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Periwinkle Retreat Weekend at Shekinah (Note: Due to Covid-19 we've postponed to Nov 2021)

We hope you can join us for a whole weekend of food, fun, socializing and sewing.

When?  Each November, usually the third weekend of that month.  We usually start with arrivals Thursday evening after 4:30pm. And go until Sunday at 2:00pm.

What? A retreat weekend where you can leave home and work obligations behind. You can bring whatever projects you want to work on.  The facility has wonderful natural light and your can bring your quilting, knitting, hand-stitching, scrap-booking, painting...whatever you want to do.

We have a fun show and tell Saturday evening so you can bring anything you'd like to share.

The 18 bedrooms are comfortable and can sleep from 2 to 8 people to a room.  The bathrooms/showers are shared facilities and there are many and wheelchair accessible.  This is really a beautiful building.

Where?  At Shekinah Timber Lodge, just 40 minutes north of Saskatoon.  This facility is located in the North Saskatchewan River valley with a variety of hiking trails and peaceful solitude (if you can take the time from sewing).  The main hall is very open with a beautiful view, where we do most of our sewing and meals.  There is a smaller loft area above that is like a chapel.  The lower recreation room contains a gorgeous river rock fireplace which is a cozy place to do handwork.  And there is another large room that can accommodate a group of up to 10 sewists.  The lodge also has a small elevator for those who are unable to climb the stairs.

Directions:  Follow Highway #12 north from Saskatoon.  You will drive past Martensville and the Hepburn turnoff.  Just past this you will see a Shekinah sign where you turn right and go north east onto a grid (gravel) road.  You will follow this road by going straight.  You will cross two intersecting roads before you come to a T intersection.  Turn left and then turn right (there is a sign for Shekinah) and drive until you reach the end of this road.  The welcome sign for Shekinah will be visible and you will descend into the valley.  The lodge is the large building on your left.  Shekinah Retreat Centre has its own website and you can look for directions there as well.

What to Bring: Sleeping bag or linens, pillow, towels, appropriate outdoor clothing if you'd like to go for a walk on the trails, sewing machine, projects/supplies.  You may wish to bring an extra task light and an extension cord.  We bring irons/ironing boards, cutting mats, long rulers.  We don't want to overload the electrical system (we are out in the country) so try to limit too many personal electrical gizmos.

You may also want to bring a cushion for you chair - the banquet chairs can get a little hard after extended hours sewing.  And the lodge tends to be quite dry so a water bottle/mug may be something you want to bring.  We supply snacks but if there is something you would like to bring please feel free.  Cell service is very limited since we are in the valley but Shekinah does have WiFi.

There is an unloading area in front of the lodge.  You may park there to unload all your belongings and then move your car to the lower parking area for the rest of the weekend.

Cost:  The entire weekend fee covers meals, accommodation and lodge rental.  Please feel free to contact the shop in September for estimated cost. 

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