Norah Gaughan and Emily O’Neil

Brooklyn Tweed

August 9-12, 2019


Norah Gaughan found early inspiration for a knitwear collection on the Northern California Coast in and around the Point Reyes National Seashore. We are delighted to welcome Norah back to the Coast in August 2019.

She is joined by her associate and friend, the multi-talented artist and designer, Emily O’Neil.

Brooklyn Tweed is the yarn sponsor for this Retreat in support of Norah’s valued association as a member of their Design Team.

Pacific Knitting Retreats returns to the Marconi State Historic Park on Tomales Bay - a location of great beauty and comfort - to host this inspiring team.


Retreat Itinerary

Friday august 9, 2019

3pm  Arrive and settle into the beautiful Marconi Historic State Park.

4pm until bedtime:    Welcome gathering for all in McCargo Hall (our 'home base for the duration of the Retreat) for an introduction to the weekend and the curriculum details of Nature’s Polygons by Norah and Emily.

This session will be intersected by a wonderful shared meal at 6pm


saturday august 10, 2019

7-9am   Enjoy breakfast at your own pace

9:30am - 12:30pm  Knitting Polygons

An introduction to the geometry, the long tail cast on, multiple triangle polygons, joining polygons and swirled polygons

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm We hike into the natural world to ‘see with an artist’s eye’ and begin our notebooks by executing water color exercises with our teachers.

6pm Dinner

After dinner gathering to enjoy a presentation about color

SUNDAY august 11, 2019

7:00am-9:00am   Enjoy your breakfast!

9:30am A morning photo taking walk near the ocean — followed by a color mixing class

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Building Garments and Accessories with Polygons

6:00pm Dinner

After dinner knitting circle

MONDAY august 12, 2019

7:00am - 9:00am  Breakfast

Swatches, projects started and idea sharing

12noon Lunch together!




Lodging for 3 nights 

McCargo Hall for our group throughout the Retreat

Three full meals per day

Fine wines

Full use of the park and common spaces at the Marconi Conference Center

Brooklyn Tweed Arbor and Peerie yarns prepared for all Retreat Learning Sessions

Journal and watercolors

All instruction

For full booking terms and conditions please click here.


Payment in full is due at booking.

Cancellation by 9 June, 2019 for a refund (less $50 processing fees)

Cancellation by 9 July, 2019 for a 50% refund

No refund for cancellation after 9 July, 2019 - unless filled from wait list.



Choose the accommodation that suits your needs best

Marconi offers a lovely variety of room options to accommodate any needs.  Rooms are individually appointed and reminiscent of being in a country inn.  Rooms may be occupied in single, double or even triple occupancy.  There are 2 twin bed, 3 twin bed*, king bed, queen plus twin* bedrooms, as well as deluxe rooms with two queens or one queen and a twin*.   

All rooms have full baths and coffee makers, are located in quiet buildings around courtyards for relaxation and in close proximity to check in and parking.  Deluxe rooms are spacious suites  and include a seating area, small refrigerators and microwaves.   Please enquire directly for costs in the deluxe rooms if you are interested in one of those: and we will be glad to help you.

  • These rooms all have one LOFTED twin bed

The price options are:

$1,950 for single occupancy

$1,500 for double occupancy per person

$1,400 for triple occupancy per person   


Prepare for your trip

Comfortable,  casual clothing is perfect - include walking shoes.  The weather on the coast in August is typically foggy in the morning and evenings, and warm temperatures during the long, light filled days.   It is always good to observe the Bay Area mantra and dress in layers and also to pack a wind and water resistant jacket.  A headlamp or flashlight is a good idea.  There is no TV and limited wi-fi, so reading materials are suggested - and your knitting of course!  No candles, incense or pets please.