From the Heart Retreat 2022

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Shining Our Light

The registration form for the Retreat on October 1st is HERE. The maximum number of attendees is 125, so be sure to get your form in early. The suggested donation is $40, and you should circle the lunch you would like to receive on the form itself.

Confirmed speakers for the event are:

  • Judy Knauf, “doctor” at the Doll Hospital Annex, and From the Heart liaison with several recipient groups
  • Liz Dukette, founder and CEO of World U.P., a humanitarian organization which improves access to resources for people in need.

Our confirmed vendors, to date, are:

  • Center of the Yarniverse, a local yarn store located in Ashland, Va.
  • Our own Sheila Weisensale from Weisensale Creations will be offering a lovely selection of handmade note cards and other paper creations, which all include a selection of flowers and seeds from Sheila’s personal garden. You will find Sheila’s Etsy page HERE.
  • 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. Their Facebook page can be found HERE.

We will hold two classes during the Retreat, but you do need to register with either Tricia or Kulla in order to reserve a seat at either of the classes.  The classes are:

  • Johnnie Wood will teach “An Introduction to the Knitted Tubular Bind Off” in the morning.  This bind off method is very lovely and gives a nice stretch to your work. Please bring a small swatch of 10 stitches by 10 rows still on your needle. Stockinette (K one row, P one row) or garter (K all rows) are best.
  • In the afternoon, Francine Nelson and Joyce Puller will teach the crocheted Waffle Stitch while exploring technological enhances through the use of TikTok and other methods.

To register, contact Kulla (, 804-263-5480) or Tricia (, 804-683-9015).

We will also have several raffles during the Retreat, which will include many items handmade and donated specifically for this Retreat, meaning that every item is literally a one-of-a-kind item.  A few of these items are pictured in the photo, Tickets will be $1 apiece, $5 for six.

Some fortunate attendees will also receive one of our absolutely gorgeous and handmade “Matilde” bags.

Plus, of course, you will be able to purchase a grab-bag of high-class yarn for $5 and join in our Bingo games should you wish to do so.

To top all that off, Ayn W. has agreed to MC the event and you all know what a remarkable and funny MC she is!

Because of the ongoing matter of you know what, as mentioned earlier we are limiting attendance to 125 so register early if you plan to attend.  Registration will close on September 15th, after which no refunds will be given but substitutions will be allowed for any reason.



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