Catskills Sewing Retreat 2018

You’re invited for a long weekend of sewing, relaxing, & making some new friends who love sewing & creating as much as you do!

Unwind from the daily grind of normal life & take some time for yourself to work on all the unfinished sewing projects you’ve been meaning to tackle. You’ll have almost 72 hours of uninterrupted sewing & ME time! 

Where Retreat is Taking Place:
The sewing retreat will be taking place in an adorable chalet style home that is set on 4 acres of land in the Western Catskills town of Harpersfield NY approximately 1 hour from Albany, NY/3 hours from New York City.

The house has 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The house has a large open space for sewing on the first floor where we’ll also eat some of our meals. It also has a giant great room on the second floor with a fireplace. 

We’d like to keep the group intimate so the retreat will be open to a maximum of 6-8 guests.

1 Spot Double Occupancy $375 – Sharing a Bedroom     Sign up

2 Spots Double Occupancy $340 each ($70 savings) Sharing a Bedroom  Sign up

Single Occupancy  $600 – Private Bedroom  Sign up

If you are signing up with a friend and would like to share a room,  just let us know when you sign up. Otherwise we’ll find you a roommate.


What's included:

  • Three nights stay in our accommodations.
  • Two and a 1/2 days of uninterrupted "me" time in a gorgeous country setting.
  • Ample space for sewing, cutting, crafting, reading, relaxing, hiking, laughing & just about anything you'd like to do during the weekend.
  • Megan's personalized sewing assistance & fit expertise with any sewing project you're working on from 12 - 5pm on Friday & Saturday.
  • 2 Hour Macrame Class taught by Megan (optional).
  • A wonderful time time making beautiful things & meeting new people in a gorgeous country setting.
  • Lunch on Friday & Saturday.
  • Breakfast on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
  • Additional refreshments to keep us fortified while sewing (you're also welcome to bring any food & drinks you'd like).

We ask that each participant help host prepare one of the lunches or breakfasts while we are on the retreat.

We'll head into town on Friday & Saturday night for a group dinners. Each participant pays for the cost of their own dinner & drinks for both days.

BYO sewing machine & sewing tools. Sewing machines (and all related tools) can be rented from M Avery Designs for the weekend for $50.

Tentative Weekend Retreat Schedule
Thursday Evening Arrival 
Approximately 8 - 10pm 

Friday Morning Arrival Approximately 7-9am
8-10am Breakfast Available
9am-12pm Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
12-2pm Lunch Available
12-5pm  Free time for Sewing (with instruction), Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
6:30pm Dinner
8pm-Midnight Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting

8-10am Breakfast Available
9am-12pm Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
12-2pm Lunch Available
12-5pm  Free time for Sewing (with instruction), Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
6:30pm Dinner
8pm-Midnight Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting

8-10am Breakfast Available
9am-12pm Sewing & Free time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting
Check out is at 12 noon

Getting There:
Please note: All guests are responsible for getting to & from the retreat for the weekend. We are happy to try to help facilitate ride shares if requested. We'll provide you with address and direction after you sign up.

You can also take a bus from New York Port Authority to Harpersfield, NY.

Suggestions for what to bring:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Tools & Supplies (thread, buttons, bobbins, iron, pins, needles, fabric, seam ripper, tape measure, etc.)
  • Ideas & patterns for projects you would like to sew (and all related patterns, fabric, tools and items needed to make these projects)
  • All personal items you would need for a weekend in the country. Be sure to check weather forecast in order to pack appropriately. Please keep in mind It's always about 10-15 degrees colder than downstate NY.

"It was great to meet up beforehand especially since it was the first one! I enjoyed the laid back nature of activities, location was beautiful, I liked that you had the different types of fabric. That Megan and Lauren (instructors on the retreat) were available for questions / support was of the greatest value to me. I think encouraging retreat participants to challenge themselves with skills they don't know is ideal. I certainly was a bit nervous about embarking on pants on my own and know I would have gotten frustrated had I not had the support of the instructors there."

