The Marin Retreat: A Vacation For Your Senses

The SCVQA Marin retreat offers a unique place to sew while enjoying wonderful food, and being inspired by nature. It's a great way to interact with approximately 25 creative, and fun-loving guild members. Our retreat location, The Marin NatureBridge, is a decommissioned military base nestled in the Marin Headlands. Our home-away-from-home is the Sunset Lodge where we sew and socialize to our heart's content.

The views from the Sunset Lodge are what make this location so special, with mountains to the right and the Pacific ocean to the left, there is truly inspiration all around us.

The only schedule you need to keep is for meals, and you don't want to be late for them! Meals are served buffet style in the dining hall, which is about a quarter mile from where we sew. The chefs are wonderful and do a good job of catering to us. The Marin Headlands is able to support those who are vegetarian, vegan and/or dairy free. The Head Chef and Sous Chef had their training at Culinary Institute of America. Some of our favorite meals include pork roast, the best cream of mushroom soup, and wonderful cheese blitzes. There is always fresh fruit and a salad bar.

Most of us sleep in one large dorm room with bunk beds, and Nature Bridge usually is able to reserve all bottom bunks for our group. For an additional fee, there are a few semiprivate rooms, also with bunk beds. We use a community bathroom and sometimes we share the dorm with other guests. The sleeping quarters are adequate, though not the main attraction.

We hope you will consider joining us! Please contact the Marin Retreat Coordinator, Sheila Collins at 408-499-2894 or sheila@sheilacollins.us with questions.

Here's how to sign up

The next retreat is scheduled for March 16-19, 2018. Signups are now being accepted.

  1. Read the Marin Retreat Policy.
  2. Fill out the Marin Retreat Registration Form, make your check payable to SCVQA, and mail these items directly to Sheila Collins. Registration forms are available in the SCVQA Valley Quilter newsletter and online. Sheila Collins contact information is on the registration form.

Space is limited and you don't want to miss out on this kind of fun!