From the Heart Retreat 2020

Our Theme is “Woodlands”

Registration Form

Saturday, August 22, 2020
The Place at Innsbrook
4036 Cox Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060

At our annual Retreat on Saturday, August 22, 2020, we will offer only two classes, one knit and one crochet. Participants will have to register in advance and those who have not registered will not be permitted to take the class. The registration form for the Retreat is at the front of this newsletter. Registration for the Retreat will open on May 1 and Beth must have the form in hand by July 31, 2020.

The crochet class will be “How to Create a Crocheted Snowflake” and supplies will be provided.  The instructor will be Lois Little.  Many of you have likely seen Lois’ snowflakes and know they are extremely beautiful. This class will be offered in the morning. Lizard Harper will teach a knitting class on “Mitered Squares”. This class will be offered in the afternoon and all supplies will be provided. Sign up early once you have registered.

As each class is only being offered once, we will have more room for participants, and we believe we can accept 35-40 in each class. Please let Tricia (804)683-9015) know asap if you would like to attend a class as we will need to know how many assistants our teachers will need. You must be registered to attend the Retreat before you sign up for a class.

We will also have our raffle and items are starting to be donated for that, including two beautiful quilted wreaths, a quilted table runner, an actual quilt, a knitted shawl, two beautiful large, knitted, dolls compete with their own backpacks and bunnies, and a woven totebag – all hand-made of course.  In addition, we will also have our door prizes, bingo, and a delicious sit-down lunch.


  • Cas Schirra, Everlasting Glass (handmade glass items for your garden)
  • Dances with Wool (local yarn store)
  • Sheila Weisensale’s Creation (paper creations and framed beauties)
  • The Merry Soapmakers (handmade soaps and lotions)
  • Key Clayworks (functional and decorative pottery which is handmade)


  • Judy Jamison, MCV/VCU
  • Makita Byrd, YWCA Richmond. Makita is the From the Heart liaison between the YWCA and the domestic abuse shelter.
  • In addition, one of the Board members will bring everyone up to date, especially our members who have joined since our last Retreat, on what From the Heart has achieved in the past year

Please note if you register to attend and need to cancel for any reason, we will be unable to offer refunds once registration has closed on July 31. Substitutions, however, will be allowed until 3 days before the Retreat, (Wednesday, August 19), to allow sufficient time for Beth to have accurate information at sign-in on the 22nd.

Contact info:

Kulla Ficare:,  (804)263-5480

Tricia Ennis:, (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.

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


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


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