Retreat FAQ’s

I’m not entirely sure what is included in the price?

Inclusions – Arrival tea and coffee, morning & afternoon tea, lunch and refreshments including juices on Saturday and Sunday.  Breakfast on Sunday morning at Samuels on Mill.  One nights accommodation at The Parmelia Hilton in a King or Twin room which includes in-room Wi-Fi access.

Day Pass – Not available this year.

What isn’t included in the price that I may need to pay for?

Drinks will be available to purchase during the day from our butler, you are able to add these to your room charge or pay in cash.  Saturday night dinner is not included, there are plenty of restaurants & cafes around.

What if I want to stay the Friday night and/or Sunday night?

You are welcome to!  This as an option at a special rate for our event.  It is not too late to add an extra night.

I’ve never sewn before, can I learn at the retreat?

This is not recommended for absolute beginners.  I’ll be there to offer guidance & help with the projects you are working on.  Ladies attending also share their knowledge amongst each other and gain inspiration.

I’m not the best Sewist, can I still come?

There will be a range of Sewists from those who dabble to those who live it.  You are most welcome to attend regardless!

Where can I park?

Valet parking is $45 per day. The Convention Centre Carpark is very close, costing $10 with a night rate of $5. Wilson Parking – Westralia Square, you can pre-book online for discounted rates.

What if I require a special diet?

With notice, Parmelia Hilton will cater for guests with dietary requirements ie, vegetarian & gluten free.  Should a large number of you need this there is a surcharge per person.

Can I attend and pay for just 1 day?

Unfortunately this option is not available.

Will my belongings be safe when we leave The Sewing Room?

We will have our own butler on the day and the room will be locked each time we leave.

How much space will I have to sew?

We have more of a boutique space this year, there will be two people per trestle table.  The trestle tables are stable and don’t bounce around when sewing.  Chair seat height can be a bit low for some, so I do suggest bringing a cushion to sit on.

Can I stay up til 2am to sew or start Sunday morning at 7am?

We can stay up to 12am!  Sunday morning the room opens at 8:30am for a 9am start.

I want to attend but I don’t know what to make?

I can help with your planning!  There will be plenty of opportunity for you to do a Miss Mary workshop or course to learn a particular skill in the months leading up the retreat. I always have ideas and a Pinterest board for inspiration.  Miss Mary Patterns & kits will also be available.

What if I really want to stay the night but none of my friends sew?  Do you have anyone wanting to share with me?

If there is anyone who is happy to share with someone they don’t know, please let me know. There will be plenty of opportunity to meet in the months before the retreat with all of the classes I have available.

What if I need to cancel?

As there are minimums required I am unable to offer refunds.  You are welcome to transfer the retreat to a friend.

What if I can’t afford the whole amount now, do you have a payment plan?

Yes, you can pay a deposit to secure your place at the retreat and then you will be sent reminders to pay the balance.  Final payments must be received by Friday, 4 August 2023.

Can I sponsor this event & share my business with your guests?

Yes you can.  Regardless the type of business you have, you are welcome to contact us for more information about retreat sponsorship.

Bookings open Friday, 31 March 2023.  Pay a deposit to secure your place, then email if you would like additional nights.

Bookings will work on a first come first serve basis.  Numbers are limited.

Have any other questions?  Please submit your questions!