Sunday, 5 March 2017

Japan Textiles Tour 27 Aug - 6 Sept 2017 OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!




27 August - 6 September 2017

Shibori, indigo dyeing, sashiko, boro, saori weaving, yuzen,

kimonos, geisha, tea ceremonies, temples, shrines, onsen …

 

Are you fascinated by Japanese textiles?  Join our small group of like-minded textile-enthused women for the experience of a lifetime, travelling to Japan to visit specialist handcraft museums and artisan indigo and textile studios, undertake hands-on weaving, shibori workshops and yuzen stencil dyeing workshops, visit sashiko, indigo, silk art and kimono galleries, explore magnificent scenery and architecture and experience traditional Japanese culture. Plus so much more.

 

This 11 day women’s textiles tour, hosted by ‘retreat|recreate’ and fully escorted by a local English-speaking Japanese guide, commences with four days in Tokyo where highlights include a wander through one of the city’s fabulous flea markets, visits to museums including one specialising in boro textiles, shopping in Tokyo’s famous Fabric Town and undertaking a saori (freestyle handloom weaving) workshop.  Our itinerary includes Tokyo’s best temples and shrines and of course includes time to explore the Shibuya, Shinjuku and Harajuku districts. 

 

Leaving Tokyo, we will visit one of Japan’s premier sashiko embroidery studios and spend the night on the shores of a beautiful lake with spectacular views of Mount Fuji.  A visit to a fascinating kimono and silk art gallery in the wooded hills nearby is included before we head to Kyoto.  There we’ll stroll the famous Philosophers Path and take in some of the most important Zen temples in the country, including the justly famous Golden Pavilion. We’ll take workshops in yuzen stencil-dyeing (optional) and shibori dyeing (included), experience a traditional tea ceremony and visit a handmade fabrics museum. A highlight will be an evening wander through beautiful Gion, enjoying its traditional wooden houses and tea shops and maybe glimpsing local geiko and maiko (geisha).  A special day trip into the mountains takes us to a rural village of traditional thatched-roof farmhouses where we are privileged to be able to meet a master indigo dyer and visit his workshop and gallery. This particular dyer has been described as one of the most seminal textile artists of today. Our final day in Kyoto includes a visit to the magical Fushimi Inari Shrine and an optional onsen experience (hot springs bath) before our farewell dinner.

 

The itinerary is a full one to ensure value for money however some free periods are built in. The tour also begins on a Sunday and ends on a Wednesday, allowing guests to extend their time pre/post tour by a day or two if they wish to pursue additional activities (eg. more shopping, ceramics/papercraft/other artisan studios and workshops, myriad other cultural experiences such as palaces, museums and galleries). A list of suggested shops, venues and activities will be provided to guests closer to departure. Our tour partner can also assist with pre and post tour accommodation and flights if required.

 

Included in price

    local English speaking guide throughout the tour

   all transport, sightseeing attractions (museums, galleries, etc), two hands-on workshops (shibori and weaving) and excursions as per the itinerary

   10 nights accommodation as per the itinerary

   meals as per the itinerary (daily breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners)

   luggage transfers from Tokyo to Kyoto

   return shared airport transfers

 

Not included in price

    international airfares

   visas if applicable (not required for Australian, NZ, Canadian, UK & US passport holders)

   travel insurance (required)

   early check in or late check out

   meals and drinks not included in the itinerary

   expenditure of a personal nature

   tips and gratuities

   activities listed as optional (yuzen stencil dyeing workshop on Day 7, onsen bath on Day 10)

 

Price: AUD $6950.00 per person, twin share.

Single supplement AUD $1100.00 (NB: Single places limited. Single accommodation not applicable on Day 6)

A deposit of AUD $500.00 is required to secure your place.*  The balance is due by 9 June 2017.

 

Please email retreatrecreate@gmail.com to request a booking form and indicative itinerary or visit our website and click on the Contact page. We do hope you’ll join us. Places are limited and strong interest means we’ll sell out fast so don’t delay! 

 

Things to note

    the tour comprises 10 nights/11 days and operates from Sunday 27 August – Wednesday 6 September 2017. The opportunity exists to extend your trip by extra nights at our hotels in Tokyo before or Kyoto after the tour;

    the shared shuttle airport transfers may not be included in the price if you book pre/post tour accommodation at hotels other than those used in the tour;

    retreat|recreate strives to offer culturally, environmentally and economically sustainable tours. To this end, we: engage local guides; partner with a wholesale tour operator whose values align with ours; use public transport where possible; patronise local women’s co-ops and associations where possible; include a carbon offset in the tour price;

    retreat|recreate’s tours are offered in partnership with a fully licensed, globally recognised and well resourced tour operator for your (and our) peace of mind;

    the final detailed itinerary with locations and venues will be provided upon booking;

    our Tokyo, Kyoto and lakeside hotel accommodations are rated 3-4 star. We also stay one night (Day 6) in a traditional ‘ryokan’ Japanese inn where guests sleep on futons on the floor. Please note the single supplement does not apply at the ryokan accommodation as rooms will be shared;

    please consider your mobility/fitness levels when booking. The tour comprises travel on public transport, private coach and walking. Ryokan accommodation comprises futon bedding on tatami mats on the floor;

