1. What are these retreats all about?

    • Our mission is to provide a productive and relaxing weekend of creativity. There is no set schedule, no workshops, just a blank weekend for you to do what you want! The retreats are designed to motivate individuals to make time for their craft.

  2. Where is the farmhouse?

    • Cobblestone Farm is located at 3286 Cornish Hollow Road, Cobourg, Ontario, just over an hour east of Toronto. We accommodate pick-up and drop-off at the ViaRail train station in Cobourg.

  3. When is the next retreat?

    • Click here for a list of this year's retreat dates. We hold 3 - 4 retreats a year to celebrate each season.

  4. Who attends Purple Workbench retreats?

    • Anyone with any creative interests are welcome to join the weekend. Although only women have attended past retreats, the weekend is open to men or women who may enjoy a weekend dedicated to creative projects. There are private rooms and multiple bathrooms to ensure a comfortable weekend for all guests.

  5. Can I bring a baby?

    • Unfortunately babies cannot be accommodated at Purple Workbench retreats. (*2019 edit: …..unless you book the entire weekend as a private retreat and confirm with the other guests that babies are allowed!)

  6. How many people attend the retreat?

    • A maximum of 6 guests can attend a retreat.

  7. What is included in the retreat and what is the cost?

    • The retreat costs $495 with an early bird price of $445. The cost includes 2 nights accommodations, 5 home cooked meals, all snacks and beverages. Check-in on Friday is 2pm, and check-out on Sunday is 11am.

  8. What are the accommodations?

    • The farmhouse has two private rooms and two large, shared rooms. The shared rooms each have a bunk bed with double sized mattresses: that's one double bed per person: a top bunk and bottom bunk. There are two full bathrooms with shower and bathtub. Click here for a tour of the farmhouse.

  9. Can I sign up for a workshop?

    • Purple Workbench retreats do not offer formal workshops; our goal is to dedicate the weekend to you and your own projects that you might otherwise not have time for. Note that there may be retreats with special guest instructors: this will be noted in the retreat details.

  10. What creative projects can I bring?

    • Past projects include sewing, knitting, painting, scrapbooking, woodworking, wedding albums, macrame, even plain old reading. Most projects can be accommodated at the farmhouse where we are limited only by size. When the weather is nice, the outdoor space allows for larger plans such as furniture refinishing. Wifi is available for any guests with online projects. The only limitation involves culinary projects: the kitchen is occupied most of the weekend for meal preparation.

  11. What if I want to learn to sew?

    • Retreats will sometimes have casual sew-alongs that I coordinate in between meal preparations. They are usually offered by request as an introduction to sewing. Many guests have learned to sew through this informal workshop. If you are interested, please indicate during registration and we will see what we can do!

  12. What sewing tools are available at the retreat?

    • We provide: cutting mats, iron, ironing board, long quilting rulers, and a sewing machine can be requested for the weekend. Basically, we try to provide the big stuff to simplify your packing.

  13. Who will be hosting me?

    • Kelly Dunwell hosts the weekend retreats. She arrives at the farmhouse a day in advance to prepare beds, plan meals, and organize creative workspaces. Read more about Kelly here.

  14. Do you accommodate all dietary preferences?

    • We are able to accommodate most dietary preferences and restrictions. Past retreats have successfully accommodated vegetarians and gluten-free diets. Please contact us to inquire about specific needs.

  15. What is your cancellation policy?

    • If a retreat is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. If you're not longer able to attend the retreat, you will still receive a full refund. Life happens; you should still make plans for yourself. We realize that this isn’t a great business policy, but that’s how much we want you to prioritize your me-time.