"This was my first sewing retreat and I loved it! From start to finish we were looked after so well. Sewing at the workshop was so relaxing with wonderful group of people. Lisa, Tess and Amanda couldn’t have been more helpful and encouraging. "
"I loved my “me” time away from the daily grind. It was great to have the freedom to work on my own choice of pattern at a pace that suited me. The help I received from both yourself and Tess and Amanda gave me confidence to complete my pattern and the other items I cut out. I also loved the concept of “slow”. It’s not about the end result but rather about the journey to reach the end. And also learning new techniques and skills to enable me to have the confidence to attempt more advanced patterns. "
"Very enjoyable weekend spent at Creative Spirit Retreat sewing Avid Seamstress pattern. Location and venue could not have been better. Facilities and food were excellent. Great support while sewing and watching everyone having fun creating their garments added to the experience. "
"Lisa and the team provided a beautiful, restful retreat. Luxury surroundings, mindful breathing, massage, sewing, amazing food and lots of laughter - Heavenly"
"The retreat exceeded my expectations. Excellent tuition in beautiful surroundings with the added benefit of the pool, a massage and two breath work sessions. Was wonderful to be able to give time to sewing in such a setting."
"This weekend was just what I needed. A wonderful place to share and learn. The support and tuition was excellent. Everything was high quality. I would certainly go again"
Our incredible group of creative sewists for our June 2023 retreat. They bought with them warmth, enthusiasm and immersed themselves in our retreat experience.
June 2023 reviews
"I was slightly apprehensive about attending on my own, but everyone was so lovely it turned into a very special experience. The support given by Lisa, Tess and Amanda was superb and despite choosing to sew a garment I’d never attempted before, with their help I managed much better than I thought I would. The venue was perfect, and extremely comfortable, and the food was delicious. The addition of meditation and a massage session was a real treat. Overall, a magical experience which I hope to repeat next year. I wholeheartedly recommend the Creative Spirit Sewing Retreat by the Avid Seamstress"
"I am so happy that I was able to attend The Avid Seamstress' Creative Spirit retreat. The experiences I had will stay with me for a long time to come - some of them were almost life-changing. I knew I'd have a good week sewing, but it was the added mindfulness activities attached to the retreat that really opened my eyes and imbued the week with so much of its magic. If you want a retreat where you can immerse yourself in sewing, meet great people and take time to reconnect at a slower pace, look no further. Thank you so much to everyone involved."
"This treat is exactly what I needed. A unique immersive experience. Surrounded by like minded creatives and the support from Lisa & Tess was amazing. My heart was full when I left the retreat and have used techniques picked up from the meditation in my everyday life. "
"A great venue for a sewing retreat. We were cocooned in tranquillity, great food, expert advice and unlimited patience from Lisa and her team. This is a sewers dream. "