Retreat Venue: Luther Springs, Gainesville, FL General Info

We've enjoyed this retreat venue 7 times over the past 4 years! 

We continue to look forward to 4 more retreats going into 2021! 


Luther Springs Camp and Conference Center
264 Vause Lake Road
Hawthorne, FL 32640
*Everyone* enjoys this place!
Once you are registered, you will be added to the Mighty Networks group exclusively for attendees of the Florida Retreat.
Traveling in? Got questions? 
You will be able to converse with local attendees. 
The group will go on so you will be able to stay in touch with the new friends you've made!
Future retreaters will be able to take a peek back at previous retreats.
It is the best place to get tuned in to all of the details for this retreat! 
To add you, you must be in our community in MIghty Networks - If you're not there already, click the link below to join. 


Lots of room to spread out, wonderful lighting, lots of electricity (there is an outlet in the floor near each of these groups of tables)
This room is available to us all day and night while we are there.   Get up early, stay up late - do what makes you happy.  
Once you arrive, everything you will need is provided! Miss Sarah is an amazing hostess for us – she’s an amazing cook.
This is a retreat house venue. If you are not accustomed to this culture, just a few pointers:
•  We might be sharing the dining area during meal times with other folks that might be staying at the facility.
•  We try to be KIND and we try to be HELPFUL to the staff here. They are wonderful. So we try to help with cleaning up a bit, maybe running a vacuum for them, etc.
•  When departing, we help out by stripping the bed sheets and bringing soiled linens to their bins they leave out for us.
•  Clean up after ourselves throughout the stay.
•  We always get lucky and have local people help out by bringing a couple of ironing boards, irons, cutting mats
•  Flying in and don’t want to haul a machine? We’ve also been fortunate to have local gals driving in be kind enough to bring some extra machines for the “fliers” to borrow - we can't guarantee that, but we have never had a problem. 
•  As soon as you register your intention to come with the “hold my spot” purchase, you will be added to the Mighty Networks group exclusively for attendees of the Florida Retreat. The chats are fun, and they are a great place to “learn the ropes” as well as make sure any special needs you may have are met.
You’re going to love this place…
Bring your own wine or other alcoholic beverage if you choose. You also can bring in your favorite beverages like soda, etc. A refrigerator is available for our use.  There is coffee, tea & ice provided.
Rooms are comfy and air conditioned.

About this retreat:
While you undoubtedly will learn a lot from this experience, this is not a class.
This is an “open sew” type “workshop”. Sally floats around the room and is very helpful. She also does some demos throughout the weekend with some great tips and tricks. Sew any project you’d like from the site (and if you work on something else, nobody has heartburn over it - finish that quilt that has been collecting dust if you want!)
If you are so inclined, this would be a great time to make the new BONZA!
We will be able to accept 24 attendees in the main hall.
When the new room gets built, we will be able to increase to 35-50 participants.
Check in: noon on Thursday.
Check out: 4PM on Sunday.
Pricing:   Please read below.   Read carefully.  
To attend, you must purchase both of the first two items:
1. Hold My Spot! This item is $49 and must be purchased by all attendees. This is the item that allows us to accurately get a body count for this event without requiring a 50% down deposit, etc.   The list of buyers of this item creates the official list for the retreat and waiting list.
2. Full Weekend Retreat Package: Tuition, Room, Meals, Snacks & Gifts 
This secures the balance of your reservation for double occupancy with a sewing roommate. Refund policy: Fully refundable if cancelled in writing to  with 3 months notice.  50% refundable if cancelled before two months out from the start of the retreat. No refunds within 2 months unless we re-sell your seat.   See each item for exact dates before purchase.
3. Optional – Private rooms available with a $79 upcharge.  This needs to be paid if you are not going to be on the roommate list.   If you are bringing a hubby or non-sewing guest  - and you're staying together - please add ONE of this item to your cart. 

