Fall Retreat 2018


Manoir Montpellier
533 ROUTE 315N
Lac-Simon, Qc, Canada J0V 1M0

Cost: from 475$+taxes (see details at the bottom of the page)

Arrival: Friday, November 2nd from 2 PM
Departure: Sunday, November 4th at 2 PM

The weekend includes:

  • 5 gourmet meals ( 2 dinners, 1 lunch, 1 breakfast and 1 brunch)
  • 2 nights (single, double or triple occupancy) Click here to see the room repartition
  • 1 Twist surprise bag
  • Wooly Bingo Night
  • Experiment the “Clover” table; test their great products for pompom making, tassel making, embroidery..
  • an acces to the exterior spa of the Manor
  • an access to the Viceroy Lake, private beach.
  • a TWIST mini-market
  • And the possibility to take part to 3 of these mini-workshops ( 2-3 hours ):


1. Creative painting on knitted fabric (sock blank) with Céline Cléroux (All levels)
Material provided/ 10$ material fees extra, payable to the teacher on site.

Céline has a real passion for knitting.  She likes to play with fibres and wool.  She’s curious and creative and she likes to work with her hands.  She started to paint on knitted fabric some years ago and now she’s completely in love with this technique:  she can combine painting and her knitting passion! Cactus Yarn Studio


2. Estonian lace knitting with Céline Barbeau (advanced) -in french only
A list of material to bring will be sent before the retreat

3. Knitting cardigans with Céline Barbeau (intermediate) – in french only
A list of material to bring will be sent before the retreat

Céline Barbeau is always knitting something!  She’s the owner of La Maison Tricotée, in Montreal where she gives knitting workshops and where you can see her talking about wool, knitting and yarn with a lot of sparkles!

4. Initiation to trimming (passementerie)  with Monique Ste-Marie (beginner)
Material provided/ 5$ material fees extra, payable to the teacher on site.

Monique Ste-Marie is graduate from Textile Construction Program at the Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles (MCCT) and now has her own atelier in Montreal.  She has previously worked in graphic design and multimedia production, while fueling her creative passion through a constant exploration of heritage crafts. In December 2012, the designer exhibited for the first time at the Salon des métiers d’art du Québec, Canada’s most important professional showcase for artisans. Her unique textile baskets are now available in selected boutiques.


5. Knitting Socks with Guy Charbonneau:  a presentation on different methods and techniques to help you knit comfortable socks that will last a long time. (all levels)
A list of material to bring will be sent before the retreat

6. Knitting Triangular Shawls with Guy Charonneau:  triangular shawls are quite easy to knit. After having understood how to cast on, these shawls practically knit themselves! (know how to knit and purl)
A list of material to bring will be sent before the retreat

Guy Charbonneau has been knitting for more than 45 years. Watching his mother knitting, he was fascinated by the fact that one could make something with only two knitting needles and a piece of yarn. Since then, his passion for knitting has grown steadily. For the past few years, he has been knitting mostly socks and he makes instructional videos that explain how to do it. In 2007, he created his website (www.legarsquitricote.com), hoping that other men would join the rank of knitters. For him, knitting is a great way to reduce stress, whether you’re a guy or a girl! In addition to knitting, Guy spins his own yarn and also enjoys weaving. He regularly gives knitting classes. He enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge.


7. Knitting stories with Sylvie St-Jacques (all levels) :
A workshop that blends knitting, storytelling and writing.  You knitted your favorite scarf to get you through a heartbreak. She made a shawl to warm the shoulders of a friend in mourning. These socks were completed just before you gave birth of your first son. In this workshop, I invite you to tell and listen to « stories of yarn », while integrating some basic storytelling notions. ( all levels)
A list of material to bring will be sent before your retreat

Sylvie St-Jacques is a journalist, researcher and globe-trotter who is passionate about the stories that live in our heads, our hearts and our bodies. Currently PhD candidate in Global Development Studies at Queen’s University, she’s interested in the narrative approach as a vehicle for better listening and telling. And in her spare time, she loves to converse with those who share her enthusiasm for knitting

8. Punch Needle with Amélie Laberge (all levels)
A 2 hour workshop to (re)discover a classic Seventie’s technique! Punching needle allows you to embroider cushions or decorative carpets in just one move. All colors welcome!
Material included: Canvas square and wool
Material provided: Magic needle
5$ material fees extra, payable to the teacher on site.

9. Sashiko embroidery initiation with Amélie Laberge (beginner)
A 2-hour workshop to unlock the secret of this Japanese embroidery technique with intertwined geometric patterns. A contemplative and simple art to embroider intricate zen gardens! Can you stop?
Material included: denim square and thread
Material provided: needle and Sashiko thimble
5$ material fees extra, payable to the teacher on site.

Amelie grew up very close to her grandmother and grand-aunts, she inherited from them, not only the love of crafts, but community spirit, fellowship, the love of beautiful handwork and beautiful kitchens! Amélie Laberge is a knitting and embroidery educator and has been for many years now. She is both eccentric by her love of flamboyant colors and very classic for her fascination with vintage clothing and old cars. You can see her most days in her shop; La Société Textile, on Bernard Street in Montreal.


10. Initiation to macramé with Marie-Anne Adam (beginner)
Material provided/ 5$ material fees extra, payable to the teacher on site.

Art Director for Twist Fibre Festival since 2012, Marie-Anne Adam graduate at Montreal Centre for contemporary textiles in 2011. She designs textile for her own creations and for other designers.


For the retreat you must bring:

  • personal effects
  • your projects and equipment
  • cash for your material fees
  • If you want to participate to the gift exchange ; a gift for the gift exchange of the Friday night (value of 30$)

Note that there will have a TWIST Bar at the Manor ( wine, beer and twisted cocktails ).  You will be allowed to buy and drink alcohol only at the Twist Bar.

At the moment we will receive this filled form, we will send you an invoice with your room # ( first come first serve basis)  your total amount to pay (payable by cheque or credit card) and more details on the retreat.

You can contact us by e-mail at info@festivaltwist.org or by phone during the week between 10AM and 4PM at 819-981-0023 if you want more information.

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Thank you!  Looking forward to see you at the retreat!

Amélie and Marie-Anne


Retraite d'automne Twist 2018 / Twist Fall retreat 2018

Les mini-ateliers (durée de 2 à 3 heures) auront lieu à 16:00 le vendredi, à 10:00 et à 14:00 le samedi et à 11:00 le dimanche. Votre horaire vous sera envoyé avant la retraite avec 3 de vos choix. 3 ateliers maximums peuvent être suivis et c'est dans l'ordre premier inscrit, premier servi qu'ils seront attitrés. J'aimerais assister à ces capsules: / Mini-workshops (2-3 hours long) will be at 4PM on FRIDAY, at 10AM and 2PM on Saturday and at 11AM on Sunday. You'll receive your schedule before the retreat with 3 of your choices. We'll apply the first came, first served principle. I would like to participate in these mini-workshop.:

Sélection de 10 vendeurs maximum / We will select 10 enterprises maximum

LES PLACES ET OPTIONS SONT LIMITÉES / SPACES AND OPTIONS ARE LIMITED. Une facture vous sera envoyée avec le numéro de chambre qui vous sera allouée. Cette facture sera payable par carte de crédit pour confirmer votre inscription. Non-remboursable. Merci ! / You'll receive an invoice with your room #. This invoice will be payable by credit card and your space will be confirmed once payment is received. Non-refundable. Thanks!

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