2019 Winter Retreat FAQs

  • Retreat Dates: The retreat is being held February 14-17, 2019. Registration for classes will open Thursday, November 8th in the morning Pacific time.
  • Retreat Location: The retreat is being held at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington.
    Hotel Murano
    1320 Broadway Plaza
    Tacoma, WA 98402
    Local Phone: 253-238-8000
    Toll-Free: 1-888-862-3255
    More information: See Hotel and Travel Information page.
  • Travel Information: See Hotel and Travel Information page for information about getting to the Hotel Murano including the shuttle to and from the hotel and SeaTac Airport, the train and bus to Tacoma and driving directions.
  • Parking: The Hotel Murano has parking available for hotel guests at $10 plus tax per night and $16 per day and $20 for valet parking with unlimited in-out privileges. Additional parking options are listed on the Hotel and Travel Information page.
  • Hotel Reservation Requests: Madrona Fiber Arts has blocked the Hotel Murano for Winter Retreat Attendees at a special rate essentially unchanged from the past several years. Hotel room rates and instructions for making reservations are on the Make Hotel Reservations page. Reservations are ONLY available through the special online reservations page the Hotel Murano has created just for Madrona Winter Retreat Attendees. No phone calls! You can ONLY access this online reservations page by going to the Make Hotel Reservations page on the Madrona website where a big green button will appear when class registration opens on November 8th. Click on the green button and it will take you to the Madrona reservations page for the Hotel Murano.  Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations online using this page.
  • Meals: You are on your own for meals at the Winter Retreat. Many excellent local restaurants are close by. We’ll have a list for you at the registration table. Lunch break at the retreat is between 12 noon and 1:30 PM. The Hotel Murano is providing the following options this year:
    • Sit down meals at the 4th-floor BITE restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A special menu will allow them to speed up their service.
    • Sandwich and salad concession in the Pavilion Rotunda every day from 11 am to 2 pm.
    • The hotel lobby espresso and bar is open from early morning for espresso drinks, pastries and yogurt till 2 pm. At 4 pm it switches to become an evening bar open till late evening.
    • Complimentary coffee, tea, and water are available daily on the 3rd floor where the Registration check-in table is and also in the rotunda of the Pavilion.
    • Room service is also an option.
  • Registration opens on Thursday, November 8th in the morning Pacific time. We will not be giving you a specific time.
  • Registration is available only online on a first come, first served basis. Please go to the Registration Instructions page for complete instructions. When registration opens on November 8th there will be a red “Begin Registration” button to click on at the bottom of the Registration Instructions page that will link you to our registration process. BE SURE TO REFRESH YOUR BROWSER OR YOU MAY MISS THE OPENING. Follow the Registration Do’s and Don’ts when registering so that the process will go smoothly. To obtain more information about our registration process including helpful suggestions go to the Understanding Madrona Registration page.
  • Registering for someone other than yourself: If you cannot be available to register yourself on November 8th, you can have someone else register for you.  Every person taking classes must be registered separately. One registration per person. If you are registering for another person be sure you have all of their contact information. You must register the person using their email address. Only if the person you are registering for does not have an email address should you use your own email address. If you have already registered for yourself with your email address, you will be asked if you want to start a new registration. Click on “Start a new registration” and proceed to enter the new name, address, and phone number. Ignore the email message you will receive from Regonline about “continuing your registration”. Note that if you use your own email address for somebody else’s registration, you will receive all future notifications related to that person’s registration. We will rely on you to pass along the information to the other person.
  • Listing of classes that have openings: After registration opens, we will be posting which classes are full on the Class Schedule on a daily basis for the first several weeks and then frequently thereafter. After the initial registration opening, you can go to the Class Schedule to check for classes that have openings before going to register or requesting a change.
  • Wait List: When you register, be prepared with alternative class choices. Many classes fill quickly. Please note that there are similar classes but taught by different teachers and you may find another class that interests you.  If the class you preferred is full and you want to be sure to have a class in that time slot, you need to choose another class. If you still want the class that is full, fill out the online Wait List Form and submit it. You CANNOT be on a wait list and also enroll in another class during that same time slot. You will be placed on the wait list in the order that your form is received and notified if an opening becomes available. You will have 2 days to respond before we move to the next person.
  • Changes to your registration: No changes can be made online through the registration process. For Cancellations, class exchanges or additions and any other changes to your registration, fill out the online Change Registration Form and submit it. We will take care of the change ASAP and notify you to confirm. A fee may be charged for changes and cancellations. Check our Cancellation and Refund Policy for more information.
  • Saturday Night Banquet: Go to the Registration Instructions page and proceed through registration. You can register for the banquet when you register for classes and add extra banquet tickets for your guests. If you are not taking any classes you will be allowed to register for the banquet only. Banquet tickets are $55 each for a Salmon dinner. A vegetarian alternative is available.
    We are thrilled to have Sally Melville speak at this last Madrona. At the very first Madrona she spoke on Saturday evening and has taught regularly throughout the 20 years of Madrona. Sally’s talk will give us a window into her life as a knitter and the unpredictable journey she has pursued, mis-steps she took, continuing to do the knitting she loves, and the value of putting one foot in front of the other, refusing to be defeated. Join Sally as she tells us her story.
