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Nov 16-19: Fall 2017 Southeastern Yarn and Yoga Retreat


Elohee Retreat Center, Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia

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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 a safe and supportive environment.


“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
  • Natural dye vats for yarn
  • Free time to explore on your own, take naps, or knit and do more yoga!
  • Whiskey tastings after dinner
  • Optional massage therapy

Beginners and advanced practitioners at yoga are welcome and encouraged! The crafting sessions are geared toward more experienced makers. The schedule is designed so that you may be as involved in the activities as much or as little as you wish.


 is a retreat center located in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia, about an hour and 45 minute drive from Atlanta. Tucked into a beautiful, wooded mountainside on 216 acres, Elohee includes a village of brand-new duplex and quadruplex cottages that will serve as our accommodations, a studio for our yoga classes, a tea house for the knitting workshops and downtime/social knitting, and a hot tub and adjacent natural swimming pond with spectacular mountaintop views. Elohee also has over two miles of trails that traverse different ecosystems, including a hike to a 100-foot waterfall.

Buffet-style meals are gourmet vegetarian, with meat & fish, vegan, and gluten-free options, using food that is as organic and locally grown as possible. Food is sourced through Northeast Georgia Locally Grown, an online farmers market that brings together 20 to 30 local farmers and food producers posting the availability of their fresh vegetables, herbs, baked goods, eggs, meats, plants, honey, and dairy products. Elohee provides linens and towels.




Kquvien DeWeese has been practicing yoga for 17 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 Instagrammer than Blogger. To subscribe to her (infrequent and private) mailing list:

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 more than nine 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.

Field Trip

Adonai’s Alpacas, Cleveland Georgia – Llamas, alpacas, and sheep (oh, my!)

Tentative schedule (subject to tweaking!)





The all-inclusive price for this four-day retreat includes three nights of accommodations; three breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners; daily yoga classes; daily knitting workshop sessions; and additional activities (whiskey tasting and field trips). To confirm your place in the retreat, full payment is due no later than November 2, 2017. There are only ten slots available in this intimate retreat, so make your payment early!

  • single/private bath: $1215
  • single/shared bath:  $975
  • double/private bath: $935

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Deposit of 40% of total retreat fee is due upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable but transferable to another person or another Elohee-based retreat. Payment is due in full 2 weeks before retreat.


Contact Allison Adams at or 404.373.1106.



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