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retreat|recreate is delighted to offer this 8 day/7 night women’s tour exploring Tasmania through the lens of its textiles and handcrafts.

Join us as we explore the ancient culture and craft heritage of Iutruwita’s traditional owners when we tour a museum exhibition; meet spinners, weavers, dyers, knitters, stitchers and felting artists; watch fibre artists, glassblowers, woodworkers, painters at work; learn about wool growing and fibre production when we visit sheep and alpaca farms, meet farmers and visit a wool museum; take an interactive tour of a boutique handmade paper factory; enjoy Tassie’s superb scenery, sample delicious local produce and stitch, knit and craft along the way. Plus much, much more.

Our adventure begins in Luyni mungalina (Launceston) on the Tamar River.  At a superb museum exhibition we’ll learn about the culture, lifestyle and handcrafts of Tasmania’s first people. As we explore the areas around Deloraine and Pataway (Burnie), known for their creative and artistic communities, we’ll be able to watch artisans at work.  We’ll spend two nights at our gorgeous coastal lodgings, surrounded by manicured gardens and set amongst 150 acres of native bushland at Hawley Beach. Continuing southward through the picturesque midlands, we’ll explore historic townships, yarn shops, textile artisan studios  and sheep and alpaca farms.  We’ll spend a night in beautifully restored convict cottages and barns on a historic farm before heading to vibrant Nipaluna (Hobart) for two nights.  A day trip from Tasmania’s capital city will take us to the Huon valley for our final full day of activities before we return to Hobart for our final group dinner.

All accommodation is rated at 4 stars and includes a coastal historic estate, a heritage farm and a waterside heritage hotel.

This itinerary features three fabulous hands-on workshops, led by three superb, accomplished artists, each respectful and mindful of treading lightly on this precious land. We’ll gather grasses and fibres on Country with an Aboriginal artist, followed by a basket weaving, felting and garland making workshop; make and embellish a journal cover using creative embroidery and slow stitching techniques and finally, we’ll learn about the intricacies of natural dyeing with local plants and eco-dye a pair of wool socks. The result: three very special experiences and your very own hand-made souvenirs of Tasmania!

This exciting textile adventure is not to be missed!


  • 8 days/7 nights accommodation in 4 star accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (drinks not included)
  • Transport: private coach, taxi
  • Workshops and activities as per the itinerary
  • Entrance to museums, galleries, studios and excursion venues as per the itinerary
  • Services of a retreat|recreate host


  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Early check in or late check out
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Personal spending (souvenirs, phone, laundry etc)
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Activities marked as optional
  • Tips

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.


Here’s what our travellers had to say about this trip:

Thanks so much for an awesome week in Tasmania with inspirational workshop teachers and visits to fascinating creative destinations with trail blazing women sharing their experiences with us. Your planning and organisation was exceptional and your caring gentle manner made it a very relaxing journey. Don’t change a thing on the next tour – this one was as close to perfect as you can get. I look forward to my next tour with retreat|recreate.  Anne – Tasmania, May 2021

This tour was a delight from start to finish. The organised but respectful tone was clear from the beginning, and I felt safe and relaxed. Susan was more than a tour leader; she was also a participant, but although she was doing the workshops with us, she also made sure that details were being taken care of without fuss or grandstanding. The itinerary was not too demanding – most stays were two nights and the morning starts were comfortably timed. The workshops were fun and stimulating, and the other visits interesting and often very educational. The food was excellent. All in all, I’d highly recommend retreat|recreate tours for women interested in fibre, textiles and handcrafts. Susan and Susan have a knack for finding interesting people and places, and they are organised, respectful, and kind. Mary-Helen – Tasmania, May 2021

The itinerary was well balanced with alternate days touring, shorter visits and doing a diverse range of workshops. All accommodation was excellent. I really enjoyed the lovely heritage hotels / houses included. This gave a nice historical perspective, colonial architecture, interesting quirky hosts and beautiful locations. The workshops were an absolute highlight! I loved spending all day with an artist, learning new skills, being able to use their materials and coming away with a momento to keep working on. Interesting how the workshops and visits all complemented one another. I really enjoyed meeting and getting to know likeminded women, and sharing new experiences together. And Susan, our most excellent guide! Your careful, thoughtful, respectful planning and delivery of a wonderful tour exceeded all my expectations. If you are thinking of joining this tour on your own, don’t hesitate. You will learn so much, come away with new passions, have a great time, travel with interesting likeminded women and visit some inspirational women doing amazing things. Go for it!  Virginia – Tasmania, May 2021