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September 21st-24th, 2023

Leading Men Fiber Arts is excited to host the fourth annual Knitting at the Estate (KATE) Retreat at the breathtaking Allerton Park & Retreat Center in Monticello, IL in the fall of 2023.

  • Venue: Allerton Park & Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road Monticello, Illinois 61856
    • To inspire the community to utilize and value nature, history, and the arts through accessible and sustainable programming, research, and facilities.Built as a private residence by artist and philanthropist Robert Allerton in 1900, Allerton Park and Retreat Center is a historical treasure that was donated to the University of Illinois in 1946. The property contains 1,500 acres of woodland and prairie areas, a mansion and reflecting pond, a 10-acre meadow, formal sculpture gardens, hiking trails, and several lodging facilities.Away from the distractions and noise of everyday life, Allerton offers a unique opportunity to experience art, nature, and history. Explore 14 miles of hiking trails, wander through formal gardens with over 100 garden ornaments, and marvel at the quiet, expansive grounds. Organized programs open to the community and visitors include outdoor concerts, youth summer camps, themed dinners and educational events, nature hikes, and tours.Allerton has become a destination for meetings, conferences, weddings, retreats, and special events for people from all over the country. Businesses and organizations find the secluded, intimate setting offers time and space for quiet reflection and truly creative thinking. Wedding couples and guests are offered a truly unforgettable experience in the sun-kissed gardens or majestic Mansion.
  • Dates: September 21st-24th, 2023
  • Sign ups: February¬† 15th, 2023 at 6pm Central Time
    • We will be hosting our event through EventBrite, and attendees will be able to actual purchase a spot for their exact room. Prices will reflect the cost of the room based on Allterton’s room pricing.
  • Payment Plan: Payments will be due in full.
  • Lodging:
    • 25 Spots for Single Occupancy Rooms
    • 24 Spots for Double Occupancy Rooms
    • 26 Spots for Off-Site Lodging (You will be responsible for booking your own lodging)
  • Teachers: Laura Nelkin & Jennifer Davies
    • Class will be selected closer to the event via the Leading Men Fiber Arts website. You will able to select up to 2 additional classes at $50 per additional class.
  • What’s Included:
    • Lodging (for on-site attendees)
    • Meals
      • Breakfast (Fri/Sat/Sun)
      • Lunch (Fri/Sat)
      • PM Snack (Thurs/Fri/Sat)
      • Dinner (Thurs/Fri/Sat)
      • All food restrictions and requests will be met by the chief. Make sure to note any restrictions or requests on the sign-up form.
    • Goody Bag
    • One class
      • Up to 2 additional classes may be purchased at an extra cost
    • Access to the grounds and estate
    • Optional activities
    • Leading Men Fiber Arts shopping all weekend
    • Small Vendor Market on Saturday Afternoon
  • Tentative Schedule
    • Thursday
      • Check in begins at noon
      • PM Snack
      • Dinner & Welcome Reception
    • Friday
      • Breakfast
      • Morning Classes/Hangout & Explore/AM Snack
      • Lunch
      • Afternoon Classes/Handout & Explore/PM Snack
      • Dinner
    • Saturday
      • Breakfast
      • Morning Classes/Hangout & Explore/AM Snack
      • Lunch
      • Vendor Market/PM Snack
      • Dinner & Closing Remarks
    • Sunday
      • Breakfast
      • Retreat is closed by noon