Testimonials

I have always wanted to travel to India and I couldn’t have gone with a better company or been in more capable hands. I met so many interesting people and saw so many amazing sights. The textiles and crafts were fabulous and meeting the people who made them was a highlight of the trip. I can’t wait to sign up for the next one. Carol – India 2020

I’m not a “tour” person, but am so glad I made an exception for Japan in January 2020. The itinerary was so thoughtfully planned – a beautiful combination of experiences and sightseeing. I saw all of the “must see” sights, but still felt independent. retreat|recreate captured the essence of “my kind” of travel. I’m not a “tour” person, but am so glad I made an exception for Japan in January 2020. The itinerary was so thoughtfully planned – a beautiful combination of experiences and sightseeing. I saw all of the “must see” sights, but still felt independent. retreat|recreate captured the essence of “my kind” of travel. Tara – Japan 2020 

The trip to India was beyond all expectations. Truly amazing to see so many famous sights and incredible museums but it was meeting the craftspeople and visiting the villages that were the real highlights of the tour. Whether you’re a lone traveller or travelling with a friend you’ll soon have a group of new friends with common interests. Looking forward to becoming a repeat traveller with you. Gail – India 2020

My trip to Japan with retreat|recreate was the fulfillment of a long time dream. From the first visit to a weaver’s studio, where I wept at the amazing art and the opportunity to view it, to the visits to so many beautiful cultural sites, I was enchanted and delighted with the experience. Looking back, I can’t believe how many things we saw and did, and all the special artists we met. Susan and Akiko, our Japanese guide, made sure every question was answered and every need was met. A once in a lifetime trip (but I’m already thinking of doing it again). Pam – Japan January 2020

I thought I knew quite a lot about India, having travelled for business in Rajasthan some years ago, but I was so wrong. This trip through Rajasthan and Gujurat was one of the most interesting, stimulating and fun things I have ever done. The planning and organisation was excellent, all the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable, very caring and great company too; they really added a great deal to the whole experience. We spent 18 days discovering the heart of two great states famous for their textile heritage and the amazingly talented craftsmen and women living there who are still creating beautiful pieces of art, preserving their traditions and their way of life. Embroidery, dyeing, printing, weaving, pottery, wood turning, metalwork. We saw it all. And it was a joy to be able to spend time learning about their skills and trying my hand at them, skillfully guided by such talented people. The tour took us to places most tourists don’t get to experience, and every day became a new adventure. The two Susans who are retreat|recreate have forged wonderful relationships with the people we visited and everywhere we went we were genuinely welcomed with smiles, great courtesy and of course cups of chai! So, if you want something more than a tour that just whisks you around the usual tourist spots and you enjoy travel that is ‘up close and personal’ then this is the tour for you. It delivers in the most unexpected and delightful ways.  Anita – India 2020

This was my second time as a solo traveller travelling with retreat|recreate. The tour organisers, tour guides, fellow travellers, accommodation, itinerary, food, workshops and experiences were even better than I could ever have hoped for. If you’re thinking about traveling through India you will not be disappointed with retreat|recreate. Looking forward to trip number 3!  Marianne – India 2020 (and Bali 2019)

I had a wonderful trip with more amazing experiences than I could have hoped for. Morocco has been a destination on my travel list and to be able to take a tour with a textile focus alongside women with similar interests made for a delightful holiday. Once again Susan and Susan, thank you for showing me Morocco. I would love to join retreat|recreate again on another trip somewhere if the planets align.  Wendy – Morocco 2019 

A wonderful trip: I just completed the India tour. The itinerary was a mix of must-see points of interest – like the Great Rann desert and the Rani ki Vav stepwell – and delights for textile artists including museums, demonstrations, and workshops.  My best memories though are the personal interactions within our group and with the people we met. The artist’s relationships with Susan and our local guides made us welcome guests, sometimes even in their homes. Thank you Susan, Susan, and Anant for keeping us organized, safe, and happy and for your warm caring nature. Susan – India 2020

India is a country with a rich and ancient textile tradition. It was wonderful to be able to experience many of these crafts first hand with local artisans in small villages. retreat|recreate leads an amazing tour which delves deep into textiles but also includes key cultural sites. As a designer I have admired and referenced the beautiful fabrics of India for decades but this trip has taught me the origins of these handcrafts. I look forward to exploring another part of the world with retreat|recreate. Katherine – India 2020

The carefully researched and curated inaugural Japan Blue tour was absolutely the experience of a lifetime! Thorough ground work plus the gracious leadership and  enthusiasm of the local guide enabled our small group of passionate textile and indigo enthusiasts to gain a deep understanding of aizome. From fields, through fermentation, to dyeing and buying, we were able to meet extraordinary artisans, dye cloth in centuries-old vats and workshops and gain a deep appreciation for Japan’s indigo culture. Each of our group returned home with gorgeous indigo textiles whether flea market finds, remnants or small bundles of deep blue heaven. Deepest thanks to retreat|recreate for making this first indigo tour a vibrant reality. Louise – Japan Blue 2019

