Enjoy a true retreat from the frantic fiber world at beautiful Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.. Nothing is required of attendees other than they enjoy themselves and renew their spirits. Along with spacious studios specifically set up for computers, painting, dyeing and sewing, there is room for sculpture, dance, yoga, and quiet spots for reading, writing and communing with nature. In 2013 we added slam poetry and drum circles as optional events. Depending on the talents of our group, we’ve had music, poetry, jokes, and open forums after dinner.
We've even had (log) pole dancing but too few of us could get up from a squat after dinner so that was omitted along with lectures and trips to museums as they required too much structure! Each year participants rewrite the rules. Feel free to suggest or offer new events.
Tom Kurtzhals, our personal chef, is dedicated to giving you options for special diets, picky eaters and foodies. You might gain weight at the retreat but there are many steps between studios, private rooms, and the Commons where 3 meals a day are provided. So you'll have to work hard to keep the pounds on and there are fat wheeled bikes available to help work off the special desserts.
The rooms are all private with personal baths and refrigerators. The rooms are big enough to hold a group "wine and tell" party on the last night - or any other time! Yet, when you close the door to your room, you are in your own world. Bring warm and chill clothes, umbrellas or rain gear as well as shorts, tank tops and swimsuits if you intend to head to the beach. A blanket/quilt is good too to make your room look homier and Spring is always a surprise in Florida. But, we promise, there will be NO SNOW!
Linens and towels are supplied but you might want to bring your favorite pillow. The mattresses are only 2 years old and are no longer the firm boards we used to sleep on! If you are driving and have room between all the dyes, tools, sewing machine and fabrics, you might want to add your Ott light and favorite sewing chair. ACA provides clamp-on spotlights and metal folding chairs…so at least think about a cushion!
You can mail us packages of your supplies ahead of time to avoid plane fees or you can visit the nearby Walmart after you arrive.
The Classic Retreat is from March 27 through April 8 with participants welcome to design their own package from the minimum of 4 days to a maximum of 12 days. Check in time is 1 PM on the first day and checkout at noon on the last day of each period. Attendees may use the dance and sculpture studios, the black box theater and writer’s studio, the computer lab and music studio or they may work outside on the many walkways and throughout the grounds. They are also welcome to sign up for classes.
Fees are rated at $70 per day for commuters and $140 per day/night for residents.
$280 Minimum Commuter Package for 4 Days: Fee includes 24 hour studio access and all meals.
$560 Minimum Resident Package for 4 Days/4 Nights: Fee includes private room and bath, 24 hour studio access and all meals.
Additional retreat packages can be created by multiplying $140 by the number of days/nights desired. Add $350 for each workshop you wish to take.
NOTE: There is a 10% discount for participants who choose to select the 12 day packages: Commuter $840 - 10% = $756; Resident $1,680 - 10% = $1512
We no longer offer one-day retreat spaces. However, guests are welcome to join us to visit with old and new friends or just to see what the retreat is. We are sorry to have to eliminate the one-day retreats; however, available spaces are assigned to resident members. Lunch or supper will be available at $15 during your visit.