Shetland in Point Reyes

Gudrun Johnston and Mary Jane Mucklestone

October 12-15, 2018


We Retreat to the wild and remote edges of Tomales Bay to host Gudrun Johnston and Mary Jane Mucklestone - the Shetland Adventurers.  This is the first time they have offered a Retreat in the United States and you will not want to miss it.  The opportunity to enjoy intimate Learning Sessions and Knitting Circles with these masters can be found nowhere else.

We will explore the intricate details and deep history of the Shetland/Fair Isle traditions.  Prepare to be immersed in both the construction and patterns of traditional haps and the incredible color of traditional and modern Fair Isle design.  

Brooke Sinnes of Sincere Sheep is joining us and is one of our Northern California Fibershed founders and producers.  She will be showcasing her yarns throughout Retreat as well as developing the fibre we will use in our Learning Sessions.

By locating this Retreat within the rich palette of the environment and history of the Norther California coast we will be surrounded by and enjoying the fruits of agricultural and ocean life.  This lifestyle  and connection within the natural world is reflected in the rooted Shetland environment -  and we will examine how the modern evolution of this concept has developed right here in Northern California.  In this way we will deepen our own understanding and practice of our craft.



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.

There are price options for single, double and triple occupancy in any of the rooms.  Note that the double and triple occupancy price is per person.

*  These rooms all have one LOFTED twin bed.

NOTE:  There is a "Day Participant" option in the Book Now menu.  This option should only be considered if you are VERY comfortable with the rural coastal roads in West Marin and live within 30 minutes of our location in Marshall.  

The Day Participant option includes participation from 4pm until approximately 8pm on Friday October 12, Saturday October 13 and 14 from 9:30-5pm.  Included meals are dinner on Friday October 12 as well as lunches on Saturday October 13 and Sunday October 14. 

Any additional meals would be charged a la carte as needed:  Breakfast $20 each, Lunch $30 each and Dinner $40 Reservations and payment for these should be made at the time of the booking.




Trip Itinerary

Friday october 12, 2018

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 our Retreat) for an introduction and 'visual tour of Shetland' with Gudrun Johnston and Mary Jane Mucklestone.  

Brooke Sinnes will introduce our own Fibershed and her yarns and dye practice within it. 

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


saturday october 13, 2018

7-9am   Enjoy breakfast at your own pace

9:30am - 5:00pm  Two Group Learning Sessions

Group One will join Gudrun Johnston to understand the Shetland hap traditions and create their own 'mini' square hap 

Group Two will join Mary Jane Mucklestone for a deep dive into the successful use of color in Fair Isle motifs

We will break for a buffet lunch and stretch our legs in the middle of the day!

6:00pm  Dinner


7:00am-9:00am   Enjoy your breakfast!

9:30am - 5:00pm This is the mirror image of Day 2.  If you spent the day with Gudrun on Day 2, plan on spending Day 3 with Mary Jane and vice versa.

6:00pm Dinner


7:00am - 9:00am  Breakfast

Farewells, loose ends and departure by 11:00 am.



Prepare for your trip

Comfortable,  casual clothing is perfect - include walking shoes.  The weather on the coast in October is typically fog free, and mild to warm temperatures are pretty reliable.   It is always good to observe the Bay Area mantra and dress in layers and also to pack a waterproof jacket.  A headlamp or flashlight is a good idea.  There is no TV, so reading materials are suggested - and your knitting of course!  No candles, incense or pets please.



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

Sincere Sheep yarns prepared for all Retreat Learning Sessions

All instruction

For full booking terms and conditions please click here.


Payment in full is due at booking.

Cancellation by 12 August for a refund (less $50 processing fees)

Cancellation by 12 September for a 50% refund

No refund for cancellation after 12 September - unless filled from wait list.