Annual Retreat

Wool Gathering is a four day retreat designed to bring together those of us who are passionate about all things wool. It is a chance to share our enthusiasm and knowledge. It is a chance to learn about new crafts and techniques. It is a chance to meet new people and make new friends. And it is a chance to walk with the sheep that produce the fibre that gives us so much pleasure as we run it through our hands!

When

Wool Gathering starts with a 3pm afternoon registration on Thursday 3rd May 2018 and concludes after lunch on Sunday 6th May 2018.

Where

Our venue is the beautiful and majestic Tarndwarncoort (affectionately known as Tarndie) – a working family sheep farm situated in Warncoort near Birregurra, in rural Victoria. The historic Homestead will provide the rooms that will become our classrooms, the gardens will become our dining room and the paddocks will provide us with lovely four legged friends to stroll with.  You can find out more about the venue here.

What

Over the four days of the retreat you will attend 3 classes in various yarn based crafts, participate in a variety of fun and fabulous activities and undertake 2 farm tours. One will give you the history of Tarndie and explain how Polwarth sheep came to be and the other will take you through the paddocks, on a tractor/trailer, to pat the sheep and learn about sheep farming practices. Follow the links to read more details on your choice of classes and our teachers.

Delicious meals and snacks will be supplied and there is the opportunity to purchase coffee and hot chocolate from the Tarndie cafe. Oh, and of course, the occasional glass of something ‘grapey’ or bubbly as well!

Accommodation is not included in the cost of Wool Gathering – there are many beautiful accommodations options in surrounding towns. The ability to control the final cost of your Wool Gathering is a unique aspect of this retreat.

And just so the fun doesn’t stop, there will be a fashion parade, a treasure hunt with great prizes, a special guest speaker to help us share the warmth of our community with others, Tarndie’s Farmgate shop with beautiful things just waiting to tempt you, a Teachers and Sponsors Market Place and ample opportunity just to sit with your yarny projects in the bucolic atmosphere and talk and relax with friends. And, an extra special event for this year’s Retreat – we will create our own Wool Gathering yarn and have it spun for us by the clever folk at Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill – how exciting is that!

The cost of Wool Gathering is $725.  For more details see our FAQ page.

Important Dates

Xmas Gathering -  3rd December 2017

The Annual Retreat Dates -  3rd May - 6th May 2018
Ticket Sale Date - 5pm Saturday 11th November 2017

Wool, Wine & Workshops - 2018
Sit & Knit (Saturdays) - 23rd June 2018, 18th August 2018, 22nd September 2018
Workshops (Sundays) - 24th June 2018, 19th August 2018, 23rd September 2018
Accommodation (weekends) - 23/24th June 2018, 18/19th August 2018, 22/23rd September 2018