I had been thinking of promoting a Spring Retreat from early next year. If I had it in Monbulk, it is quite local to me, and easier to organise. It is catered, but it would be bunk room style. It has quite a large hall for setting up as the sewing room. I would also need a minimum of 25 people to attend for it to go ahead.
But what if I had several smaller retreats through out the year? There is a new facility, that opened in August, in Lancefield – Sewjourn. It is much cheaper, but it is self-catered. The maximum number of guests is 10 (and that includes me!) The studio is separate to the living quarters, and is specifically designed for needleworkers (including patchwork and quilters – the owner is one of these) and crafters.
I could even run some small classes – I have one in mind right now – a Brightneedle design that I have had for about 4 years that is a class only piece – I currently have places for 6 people, but I could always contact the designers and see if I can get another 3.
So, what do you think? Should I go ahead and look into it for about March or April next year? Of course, for both events, the shop would be brought along with me. At the moment, I would be looking at around $100 – $120 per person for a self catered weekend (that includes goody bag etc, but not necessarily the kit) This is just a guess, I have not priced it out, as I thought I might get some expressions of interest first. Let me know what you think.