"Both instructors were very helpful & really nice people!!  I just wish I got further along w one of my projects (no ones fault but my own) wish I was more motivated to get help on certain things. So sweet & thoughtful of Megan to give necklaces & cards. I loved the retreat & I'm so glad that I went!!!"

"Amazing location and it definitely fostered a nice sense of community and relaxation."

"Just finished a fun/productive sewing retreat in the Catskills. Megan was so patient and helpful. I finished several projects (bags, dress, fixed shirt, and cut out a tunic). The accomodations were great, very comfortable. I'm planning on returning next year.   P.S. loved the butternut squash pizza."

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    Pattern Drafting

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    4 Hour Workshop:  $139

    All Supplies Included

    Use code draft20percent at checkout get discount when you sign up for both workshops.

    Please note: Discount does not apply when only purchasing one workshop. If used, you’ll be required to pay difference at the time of your workshop.

    This course will include a thorough understanding of skirt or bodice flat pattern construction, dart creation & construction, as well as simple adjustments that can be made to your patterns to add design elements to your sewing projects.

    You’ll leave the class with basic fitted skirt or bodice pattern that you can use over and over again to design & create your very own tailored skirts, shirts, dresses and/or jackets.  We will provide instructions that outline the step-by-step process creating patterns for a perfectly fitting customized skirt of bodice.

    Please note: There is minimal sewing in this course. This is an instructional class where we’ll be creating customized paper patterns during each class time. Each student is encouraged to participate in Sew Club to create muslins of each of the patterns that you create in class and really customize your fit properly.

    “I just wanted to say how incredibly enlightening and awesome the bodice drafting class was today. I had a great time and feel like I’ve taken a major step forward in understanding how clothing works!  Thank you for all your hard work.” 

    Kids Summer Camp 2017

    You’re Child will LOVE our week long sewing & design classes!  For Kids going into 1st – 6th grade .

    NOW until Week of August 28th, 2017

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    We focus on teaching your child:

    • Basic sewing machine usage
    • Sewing Project construction
    • Improving fine motor skills (pinning, cutting fabric, sewing on the line,
    • Creativity in designing their own sewing projects (dependent on project themes)
    • How to read basic patterns and instructions

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    Each 1/2 Day Summer Camp Session:

      • Is 3 hours long, with time for a snack.
      • Meets Monday – Friday
      • Completes a project in the 3 hour session.
      • Never repeats a project
      • Is led by competent, experienced instructors who are either in school for fashion/education or professionals in the field of sewing, design or fashion.|

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    Morning Session 9am – 12pm
    Afternoon Session 1-4pm
    Full day session 9am – 4pm with BYO Lunch & Activities 12-1pm
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    $275 Per Person 1/2 Day Session
    $137.50 Deposit (Due at Sign Up)
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    To sign up for full day you must purchase TWO 1/2 day sessions and schedule accordingly.
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    Use the following promo codes for full day camp, multiple 1/2 day sessions & sibling discounts:

    • One week of Full Day camp or Two 1/2 day sessions $495 (10% discount): fulldaycamp2017
    • Two weeks of Full Day camp or Four 1/2 day sessions $935 (15% discount): 2fulldaycamp2017
    • Three weeks Full Day camp $273 or Six 1/2 day sessions $1320 (20% discount): 3fulldaycamp2017
    • Four Weeks Full Day camp $338 or Eight 1/2 Day sessions $1650 (25% discount): 4fulldaycamp2017
    • Five Weeks Full Day camp or Ten 1/2 Day sessions $1925 (30% discount): 5fulldaycamp2017

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    *Discount codes used incorrectly will result in balance being owed on the first day of camp.
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    *Please use your child’s name when signing up! There will be spaces in the registration form to add family members. If you are signing up siblings, please make sure that both children are scheduled for the week you would like them to attend camp. If things get confusing, no worries, send us an email or give us a call!