  • Teacher Information: For more information about each teacher click on each teacher’s name on the Class Schedule or go to the Meet the Teachers page. Many teachers have websites with pictures of their work and we’ve listed them for you in their write-ups.
  • Class Fees:There is no registration fee. You pay only for the classes you want to attend. You are welcome to come to the retreat any and all days you wish. Fees are below:
    • 3 hr. classes: $95
    • 6 hr. classes: $190
    • 9 hr. classes: $285
    • 2 Day (12 hr.) classes: $350
    • Saturday Night Banquet: $55 (see Saturday Class Schedule)
    • There are a few special class rates and these are listed with the specific class on the class schedule.
  • Class Materials Fees: If a class has a materials fee it is listed on the schedule with the class description. The materials fee will be added to the class fee and collected together when you register for that class.
  • Payment Options: You may pay by check or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card. Pay online with our secure online registration process. If you pay by credit card, the full amount for your registration will be charged within 10 days after you register. If you choose to pay by check full payment must be received within 10 days to remain registered for your classes.
  • Check payment instructions: Make your check out to Madrona Fiber Arts and send to: Madrona Fiber Arts, P.O. Box 1343, Issaquah, WA 98027-0055
  • Cancellation and Refunds Policy: If you need to cancel or change any classes or your entire registration, you must fill out the online Registration Change Form and submit it. No additions of classes, changes or cancellations can be done online through the registration process.
    • A $25 cancellation/exchange fee will be applied to each class cancelled or exchanged after registration.
    • No refunds after January 3, 2019. HOWEVER, individual class fees may be refunded minus the $25 cancellation fee ONLY if your place is filled from a wait list for that class by January 31, 2019. We do not allow trading of class spaces without contacting us.
    • Materials fees and the banquet are fully refundable until February 1, 2019.
    • Please see the Retreat Registration Instructions Page for complete information about our Madrona Cancellation and Refunds Policy.
  • Class Hours: Classes begin at 9:00 AM each day and end at 4:30 PM with a lunch break from 12 noon till 1:30 PM. The Class Schedule page shows the time for each class and also the evening events.
  • Supply and Homework List: For all classes will be posted on the Madrona Website by December 15th.
  • Mini Classes at Madrona: Mini classes will not be offered at Madrona Winter Retreat 2019.
  • The Marketplace at the Winter Retreat: The 2019 Winter Retreat Market will continue to offer the very best and unique yarns and fibers from around the world. Your favorite yarn shops, unique specialty vendors, books, patterns, equipment, accessories, dyes, and one-of-a-kind items are all in one place. If you can imagine it, our vendors will have it. The market is FREE and open to the public all 4 days of the retreat in the Pavilion at the Hotel Murano at 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, Washington. More information, market hours and a list of the 2019 vendors will be available in December on the Yarn and Fiber Market page.
  • Evening Events at the Winter Retreat: Thursday and Friday evening events begin at 7:30 pm and are FREE. No registration required.
    • Thursday evening is our 8th Annual Teacher Talent Show for Charity hosted and produced by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Join our awesome teachers for an unforgettable evening and help support our Charity Partners. We will also be collecting hand knit items such as hats, mittens, scarves, and sweaters for our local Caring for Kids charity during the evening and throughout the retreat.
    • Friday Evening is our teachers gallery where you have a chance to meet our wonderful teachers and see their work up front and close. We are thrilled to have Vivian Hoxbro return to Madrona after many years absence to speak before the Teacher’s Gallery at this last Madrona. Vivian’s talk will center on the Danish 19th century “Nattrojer” sweaters that Denmark’s great, great grandmothers wore everyday. Vivian has been researching the Danish Nattrojer and the distinctive star and cross patterns that were traditional in these night shirts. Vivian’s talk will have lots of photos on the history of knitting in Europe and Denmark, as well as the process of writing her new book Strik Danske Stjernetrojer. Vivian’s book is a new appreciation of a national Danish treasure. She has written patterns for nine delightful and beautiful modern sweaters that will be on display at her teacher’s table in the Teacher’s Gallery. Although Vivian’s book is only available in Danish, a new English version will soon be available.
    • More information on both evening events will be featured on the Madrona website in January.
  • Mail List Sign-up: Many of you are already on our mail list. If you aren’t on our list, click on the Mailing List in the header at the top of each webpage. Your information is totally private and the list is used only to send periodic announcements concerning Madrona Fiber Arts events. If your email address has changed, just click on the Mailing List and enter your new email address. Some people sign up and don’t receive our emails. We send out “group emails” that may be identified by some email filters as spam. Some of you who get your email at work may have filters that don’t allow emails from us. Be sure to list the following domain names in your safe contacts or white list and this will help us get past your filters: suzanne@madronafiberarts.com, events@regonline.com.
  • Still More Questions? Contact Suzanne Pedersen through the “Contact Us” link at the header at the top of our website.