Costa Rica Knitting Retreat

Who’s Coming to Costa Rica!!!

NOTE: Due to a health issue with the organizer, this retreat will have to be postponed. I will keep all up to date.

Costa Rica Knitting Retreat!

August 27th – September 3rd, 2016

For sixteen years Hope and Barry Blazer had a wonderful yarn shop, Accents On Knits in Morristown, NJ. Fourteen months ago they “semi-retired” to live the dream in Costa Rica where they established Accents on Knits Limitada to host our “Knitting Retreats to Costa Rica”.

Join me, Carol Sulcoski and Brooke Nico for 7 days of knitting, sun and fun!

From the Accents on Knit website:

Patty Lyons, Carol Sulcoski and Brooke Nico all of whom regularly teach at Vogue Knitting Live and Stitches. Patty is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter”. She is known for her popular classes on Craftsy, Interweave and Annie’s as well as her designs in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits and Creative Knitting magazines, where she also writes a knitter’s advice column called “Patty’s Purls of Wisdom”. Carol is an attorney by day, and a knitting author / hand-dyer / designer the rest of the time. She is the author of “Knitting Ephermera”; a volume of facts, anecdotes, historical tidbits, and other fun information about knitting and fibers; “Lace Yarn Studio”; “Sock Yarn Studio”; “Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarns”; and “Knit So Fine”. Brooke, the author of“Lovely Knitted Lace” and the just published “More Lovely Knitted Lace”, began her designing activities by sewing her own wardrobe, inspired by drape and color. She brought her talents to knitting almost 10 years ago, first exploring modular construction, then lace. As a dedicated teacher, Brooke guides knitters through the intricacies of techniques to make their projects as polished as possible.

Instructions for selecting your workshops is covered on the Aug. 27th Workshops page. You will attend five workshops (but are asked to choose your top 7 choices) and then spend the rest of the time participating in one of the exciting activities we have planned for you. Of course, you will have time to lounge by the pool, relax in a hot spring, walk on the beach, work out in the gym, or treat yourself to a spa service at a bargain price.

If this will be your first trip to Costa Rica, you will want to see and experience the natural beauty that is so abundant here: the beaches, rainforests, volcanoes and wildlife. Accents on Knits has arranged for you to get a very good taste of all of these things in the week that you will be here.

We found two perfect facilities to host the event. We are certain that you will be pleased with what the resorts and our retreat have to offer.

Arenal Paraiso Resort And Spa

Our first “home” will be in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano west of the town of La Fortuna in Alajuela Province in North Central Costa Rica. We use the term “home” because everywhere you go in Costa Rica, people make you feel at home whether you are in a hotel, restaurant, shop or just out walking. In fact, when surveyed as they are about to leave, the number one thing that visitors liked were the people! All of the resort’s rooms are individual bungalows with two queen beds facing the majestic volcano. Here is a photo album with pictures of the grounds, pool, hot springs and spa.
This Three-Star resort has a number of hot springs with rich mineral waters that are heated by the volcano as well as a fabulous pool complete with beverage service. The expansive property has it’s own modern 11-station canopy [zip-line] system [pictured above]. They also offer an array of very reasonably priced spa services that will be available at a discount to our group!

The Flamingo Beach Resort And Spa

This Four-Star hotel in Guanacaste Province on Costa Rica’s northern Pacificcoast has everything we wanted: lovely rooms, beautiful white sandy beaches, pools, spa services, fine dining, a casino and even a little shopping. It will be our second home for relaxation and the tours that we have planned. We’ve also arranged for discounts off the spa services here just for our group.

The room pictured has a king size bed but most rooms have two queens which is perfect if you will be sharing a room with a friend. For those who want to spend more time in Costa Rica we have arranged with the hotel to accommodate anyone arriving before Saturday, August 27th, or staying beyond Saturday, September 3rd.

Costa Rica is known for it’s spectacular sunsets and this is the perfect place to experience them with a glass of wine or cocktail in hand. After fourteen months here we are still amazed by the exquisite beauty of the sunsets. We guarantee that you will take home pictures at least as nice as this one. If not, we will be happy to make arrangements for you to come back for more fun and excitement in Costa Rica.


Exciting and informative tours have been arranged at both locations in addition to our teacher’s special knitting workshops.

In Arenal

  1. You will take a guided tour of the Arenal National Park over trails marked with the remains of previous lava flows. Along the way you will discover the abundant flora and fauna of the rain forest and learn about the surprising history and activity of this still active volcano
  2. Enjoy a kayak or raft trip. This 4 to 5 hour door to door tour will take you down a slow moving river above which you will see and hear many monkeys and birds in the trees and a variety of lizards and reptiles along the river bank.
  3. Experience an eleven-station canopy [zip-line] excursion or take a horseback ride up the slope of the volcano, both of which are at the Arenal Paraiso Resort.
In Guanacaste

  1. Our favorite tour is a 4-hour catamaran excursion complete with swimming, snorkeling, delicious snacks and beverages that ends just after a glorious sunset.
  2. We had to include a shopping trip to beautiful Tamarindo, famous for surf boarding, where there are lots of quaint shops to browse and eateries to enjoy.

For people scheduled to arrive at the Liberia International Airport in Costa Rica on Saturday, August 27thby 2pm and departing on Saturday, September 3rd, the retreat covers the cost of all transfers to and from the Liberia airport and the resorts, as well as between resorts. There will be a small additional charge for earlier or later arrivals, or for departures other than on Saturday, September 3rd. Transportation for all of the tours is also included. NOTE: Air transportation to Costa Rica is not included. United, American and Delta airlinesall have service between Newark Liberty [EWR] airport and Liberia International [LIR] airport. There is also service into Liberia from other US gateway airports.

Prices And Payment

With so much non-knitting activity planned, you may want to bring your significant other. There will be lots to do while you are in class including the pool, beach, hot springs, gym, spa and hiking. Biking and other tours will also be available for purchase.

The Retreat Fee is per person based on double occupancyKnittersOther
Hotel Room 7 nights including breakfast and taxyesyes
Welcome reception at the Arenal Pariaso hotelyesyes
Five, 3-hour classesyesno
The five tours listed aboveyesyes
Transportation to and from airport and hotelsyesyes

The Retreat Fee does not include other meals and beverages or spa services but we have arranged for some specially priced dinners at some outstanding restaurants. If you want to stay longer or go on other tours, prices will be provided.

You may have noticed that the fees for these classes is a lot less than you would pay at a Stitches Event!

A deposit of $500 (per person) is payable with your Registration which is refundable prior to June 15th. The balance of the Fee [nonrefundable] must be paid by June 15th. Act Quickly: Registration is limited to 70 knitters.

Come to the retreat and see for yourself the beauty and charm of Costa Rica. But be warned: almost no one comes here only once! Please let us know if you have any questions. You can write to us at or call our US phone 856-302-3156.

Events Registration Form
Patty’s Workshops
Workshop Registration Form


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