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    Monroe Movement Space on the 5th floor provides before care from 8-9am, as well as after care from 4-5pm or 4-6pm each day for those interested. We’re happy to pick up/drop off any kids up who will participate in this. If interested, contact Monroe Movement Space directly for more info and rates.
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    The required deposit of 1/2 tuition shall be paid at time of registration. The balance (which includes multiple sessions) are paid on the child’s first day of camp. All discounts applied to deposit will also be applied to balances paid on first day of camp. You also have the option to pay the full amount at the time of registration.
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    Sign up Online or Call 201-876-1198 to Register
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    Due to the seasonal nature of summer programming and the set limitation of spaces offered, no refund shall be provided for absences, changes, withdrawals, or dismissal for cause.
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    Permission is hereby granted for photographs to be taken of the camper and M Avery Designs has the right to utilize these photographs in camp brochures or on website and display material unless parent makes other arrangements with M Avery Designs.

    Sew Club

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    Hang with us in the sewing studio and work on your sewing projects and other like-minded folks who love to sew! This isn’t a class, but more of a gathering for those who love to sew to work on any project they would like. Bring your own supplies or purchase them at the studio.

    To attend Sew Club, one of the following must apply to you:

    • Completed a  recent private sewing lesson with one of our instructors.
    • Completed our Sewing Machine Basics class.
    • Are currently enrolled or have completed the Beginner Sewing Boot Camp. (Sew club is free for you, see below!)
    • You have a general working knowledge of how to sew & operate a sewing machine. This must be from within the last couple of years.  Sorry 8th grade home ec. doesn’t count.

    Sign up for a class at get yourself qualified, if you’re not already.

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    Come to work on the projects you didn’t have time to work on at home or catch up on our other M Avery Designs Sewing Class projects. The instructor can provide light instruction if you get stuck, but for in-depth projects you do not know how to tackle, we suggest you take a private lesson prior to attending Sew Club.

    Sew Club is FREE for any adult students enrolled (within 1 month ) in any of our  on-going Sewing Boot Camp classes or recently take one of our 2 Hour Garment Classes & need to finish your project. 

    $20 per 2 hour Sew Club – OR free for current adult students (see above)

    This gets you a sewing machine, use of all our wonderful sewing studio space, thread, use of all our other sewing tools (scissors, rulers, needles, you name it), patterns, books etc. Fabric is for sale in the studio. Feel free to bring any food or drink you’d like.

    Please note – As with all our classes, if we do not have sufficient enrollment, we reserve the right to cancel the class (with full refunds) with at least 48 hours notice. 

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    Rules of Sew Club

    1. You don’t talk about Sew Club. Just Kidding – Sew Club is a time to work on sewing projects independently and get light instruction from the instructor working.
    2. Price of Sew Club is $20 for 2 hours.
    3. Sew Club is FREE for those currently enrolled in a class and up to 1 month past the last class of the session.
    4. Please use any of the studio tools, sewing machines, thread, etc.
    5. Fabric is for sale for the prices listed.
    6. Please feel free to use any of our sewing books and/or sewing patterns while in the sewing studio.
    7. The instructor is ALWAYS here to help you with projects related to the class you are enrolled in.
    8. Sew Club is not a sewing lesson for projects that are not from one our sewing classes. You can work on these and we can answer a question here and there if you get stuck. But keep in mind we have private sewing lessons that you are welcome to schedule one-on-one with an instructor for projects where you not sure what to do.
    9. Again – If you’re working on something independently and you’re really stuck, an instructor can help you. Please don’t take advantage of this. See rule 9.
    10. Feel Free to Eat, Drink and Make New Friends! Have Fun!

    Sewing Dresses Boot Camp

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    Learn all the basics of sewing beautiful dresses that fit you in six weeks!

    Students will focus on learning basic sewing skills to create 2-3 gorgeous dresses that actually fit your body. We’ve designed a 15 hour sewing class that will take your skills to the next level.  This is a sewing course is designed for the sewing student who’s had some basic experience.

    As with all our sewing classes, all students work at their own pace and focus on learning new skills based on the skills they come to class with.

