Marconi Conference Center Dining Room

Knitting Retreat in West Marin

We call ourselves the Marconi Knitters and for the past three years we have gathered in West Marin for a knitting retreat. It started in 2014 by a knitter and Marinite, Lisa, who for some reason knows knitters all over the San Francisco bay area. The first year we met we huddled in our separate groups but now three years later everyone mingles as if we have been best friends forever.  Newcomers are always welcome. Knitting, fiber and yarn creates community and this is one of the best.  Lisa, our founder, now lives in New York and continues to make it back to California for the retreat. It is something we look forward to every year and luckily Sydney, a very talented knitter and instructor from the South Bay, has taken the reins to pull us all together.


I have been asked “What do you do at a knitting retreat?  Along with knitting it can vary, at our retreat there is not a set schedule except for what time we eat. We are free to spend the time as we wish. We stay in West Marin at the Marconi Conference Center. There are numerous walking trails and located near Tomales Bay.  Everyone brings yarn projects and we share what we are making or have made. In years past we have brought in people to read to us but this year Lisa read to us from her newly published popular book “Knit, Purl, Pray”. It contains 52 devotionals plus a couple of patterns she has created. Here is a link to the book on Amazon, she also has a coloring book that will becoming out soon.

Sadly, we never take a group picture and honestly I think pictures of people sitting around tables knitting can look quite boring. This year I wanted to document each one of us and what we do.   Below are pictures of each of the talented women that attended the retreat. They are showing off something they are currently working on and/or wearing something they have made. See for yourself what a wonderful and supportive community this has become.

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Upcoming Knitting Retreats

Here are a few more knitting retreats coming up this year.

In April two in California

and a few are out of State

If you attended this retreat or are a participant in another retreat I hope you will share your experience in the comment space provided below for others to read.


4 Responses to Knitting Retreat in West Marin

  1. Kira February 1, 2016 at 6:57 PM #

    Thank you for including a link to my retreat. I’m very excited to spend a weekend at the Marconi Center, surrounded by knitters and crocheters. I know quite a few of the people in your group, including Lisa since she knows everyone, and always hear how much fun you all have together.

    • Toni February 2, 2016 at 8:50 AM #

      Hi Kira,
      Thanks for commenting. Your retreat sounds great and I will let my friends know. I am not in town, but thought going for one day would be fun. Enjoy the Marconi Center. They are so nice and the food is great. Maybe you can join us next year!

  2. Mary January 29, 2016 at 9:33 PM #

    My third year participating and having more fun each time. I did leave feeling like I am a kindergartner in the knitting journey I have undertaken. So much to knit and learn and so little time!

    • Toni January 29, 2016 at 9:50 PM #

      If you are a kindergartener. Then I haven’t started! I think you need to give yourself more credit. In my eyes you are one of the best.

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