Why the Finch Makers Retreat is So Special!

Well... there's this....KAM_0355 The venue is always a huge part of a Finch Retreat, and the Manor at Cool Springs is no exception.  6000 square feet of gorgeously appointed rooms, on what used to be a golf course with rolling hills and lakes, you'll enjoy quiet corners for private relaxation and large gathering rooms for crafting with friends.

Then there's the food...

We start the day with hot coffee and self serve breakfast (we bring tea too) and gather on the veranda to, knit, stitch, weave, and visit with Finchy friends.  Some will take a moment to walk the beautiful grounds or take a bike ride on one of the Manor's bicycles.  As the day goes on and the workshops commence, we will partake in some snacky bits, wine, and a gin bar... Yum! After a wine tasting, dinner is catered and served  at the generous gathering table with the french doors open wide to the veranda (won't that be wonderful in May?!!).  Dinners are catered by Cowbell Kitchen, a local farm to table caterer whose food couldn't be more delicious.

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And of course there's the crafting... KAM_0252 KAM_0265

Which will be all about bags this time (what could be more perfect for a spring retreat?!)!  And in the evenings, we'll all gather in the grand living room for some more crafting (so bring some handwork for a relaxing end to a day full of sewing).

IMG_2602But you know what is best about all these things?!  The people...  That is really what make a Finch Retreat.

There couldn't be a more cheerful, kind, and lovely group of people than the people who comprise the Finch community. We validate one another as creatives, we build each other up, and we give one another a reason to keep on making.


Who should come?: Makers of all kinds (knitters, sewists, and crafters alike)!  We'll have projects for all interests and levels.   If you're up a fun time, a relaxed atmosphere, and lots creative inspiration, we hope YOU will sign up!

What goes on at a Finch Retreat:  We're going to make bags, but that is not all...  we'll eat great food, drink a little wine, sit on the veranda for coffee each morning, and even do some yoga on Sunday morning. To get more specific about the workshops, please see the listing here.

Do I need to Bring a Friend?: No!  We have plenty of room- , we won't make you share a tiny bed with a stranger.  At this time, there are several rooms available for people to occupy by themselves. You're going to make new friends anyway!  Finch people are the nicest, don't you think?!

A Final Word: Finch retreats are always a cut above - we think everyone deserves a little bit of luxury every now and again. We'll give you high quality instruction and a ton of inspiration, but what we really love about Finch retreats are the friendships created during our relaxed weekend together. A Finch retreat will send you back to your families feeling like you are special and appreciated by your creative friends.


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Retreat attendees will choose a bag they'd like to make before the retreat (we'll send a list of ideas and suggestions), be invited to a secret Pinterest board on bag design and all things related, and then we'll learn about all my favorite things related to bag making- zippers, leather, tassels, rivets, and hardware.  You'll be bringing your bag making to the next level!

Sold? Sign up here!

The cost for the entire event is $799-850 per person and is non-refundable. Due to the fact that this event will sell out quickly and is limited in numbers, we are not able to give refunds.

The price for the retreat includes the following:

  • A 2-night stay in one of the comfortable beds at the Cool Spring Manor (check in is 3pm on Friday, check out is 12 noon on Sunday); all meals are included.
  • Family style dinner on the veranda on Friday night.
  • Breakfast of artisan breads, yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit on Saturday + Sunday.
  • Lunch of gourmet sandwich meats, veggies, etc.
  • A candlelight dinner in the dining room on Saturday night catered by Cowbell Kitchen.
  • Snacks and WINE and GIN throughout the day. :)
  • Informal Workshops focused on all things Bag Making on Friday and Saturday.
  • Pre-Dinner Wine Tasting led by Nicole on Saturday
  • 75 minute Yoga Class on Sunday morning
  • Bicycles and boats are available for use on the grounds.

This retreat would make a great Valentine's Day gift or Mother's Day gift, so be sure to mention this to your family. If you have a generous Easter Bunny at your house, ask the Bunny to put the Retreat in your basket ;)


We really hope you will be able to join us, and without a doubt it will be a great time! Us Makers are special people and this retreat is a chance to celebrate that. When you are around other Makers with yummy food, a beautiful setting, and wonderful people, you know it is a recipe for magic.


~ Stefanie + the Finch