    Projects in this Class:

    Please note: The number of projects you complete in the class will depend on how much experience you come to class with, how much work you do at home and in Sew Club & the pace that you work.

    Small, Personal Classes | There are only 6 spots per session.

    Part 1:

    • Taking your own body measurements.
    • Review of Seam Allowance and why is it important?
    • Review of threading & operating the sewing machine.
    • Learning basic clothing construction.
    • How to read a sewing pattern.

    Part 2:

    • Which patterns are right for me?
    • What adjustments do I need to make?
    • How do I take things in and let them out.
    • How can I make this fit better?

    Cost of 15 Hour Workshop: $329

    Wednesday Summer Class – No Class on July 3rd.

    This includes free Sew Club classes during AND one month past your beginner sewing boot camp classes.  Sew Club is a great time to “makeup” anything you might have missed in a class, catch up on anything you fall behind on, or just sew whatever you’d like.  There are no makeup classes if you miss a session. Cost of Sew Club is normally $20/class.

    There is also the option of taking a private lessons to make up a missed class. The rate for a private lesson while you are enrolled in a 6-week class is $40/hour (normally $65/hour).
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    Please note: Fabric is NOT included. Woven Fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $12 per yard. Stretch Knit Fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $16 per yard. We have a variety of types, colors & prints, but keep in mind we are not a fabric store. Students also have the option of purchasing fabrics elsewhere before the class. Details & amounts are below.

    Supplies Needed:

    Dress 1: 

    •  3 Yards of light to medium weight woven fabric (no stretch or very little stretch). Some examples of suitable fabric types include silk or rayon crepe, shirtings, lawn, silk twill, light wool gabardine, wool crepe.
    • 22″ invisible zipper
    • one small hook and eye
    • 2 yards of bias tape
      We’re happy to provide the bias tape and hook and eye to each student free of charge. 

    Dress 2: 

    • 3.5 Yards of light to medium weight woven fabric (no stretch or very little stretch). Some examples of suitable fabric types include cotton voile, lawn, rayon challis, batiste, dotted swiss, georgette, light to medium weight silks.
    • 1.5 Yards of bias tape
    • 1.5 Yards of 3/4″ or 1″ wide elastic.
      We’re happy to provide the elastic and bias tape to each student free of charge. 

    Dress 3:

    • 3 Yards of medium weight fabrics such as poplin, denim, corduroy, velveteen, twill, flannel, wool crêpe or gabardine. Top is lined with same fabric as dress.
    • 22-inch coil zipper (not invisible)
    • Hook and eye – We’re happy to provide these.

    Mobile Kids Sewing Classes @ Local Schools

    M Avery Designs Kids After School Sewing Program is in many schools in the Jersey City, Weehawken and Hoboken Area.

    We currently offer kids mobile sewing classes in the following locations.

    Please contact the location directly about enrolling. 

    If you’d like to inquire about getting an enrichment program started at your school, please contact us directly.

    Hoboken Charter School – Hoboken NJ

    The French American Academy – Jersey City NJ

    HOLA Middle School – Hoboken NJ

    HOLA Elementary School – Hoboken NJ

    Step by Step Day Care – Hoboken NJ

    Stevens Cooperative School Hoboken Campus – Hoboken NJ

    Stevens Cooperative School Newport Campus – Jersey City NJ

    Three Little Birds Learning Center – West Side Ave. Location – Jersey City NJ

    The Ethical Community Charter School – Jersey City NJ

    St. Francis Academy – Union City NJ

    Roosevelt Elementary School – Weehawken NJ

    Daniel Webster Elementary School – Weehawken NJ

    Stitch ‘n Sip Sewing Class

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    Come get creative and learn to make a cool, new project. No sewing experience required. 

    You’ll be sure to improve your sewing skills as well as make some new sewing friends! Join us, won’t you? We suspect this sewing class ritual will become habit once you see what an awesome way this is to unwind after the work week. Grab your favorite beverage & snack and head to the studio.  All you have to do is show up. The supplies for the featured project are included in the price!