From the chaos of crowded cities to the quiet mudbrick villages dotted across desert plains, this trip surpassed all expectations.  Every day was filled to the brim with adventure and excitement. Two weeks of history-soaked palaces, medieval forts, eating delicious Indian food and immersing myself in the traditions of Indian textiles was an outstanding experience.  I’m already missing India with its colourful saris, masala chai, white marble temples, tuk-tuk rides, stunning embroideries and wood block textiles. retreat|recreate put together an incredible and varied itinerary that is not to be missed. Catherine – India 2019 (also Bali 2016 and Vietnam 2017)

Only when you return home do you realise the care and research that has gone into providing such a range of textile and cultural highlights that make up this tour. From moments of quiet contemplation during the tea ceremony and walking in temple gardens to the bustle of the flea market and Quilt Festival, everything was organised to provide the widest possible experience and enjoyment. Travelling in a small group of textile enthusiasts, we were able to learn from inspiring local artists and practitioners who guided us through the delights of dyeing, stitching and weaving. Completely unforgettable and I’d say one off the ‘bucket list’ if I wasn’t planning the next trip!  Bev – Japan 2020

What incredible, thoughtful, well-rounded adventures the two Susans lovingly offer time and time again! It’s a lovely way to travel – the perfect number of like-minded textile lovers and just the right mix of local delights, cultural immersion and discovery.  Thank you!   Roz – Japan Blue 2019 and Bali 2015

I really enjoyed the Vietnam trip.  I particularly loved the idea that it was about textiles, for women only and that all the hard work of planning was already done.  Susan was a wonderful tour leader with dignity and style.  Her rapport with the group and with the Vietnamese artisans was fantastic – gorgeous and gracious.  The homestay people and artisans were wonderful about allowing us to glimpse their world first hand.  Helen – Vietnam 2018

My time in Bali with retreat|recreate was wonderful. The tour was well-planned and had an ideal balance of visits, workshops and free time. I’ve had a long-held interest in Southeast Asian textiles and was delighted to see and feel examples of weaving techniques that were new to me, as well as a stunning wealth of textiles with which I was more familiar. The group was fun to travel with and I feel I’ve made new friends and deepened old friendships. If you’re considering a trip with recreate|recreate, just go! The Susans are organised, understanding and compassionate. Their love for textiles gives a focus to the tour that’s interesting even for those who are not textile practitioners. Thank you retreat|recreate.  Lyn S – Bali 2019 (and Japan 2017) 

You guys are awesome! I have only been on two other tours but this one was AB FAB! You have created something really special. I feel like I have made friends for life on this trip and that does not happen very often. Abi – Japan 2019

retreat|recreate tours takes the worry out of travelling, particularly as a solo traveller:  everything is covered from the moment you arrive at your destination. retreat|recreate will take you places a regular traveller would not see or experience.  Definitely high on the list of recommendations.  Marianne – Bali 2019

I had the most amazing time in Japan on retreat|recreate’s textile tour. What an extraordinary place full of contrasts. We enjoyed several workshops including saori weaving, indigo dyeing etc, visits to artists studios, museums, fabric and yarn shops, magical temples and shrines, and tasted the most delicious food. Our local guide was absolutely delightful, very organised, knowledgeable and fun! I now have 12 new friends in my fellow travellers and look forward to the next time I join retreat|recreate on tour.  Sue – Japan 2018 

I can’t speak highly enough of your company and everything about the tour.  Your detailed research and passion shines through.  For anyone with an interest in any textile art, this tour is an absolute joy.  Rosemary – Vietnam 2018

The retreat|recreate India trip was an amazing experience and each day was packed with activities and new adventures. We were able to have access to a wide variety of artisans who are masters of their craft. From urban areas to rural villages we were welcomed into studios of working artists who were generous and gracious. Local guides with expert knowledge of historical sites and textiles were used in each of the regions we visited, which enhanced our experience. The intense colors, the people, the sounds and sensory experience of India will stay with me for a long time. It was fun to share this experience with other women who have a shared passion for beautiful textiles and handcrafts. Cathy – India 2019

I had been researching textile trips to Japan for 4 years, keeping an eye on reviews and the tone and tenor of the organizers/leaders. I got the best feeling from retreat|recreate. Susan and Susan did not disappoint.   Rachel – Japan 2019

I’ve had the good fortune to travel overseas four times.  I’ve enjoyed travelling alone and with my eldest daughter, but my tour of Morocco with retreat|recreate has been the most wonderful travel experience of my life. The itinerary was excellent, the other women on the tour were great company and the accommodation was very comfortable and well appointed.  All ran smoothly with two Susans, our terrific guide Khaled and driver Anwar.  I cannot recommend this tour and retreat|recreate highly enough. Sue – Morocco 2019

