ZK is an urban knitting retreat hosted in downtown Rochester, MN.
The retreat runs Wednesday afternoon through Sunday mid-day, with a relaxed atmosphere that encourages knitting, meeting new friends, shopping, and eating great food at the wonderful restaurants centrally located in downtown Rochester. In fact, once you get to the hotel, there is very little need for a car, as everything is within walking distance.
While the retreat atmosphere is laid back, there are also many optional opportunities to get involved. You can pack your weekend with as many fun activities as you care to join.
What is a rough outline of the retreat schedule?
Wednesday is a travel day with afternoon retreat check-in, after which we have ballrooms available for the remainder of the retreat for knitting and chatting.
Thursday the retreat hits full swing, with a full day of free classes taught by volunteer teachers, and other fun events.
Friday starts with a prediction run/walk for those who sign up for this excursion. There is also an off-site excursion, and all kinds of events and free classes scheduled through out the day.
Saturday is the EPIC marketplace with fabulous fiber arts vendors from near and far. Saturday evening is the goodbye event, the last scheduled retreat event.
Sunday is your travel day back home.
What do I get for my retreat fee?
A fabulous goodie bag full of awesome and surprises
Access to the the ballroom to hang out, knit, and meet new people
Entry into the fabulous retreat marketplace before the general public
Entry into free classes taught by fellow retreat-goer volunteers
Entry into many fun retreat events like the designer showcase, podcaster panel, $20 yarn lottery, and many more
Eligibility for fabulous prizes donated by generous sponsors
When is ZK?
We target to have the retreat in June, the weekend after Father's Day.
2017 dates are June 21 - 24.
What do I do for lodging?
Lodging is booked by you, and not included in the retreat fee. Our group has discounted rates for the hotel. You can choose to book a hotel room at these rates, or choose to stay at a different hotel downtown, or off-site. Rates and availability will vary from year to year.
What airport do you recommend?
The Rochester, MN, airport is RST. RST is a short 15 minute shuttle ride to the hotel.
The Minneapolis, MN airport is MSP. MSP is a longer 90 minute shuttle ride to the hotel.
While the RST airport is local and convenient, in the event of delayed flights or other issues, it may be harder to book a different flight into RST than into MSP.
What is the cancellation policy?
Registration for the retreat is typically the September before the event. Retreat spots are non-transferable. If you need to cancel before Jan 1, of the retreat year, you will get a $60 refund of the retreat fee. Cancellations before April 30th are a $25 refund. All retreat fees are non-refundable after April 30th. No goodie bags are are available for those who are unable to attend. No goodie bags are shipped to those who are unable to attend.