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!

Inclusions:

  • 8 days/7 nights accommodation in 4 star accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts, 2 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

Exclusions:

  • 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.

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

It’s hard to find the right words to describe how relaxing, entertaining, informative, engaging, interactive, enlightening and FUN the Tassie trip was. If you like sharing and building your art and craft skills with a small cohort of like minded people in a beautiful and luscious land then don’t hesitate to come on board.  Alison – Tasmania, March 2021

This is the trip to feed the creative soul in a stunning landscape full of history and close to home (for Australians). We learnt new skills from artisans who generously gave of themselves and their craft. But most of all we learnt from each other along the way. Such an interesting bunch of fellow travellers, each skilled in their craft and wiling to share. The memories will live on.   Jan – Tasmania, March 2021

I was very pleased to enjoy the delights of Tasmania with a wonderful group of like minded ladies. A fantastic itinerary – Susan K found some amazing places for us to visit.  I loved every day and didn’t want it to finish.  I’ll certainly return to enjoy more of Tasmania soon. Lynne  Tasmania, March 2021

A fabulous tour! I would recommend it to anyone who wants to spend time in many lovely creative environments, sharing it amongst fun and friendly people. Annie – Tasmania, March 2021