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Nov 5-8: Yoga + Knitting Retreat in the Western NC Mountains


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Thursday, November 5 – Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Highlands, North Carolina

Jump-start your holiday knitting and replenish your body and soul with this fall 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. Be sure to complete the online survey we will send after you’ve registered!)
  • Field trips to yarn shop and fiber farm
  • Free time to explore on your own, take naps, or knit and do more yoga!
  • Whiskey tastings after dinnerKnitting_Needles__Yarn_1clipped


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.


RockingChairsThe Mountain Retreat 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.


kqteachingarmsupKquvien DeWeese has been practicing yoga for 15 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.

theresaTheresa 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.

allisonteachingknittingAllison Adams, retreat organizer, has been knitting for seven 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. 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

kissmeMerritt 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.

431530_10150741142180429_1702331738_nSilver 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.


Click here to view the full schedule.
The all-inclusive price for this four-day retreat is only $527.21 per person (shared room) or $639.30 (private room). This amount includes three nights of accommodations; three breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners; 6 yoga classes; 6 knitting workshop sessions; and additional activities (whiskey tasting and field trips). Payment to secure your place is due September 30, 2015. There are only ten slots available in this intimate retreat, so make your payment early!

Contact Allison Adams at or 404.373.1106 if you have any questions.

  1. Is it possible for local residents (who don’t need accommodations) to attend the workshops and seminars?

    • KquvienYoga says:

      I’m so sorry, but our contract with The Mountain, which is providing the facilities, accommodations, and meals, prevents that option.

  2. Betsy Jones says:

    Please put me on a mailing list for 2016 knitting retreat. Betsy

  3. Lori McLean says:

    Please put me on mailing list for next year

  4. kathy Lalley says:

    Please put me on you mailing list. Thnak you

  5. Could you add me to the mailing list for this retreat, too? Thanks very much!

  6. Barbara Hightower says:

    Please place me on the mailing list for the 2016 retreat. Thanks.

  7. Jan Letendre says:

    Please add me to that same mailing list. Sounds like the perfect retreat!

  8. Susan Silverman says:

    Are there any private rooms available for the June 2016 retreat?

    • KquvienYoga says:

      Hi Susan: Yes, there are. Four slots currently available, two of which are private rooms. We’d love to have you join us!

  9. Please add me to mailing list. Found you through the WSJ but live in Atlanta.

  10. I also read about your retreat in WSJ and would like to be on the list for next year’s opportunity.

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