  • our group size is approximately 12 women;
  • retreat|recreate’s tour groups welcome women from all over the globe and embrace all ages, origins and personalities.  Flexibility and a sense of humour are encouraged when travelling as part of a group.
     
    Please email retreatrecreate@gmail.com to request a booking form and itinerary or visit our website www.retreatrecreate.com to browse our other textile tours and join our mailing list.
     
    * If the tour does not reach minimum numbers and does not go ahead, your deposit will be refunded.

 

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Vietnam Textiles Tour May 2017 - bookings open!


A 14 day adventure exploring the textiles, handcrafts and
cultural traditions of northern Vietnam: 6-19 May 2017


Textiles, travel, craft, exploration!  Does this sound like your cup of tea?

If so, you're invited to join a small group of like-minded textile-enthused women for the experience of a lifetime, visiting specialist handcraft villages, undertaking hands-on weaving, dyeing and embroidery workshops, exploring some of South East Asia's most jaw-dropping scenery and meeting and staying with the colourful hilltribe people who live there. Plus much, much more.

This women-only tour, accompanied by a local (English speaking) Vietnamese guide, starts and ends in the beautiful city of Hanoi where we will spend several days based in the vibrant Old Quarter, exploring the town and its foremost sightseeing attractions in addition to a nearby silk weaving workshop and basketry craft village.

An overnight train journey takes us close to the border Vietnam shares with China and to the beginning of our journey through Vietnam’s northern provinces.  We will visit a colourful local market boasting some fabulous textiles and handcrafts and then view local riverside life as we take a boat trip towards Sapa.  There we will spend three nights, one of those in a rural village homestay while we participate in weaving, batik, dyeing and embroidery workshops. We will also have the opportunity to cook (and eat) Vietnamese/Hmong food with our homestay hosts!

From Sapa we travel through Ha Giang province, a magnificent highland region near the Chinese border, comprising lush forests and terraced rice paddies, with the dramatic mountains of Heaven's Gate soaring in the background. This remote and spectacular area only opened to tourists in very recent years and is known as Vietnam's final frontier. We will spend several days visiting local hilltribe villages, visiting a specialist textile village providing skills and livelihood to survivors of human trafficking, participating in some hands-on textiles activities under the guidance of the village women, shopping at the local textile and general markets and trekking through spectacular landscapes.

Our final couple of days before returning to Hanoi will be spent at a homestay on the shores of beautiful Ba Be Lake, exploring the area by boat, visiting waterfalls and caves, observing lake-side village life and relaxing.




Included in price
• local English speaking guide throughout the tour
• all transport, sightseeing attractions (museums, galleries, etc), workshops and excursions as per the itinerary
• accommodation as per the itinerary
• meals as per the itinerary (13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners)
• return airport transfers in Hanoi

Not included in price
• international/domestic airfares
• travel insurance (compulsory)
• visas
• early check in or late check out
• meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
• expenditure of a personal nature
• tips and gratuities
• extra activities

Price: AUD $2,445.00 per person.
A non-refundable deposit of AUD $500.00 is required to secure your place*.
The balance will be due by close of business on 24 February 2017.



Things to consider
• the tour comprises 13 nights/14 days and operates from Saturday 6th – Friday 19th May 2017. The opportunity exists to extend your trip by an extra night or two at our hotel in Hanoi before or after the tour, at the special group discount price of AUD $60.00 per room per night;
• we are striving to offer a culturally, environmentally and economically sustainable tour. To this end: we have engaged local guides and hosts; we visit several workshops and business enterprises that are either village co-ops (ie. all profits returned directly to the villagers), fair trade organisations and/or projects aimed at providing vocational training and experience to local youth or disadvantaged communities; the tour price also includes a carbon offset;
• this trip is offered in partnership with a licensed travel agent and tour operator for your (and our) peace of mind;
• the itinerary is a full one, however several free periods (some afternoons and several evenings) are built into the schedule;
• an itinerary and booking form are available upon request;
• hotel accommodation is in single rooms while the homestays and overnight train trip provide shared accommodation.  In large cities our hotels are approx. 3 star, while those in rural areas are more basic. Homestays offer quite basic accommodation and rustic hospitality;
• this trip includes several moderate two to four hour treks so a reasonable level of fitness and mobility are required;
• this trip comprises a couple of long bus journeys through spectacular scenery in remote areas. We will occasionally encounter squat toilets during our travels;
• our maximum group size is 12 women;
• tour participants will inevitably vary in age, origin and personality.  Flexibility and a sense of humour are encouraged.

