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Info for Rowan Retreat 2019 Attendees

We’re so glad you’ll be joining us for our 2019 Retreat with Rowan on Bainbridge Island at the legendary IslandWood campus from October 24th through the 27th. We’re looking forward to knitting, learning and relaxing with you! Until then, here is some helpful information.


The Retreat begins with IslandWood check-in at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24th. We’ll finish Sunday morning after breakfast with check-out at 11:00 am. In between, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to relax, knit and visit with the designers/authors.

Arriving early or staying late? You won’t be able to stay at IslandWood, but there are other lodging options, including some with special rates if you mention Churchmouse.

The Eagle Harbor Inn is a small, very charming boutique hotel just two blocks from our Island shop. Close by are The Marshall Suites and a Quality Inn.


Flying in. There are several easy ways to get from Sea-Tac Airport to the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry dock. By taxi or car service, it’s 20 to 45 minutes depending on traffic. By light rail it’s 45 minutes with a seven-block walk to the dock from the train stop.
Sailing in. The ferry from downtown Seattle to beautiful Bainbridge Island leaves every hour or so. The crossing takes 35 minutes -- excellent knitting time. The drive between the ferry dock and IslandWood takes less than 10 minutes.
On the Island. Our yarn shop is just three blocks from the ferry terminal, and the drive to IslandWood takes five minutes and there’s plenty of parking. If you’re walking on, and would like us to pick you up at the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal, please write your flight arrival time to so we can plan our shuttle service. When you get to the ferry, walk down the covered ramp to the curb and look for a white van with the Churchmouse logo.


If possible, choose luggage that can be rolled easily or carried backpack-style (easier to maneuver on the paths).
Don’t worry about leaving space for any yarn you might acquire when here—we’ll ship it to your home at no charge. And, you’ll get 10% off your Churchmouse purchases during the Retreat.

Remember, the only sundries in your room will be a soap dispenser so you might need: Hair Dryer, Shampoo, Lotion, Personal Toiletries. It might also be good to bring:
Comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing for all weather, umbrella, flashlight.


Meals. The talented IslandWood Chef is quite happy to accommodate dietary restrictions. Ingredients are local and organic as much as possible -- you’ll be asked to note your preferences on your registration form.
Wireless. Free wireless internet is available throughout the campus in all the main spaces, lodges and Dining Hall. Cell phone reception is spotty on campus. Landlines are available and you can be reached if needed.
Alcohol. In accordance with our WA State Liquor License, all alcohol must be served by trained IslandWood staff and consumed in designated areas only. We are permitted to sell only wine and beer for on-premise consumption. Outside alcohol is prohibited.
Smoking. IslandWood is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is only permitted in the two designated areas in our parking lot. Receptacles are available at these locations for proper disposal.
Bottled Water. In keeping with an ecologically conscious mission, IslandWood gently discourages bottled water on campus. Available drinking water is from a filtered system. Dispensers and glasses are located throughout the campus; you may choose to bring a refillable water bottle.