When daily life leaves little time for your creative joys, Purple Workbench gives you the opportunity to escape for the weekend.

Purple Workbench hosts all-inclusive weekend retreats in picturesque Rural Ontario giving you the inspirational space and dedicated time to pursue your own creative projects. Use the weekend to feel inspired, focus on a task, eat good food, and enjoy peaceful surroundings with a small group of creative individuals. 


Your Own Projects

Treat yourself to a weekend devoted to your personal creative projects. 

Simply bring whatever you wish to focus on, and enjoy the weekend of dedicated time and inspirational space. Inform us of your project in advance and we can make sure a perfect workspace is ready for you.

Past retreats have welcomed sewing, painting, scrapbooking, furniture finishing, woodworking, and laptop projects of photography and blogging.

Share your works in progress with the #CompleteAtRetreat hashtag.


Farmhouse Serenity

Our retreats are held at the beautiful Cobblestone Farm in Cobourg, Ontario.

Accommodations include private and shared rooms, all very comfortable sleeping arrangements. 

The farmhouse is well equipped with various living areas with gorgeous views of the farmland (and horses!). Find a peaceful space to work and relax, or embrace the company of other crafters. 

Take a farmhouse tour


Food from the heart

The retreats are as much about food as they are about creative projects and relaxing surroundings. We ambitiously attempt to make everything from scratch, perfecting the menus months in advance.

Food choices celebrate local, seasonal ingredients. All meals, snacks, and beverages are provided so rest assured you are well fed all weekend long. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. 



Looking for something in the city?

Purple Workbench occasionally offers workshops in Toronto centred around food or sewing. Private lessons are always an option and can be customized to fit your interests!


New on the blog

Gallery