Ullan Knit Retreat

Kate (@kate_hawthorncottagecraft) and I are very excited to announce that we are hosting our very first knitting retreat in 2019, in Northern Ireland.  

It will be held from 1-3rd November 2019 in Drumalis Retreat Centre in Larne- along the Causeway Coast- the perfect starting point for a tour of the scenic coastline. 

This is a retreat for those who would like to take time out to consider how their making has an impact on themselves and the world around them.

Our sessions will be taken by Aidan Owen (@knittingmonk) who will be coming all the way from the Hudson Valley in New York to help us to reflect on how our making can be thoughtful and mindful. You can check out his podcast here.

Throughout the weekend there will be lots of chances to take time out, to relax and to reflect on what Aidan has talked about. 


Craft as Contemplation

If one definition of contemplation is a “long, loving look at the Real," then certainly our fibre arts practices are one way of engaging the contemplative life. Over time, contemplating through craft will lead us to a slower, simpler, more understated, and more whole sense of self and world. By exploring and engaging the deeper meaning of our crafts, we can come to a truer sense of who we are. This retreat will offer the opportunity to settle into a craftful and contemplative space and to engage deeper questions of meaning for ourselves and our fiber arts practices, all while connecting with other fiber enthusiasts. Themes will include the sacredness of creation, rootedness and a sense of place, and rest. Hopefully, we will come to see our crafts as ways to become more fully human and more fully alive!

Br. Aidan Owen, better known online as the Knitting Monk, is a brother at Holy Cross Monastery in New York's Hudson Valley. He is also an artist working at the intersection of spirituality and ecology, and he plays regularly as a knitter, sewist, gardener, and writer. You can find past episodes of his video podcast at ; keep up with him on Instagram (@knittingmonk); and read more about his community at


The ticket price includes food throughout the weekend, accommodation at Drumalis Retreat Centre and all of Aidan’s talks. (and plenty of good craic forbye!)

Every attendee will have their own bedroom and en suite/ bathroom facilities. Disabled rooms are available. Any food allergies or dietary requirements can be accommodated. 

Spaces are limited and tickets will go on sale January 4th, 2019- 10pm GMT. 

Cost: £350

* Please note that this retreat is residential only! There won’t be any day tickets available for this event. 

If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with us via the contact form on the contact page.

Drumalis Retreat Centre is easily accessible from

  • Larne Harbour (5 minute drive or 20 minutes walking)

  • Belfast City Airport (30 min drive)

  • Belfast Harbour (30 min drive)

  • Belfast International Airport. (30 min drive) 

Drumalis Retreat Centre

47 Glenarm Rd, Larne, Northern Ireland BT40 1DT