Retreats – Present and Past

From the Heart Retreat 2021

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Our Theme is “Woodlands”

As you are all aware, we are planning From the Heart’s Annual Retreat “Woodlands” for Saturday October 2, 2021.  The theme for this year is Woodlands so feel free to start planning your look now. Registration opens on July 1 and closes on September 15, after which time no refunds will be permitted.  Substitutions will be allowed, however, for any reason. The registration cost for the Retreat is $40 which offsets the cost of renting The Place and pays for the sit-down lunch.

In light of the fact that we prefer that people not be too crowded together this year and not be handling the same cutlery as happens with a buffet, we have arranged with The Place for boxed lunches.  There are three options, as listed on the Registration Form, and you should circle your choice when completing the form.  If using the same form to register more than one person, please be sure to clearly note which person wants which option.

Our vendors, this year, will all be locally owned businesses

  • Dances With Wool (Debbie Floyd) – yarn, patterns, and accessories for knitting and crocheting
  • Sheila Weisensale’s Creations – cards, magnets, framed pictures created using flowers from Sheila’s garden along with her paper crafting skills
  • Merry Soap Makers (Mary Atkins) -Natural, handmade soaps and lotions
  • Ever Blooming – Glass Decorations for your Garden (Cas Schirra)
  • Key Clayworks – hand thrown pottery including vases and yarn bowls (Keyser Glancy)

Our speakers will be

  • Judy Jamison, MCV Volunteer
  • Makita Byrd, Domestic Abuse Shelter/YMCA
  • Bev Gibson or representative , Vessels of Mercy
  • From the Heart Board Member, Navigating From the Heart through COVID-19

Our classes will be

  • Lois Little , Make a Crocheted Snowflake
  • Francine Nelson/Joyce Puller, Crocheted Mosaic Stitch
  • Johnnie Wood, Norwegian Purl Knitting

In addition to these speakers, vendors, classes, and seated boxed lunch, each attendee will receive a really nice tote bag and have the opportunity to win a door, a table and/or raffle prize.  Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. We have been fortunate to have had many beautiful hand-made items donated to us for use as raffles, table prizes, and door prizes. We are also planning grab bags for $5 apiece of really nice yarn, at least two skeins per bag, for a retail value of not less than $50.

Our retreat is always (but especially this year) full of fun and camaraderie. Register soon so you won’t be left out.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to either Tricia or Kulla, whose contact information is below.

Kulla:,  (804)263-5480

Tricia:, (804)683-9015

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


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