Spring 2019 Yarn and Yoga Retreat, June 13-16

Knitting and yoga retreat at the beautiful and historic Parker Ranch in Clayton Georgia


June 13-16, 2019

Improve your knitting techniques and replenish your body and spirit at this retreat in the beautiful Northeast Georgia Mountains. Yoga practice and knitting workshops each day in an intimate and supportive environment.


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“Sit and Knit with Me”

Intrigued by a tricky pattern? Ready to try a new stitch technique? Want to try steeking but the thought of taking scissors to your knitting gives you hives? You’re invited to bring along a project that poses a knotty problem or a learning challenge, and our skilled experts and teachers will be there to help you. We will ask you a couple of weeks in advance if you know what you want to learn, but if you decide while you’re there, that’s great, too! We’ll be ready!

Activities include

  • Daily yoga instruction with the talented Atlanta-based Iyengar yoga teacher Kquvien Deweese
  • Daily personal knitting instruction with renowned knitting instructor and designer Nell Ziroli and Knitty techniques columnist Theresa Vinson Stenersen
  • Field trip to a local fiber farm for fuzzy animal snuggling, yarn/fiber shopping, and more!
  • Hiking trails
  • 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! Beginners receive special attention. The schedule is designed so that you may be as involved in the activities as much or as little as you wish.


Two hours north of Atlanta, but a world apart from the noise and sprawl. Parker Ranch, originally built in 1907, is nestled in the privacy of 14 acres of sheltering trees and mountain breezes. We’ll settle in on the covered porches and listen to the birds sing or curl up in the great room by the fireplace with our knitting. Yoga classes will be held in the brand-new event building a few steps away.


While all our meals and activities will be based at Parker Ranch, the Ranch does not have enough rooms to provide lodging for our entire group. Therefore, we have reserved additional accommodations two minutes away at Blue Moon Apartments and at Kingwood Resort, ten minutes away. Participants can also register for the commuter option and secure their own accommodations. We think the Beechwood Inn, also about ten minutes away from Parker Ranch, is lovely!


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Kquvien DeWeese has been practicing yoga for 18 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.

Nell Ziroli has been wrapping yarn around needles since she was 8. She is self-taught but has been inspired by luminaries and students alike.  She is a perpetual knitter, published designer, and enthusiastic teacher. Currently, Nell works with Mason Dixon Knitting; teaches at her darling local yarn shop, BaaBaa Sheep in Norfolk, Virginia; and travels for teaching. She is a more frequent Instagrammerthan Blogger. To subscribe to her (infrequent and private) mailing list: http://eepurl.com/h_8QU

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 ten 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.


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The all-inclusive price for this four-day retreat includes three nights of accommodations; three breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners; daily yoga classes; daily knitting workshop sessions; and additional activities (whiskey tastings and field trips). To confirm your place in the retreat, full payment is due no later than May 31, 2019. There are only ten slots available in this intimate retreat, so make your payment early!

All-inclusive, per person:

  • Parker Ranch, private room, private bath: $1032 cash | $1063 online credit card
  • Parker Ranch, shared room, private bath: $912 cash | $939 online credit card
  • Parker Ranch, private room, shared bath (cabin): $912 cash | $939 online credit card
  • Private room, shared bath at Blue Moon Apartments (2 minutes away): $864 | $890 online credit card
  • Hotel room with 2 queen beds at Kingwood Resort (10 minutes away), private room: $984  | $1013 online credit card
  • Hotel room with 2 queen beds at Kingwood Resort, shared room: $805 | $829 online credit card
  • Commuter option (includes everything except lodging): $727 cash | $779 online credit card

Payment and Cancellation Policy

A deposit of 40% of total retreat fee is due upon booking.

Your deposit is 50% refundable up to 30 days before the retreat (May 13, 2019) and not refundable after May 13.

Payment in full is May 31, 2019.

Any cancellations after May 31 are not refundable.


Contact Allison Adams at aoapoplar@gmail.com or 404.373.1106.