Mount Rainier Retreat

Indie Untangled Knitting Our National Parks Mount Rainier Reatreat

I’m so excited to hold Indie Untangled’s first retreat from May 28-31 in Ashford, Washington, at the gateway to Mount Rainier National Park!

This will be a weekend focused on exploration and discovery, from learning the new skills of embroidery and dyeing yarn and being inspired by the land surrounding an active volcano. There will of course be plenty of time for knitting, creating and fostering friendships, and shopping from a selection of indie artisans.

Location: Wellspring Spa


We will be taking over Wellspring Spa, a magical property situated just outside the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. This woodland setting includes meandering trails that lead to rustic cabins, outdoor hot tubs and a yurt where our retreat activities will take place.

The price of the retreat is based on the lodging option you choose and includes your accommodations, eight meals — dinner Thursday through breakfast Sunday; alcohol is BYOB — an embroidery class, a yarn dyeing activity, a guided tour of Mount Rainier National Park and an intimate marketplace with vendors including Indie Untangled, Earl Grey Fiber Company and Rose and the Wren. 15% of Indie Untangled sales at the marketplace will be donated to Washington’s National Park Fund and the United Indians of all Tribes Foundation.

What’s not included: Flights (the closest airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; I recommend Skyscanner for checking flights), travel between the airport and Wellspring, which is a roughly two-hour drive (we will help as much as possible to facilitate carpooling) and spa services and hot tub access (information will be provided on booking those before the retreat).

Register by February 15, 2020, to secure your preferred lodging. Some lodging options may be unavailable after this date as we have to confirm numbers with the property. 

Classes and Activities

Jayne of Rose and the Wren with two bags.

Embroider Your Experience

In planning this retreat, I decided to think a little outside of the knitting box with regard to classes, and I’m excited to welcome Jayne Bramley of Rose and the Wren. Jayne creates unique handcrafted bags and pillows inspired by nature and she will be teaching embroidery on fabric. You’ll learn how to embellish a screen printed design of Mt. Rainier to create a handcrafted souvenir of your trip. You can also explore on-trend embroidery on a square swatch of knitting to add personalized embellishments to your projects. 

If you’d like to continue with the craft, Indie Untangled will be offering supplies and kits from Brooklyn Haberdashery at the marketplace. 

Wild flowers in the grass on a background of mountains.

Ticket To Paradise

The second day of the retreat will include a guided tour of Mount Rainier National Park from Evergreen Escapes.

We’ll travel the Park Road to Paradise in a large-window passenger van or mini coach with a naturalist guide, making stops along the way to step into the verdant forests and glimpse glacier-fed waterfalls on short nature walks. 

Conditions will determine the details of the day and our guide will choose the best combination of stops and activities. This could include the Twin Firs Trail, the Longmire Park Museum, the Nisqually Vista Trail, Reflection Lakes and more. Park collectors will have the chance to stamp their passport at the visitor center, and everyone will have time to explore Paradise, with extensive and inspiring views of old growth forest, glaciers, and surrounding mountain peaks.

Knit Your National Parks

Have you ever wanted to create your own yarn? We’ll provide the supplies and equipment for you to hand dye personalized Mount Rainier-inspired colorways! After touring Mount Rainier and taking in all its natural beauty, you’ll receive guidance from Heather Pleva of Earl Grey Fiber Company, who created The Highest Peak (pictured above) for the Indie Untangled Knitting Our National Parks series. We’ll also explore the best patterns for using your yarn.
Two skeins of bare yarn will be included; additional skeins can be purchased. 

There are several lodging options at Wellspring. While they are all very comfortable, with modern conveniences, they are more rustic than your standard hotel room. They range from cabins with wood stoves and shared bathrooms (think glamping, with walls) to cabins with private baths, kitchens and fireplaces.

Cabins are double occupancy, with one king or queen bed, unless otherwise noted, while the Tatoosh Loft includes sharing a lodge and two bathrooms with 10 other people. For groups of 2-3 friends, there are options for using a sofa bed or futon, or adding air mattresses to some of the cabins. There is also the option of a single supplement for having the entire place to yourself.

Price: $1,200 per person based on double occupancy, $1,110 per person based on triple occupancy, $325 single supplement (So that we can best accommodate groups of friends, the single supplement is available for this cabin type after February 15 as space allows.)

Wellspring’s newest log cabins are sure to set the standard in the rustic luxury category. Combining all the elements that make a weekend getaway a dream vacation, these cabins feature a handcrafted king feather bed set before a massive river rock fireplace, private bathroom with jacuzzi tub, and full kitchen with fridge, toaster and gas stove/oven. 

In addition to one king bed, Tamarack has two futon sofas in the loft, while Tieton and Tioga can include one or two twin air mattress in the loft (this area is accessed via a ladder).

Price: $1,100 per person, $275 single supplement

Each of these classic log cabins evokes childhood memories of woodland fairy tales. Behind high peaked windows and robust log construction awaits the comfort of a queen feather bed and the warmth and romance of a glass-fronted fireplace. Private bathroom, sitting area, bar size refrigerator, coffee maker, simple dishware and microwave. Tuolumne comes with a wheelchair ramp.

Price: $1,150 per person, $325 single supplement

You will delight in this peaceful space — a private Zen garden with waterfalls and pools at your door. Try Turiya for a magical experience! It features a queen bed, private bathroom, coffee maker, microwave, bar-size fridge and simple dishware.

Price: $1,100 per person based on double occupancy, $1,025 per person based on triple occupancy, $275 single supplement (So that we can best accommodate groups of friends, the single supplement is available for this cabin type after February 15 as space allows.)

When Baby Bear left the nest and Mom and Pop moved to a smaller den, Wellspring inherited their family cottage. Decorated with pine paneling and unique log furniture, the rustic cottage interior includes a Mama-bear size kitchen, with fridge, toaster, stove/oven and microwave, living and dining room, wood-stoves, private bedroom with four-poster bed, private bathroom with shower, jetted tub and even a washer and dryer.

Price: $1,100 per person, $275 single supplement

As part of The Woodland Spa, and adjacent to the massage room, this restful space invokes a strong feeling of oneness with its natural forest surroundings. Outside, the sound of falling water and a forest pond; inside, the comfort of a queen feather bed. Includes coffee maker, microwave, bar-size-fridge and simple dishware. 

Depending on spa schedules, it may be necessary to share the bathroom between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Between 9 p.m. and 11 a.m., Grace West guests enjoy exclusive use of the bathroom, hot tub, and sauna. Schedule massages right next to your suite!

Price: $1,000 per person

The upstairs loft of the Tatoosh Lodge, accessed by a staircase, sleeps eight people in cozy twin beds. Although downstairs you may sip wine and feel like a grownup, under your covers upstairs you and your loft-mates may succumb to the giggles as you stretch out the day under the light of bedside reading lamps. Two bathrooms will be shared among the lodge’s 11 guests. 

Price: $950 per person, $175 single supplement

Camper Cabins are located in a quiet forested area about a 3-4 minute trail walk away from shared bathroom facilities and parking. Bathrooms include showers and a bar-size fridge. Each cabin can be set up with two twin beds or one king.