Southeastern Yarn and Yoga Retreat

About This Event

June 9-12, 2016

Join us for the All-Level Yarn and Yoga Retreat at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Highlands, North Carolina

Energize your spring knitting and replenish your body and soul at this retreat in the beautiful Western North Carolina Mountains combining daily yoga practice and knitting workshops.

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Activities include

• Daily yoga instruction with the talented Atlanta-based Iyengar yoga teacher Kquvien Deweese

• Daily knitting instruction for all levels with Allison Adams and Knitty techniques columnist Theresa Vinson Stenersen (possible topics include fixing mistakes, casting on/off, getting started with stranded colorwork, knitting 101 for beginners, and others.)

• Fun fibery field trips!

• Free time to explore on your own, take naps, or knit and do more yoga!

• Whiskey tastings after dinner

Beginners and advanced practitioners at both yoga and knitting are welcome and encouraged! The schedule is designed so that you may be as involved in the activities as much or as little as you wish.


The Mountain Retreat Center is located at an elevation of 4200 feet in western North Carolina, a little more than a two-hour drive from Atlanta. The Mountain provides breathtaking views, old growth forest, and 94 acres that include rare oaks, a labyrinth and lake, hiking trails and beautiful foliage and granite rock outcroppings. Our rooms will be simple yet comfortable, circling around the top of Little Scaly Mountain with rocking chairs porches to enjoy the 100 mile view. The Mountain furnishes linens and towels. Dining services, with seasonal produce grown on The Mountain’s organic farm, has gained an excellent reputation with healthy choices to please omnivores and vegetarians alike.


Kquvien DeWeese has been practicing yoga for 17 years and taken three month-long trips to study in India at the Iyengar Center. She began teaching in 2002 and is now an Intermediate Junior III Certified Instructor, who also mentors aspiring teachers. Having come from a very physical background including dance, martial arts, and weightlifting, she offers a unique teaching style that can motivate even the most-accomplished couch potato among us. She challenges her students, leaving them with a sense of accomplishment, confidence, and inner peace. Working to accommodate each individual’s specific needs and physical challenges, she encourages her students to work to their potential. With disarming candor and compassion, she has helped people in all stages of life–children, adults, senior citizens, pregnant women, athletes, former athletes and self-proclaimed stiffs–to experience the physical and mental benefits of Iyengar yoga.

Theresa Vinson Stenersen is a knitting designer and longtime columnist for the online magazine Knitty (“Techniques with Theresa”). She is well known for the illuminating lucidity of her instruction on methods and techniques often thought to be “advanced” and “challenging.” Theresa learned to knit first from her aunts with whom she grew up in the Southern Appalachians and later while living in Norway for many years. She also learned much about creating fiber dyes from natural sources such as mushrooms. Theresa now lives in Western North Carolina on a farm with her family, including several humans, alpacas, sheep, chickens, cats, and a marvelous dog named Audrey.

Allison Adams, retreat organizer, has been knitting for eight years and has helped many beginning knitters get started on their first projects. She has also studied stranded colorwork design and Fair Isle knitting techniques in Shetland and has taught beginning stranded colorwork. An experienced music teacher, she excels at one-on-one beginner level instruction. She focuses on making the learning project rewarding and encouraging, with clear, simple, step-by-step instruction that is geared toward what the knitter wishes to accomplish.

Field Trips

Merritt Farm (Suri Alpacas, Fiber Goats, Bunnies, More – Otto, NC)
In 2002 Liza McArthur founded this 10-acre farm centered around a 200-year-old log cabin that serves as a store offering raw fiber, battings, rovings, yarns and apparel. Liza keeps alpacas, fiber goats, bunnies, and more. Read about Allison’s first visit to Merritt Farm in 2011 here.

Silver Threads and Golden Needles (Yarn Shop – Franklin, NC)
This wonderful LYS is a friendly and fiber obsessed yarn shop owned by a mother and daughter duo, Virginia and Kristin, along with their best friend, Amy. Located in the Historic Downtown shopping area of Franklin, North Carolina, they have everything you need to launch yourself into a fiber frenzy! Allison’s mother, also a knitter, practically lives in this store.

The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts (Franklin, NC) – exhibit of the work of Charles Gandy, local knitwear artist, designer, and teacher

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Tentative schedule (subject to tweaking!)

The all-inclusive price for this four-day retreat includes three nights of accommodations; three breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners; daily yoga classes; daily knitting workshop sessions; and additional activities (whiskey tasting and field trips). To confirm your place in the retreat, full payment is due no later than April 30, 2016. There are only ten slots available in this intimate retreat, so make your payment early!

Shared room:

$595 if you pay by credit card

$575 if you pay by cash or check (contact Allison for details)

Private room:

$705 if you pay by credit card

$685 if you pay by cash or check (contact Allison for details)

*Two $50 discounts available for assistantships. Please inquire with Allison Adams, Retreat coordinator, for details.

Contact Allison Adams at (contact info blocked) or (contact info blocked).

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

To confirm your place in the retreat, full payment is due no later than April 30, 2016.

Any cancellations before May 9, 2016, will be fully refunded except for a $45 per person administrative fee.

Any cancellations—including no-shows—on or after May 9, 2016, are not refundable.

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