I have been on two retreat|recreate tours now (Bali & Japan) and both have been totally memorable. Everything is so well organised, the tour group is small and attended by kindred spirits. Susan and Susan have thought of every detail and make every effort to create and execute a fabulous textile and cultural experience. Can’t wait to go on the next one.   Melinda – Japan 2018 and Bali 2016

This was my second textile tour with retreat|recreate and it lived up to my expectations.  As with my first tour (Northern Vietnam), the itinerary was well researched and all details coordinated with the organisers, tour leader and tour company.  The group is kept small which allowed for everyone to share time together and be part of the hands on experiences at each of the activities planned each day.  Sharing the experience with other women who have a common interest in textiles and cultural heritage makes these trips very special.  Chris – Laos 2018 (and Vietnam 2017)

The textile tour was fantastic and delivered so much rich exposure to Japanese culture, textile tradition and daily life.  There were so many highlights from this trip it’s hard to list them all – from shopping at a flea market and snapping up bargains, to visiting indigo dye and sashiko artists, visiting beautiful shrines and temples and gaining a better understanding of the role these play in the daily life of the Japanese people, eating fantastic food, getting hands on with weaving and indigo dyeing and seeing a traditional village.  A fantastic bunch of women with a common interest in textiles made it a lot of fun.  A well planned and well run tour from start to finish.   Linda – Japan 2017

What a wonderful, amazing experience! From the minute we arrived, Susan and Sue made sure we were at ease and everything ran smoothly from start to finish.  From trying our hands at batik and indigo dyeing, to learning about ikat weaving processes and other local traditional textiles, we really got the chance to see behind the scenes.   Daily yoga, delicious food, spa treatments and a tranquil sanctuary-like location were welcome bonuses.  Between them our hosts held a wealth of knowledge on textiles and local culture and their love of both was immediately obvious.  We could not have asked for better people to lead the retreat.  Kylie – Bali 2016

retreat|recreate took me on a fantastic tour to places I would otherwise not have visited with experiences I would not have otherwise have had.  It was a great way to experience Laos – its culture and its people – in both cities and the countryside through the shared medium of textiles.  The trip was meticulously researched and very organised, running smoothly despite a couple of last minute changes.  My fellow travelers were great company too!  Alison – Laos 2018

Thank you retreat|recreate for a thoroughly enjoyable textile tour of the ethnic minority villages across Northern Vietnam.  I enjoyed every minute. Beautifully organised and led by experienced local guides, I shall never forget the spectacular mountains, lush green fields, magnificent textiles and rich culture of Northern Vietnam. Thank you for creating quality women’s tours. I will continue to sing your praises and recommend retreat|recreate to everyone!   Catherine – Vietnam 2017 (also Bali 2016 and India 2019 )

The name says it all – Retreat: a chance to slow down and enjoy the beauty of Bali, especially the real Bali away from the tourist centres and into the villages and lovely accommodation that offers a chance to relax with yoga, massages, a swim, healthy meals and of course – great company!  Recreate – a focus on traditional textiles and crafts, offers an opportunity to learn more about textiles from local experts and try your hand at a few, as well as importantly an opportunity for low impact tourism that supports local, small traders continue traditional skills.  The group of women were amazing and we have all kept in contact, even catching up for a reunion in Melbourne.  Finally the best thing for me is all the research and work has been done for you, so if you’re time poor but want to go on a thoughtfully organised visit with all the work done and you just get to join in, relax and discover new places and people, this is for you!  Linda – Bali 2015

Being in the company of like-minded women and being able to experience parts of Vietnam that are little visited and still retain their traditional ways were both highlights.  I loved the workshops and loved targeting textiles shops!  I really treasure having met the women who made the items I bought.  Myfanwy – Vietnam 2016 (also Laos 2018 and India 2019)

What a trip!  I can only genuinely and highly recommend this retreat with Sue and Susan.  Two beautiful souls who will gently guide you into the world of batik, dyeing, ikats and weaving in an environment that lends itself to growth and exploration of textiles and self alike.  Go for it!  Dania – Bali 2016 (and Japan 2018)

What a wonderful way to travel: treading lightly on a precious land; travelling with people who appreciate textiles and the art of hand-made. If you’re thinking of joining a retreat|recreate tour, just go!  Even if you have no experience of textiles, you will see a lot, learn a lot, meet lovely people and have a link with everyone through the love of textiles.  Sue – Vietnam 2017

This was my second retreat|recreate trip and very different from the Bali retreat. There were so many highlights , so much wonderful interaction with the local women over a needle and thread (and some rice wine) and also a wonderful group of travelling companions.  Jill – Vietnam 2017 (and Bali 2016)

I truly loved the trip and admire your organisational skills and the care and thought you put into this retreat.  It was a great success and I have been avidly recommending your tours to everyone I meet. If you are looking for a value-for-money, fascinating foray into the textiles of Indonesia, this is the retreat for you.  Catherine – Bali 2016 (also Vietnam 2017 and India 2019)

If you’re in two minds about doing this trip, just book and do it.  It will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.  Kim – Vietnam 2016