HOOKED: Rug Hooking Retreat at The Millcroft Inn & Spa 2022

We are so excited to be offering this unique artist mentored rug hooking experience in Southern Ontario!

Hooked is a two-day luxury rug hooking retreat and a wonderful opportunity to explore new approaches to your own artistic practice while working alongside renowned contemporary artist and rug hooker,  Alexandrya Eaton. Eaton will share her knowledge through group discussions and provide insight into her own process as inspiration for creative growth and exchange. This intimate retreat will include an evening artist talk, an on-site wool boutique and ample time to delve into your own work while enjoying all the amenities at the Millcroft Inn and Spa, a historic knitting mill turned elegant countryside getaway in the Village of Alton, in Caledon, Ontario.

Your Hosts 

Martina Lesar Hooked Rug Studio
Bear Epp, Common Craft

Your Hooked Retreat Includes:     

Two full days of rug hooking with guest artist and mentor Alexandrya Eaton. We will be spending our days in the Erin Room located within the Little Mill, a historic limestone building and the Mill’s original warehouse. The retreat is limited to 25 participants per session to ensure an intimate experience and ample space for your work and stash.

All meals and snacks are included in the Retreat package.  We promise you will not go hungry!   Expect award-winning cuisine from Executive Chef James Buder whose skill and creativity upholds the reputation of Millcroft’s Headwaters Restaurant as a top food destination.  Vegetarian options are available upon request.

Wine & Cheese Social and Evening Artist Talk   

Becoming: Artist talk with Alexandrya Eaton.  Alexandrya will share examples of her work and the inspiration behind her ideas and design process.

Swag! Some events hand out Swag Bags but we thought you would rather have a complimentary Swag Bundle!  Upon your arrival you will receive a stunning selection of Martina’s favourite wool fabrics and fibers carefully chosen for the Hooked Retreat. 

On-site Wool Boutique:  An exceptional selection of rug hooking wool fabric, fibers and supplies will be available for purchase during the retreat.  For your convenience, a Beeline cutter with a full range of cartridge sizes will also be available for use.

*  Participants who choose to stay at the Millcroft Inn & Spa will have full access to the Millcroft’s gym and outdoor hot spring pools for a steamy soak.

Alexandrya Eaton

About our retreat mentor Alexandrya Eaton

Alexandrya’s career as a full-time visual artist in Atlantic Canada spans three decades with over forty solo exhibitions and many significant group exhibitions. Her career began as a painter and has grown to include both rug hooking and weaving, incorporating the same bold contemporary imagery across all mediums. Alexandrya will give insight into how she initially came to the art of rug hooking and will use examples from her work to discuss all aspects of her studio practice. She is excited to share her knowledge and how she approaches all her work with energy and colour in mind. Her goal for the retreat is that each participant leaves thinking about their own individual practice in a new way or with a new idea or approach they can take with them.

www.alexandryaeaton.com   @alexandryaeaton

The Location:

Originally built as a knitting mill in 1881, The Millcroft Inn & Spa has been elaborately renovated to preserve its architectural beauty. Experience an authentic Ontario Inn getaway in a countryside setting complete with 100 acres of protected forests, a four-diamond restaurant and the renowned Millcroft Spa & Pools.

The Millcroft Inn & Spa is only an hour’s drive (or less) from Downtown Toronto, Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and most of the Greater Toronto Area. The Millcroft Inn is easily accessible via many of Southern Ontario’s major highways.



Treat yourself to a relaxing stay at the Millcroft Inn & Spa during the Hooked Retreat!

Each room at the Millcroft Inn & Spa is accented with a mixture of European and Canadian antiques and features standard hotel amenities plus a sitting area with comfortable armchairs and writing tables, a Nespresso Mini Essenza Machine and a wall-mounted flat-screen television.

As Retreat participants, you are responsible for your own hotel room booking. We have secured the very special rate of 169.00 per night for guest rooms at the Millcroft Inn & Spa for Hooked Retreat participants only  (more than 40% off regular price).  Rates are valid for dates April 10th – April 12th, 2022

To receive this special rate, you must first register for the Retreat.  Once registered we will provide you with the hotel booking code.

**If you plan to stay at the Millcroft Inn & Spa, rooms must be booked before March 1st to secure the retreat pricing .

*Retreat participants are not required to stay at the Millcroft Inn & Spa in order to take part in the retreat.

The Erin Room

Hooked Retreat Registration Info:

Follow the provided links to register for your Hooked Retreat.  Note that there are two separate sessions to choose from.  Click on the date of your choice to register:

Session 1: Sunday, April 10th and Monday, April 11th 2022

Session 2: Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

Price:  548.00 plus tax

Cancellation and Vaccine Policy:

The Millcroft requires proof of vaccination from all guests.   Masks are required in the Millcroft but not mandatory while seated, dining or drinking.

In the event that Hooked Retreat is forced to cancel due to unforeseen circumstance such as, but not limited to, acts of nature, labor strikes, pandemics,  100% of your paid fees will be returned to you. Please note all refunds take a minimum of 14 days to process.  If you choose to cancel before February 1st, 2022, you will receive a 50% refund on your retreat investment. After February 1st, 2022 no monies will be refunded.

There are no exceptions to this cancellation and refund policy, including for reasons related to weather, border restrictions, personal, family or medical emergencies or any other circumstances beyond our control. You are however allowed to re sell your retreat spot.  Refunds will not be issued should the borders close or if government travel restrictions prevent entry to Canada.

What to bring:

  • A rug hooking project, new or in progress  
  • You are welcome to bring your own cutter however, we will have a Beeline cutter on site for guest use with cartridges for cuts #3-#8.
  • A bathing suit for those who would like to indulge in the pool or outdoor hot spring pools

Any further questions regarding the Hooked Retreat, please send us an email at studio@martinalesar.com

Hooked: Itinerary for both Sessions

Session 1:  Sunday, April 10th – Monday, April 11th 2022                   Session 2:  Tuesday, April 12th – Wednesday, April 13th 2022

Day One

7:30 – 8:00 am                   Arrive at the Millcroft Inn and you will be assisted with unloading your vehicle and directed to the parking area.  You may check in at the front desk of the main mill and your luggage will be stored safely until your room is ready.

9:00 – 12:00 am      Erin Room.  Your day of rug hooking commences with your fellow participants.  Millcroft staff will have prepared a lovely continental breakfast buffet for you to enjoy throughout the morning session.

12:00 – 1:00 pm     A delicious buffet lunch is served in the Headwaters Dining Room.

1:00 – 4:30           Rug hooking commences in the Erin Room.  Afternoon snack and beverages will be available while you continue to work on your projects

4:30 -6:00             Free time to indulge in the amenities of the Mill.  Indoor pool, outdoor hot spring pools, gym or book a spa treatment

6:00 – 7:00           Buffet dinner is served in the Headwaters Dining Room.

7:30 pm                Wine and Hors d’oeuvre Social featuring,  Alexandrya Eaton’s  Becoming: Artist talk and presentation in the River Room. 

Day Two

8:00 – 9:00 am       Breakfast is served in the Headwaters Dining Room and during this time you will also check out of your guest room

9:00 – 12:00         Erin Room.  Your day of rug hooking commences with your fellow participants.  Millcroft staff will have prepared a snack table for you to enjoy throughout the morning session.

12:00 – 1:00pm    Buffet lunch is served in the Headwaters Dining Room

1:00 – 4:00pm     Rug hooking resumes in the Erin Room where Millcroft staff will make available an afternoon snack.

Please note alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of this retreat with the exception of wine at the Evening wine and hors d’oeuvre social.



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