Laine Retreat

Right from the beginning, we knew that we wanted to organize gatherings and knitting retreats around the world, to explore life's beauty with other like-minded souls. To inspire and to get inspired, to get together and to create and share meaningful moments – that's what it's all about. We hope that Laine will not only be a magazine but a whole community.


5th – 9th of May, 2017 in Porto Covo, Portugal

Our first Laine Retreat will take place in beautiful Portugal. We will be joined by Joji Locatelli, one of the world’s leading knitwear designers who also happens to be one of the sweetest persons around.

The retreat will be all about taking it slowly, knitting, enjoying the moment and making memories that will last a lifetime. Every day, we will gather around a large, wooden table and enjoy home cooked meals on the spacey patio with a stunning view or in the cosy dining room with an open kitchen. There will be plenty of time to relax and knit. Joji Locatelli will design a pattern for the retreat that our guests are welcome to cast on during our stay. On one day, Vânia O. of TWO HANDS Textile Studio will join us and hold a weaving workshop.

We have the honour to welcome Mina Park of Sook as our private chef. Mina is one of the most inspiring women we have ever met – she left her career as a lawyer to work in food and is now hosting highly popular supper clubs and pop-up dining events around the world. During our retreat, Mina will take care of us and serve delicious meals using fresh, local ingredients with an occasional touch of new Korean cuisine.

Hosted by Jonna Hietala and Sini Ellen of Laine Magazine.

Open for 8–10 people.


Where: The retreat will take place at the Alentejo coast in the south of Portugal about a 2-hours drive from Lisbon Airport. We will stay at Cabeça da Cabra Guesthouse, a beautiful and quiet place in the Portuguese countryside. Maria, the owner of Cabeça da Cabra, bought an old, traditional school building a couple of years ago and carefully renovated it restoring the old charm and character of the house. The atmospheric guesthouse offers five comfortable and spacious rooms, a dining room and a patio that will take your breath away. We will have the whole house just for ourselves.

How much: All prices are given in Euro. In a double room: 1750 € for a double bed, 1600 € for a single bed. In a triple room: 1350 € for a shared double bed, 1500 € for a single bed. A deposit of 50% is needed for registration and the final payment is due March 31th 2017. 

Includes: Please note that airfare as well as transfer to and from the airport is not included. We strongly suggest you to hire a rental car.

  • 4 nights stay at Cabeça da Cabra Guesthouse
  • all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), refreshments and snacks during the retreat, a dinner out at a typical local restaurant
  • wine and tapas upon arrival
  • goodie bag
  • transportation to all retreat activities (dinner out, trip to the beach and to the village of Porto Covo)
  • a weaving workshop with Vânia O. of TWO HANDS Textile Studio

Terms and cancellation policy:  The retreat is non-refundable unless you can find someone to take your place. Please note that travel insurance is not included. We strongly advice you to have travel insurance in the unlikely event of natural disasters, strikes, health problems or other unforeseen events. 

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Laine Weekend

We believe in meaningful relationships woven around the art of knitting. That's why we want to bring together people who share the same passion.




14.–16.10.2016 at Villa Julius, Parkano, Finland

Join us for our first Laine Weekend in the peaceful Finnish countryside. It will be a weekend full of knitting, great company, delicious food, and taking it easy. Jonna Hietala of Laine Magazine will also be teaching a 3-hour workshop on knitwear photography and post-processing. 

Open for 14 people.

Accommodation: We will stay in Parkano, at a traditional, wooden house, Villa Julius, with two saunas (one inside, the other one by the lake) and a hot tub in the garden.

Price: 295 euros.

Includes: Transportation Tampere–Parkano–Tampere, shared rooms for 2–3 people with shared bathrooms, all food and drinks during the weekend (2 x breakfast, 1 x lunch, 2 x dinner. Water, coffee, tee, beer, wine.), knitwear photography workshop, goodie bag.

The bus leaves from Tampere bus station on Friday at 6.00pm and heads back to Tampere on Sunday at 12pm.

What to Bring: A digital camera + something to take notes in, and loads of yarn and needles.

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14.–16.10.2016 Villa Julius, Parkano

Tervetuloa viettämään ensimmäistä Laine Weekendiä Parkanon maaseudulle, Vahojärven pieneen kylään. Viikonloppumme täyttyy neulonnasta, herkullisesta ruoasta ja rauhallisesta rentoutumisesta. Laine-lehden päätoimittaja, valokuvaaja Jonna Hietala vetää paikan päällä kolmen tunnin kurssin tarinallisen neulekuvaamisen saloista.

Mukaan mahtuu 14 osallistujaa.

Majoitus: Parkanossa, viihtyisässä Villa Juliuksessa. Käytössämme on myös rantasauna ja kylpypalju.

Hinta: 295 euroa.

Hintaan sisältyy: Bussikuljetus Tampere–Parkano–Tampere, majoitus 2–3 hengen huoneissa, kaikki ruoat ja juomat paikan päällä (2 x aamupala, 1 x lounas ja 2 x illallinen. Vesi, kahvi, tee, viini ja olut.), tarinallisen neulekuvaamiset salat -kurssi, goodie bag.

Bussikuljetus lähtee perjantai-iltana kello 18.00 Tampereen linja-autoasemalta Parkanoon ja sunnuntaina kello 12 Parkanosta takaisin kohti Tampereen keskustaa.

Ota mukaan: Kamera ja muistiinpanovälineet, paljon neulottavaa.

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