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Sewing on the River
 
January 26 - February 2, 2025
 
REGISTRATION AVAILABLE MARCH 1, 2024
 
 
 
 
 
Join the Fun
Grab your coat, fabric stash, machine, and current projects, and join us at John Knox Center for Sewing on the River! Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, and a beautiful setting. There are several options for the length of time to stay so you can customize your experience! The options and prices are below. Payment in full is required when submitting your registration. 

Retreat Cost
 
$250 Sunday - Wednesday
4pm Sunday with meals beginning with Brunch on Monday - 4pm on Wednesday
 
$290 Sunday - Thursday
4pm Sunday with meals beginning with Brunch on Monday - 4pm on Thursday
 
$325 Sunday - Friday
4pm Sunday with meals beginning with Brunch on Monday - 4pm on Friday
 
$375 Sunday - Sunday
4pm Sunday with meals beginning with Brunch on Monday - 4pm on Sunday
(Meals not provided after Lunch on Friday)

 

Accommodations and Sewing Spaces
Once registration is open to new participants, there will be a list posted below of space availability and the number of people in sewing and sleeping spaces. Check out this list to see available spaces you may select on the registration form.

Guests may choose to stay in Cabins or a Dorm room. Cabins sleep a maximum of 5 guests. Dorm rooms sleep a maximum of 3 guests with their own bathroom in each room. All accommodations include bottom bunk twin beds, showers, sinks, restrooms, and quiet HVAC units.  Please provide your own linens & toiletries. Wifi is free and available in most areas of the camp including sleeping and sewing spaces. If you want to take a break from sewing, snuggle up with a good book, or enjoy a movie on Netflix in our lounge area in the Dorm which has coffee service, a mini fridge, comfy couches, and restrooms.

Participants may choose to sew in 
Abel Lodge or B Lodge. Each space has tables and chairs as well as a small hospitality kitchen which includes a sink, dishwasher, refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, tea kettle, microwave, & ice. Feel free to bring your own sodas & snacksOur large sewing spaces are bright, and feature 6-foot tables, and comfortable chairs for each guest. Sewing spaces include multiple design walls, and cutting and ironing stations with multiple trash cans in each room.

All sewing and continental breakfasts take place in Abel Lodge and B Lodge with lunch and dinner by a cozy fire in our Dining Hall. 
 
Please indicate your preference for sleeping and sewing space on your registration form. Consult the lists below for space availability. For photos of spaces please see the Interactive Map above.
 
Current Sleeping & Sewing Space Selections

 

Sleeping Selections


Sewing Space Selections 


Reservation Policy
Payment in full is required when submitting your registration. There is a non-refundable $40 registration fee is included in the cost of the event.

Cancellation Policy
For a refund of all but the $40 registration fee, please cancel via phone (865-376-2236) or email (admin@johnknoxcenter.org) by January 5th, 2025. After that time no refunds will be given. We understand that emergencies may arise that are out of your control during the window of time before the start of the retreat. We do offer the option that you may gift or sell your space to someone else. 

COVID Policy
If a participant contracts COVID, proof of a positive test from a medical facility dated within 10 days of the start of their scheduled arrival must be provided for funds to be rolled to Sewing on the River 2026. Photos of at-home tests are not accepted. Any funds rolled to the next year must be used for that event only and will not be refunded or rolled to future events.

Inclement Weather Notice

In the event of inclement weather predicted before the retreat, all updates will be posted on our Facebook page. Search John Knox Center on Facebook.

Packing List

Sewing on the River Schedule
 
Sunday
4:00 pm Gates Open (No meals provided)

Monday
11 am Brunch in the Dining Hall
12:00 pm Chair Yoga in the Dining Hall 
12:30 pm Lunch - Sign up for Massages on Tuesday
1:30 pm Sewing & Sharing
6:00 pm Dinner
 
Tuesday 
8:30 am Continental Breakfast
Massages to be held during the day.
12:00 pm Chair Yoga in the Dining Hall
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Sewing & Sharing
6:00 pm Dinner
 
Wednesday 
8:30 am Continental Breakfast
12:00 pm Chair Yoga in the Dining Hall 
12:30 pm Lunch & Next Year's Registration Sign Up
1:30 pm Sewing & Sharing
4:00 pm Check out for those not staying Thursday
6:00 pm Dinner
 
Thursday
8:30 am Continental Breakfast
12:00 pm Chair Yoga in the Dining Hall
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Sewing & Sharing
4:00 pm Check out for those not staying Friday
6:00 pm Dinner
 
Friday
8:30 am Continental Breakfast
12:00 pm Chair Yoga in the Dining Hall
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Sewing & Sharing
4:00 pm Have a safe trip home to those not staying the weekend!
 
Sunday
4 pm Check out for weekend guests.