To secure your place on this exciting textile adventure email retreatrecreate@gmail.com to request a booking form and itinerary or to join our mailing list.

We hope you will join us!
Susan Keeble and Susan Rees-Osborne




Don’t forget to follow retreatrecreate on Instagram, like our Facebook page, and visit our blog at www.retreatrecreate.blogspot.com

* Should the minimum number of guests not be achieved and the tour does not go ahead, your $500.00 deposit will be returned.

+ All photos used by permission of Peregrine Adventures Pty Ltd



Sunday, 30 October 2016

Bali 2016 round up

We're back home from a truly sensational week in beautiful Ubud exploring the indigenous textiles of Indonesia and Bali.

The two of us plus ten other fabulous women from all over the globe (Australia, the US, France, the UAE)  had what can only be described as the trip of a lifetime.

Some photos from the week ...
















And a few more shots ...








Batiks, ikats, geringsing (the rare double ikat), indigo dyeing, you name it, we saw it.











What an amazing, soul-nourishing, educational week.  Thank you to all of our wonderful, generous, creative guests.  As one of them said at the end, we are now linked across the world by an invisible thread of friendship.

This was the second time we've run this textiles retreat and it just gets better each time as we refine the itinerary.  If you'd like to join us on this or any of our other trips, send an email to retreatrecreate@gmail.com to join our mailing list.  Our subscribers get news of our trips before we release them to the wider world so sign up!

Speaking of other tours, our next Vietnam textiles trip (6-19 May 2017) is about to be released and from the interest the last one generated, we think the 12 places will fill up quite quickly. Join the mailing list now!

Monday, 25 July 2016

Bali textiles retreat - one place left! EDIT: FULL!

We have one spot left on our textiles retreat in beautiful Ubud from 8 - 15 October. Do you fancy an indulgent and educational week in glorious tropical Bali, exploring the textiles of Indonesia? Do you want to know more about ikat, double-ikat, batik, indigo dyeing, and more?


This creative women's retreat offers you the chance to gather with
 like-minded women in a magnificent and spiritually nourishing
environment.  The week's explorations, day trips and classes share a
textile arts theme but there is also ample opportunity for other
activities including sightseeing, yoga, relaxing, swimming or sitting
and stitching and enjoying the company of other crafty creative women.
This retreat is open to women of all ages, from all over the globe.

The retreat price includes:

• 7 nights/8 days accommodation in a beautiful lush riverside resort
nestled on the side of a hill* within ten minutes walking distance of
Ubud.  Rooms include ensuite bathrooms, safety deposit box, air
conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, free wifi, robes, slippers,
toiletries, hairdryer).  The resort has two pools, a dedicated
restaurant, spa and several yoga and meditation rooms.
• pick up and drop off to and from the airport
• welcome drink on arrival
• fruit basket on arrival in your room
• daily bottled water in your room
• most meals
• daily yoga session (yoga mats provided)
• one 1-hour massage
• 30% discount on any additional massages or spa treatments at the resort
• scheduled shuttle services into Ubud's centre if you don't want to
take the short walk into town
• a traditional water purification ceremony at a Balinese temple
• a fascinating textiles lecture/class at the Indonesian Textile Arts
Centre 'Threads of Life'
• a batik and natural dye workshop, including lunch, in the Bebali
Foundation's studio and dye garden
• a full day trip with our guide featuring visits to a 1000 year old
temple, a traditional Balinese family compound, a weaving workshop, a
visit to Bali's most important textiles market, and lunch at a
restaurant overlooking magnificent terraced rice paddies and a
volcano.
• another full day trip hosted by Threads of Life staff to visit a
double-ikat weaving village (one of only three locations in the world
where this rare weaving technique is practised) and to an endek and
songket weaving village where we will also meet the author of Kain
Bebali: Sacred Cloth and learn about the increasingly rare striped
bebali cloth. Lunch is included.
• several free timeslots throughout the week for independent
sightseeing, exploring, relaxing, swimming, shopping, etc
• the opportunity to extend your stay at the resort before and/or
after the retreat, at a special room rate.


The retreat price does not include:

Airfares, travel insurance (compulsory), visas, the few meals not
scheduled, alcoholic beverages, expenditure of a personal nature, tips
and gratuities, and any additional classes or excursions you may wish
to schedule in your free time (eg. a trip to Denpasar to the famous
fabric shopping strip, sightseeing tours, other craft classes, etc).