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    $40 | Drop in Class | Buy

    $100 | 3 Class Pack (good for 4 months) | Buy

    $150 | 6 Class Pack (good for 8 months) | Buy

    The class packs can be used interchangeably with the the Pinterest Fanatic Sewing Class, Sip ‘n Stitch ClassGarment District TourIntro to the Machine/Hem Workshop or the Dress Makers Club.


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    Upcoming Dates

    Fabric 101 – Learn to Identify Different Fabrics


    Everyone who sews absolutely loves fabric!  But how much do we really know about it?

    We have added this brand new class to help you all become fabric experts. We’ll help you identify all different kinds of fabric and we’ll help you determine which fabrics are best for which projects. You’ll see up close and personal what each of the fabrics looks like, feels like and the ways to determine the fiber content.

    Swatches of each fabric discussed (over 40 different fabrics) will be provided to all students attending the class. And we’ll provide you with a handy take home information sheet including each fabrics properties, how to work with it, how to care for it & little known hints and tips.

    Some of the fabrics discussed include naturals (cotton, denim, chintz, chenille, poplin, corduroy, etc) silks (shantung, taffeta, brocade, tulle, etc), manufactured (acetate, acrylic, nylon, polyester, rayon, etc) sustainable (hemp, organic cotton, tencel, etc) & more.

    This 2 Hour Class is $20 Per Person |  All Supplies Included

    Upcoming Sessions

    Monday March 3rd, 2014 6:30-8:30pm | Sign Up


    Spring 2014 Sewing Retreat in the Catskills

    A grand time was had by all at the First Ever M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat! You can view our photo album here. And stay tuned for details on our Fall 2014 Sewing Retreat coming soon!

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    The very first M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat is finally here and we have found the perfect place to host it.

    Join us for a weekend of sewing, crafting, relaxing, enjoying nature & getting to know other people who love to sew. We’ll be offering mini classes and demos all weekend long and you can enjoy them without the interruptions of every day life!


    You’ll also have the opportunity for tons of open sewing time, so bring a project or two that you’ve been meaning to tackle. You’ll have almost 48 hours of uninterrupted sewing time in the wonderful natural setting of the Turqoise Barn Bed & Breakfast, located in Bloomville NY.

    The B&B is set on many beautiful acres in the Western Catskills. You’ll have ample time to explore the grounds and commune with nature, if you so choose.


    Friday May 2nd – Sunday May 4th 2014

    Turquoise Barn Bed & Breakfast
    8052 County Highway 18
    Bloomville, NY 13739


    Turquoise Barn is a Green Certified, eco-friendly Bed and Breakfast, Retreat, and Education Center located approximately 3 hours from NYC on an organic farm in the Western Catskills.  The former dairy farm is home to 3 historic buildings which are now the residence, studio, workshop, and gallery (Turquoise Barn) of two artists formerly of East Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY – Michelle Premura & Michael Milton.


    Living Arrangements
    The retreat will be open to only 8 guests. We’d like to keep the group intimate and have the sewing classes and groups remain small. There are are 4 gorgeous rooms at the B&B, each with their very own bathroom equipped with shower so everyone will be  sharing a room.  If you are coming with a friend and want to share a room just let us know when you sign up. Otherwise we’ll assign you a room-mate. Anyone who wishes to have a room all to themselves will  have to purchase 2 spots.

    Rosa Room | Mountain & Pond View | Private bath with claw-foot bathtub | King size bed and full-size futon

    Moss Room | Mountain & pond view |  Private bath, queen bed and full size futon


    Sunset Room | Mountain & Pond View | Private Bathroom, Queen Bed, two single beds


    Sunrise Room | Mountain & Turquoise Barn View | Private Bath, Queen Bed, two single beds


    Beds & Rooms are available on a first come first serve basis! Book early to get the bed of your choice!