4.  Optional - Hubby/Non Sewing Person Add-On (meals)  - $135   

Once you are at the retreat, you shouldn't need to go anywhere or need anything.  These rates include everything - sewing room, sleeping room, food. 


Wednesday :  Travel Day for some - NO MEALS served. 
We have a good number of rooms available for Weds night @ $48 PER ROOM
(So if you are coming in with a friend, it's $48 for the room - make sure only one of you reserves this item)   

Thursday : Arrivals begin at noon. Soup and Sandwich type lunch at 1:00, Dinner at 6 .
Contribute your goodies to the Swag Bags
Secret sister gifts begin
Free table:  unload goodies that someone else might treasure.
Sew as late as you’d like!
Friday and Saturday: 8:30 AM big breakfast, 1PM: Sandwich/Salad/Soup type light lunch & 6 PM dinners
Snacks, beverages - bring your own to your taste (coffee, tea, iced tea, ice and water is available)
Sew all day!
Secret sister gifts
Secret Sister Reveal before dinner
BYOB is acceptable
Sunday: Checkout of rooms by 10
                10:30 AM brunch meal.   Last meal of retreat. 
Possible LIVE Zoom (subject to internet connection) from our retreat at Noon – show and tell your work!
Depart by 4 PM

Late Checkout on MONDAY:  Limited availability   We try to get these extra nights to be available as a late checkout to accommodate flight schedules for Monday, etc.
           $49 for the ROOM ONLY... if you are staying with a roommate, make sure only one of you purchases this item on the site. 
            NO FOOD  - We usually go run and pick up pizza or hit up a BBQ place on Sunday night. 
            We can stay and sew until late - BUT MUST LEAVE ROOMS at 8 AM... so the facility can prepare for next group coming in.

Next groups may be coming in on Sunday night - so we need to be courteous to them as they are probably enjoying the "favor" extended to us to allow us to enjoy extended time together.

Are you coming?   

If you are even thinking of attending, do your “Hold My Spot” as soon as possible. If you have retreated with us before, you know this is our OFFICIAL way of having a list of who is coming and get a rough guess as to how many sewing seats we need to be able to accommodate. The seats in the retreat are filled first come, first serve – based on the HMS list.  
The benefits of doing the HMS are:
• We don’t require a big deposit down far in advance of the event
• It is refundable – no questions asked. So if the time doesn’t work out for you, or the retreat fee winds up being out of your budget, it’s cool. The HMS is fully refundable up until deadline stated for specific event.
• This fee, when we first offer it, helps us to know what kind of interest we have in this venue… and a better guess of attendance we are going to be able to expect. This helps us when it comes time to sign contracts with the venues for the rooms, sewing room space, etc.

•  If you do not cancel by the HMS deadline, you are committed to the retreat and we have made arrangements/put contracts in place for you.   You are responsible for the retreat fee according to the cancellation schedule of your event.   The terms for each of our retreats may vary according to the venue.  Please read each one carefully - they may not be the same. 
The number of HMSs we have is very important to us – we base venue contracts on that number. 
What to Expect!
• A good time!
• Crazy amount of food.  Nobody starves. 
• Sewing is workshop style. Sally is there to give loads of tips and tricks and guide you through any of your Sew Like A Rock Star projects.
• No one is expected to be sewing a certain thing at a certain time. It’s totally a work at your own pace & pleasure retreat!
Legal yada yada yada: If you have any need to communicate with us regarding your reservation, it must be done through No exceptions.  This page, and ONLY this page, is where all official information/details will be provided. Terms of cancellation/refunding are listed with each item prior to purchase - usually referring to this page.  😊  All registrations are non-transferrable.  Please review this often and read carefully before checking out.  Any important communication between Sew Like A Rock Star staff done outside of THIS PAGE or through any method of communication other than using is not guaranteed to be accurate, nor honored. To keep our costs down, a $20 cancellation fee applies to all refunds except the Hold My Spots as described.. 

We look forward to seeing you at this event!   

Sew Like A Rock Star!