retreat | recreate

creative tours for women

textiles – handcrafts – dance – gardens

Welcome! We offer women’s textile arts retreats and tours to Japan, India, Morocco, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Australia with Turkey, Iran, Iceland and the Silk Road being added in 2023 and 2024.  We’re also expanding our offerings to include dance focussed tours to Japan and Europe (London, Paris & Amsterdam) and a garden tour of Japan.  

Please click here to join our mailing list or register your ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) for one or several tour destinations. Those on the EOI list for each destination will receive an early bird invitation to sign up for newly released tours to that destination before they’re made available to the general mailing list and promoted on social media.  Many of our tours sell out to the EOI list alone before we have a chance to advertise them broadly.

2022 and 2023 tours (Covid permitting)

EOIs (Expressions of Interest) are now INVITED for all 2022 and 2023 tours unless marked as SOLD OUT

Click on the underlined tour headings below for an overview of each tour.


Tasmania handcrafts  26 Feb – 5 March

Far North Queensland handcrafts: 18-25 June 

Top End (Northern Territory) handcrafts: 6-14 August  

Japan handcrafts: 1-14 October

Tasmania handcrafts (including the Deloraine Craft Fair): 29 Oct – 5 Nov

Morocco handcrafts: 7-22 November – IN PROGRESS

Melbourne Ghost Net Workshop: 23 November – SOLD OUT!


Thailand and Laos handcrafts: 29 January – 10 February – SOLD OUT! Join the waiting list.

Tasmania handcrafts TBC

Morocco handcrafts: 2-18 March – PRIVATE GROUP

New Zealand handcrafts – March/April TBC

Morocco handcrafts: 24 April – 9 MaySOLD OUT

Japan Dance and Culture: 11-23 May – OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!

Far North Queensland (Cairns to Cape York) handcrafts – June/July TBC

Top End Handcrafts (Northern Territory) – 12-19 August approx. TBC

Turkey handcrafts – September

Europe Ballet (London, Paris & Amsterdam) – September/October

Japan Blue (an indigo focussed textile tour) – September

Japan handcrafts – October dates TBC

India handcrafts – November

Have you thought about a private group tour for you and your friends? If you’re part of a craft guild or stitching group, consider a private tour for your group.  Get in touch!

retreat|recreate acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to the land, sea and community.  We pay our respects to the Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and their cultures.

retreat | recreate

Melbourne, Australia

ABN: 45 657 561 570