HOOKED: Rug Hooking Retreat with Liv Aanrud 2023

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for Hooked 2023!  

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 textile artist,  Liv Aanrud.  Aanrud will share her knowledge through  discussions and provide insight into her own process as inspiration for creative growth and exchange. The retreat will include an artist talk, an on-site wool boutique and ample time to delve into your own work while enjoying all the amenities of the Hockley Valley Resort, a glamorous boutique resort located in the Hills of Headwaters, in the heart of Ontario’s most picturesque countryside. 

Event Date:  Monday April 17th – Tuesday April 18th 2023

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 Liv Aanrud from Los Angeles, California. We will be spending our days in the Aida Room, a beautiful large space with abundant natural light from the garden doors which open onto the terrace overlooking scenic landscape and gardens.

All meals and snacks are included in the Retreat package.  Expect delicious farm-to-table organic culinary experiences. Vegetarian options are available upon request and your dietary restrictions will be accommodated if you notify us when you register.  Dinner will be served under the grand chandeliers in the beautiful Montclair Ballroom ! A perfect setting for socializing, viewing the participant exhibition and Q&A with Liv and Handhooked Current.  

Artist Talk  with  Liv  Aanrud.

 Liv will share examples of her work and the inspiration behind her ideas and design process. The Monday morning artist talk will focus on the evolution of Aanrud’s art practice of painting onto textiles and how a hybrid of “fabric painting” has emerged in her work. 

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.

A 25.00 spa voucher.  You will be able to use the voucher toward any treatments or products. 

‘Body of Knowledge’  Liv Aanrud 2022

About our retreat mentor Liv Aanrud

Informed largely by the language of painting, and constructed through the traditional folk method of rag rug hooking used by her grandmother; Aanrud’s work is at once a slowly stitched drawing and a labyrinthine map of the act of thinking. 

Liv Aanrud earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts with a painting emphasis from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire in 2001. She was awarded a full scholarship and teaching fellowship at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she received her Masters of Fine Arts in 2011. She has taught at ARTworks Charter School, at Santa Barbara City College, and was awarded a teaching fellowship at Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. 

Aanrud’s work has been the subject of one person exhibitions at New Image Art, Arvia, 1700 Naud and TSA-LA in Los Angeles. She has also had solo shows at Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe, Pamela Salisbury Gallery and at John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, Oasis Gallery, Marquette, MI and Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York City. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions across the U.S., Taiwan, Germany, and Spain. 

She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. 

https://www.livaanrud.com/           https://www.instagram.com/livaanrud/

The Location:

Hockley Valley resort is a five star boutique resort, situated in the stunning countryside of the Hills of Headwaters just 45 minutes north of the GTA.  This contemporary, elegant resort offers beautiful guestrooms, indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub, sauna, gym and an 8000 square foot full service spa.  The resort also boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, 16 ski/snowboard runs , a winery, a two acre organic fruit and vegetable garden and back to nature walk/bike trails.

Hockley Valley Resort is less than an hour’s drive  from the Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and most of the Greater Toronto Area. It is easily accessible via many of Southern Ontario’s major highways.


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Treat yourself to a relaxing stay at the resort during the Hooked Retreat!

The rooms are spacious and elegant.  Comfort is key with upgraded hotel amenities plus a sitting area with amazing views, writing table, a Keurig coffee machine, a flat screen tv with complimentary wifi and spa style bathroom.

As Retreat participants, you are responsible for booking your own hotel room. We have secured an incredible rate of 144.00 plus tax and fees per night for a single occupancy and 77.00 plus tax and fees per person for double occupancy.  We have also negotiated the same rate for anyone wanting to arrive on Sunday.   These rates are for  Hooked Retreat participants only  (more than 40% off regular price).  Rates are valid for dates April 17th – April 18th, 2023

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

**Accommodations at the Hockley Valley Resort must be booked before February 7th 2023 to secure the retreat pricing .

Cancellation and Vaccine Policy:

Health protocols will be followed based on the government requirements at the time of the retreat.

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, 2023, you will receive a 50% refund on your retreat investment. After February 1st, 2023 no monies will be refunded.  Room refunds fall under resort policies.

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 may however 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 with cartridges for cuts #3-#8.
  • A bathing suit for those who would like to indulge in the pool 
  • Your favourite hooked rug  for the evening rug display (optional)

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

Hooked: Itinerary        

Day One

8:00 am                   Arrive at Hockley Valley Resort and you will be assisted with unloading your vehicle and directed to the parking area.  You may check in at the front desk  and your luggage will be stored safely until your room is ready.

9:00 am      Aida Room.  Introduction and artist talk.  Your day of rug hooking commences with your fellow participants.  Resort staff will have prepared a lovely continental breakfast buffet for you to enjoy upon your arrival.

10:30 am                   Morning refreshment break with coffee/tea/beverages and baked goods

12:00 – 1:00 pm     A delicious buffet lunch is served in Restaurant 85. 

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

4:30 -6:00             Free time to indulge in the amenities of the Resort.  Indoor pool,  gym or book a treatment in the incredible 8000 sq ft. spa

6:00 – 9:30           Dinner and evening social in the Monctclair Ballroom.  Two complimentary glasses of wine or cocktails.                                                                                                                        Spontaneous Inquiry:   Q & A  Liv Aanrud  with Handhooked Current.  A lively Q & A following up from the morning artist talk 

Day Two

7:00 – 8:30 am       Breakfast is served in Restaurant 85 

9:00 – 12:00         Aida Room.  Your day of rug hooking commences with your fellow participants.  Resort staff will have prepared a refreshment table for you to enjoy throughout the morning session.  Remember to check out of your room before 11:00 am.

12:00 – 1:00pm    Buffet lunch is served in Restaurant 85

1:00 – 4:00pm     Rug hooking resumes in the Aida Room where Resort staff will make available afternoon refreshments.

Please note alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of this retreat with the exception of 2 complimentary wine or cocktails at the dinner and evening social.

Hooked Retreat Registration Info:  Price 589.00 plus tax.  For room rates, see ‘accommodations’ above.

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