Posted by: Kimberly | October 10, 2017

2017 Retreat Schedule!

Retreat Schedule

Friday, October 13th

3 pm: Hotel check-in begins
4 pm: Spinning room opens
4-7 pm: Registration and vendor check-in
6-7 pm: Jen Green – Spinning Linen demo*
8-9 pm: Daniel Nell – Spinning Flax demo*
8-10 pm: Vendors open
Midnight: Spinning room closes

Saturday, October 14th

7 am: Spinning room opens
9-10 am: Chris Thomson – Beginner Spinners class*
9-11 am: Vendors open
10 am: Tea/Coffee Break
10:30-11:30 am: Gabi Montoya-Eyerman – Spinning Angora class*
11:30-Noon: Strengthen and Stretch with Deborah Hann of Journey to Wellness
Noon: Lunch (Vendors first)
1:30-2:30 pm: Delia Burge – Spinning Wensleydale in the Grease/Washed class*
2:30-3:30 pm: Daphne Trenaman – Spinning from the Fold class*
2:30-4:30 pm: Vendors open
3:30 pm: Tea/Coffee
4-5 pm: Liz Nell – Blending with Silk class/demo*
5:30 pm: Group photo
6 pm: Supper/Fashion show/Grand prizes /Challenge
8-9: 30 pm: Vendors open
Midnight: Spinning room closes

Sunday, October 15th

7 am: Spinning room opens
9-10:30 am: Vendors open
11 am: Check out
Noon: Spinning room closes

*Each class/demo will be limited to 10-12 people. There will be a sign up sheet near the registration table.

Posted by: Kimberly | September 13, 2017

2017 Retreat: Simply Luxury

The Maritime Spinners Retreat, founded in the year 2000 in Prince Edward Island, is an annual event for hand-spinners. This travelling retreat changes location and is hosted in turn by a variety of spinning groups from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, though participants travel from the United States and Central Canada to participate as well. This year (2017), the Maritime Spinner’s Retreat is being hosted by the Atlantic Spinners and Handweavers guild.

Come join us at the Maritime Handspinners’ Retreat 2017: Simple Luxury, October 13 – 15

Download registration form

Link to Payment Instructions


Hotel Information

Delta Hotels by Marriott Dartmouth.

You can make your reservation online at

The Group Booking Codes to use under Special Rates Tab are:

  • Room with 1 king bed – MS1MS1A
  • Room with 2 queen beds – MS1MS1B

Or you can call 1-888-236-2427 and ask for Group Code MS1.

Please note: Rooms and rates are only guaranteed until September 12th

Posted by: btb2015 | May 1, 2016

It’s in the cards!

October 21, 22, 23

All details regarding the Maritimes Spinners Retreat has been posted on Facebook under the group name “Maritimes Spinners Retreat”.

Posted by: btb2015 | October 20, 2015

The 2015 Retreat in pictures

Well it was a short and intense weekend at the beautiful Auberge Bouctouche Inn.

Nothing like pictures to capture the emotions of the weekend!!

Mark the dates in your calendar for next year in Prince Edward Island:  October 21 to 23, 2016!!

2015 Participants - Auberge Bouctouche Inn

2015 Participants – Auberge Bouctouche Inn

The beginning of a new cult!!

The beginning of a new cult!!

Winner of the Kiwi wheel sponsor by Good Fibrations

Winner of the Kiwi wheel sponsored by Good Fibrations

Winner of blending board sponsored by Good Fibrations

Winner of blending board sponsored by Good Fibrations

Winner of inkle loom donated by Gil Pacheco

Winner of inkle loom donated by Gil Pacheco

Winner of the mittens contest!

Winner of the mittens contest!

Winner of the longest thread trophy

Winner of the longest thread trophy

Procuring non fattening treats from Good Fibrations!

Procuring non fattening treats from Good Fibrations!

Sunset in spinning room

Sunset in spinning room

Winner of the Country Spinner donated by Mini Mills

Winner of the Country Spinner donated by Mini Mills

The maximum of 40 registered participants has already been reached.

We are sorry if you did not have the chance to register.

W hope to see you next year in Prince Edward Island!

