

Materials, travel, meals and lodging are not included


This is a four-night, five-day retreat and we are not able to offer any partial attendance. Thank you for your understanding.

*Cancellation Policy: Once paid, deposits are non-refundable. While there are no refunds on the rest of the retreat cost after Sept 1st, 2023, you can find another to take your place. We’ll do our best to help in this process. There are no exceptions. All requests for refunds must be received in writing before Sept 1st, 2023. In the case of acts of nature, disaster or unforeseen circumstances, Kinship Handwork reserves the right to reschedule or cancel this workshop. If Kinship Handwork cancels the workshop, all money paid will be returned.