 If you have not been to Bali before, a treat awaits you.  Bali is a
beautiful island with a rich spiritual and ceremonial life and
fascinating cultural traditions.
We do hope you will join us!
Susan Rees-Osborne and Susan Keeble

Please email retreatrecreate@gmail.com with any questions, to register
for a place on the 8 - 15 October 2016 Bali textiles retreat, or to receive a detailed day-to-day itinerary.




Monday, 18 April 2016

retreat|recreate is now on Instagram!

As the departure date for our Vietnam textiles tour approaches, we decided it was time retreat|recreate had its very own Instagram account, not just a hashtag.


If you're on Instagram, please follow us here, but do keep an eye on the #retreatrecreate hashtag too as we'll be asking the others in our group to use the hashtag when they post. The more the merrier!


Also, don't forget to 'like' our Facebook page.


And finally, we now have a dedicated email address. Contact us at retreatrecreate@gmail.com for trip itineraries, general enquiries, or to go on our mailing list.


Happy textile travelling, be it with us in person or following us online,
Susan and Susan

Friday, 8 January 2016

2016 textiles retreat in Ubud, Bali




The 8 – 15 October 2016 Bali textiles retreat details are now
available!  The schedule has been tweaked and improved, with an
all-new day trip and visits to several new locations.

Please join us on this exciting and educational escape to beautiful
Ubud for a week of creativity, indulgence, community and inspiration.

This creative women's retreat offers you the chance to gather with
like-minded women in a magnificent and spiritually nourishing
environment.  The week's explorations, day trips and classes share a
textile arts theme but there is also ample opportunity for other
activities including sightseeing, yoga, relaxing, swimming or sitting
and stitching and enjoying the company of other crafty creative women.
This retreat is open to women of all ages, from all over the globe.

The retreat price includes:

• 7 nights/8 days accommodation in a beautiful lush riverside resort
nestled on the side of a hill* within ten minutes walking distance of
Ubud.  Rooms include ensuite bathrooms, safety deposit box, air
conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, free wifi, robes, slippers,
toiletries, hairdryer).  The resort has two pools, a dedicated
restaurant, spa and several yoga and meditation rooms.
• pick up and drop off to and from the airport
• welcome drink on arrival
• fruit basket on arrival in your room
• daily bottled water in your room
• most meals
• daily yoga session (yoga mats provided)
• one 1-hour massage
• 30% discount on any additional massages or spa treatments at the resort
• scheduled shuttle services into Ubud's centre if you don't want to
take the short walk into town
• a traditional water purification ceremony at a Balinese temple
• a fascinating textiles lecture/class at the Indonesian Textile Arts
Centre 'Threads of Life'
• a batik and natural dye workshop, including lunch, in the Bebali
Foundation's studio and dye garden
• a full day trip with our guide featuring visits to a 1000 year old
temple, a traditional Balinese family compound, a weaving workshop, a
visit to Bali's most important textiles market, and lunch at a
restaurant overlooking magnificent terraced rice paddies and a
volcano.
• another full day trip hosted by Threads of Life staff to visit a
double-ikat weaving village (one of only three locations in the world
where this rare weaving technique is practised) and to an endek and
songket weaving village where we will also meet the author of Kain
Bebali: Sacred Cloth and learn about the increasingly rare striped
bebali cloth. Lunch is included.
• several free timeslots throughout the week for independent
sightseeing, exploring, relaxing, swimming, shopping, etc
• the opportunity to extend your stay at the resort before and/or
after the retreat, at a special room rate.

The retreat price does not include:

Airfares, travel insurance (compulsory), visas, the few meals not
scheduled, alcoholic beverages, expenditure of a personal nature, tips
and gratuities, and any additional classes or excursions you may wish
to schedule in your free time (eg. a trip to Denpasar to the famous
fabric shopping strip, sightseeing tours, other craft classes, etc).





If you have not been to Bali before, a treat awaits you.  Bali is a
beautiful island with a rich spiritual and ceremonial life and
fascinating cultural traditions.
We do hope you will join us!
Susan Rees-Osborne and Susan Keeble

Please email retreatrecreate@gmail.com with any questions, to register
for a place on the 8 - 15 October 2016 Bali textiles retreat, or to receive a detailed day-to-day itinerary.

* Please note, the resort is located on the side of a steep ravine and features many (many) steps. This retreat is not suitable for those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues.


Don't forget to follow retreatrecreate on Instagram and like our Facebook page!




Friday, 18 December 2015

STOP PRESS! Vietnam tour is now FULL.

Only one place  left on our 7 - 19 May 2016 textiles tour to northern Vietnam so if you've been dithering, don't delay any further.  Details here: http://retreatrecreate.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/vietnam-textiles-tour-register-now.html