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    What’s included:

    • Sewing demos by Megan & assistant instructor on a variety of topics, with an emphasis on clothing & accessory creation

    • Mini classes throughout the day Saturday & Sunday with topics including garment & accessory construction, sewing tips & tricks, new sewing skills

    • Sewing instructions and guidance throughout the entire weekend on any sewing projects you choose. There will not be more than 8 students. With 2 instructors for the weekend, that’s a 4:1 ratio of student to teacher!

    • Megan’s personalized fitting and sewing help with any garment project you bring along

    • Two nights stay at the beautiful Turquoise Barn B&B

    • Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday

    • Boxed lunch on Saturday & Sunday

    • Additional Refreshments to keep us fortified while sewing

    • An old fashioned good time making beautiful things in a beautiful setting & you might even make a new friend or two


    Vegetarian Breakfast & Lunch on Saturday & Sunday are included in the price. There is a vegetarian kitchen in the house we’ll be staying in so feel free to bring snacks and extra beverages. We’ll be heading into town for a group dinner on Saturday at one of the tasty local restaurants.

    The main area of the B&B is big and open and gives us plenty of room for sewing machine tables, design space & cutting room. We recommend that you bring your own sewing machine, but machines can be rented from M Avery Designs for the weekend for the low cost of $20.

    We’ve done our best to keep the price very reasonable.

    We’ll be offering the low introductory price of $475 per person if you commit  by paying the $225 non-refundable deposit before March 15th, 2014.

    All spots for the retreat are now full – Please send us an email if you’d like to get on the waiting list

    We’ll follow up with you regarding your room choice as soon as we get your registration.






    Tenative Weekend Schedule

    Friday May 2nd:

    Arrive anytime between 5 & 8pm
    8-12pm Dig right into some Sewing

    Saturday May 3rd:

    Breakfast 8am
    Sewing & Mini Classes 9am-12pm
    Lunch 12pm
    More Sewing, Mini Classes & Free Time 1-6pm
    Dinner 6:30pm
    More Sewing & Free time 8pm-Midnight

    Sunday May 4th:

    Breakfast 8am
    Sewing & Mini Classes 9am – 12pm
    12pm Check out & Bag Lunch for the Road

    Please note: All guests are responsible for getting to & from the B&B for the weekend. We are happy to try to help facilitate ride shares if requested.


    More about the Turquoise B&B

    Rustic . . Simplistic. . . Elegance……..Our 3-story 3,000 sq. ft, converted 1800’s Carriage House has large loft-style open spaces with high ceilings, artist designed & renovated with handcrafted furnishings and art throughout the house.Upstairs are four large bedrooms, each equipped with a private bathroom, tastefully designed and decorated, and each with AMAZING views of the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, mountains or pond.

    Downstairs has an additional 5th full bathroom, open kitchen (vegetarian), large handcrafted dining table, radiant heat floors, wood stove and back sun porch.

    NATURE THERAPY…….Outside are acres of meadows, mountains, wooded areas, organic flower & veggie gardens, a fishing/swimming pond and streams. Fire pit for evening gatherings and open large field for special events. Also on the property are chickens, roosters, ducks, & cats (outdoor only). Hiking in our backyard or up the mountain road and just minutes away from the Catskill Scenic Trail for biking/walking/running/skiing.

    Taking the time to relax & create is very good for all of our souls! This M Avery Designs Retreat is designed for anyone who shares a love for creativity, no matter where your skill level lies. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or have yet to thread a needle, you’re welcome to join us for this weekend of sewing fun & creativity.


    Interested in adding a special activity to your visit?  Turquoise Barn offers a variety of additional services for our guests including:

    ​♥ Bicycle & snowshoe rentals
    ♥ Botanical culinary workshops & retreats
    ♥ Dietary & Lifestyle consultations
    ♥ Wild edible ID walks & Herbal consultations (seasonal)
    ♥ Massage
    ♥ Private or Group Yoga
    ♥ Reiki
    ♥ Raindrop Therapy
    ♥ Aromatherapy
    ♥ Re-connective Healing (Energy Work)
    ♥ Intuitive readings

    Advance registration required – Contact the Turquoise Barn directly for pricing and availability.