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What past attendees are saying!

"It was a fabulous retreat, very welcoming and I learnt a lot despite having previous sewing experience! Both Tina and Cal were approachable, generous with their time and expertise and fun!"
~Happy Attendee
at the 2019 Garment Retreat on Mackinac Island
" I really don't know how you could top this one. It was absolutely perfect. I was nervous about not knowing anyone and wondered if I would just hide in my room the whole time. I had such a good time and cannot wait to do it again! "
~Happy Attendee
at the 2019 Garment Retreat on Mackinac Island
The view from the ferry dock!

2020 Retreats in Northern Michigan

I am sad to say that all retreats for 2020 have been cancelled.

Fall 2020

While the 2020 retreat has been cancelled due to Covid 19, you can read about it and get an idea of what the October 2021 retreat may be like!



Dressmaking with knits –
Make the pattern and the fabric your own!

October 11th – 15th, 2020
5 days and 4 nights on beautiful Mackinac Island, Michigan

Similar to the spring retreat, we’ll take a knit dress pattern, take the time to fit that pattern to your body and your style and sew it up.

BUT, before we alter those pattern pieces into a new dress…the one you’re dreaming of…we’ll carve a block and print our fabric for our second dress, in any way you can imagine!

Of course I have lots other fun and mindful activities up my sleeve!

You’ll leave with two awesome dresses, one of them made from fabric you printed, new friends, some time spent being mindful and in the flow, skills in how to use a basic pattern to create new designs, and skills on how to carve your own blocks and print your own fabric.

Space is limited to an intimate 10.

$595, Early Bird Pricing, ends February 20th.  (does not include lodging or meals, but we get a great deal on those! See the details) 

A retreat with Kinship Handwork is more than just a workshop
(although that's awesome too).

It's an experience.

With things like…

  • Movement – yoga and group hikes or bike rides
  • Mindfulness and going Deep – meditation, thought-provoking documentaries, time spent sketching and planning, exercises designed to gently deepen your sense of self.
  • Fun and Connection – a closing party with fun suprises, a horse-drawn carriage ride, meals and time together

And space.

Space to explore, or just be or soak in the spa pool. Or tiptoe down to the sewing room and sew into the wee hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

That depends! 

You can bring your own, or I have a few I can lend to those coming from afar.  Just send me an e-mail to reserve one.  No charge.

No!  We’d love to have you for whichever parts feel good to you.  If we’re going for a hike and you just want to sit in the sun with a good book…then that’s what you should do!

Yes.  Choosing fabric is such a personal thing.

You’ll be sent a material list (which you can also see on that retreat page).  We want your dream garments, the garments you’ll be making, to be just exactly what you want.  So, you’ll bring your own materials.  

I can understand your hesitation.  It’s a big commitment of your precious time and money.  

Obviously, I can’t guarantee that you’ll find your new best friend.  But I can promise that I will do my very best to create an atmosphere of inclusion and warmth.  I’ll provide opportunity to connect and nudge those connections along. 

Yes!  Most certainly, yes.  This is a choose-your-own adventure type of time.  Dip your toes in, jump in headfirst, or hang out on the beach…whatever feels good to you. 

Past Retreats

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