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2024 - 04/18 to 04/21 Retreat in the Rockies with Nancy Bates

Instructors:                 Nancy Bates and Paula Koerner

Dates:                          Thursday April 18 to Sunday April 21, 2024

Cost:                            $750 (optional Beginner’s Workshop is $125)

Class Location:          Peak to Peak Stitching, 363 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, CO (classroom is on 1st floor to the right as you walk into the                                        US Bank building)

Retreat Includes:       

  •        Two days of knitting classes including:  Embellishments on Knitting, Mastering Colorwork, Hat Design Class, and a special Estes Park project; all project kits included
  •        Private Meet and Greet book signing event with Nancy Bates (we will have copies of Knitting the National Parks and Nancy’s latest book, Knitting California, available in the shop)
  •        Light breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided on Friday & Saturday; each day will end early enough to allow you time to explore Estes Park and enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants
  •        Friday evening private shopping event to see the new kits, yarns, and projects we are featuring
  •        Saturday evening open knitting with Nancy & Paula with time for Q&As about all things knitting
  •        Light breakfast provided on Sunday morning during shopping and sit and knit time
  •        An amazing swag bag full of all the essentials

Prerequisite skills: Confident Beginner - You must know how to knit, purl, cast-on, and cast-off.

Rates/Registration Process

Retreat fee is $750. The optional Beginner’s Workshop is $125. Payment is due at time of registration.

The retreat fee does NOT include hotel accommodation or dinners.

There are many hotels in the area. Check out the following to find the accommodation that is right for you:

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made before January 20, 2024 will be refunded the registration fee less a cancellation fee of $100.Cancellations after January 20, 2024 will not be refunded for any reason unless we are able to re-sell your spot. If we can re-sell your spot, we will refund your registration fee less a $150 cancellation fee.

Sick Policy

If you are sick, we ask that you do not attend. Please respect your fellow attendees and their families! We will send you your kits and swag bag. 

If you have a confirmed case of Covid 19, you must be asymptomatic and have two negative Covid tests 48 hours apart in order to attend.

If you are more comfortable wearing a mask, wear one. If not, don’t. We expect all participants to respect the decisions of other participants.


Tentative Retreat Schedule:


(Optional 9:00 – 4:00 - additional cost - Pre-retreat Beginners’ Workshop with Paula Koerner to learn knitting in the round and decreases – see separate class description)

6:30 – 8:30 Meet and Greet Book Signing Event with Nancy Bates (includes light refreshments)


8:30 Light breakfast served

9:00 – 12:00 Master Colorwork Workshop with Paula Koerner

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch break

1:30 - 4:30 Special Estes Park Project with Nancy Bates & Paula Koerner

4:30 - 6:30 Free time to tour Estes Park and have dinner

6:30 - 8:30 Private shopping event in the Peak to Peak Stitching store


9:30 Light Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00: Embellishments on Knitting with Nancy Bates

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch break

1:30 - 3:30 Hat Design Class with Nancy Bates

3:30 - 6:30 Free time to knit, tour Estes Park and have dinner

6:30 - 8:30 Sit and Knit with Q&A session about all things knitting


10:00 – 1:00 Light breakfast, private shopping, knitting

Click here to download the flyer for Retreat in the Rockies with Nancy Bates.

Click here to download information on the Pre-Retreat Beginner's Workshop to get your knitting in shape for the retreat!

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Confident Beginner - You must know how to knit, purl, cast-on, and cast-off.
Materials Included: All kits and class materials are included. Hotel accommodations and dinners are not included.
Instructor: Nancy Bates
Instructor Bio: As far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated with color and texture, especially in how they relate to nature. Growing up in the sprawling suburbs of southern California in the 60s and 70s meant that our little neighborhood was still surrounded by miles of hills and open areas?before the freeway was built and more tracts of homes took them over. With eight siblings at home and a best friend just around the corner, I was never at a loss for an adventure buddy. We explored the little river valley, scrambled over boulders that formed waterfalls and pools, hiked along the shaded hillside, climbed trees to look for mistletoe, ran through fields of wildflowers and tall grass, and even discovered a ?bamboo forest? with a patch of gourds growing in it. Even a simple trip to the nearest grocery store became an adventure as we walked through orange and walnut groves to get there. As a child, I remember making mud pies and cakes in my backyard and being distinctly aware of which dirt to use for the cake, the frosting, or the sprinkle of cocoa on the top?depending on the color or texture, of course! Even a bucket of water and an old paintbrush filled a lazy afternoon as I ?painted? every surface I could find (trees, rocks, fences, our house) and watched how the color changed between wet and dry. I crafted, read, and explored my way through childhood, filling it up with as much adventure as I possibly could?and I haven?t stopped! For me, it was a natural progression to channel all of these childhood experiences and my love of nature into painting, sewing, and just about every fiber art I could learn. My amazing Mom taught me how to sew, crochet, knit, and embroider, I discovered cross stitch on my own, and I spent a week at John C. Campbell Folk School learning how to weave on a rigid heddle loom. I absolutely love them all (and still manage to fit each of them into my life), but the art of knitting has captured my heart the most. The fact that simple knits and purls can transform into endless textures and patterns is completely and absolutely fascinating!
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