From the Heart Retreat 2022

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Shining Our Light

Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, October 1, 2022. The Board is looking forward to making October 1st a really great and enjoyable day so reserve a place in your schedule now. We can now confirm that the suggested donation to attend will be $40, as it has been for some years now. Please note that this amount underwrites the cost to hold the retreat.

Our confirmed vendors for this event are

  • Center of the Yarniverse, a local yarn store located in Ashland, Va. You can check out the possibilities of what they might bring to our retreat by going to their website at
  • Our own Sheila Weisensale from Weisensale Creations will be offering a lovely selection of hand made note cards and other paper creations, which all include a selection of flowers and seeds from Sheila’s personal garden.
  • Merry Soapmakers of Powhatan. Hand crafted soaps and hand creams made with natural ingredients such as lavender and goat milk.
  • Classy Accessories offers really well made and very cute towels, totes, and jewelry. Check that out on Facebook here
  • Although not yet confirmed, there is also a possibility that Cas Schirra may join us again with her beautiful hand-crafted recycled glass and china items.

We will have two classes. Don’t forget that all class supplies will be provided for you, but you will need to register to attend a class as a different matter from registering for the retreat. Once registration has been opened for the Retreat, in July, you will need to contact either Kulla or Tricia to register for a class.

  • Johnny Wood is looking at the possibility of teaching the I-cord cast on as used in the Stephen West “Boneyard” shawl. Whether or not Johnny decides on this particular class, he will be teaching a knitting class.
  • For our crochet class, Francine Nelson, and Joyce Puller will present the waffle stitch through teaching it and exploring the technological enhances through the use of Tic-Toc, CAL’s, knitalongs, and handouts.

We are still discussing speakers and will give information on those as decisions are made and guests are confirmed.

In addition to our vendors, classes, and speakers, we will have a sit down, boxed lunch (choices available to you will be on the registration form), a raffle which always consists of gorgeous hand-crafted items ($1 per ticket, 6 tickets for $5. See photo for examples of what will be raffled), a grab bag table, random raffles for door prizes throughout the day, table prizes, and BINGO

As I have said before, we feel that our theme of Shining Our Light this year is a very accurate expression of what all our members do in their daily lives and, in addition, very accurately represents what From the Heart does as an organization in the communities in which we operate.



From the Heart Retreat 2021

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Theme “Woodlands”

Those who attended our 2021 Retreat appear to have all enjoyed themselves.  The vendors were wonderful, the speakers were very interesting and informative, and the food was delicious.  The classes were as listed below.

Check out the photos for this retreat in our gallery HERE.

From the Heart Retreat 2019

Make New Friends but Keep the Old. Some are Silver and Others Gold

August 24, 2019
The Place at Innsbrook
4036 Cox Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060

Registration for the 2019 Retreat is now open.  All registration forms must be in by July 31st, 2019 and must be mailed.  They cannot be dropped in the box at the shop.  Get yours in early to be sure of reserving your place.  The Registration form is available HERE.

The always popular classes will be “Knitted Duplicate Stitch” taught by Beth Watkins, “Make a Necklace for Yourself or as a Gift” with Lizard Harper, “How to Crochet Two Rows at the Same Time” offered by Francine Nelson and Joyce Puller, and “Learn Portuguese Knitting” taught by Johnnie Wood.  All classes will be offered twice, once in the morning and once again in the afternoon, but we can only accommodate a maximum of 10 people in each class.  Therefore, we need people to register beforehand if they want to attend a class.  Extra patterns and instructions will be available for all classes and will be available at our website after the Retreat but personal, hands-on, instruction can really only be made available for 20 people on the actual day of the Retreat so, please, let Tricia know if you want a seat in any of these classes.  Please note that you must be already registered for the Retreat in order for a seat to be reserved for you.

The price of the 2019 Retreat will remain the same, at a suggested $40, as this helps defray our costs and The Place is, once again, working with us to keep our costs down.  We will limit attendance to 200 again in 2019. If $40 is something you simply cannot afford but you would still like to attend, please contact either Lois or Tricia.  All enquiries of this nature will be kept in strict confidence.

We have two confirmed speakers, Constance Jones with WRIC and Beverly Epps from John Randolph Medical Center.

Our gift to attendees this year will be a book of classes we have offered in the past. We will also have our door prizes and bingo prizes and, of course, our Raffle. Tickets for the Raffle will be $1 each or 6 for $5.  Once again, our members have been very generous in donating beautiful hand-made, one of a kind, items to be raffled.

Don’t forget to send any ideas you have for “mixers” to Tricia at, leaving her a note at the workshop, or phoning her at (804)683-9015.

From the Heart Retreat – 2018
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

August 11, 2018
The Place at Innsbrook
4036 Cox Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060


2018 Retreat Gallery

From the Heart Retreat – 2017
Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen

August 19, 2017
The Place at Innsbrook
4036 Cox Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060


2017 Retreat Gallery


2017 Retreat Gallery

2016 Retreat Gallery

2015 Retreat Gallery

2014 Retreat Gallery

2012 Retreat Gallery

2011 Retreat Gallery