Spring Retreat on Galiano Island

April 27, 2018 3:00 pm - April 29, 2018 1:00 pm Galiano Inn & Spa, Galiano Island BC

Galiano Island is one of our favourite places to host retreats. It features rugged West Coast beauty that is both calming and inspirational, and we find ourselves returning time and again. We are thrilled to invite you to join us at this special place for our upcoming Spring Retreat, with two amazing instructors: Susan B. Anderson and Andrea Rangel.

Our home for the weekend will be the Galiano Inn & Spa, a spectacular oceanfront hotel, conveniently located just steps away from Sturdies Bay ferry terminal. No car is required!

All rooms at the Galiano Inn are waterfront, with spectacular ocean views. You have a choice of private Oceanfront Spa suites with private terraces or balconies, or tasteful shared accommodations in the Oceanfront One Bedroom Villas, also featuring private terraces or balconies, wood burning fireplaces, and private outdoor hot tubs. Other amenities at the Galiano Inn include the Madrona del Mar Spa & steam rooms and the Flores del Iris Gardens.

Joining us for the weekend are our very special guest instructors: Susan B Anderson and Andrea Rangel.

Susan B. Anderson has been knitting for more than 30 years. She has authored six popular knitting books and designed for many magazines and yarn companies. She has been writing her popular and award-winning knitting blog, for the last nine years. In 2016, Susan and her son started a yarn and pattern company, Barrett Wool Co. She also has two online workshops on Craftsy.com. Susan’s passion is teaching knitting workshops, which she is honored to do both nationally and beyond.

Andrea Rangel is an experienced knitter, designer, and educator. Her design work has been published in Brooklyn Tweed Wool People, Twist Collective, Interweave Knits, and Knit Scene, as well as independently. She recently published the acclaimed Alterknit Stitch Dictionary with Interweave Press. She’s a trained educator, having taught elementary, middle, and high school for several years before becoming a full-time knitwear designer. Her classes are organized and clear, with a strong understanding of learners and class planning, and always include useful, beautiful workshop handbooks for students to take home.

Each attendee will have the opportunity to take one in-depth class with each instructor. Small class sizes and the relaxed environment makes for an exceptional learning experience!

Other highlights of the weekend include ample knitting time, Friday and Saturday evening socials including presentations and Q&A with Susan B. Anderson and Andrea Rangel, and an opportunity to shop at an exclusive Marketplace featuring Jane Richmond, Very Shannon, Gauge Dyeworks, Knitters’ Jewellery and Hinterland Farm.

Retreat fees are as follows:

Single/private accommodations: $1395CAD per person

Double/shared accommodations: $1195CAD per person

Your retreat fee includes:

Two nights private or shared accommodation at Galiano Inn & Spa on beautiful Galiano Island, BC.

  • Oceanfront Spa Suite features Queen bed (single accommodation) or King & sofa bed combo (double accommodation) with in suite massage table, heated tile floors, private balcony or terrace, soaker tub, and wood burning fireplace. Ground floor suites are available for those with mobility issues. 6 single/2 double available.
  • Oceanfront One Bedroom Villa features King & sofa bed combo (double accommodation) with heated private balcony or terrace, outdoor hot tub, heated tile floors and kitchenette. Ground floor suites are available for those with mobility issues. 9 available.

All of your meals and snacks, prepared with local, ethically sourced ingredients.

Two in-depth workshops with Susan B. Anderson and Andrea Rangel. Attendees will have the opportunity to take one class with each instructor.

Exclusive Marketplace with Jane Richmond, Shannon Cook, and Hinterland Farm.

Prizes and the amazing Knit Social goodie bags!

The retreat fee does not include any spa treatments, however you are welcome to make a separate appointment. Please note, you must book an treatment in advance of the retreat as the spa is by appointment only.

You also have the option of renting a Smart Car from the hotel to explore the Island.   Smart car rental must be reserved through the Inn and there are restrictions based on insurance requirements. You can find more information by calling the Inn at 1-877-530-3939 or visiting their website here

How to get to Galiano Island:


From Vancouver, take BC-99 South, then BC-17 South to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.  It’s a smaller vessel, so be sure to reserve a spot for your vehicle, if you are driving on. Visit BC Ferries or call 1-888-223-3779 (1-888-BCFERRY).

If you are travelling as a foot passenger, you can park your car at the Tsawassen terminal for $16/day. Or use the Park and Go for $12/day.

From Victoria, head to Swartz Bay ferry terminal and follow signs to the Gulf Island ferry.

If you are travelling as a foot passenger, you can park your car at the Swartz bay terminal for $12/day.

From the USA, you can take the Clipper from Seattle to Victoria or the Coho ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria.


From Vancouver, float planes travel daily between Downtown or the Vancouver International Airport South Terminal, and Galiano’s Montague Harbour. Visit Seair Seaplanes for information. You can also charter a float plane from Harbour Air. Depending on the number of people interested, round trip charter flights can start at $180 round trip per person from the YVR South Terminal (includes free parking) directly to the Galiano Inn dock. Contact us for more details!

From Victoria, visit  Pat Bay Air chartered floatplanes.

From the USA you can charter through Kenmore Air.

Please call the Inn at 1-888-223-3779 or visit the website for more detailed information.


Registration for this exclusive retreat (only 26 spots!) will open on Monday December 11th at 7am PST. At that time, you will be required to provide your contact information, room type and roommate request, as well as a $200 non-refundable deposit. The full balance will be due by February 16th, 2018.

Cancellation policy:

All deposits are non-refundable. Cancellations occurring up until February 1, 2018 will receive a full refund of balance paid. Cancellations occurring between February 1 and March 15, 2018 will receive a 50% refund (in the case that we can fill your spot from a waitlist you will receive a full refund). Cancellations occurring after March 15, 2018 will not receive a refund.

Questions? Email us at info@knitsocial.ca

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