Posted by: btb2015 | April 5, 2015

The email sent contained the wrong mailing address.

Mailing address for this year is :

Maritimes Spinners Retreat 2015
595 Dover Rd.
Dieppe, NB E1A 7L8

Posted by: btb2015 | April 4, 2015

2015 Back to Basics Retreat Info!!


Auberge Bouctouche Inn, New Brunswick, Canada
October 16, 17 & 18, 2015

Well here are the details!  After weeks of crunching numbers, we are pleased to announce the full weekend fee of $115 for the 2015 Retreat.

Registration is on a first come basis and you are “in” as soon as your cheque is received.  Booking a hotel room does not automatically give you a spot at the retreat.  This year, spinning space is particularly limited*.

Your $115.00 covers all spinning activities, delicious lunch and supper buffet catered by Chef Carson Edward from Dune View Restaurant, welcoming snacks on Friday evenings, and morning/afternoon snacks on Saturday (including taxes and tips).

Registration procedures are kept to a bare minimum.  Simply send your cheques ($115.00 payable to Maritimes Spinners Retreat 2015) along with your name, e-mail contact and phone number to: Maritimes Spinners Retreat 2015, 595 Dover Rd, Dieppe NB, Canada, E1A 7L8.  Specify dietary requirement if any.  Confirmation will be by e-mail.

The Auberge Bouctouche Inn&Suites will be opening on April 11, 2015 (toll free 1-888-450-2244).  A block of rooms has been put aside for us so remember to mention the retreat when you book your room ($85/night + tx).  A continental breakfast is included in the room price and an extra charge applies for more than 2 people in the room.  All rooms are equipped with a mini-fridge and a micro-wave oven.

If you would like to attend as a vendor please send an email to

Timetable and activity details will be posted in the coming months but we are planning a MITTENS CONTEST so you can start spinning and checking for mittens ideas!

As usual, there will be a brief introductory session for new spinners on Saturday morning. Beginners should come with equipment (yours or borrowed) and at least a bit of practice in forming yarn.


Registration deadline, September 5th.

Except for the continental breakfast, no food is served at the Auberge but our catered meals.

This means that all of those wanting to join us for the meals at the Auberge on Saturday must be registered with us.  Note that there are restaurants and coffee shop very close to the Auberge.

Also there is no elevator in the Auberge; the spinning room and the eating room are situated on different floors.

You are on your own for supper Friday evening.

I surely missed something so don’t hesitate to send me an email for clarification.
Happy spring spinning!

*With so many interesting fiber related activities happening in October this year, we wondered if people would come to the Spinners Retreat.  But we just could not skip a year without at least a chance of getting together for the simple joy of spinning!!  However, we are also realistic…  Hence this year, the Retreat is organised in a smaller venue with spinning space for about 40 wheels.

Cancellation Policy:
The Cancellation date for the 2015 Retreat is September 5th.  A full refund will be given when you send written notification to Manon Mallet,  email  –

 After September 5th we will hold back a 20% administration fee.

If you cancel after September 25th a refund will only be issued if there are sufficient funds remaining after the Retreat. The 20% Admin fee will apply but we will do our best to refund as much as possible because we know that no spinner would miss a Retreat without a drastic reason!

Posted by: btb2015 | March 23, 2015

Bouctouche it will be!!

More details to come before the end of March. Promise.


Being snowed in weekly has its charm. Finally got to set up my loom with all handspun.

How about you?


Posted by: btb2015 | February 28, 2015

2015 in New Brunswick

Finally, the news you were waiting for…

The 2015 retreat will be held on October 16,17 and 18.


We will have more details for you in the coming weeks on this blog and on Facebook.

Posted by: peielaine | October 29, 2014

Prize Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Grand Prizes at the Maritime Spinners Retreat.

Kick Spindle- donated by Gil Pacheco – Nancy Williams from Maine
Blending board – sponsored by Harmonique/Ashford – Daniel Nell from Lower Sackville
Tapestry loom – donated by Belfast Mini Mills – Ashley Greenslade from Halifax
Schacht Ladybug Spinning wheel – sponsored by Schacht- Gen Noel from Hillsborough

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