Quilt retreat May 22th –  May 31th 2026

An English spoken retreat especially for quilters from the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK, but free for all who wants to join the group!

Come to Drenthe in the northern area of the Netherlands and enjoy a 10 day retreat with the team of Quiltworx CI Marianne Martens-Niemeijer.

We are delighted to invite you to a fantastic retreat in May 2026. We will stay in a beautiful hotel in Drenthe. The location is unique. Adjacent to nature reserves, away from the highway and also centrally located in the north of the Netherlands near the three provinces point of Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe.  There are no fewer than 2 flocks of sheep with a shepherd who keep the heath in good condition. In this National Park you can still enjoy an endless, undisturbed horizon… Are you lucky? Then you might come across this herds. It is always an impressive sight when the shepherd and his dogs tend the flock. It is a beautiful spectacle to watch the dynamics between dog, herd and shepherd.

Our hotel

The hotel has 42 rooms for 2 persons, with 2 beds, TV, shower, toilet and sink. If you come with a friend you can share one room. If you come alone we will give you a roommate to make new friends for life. It is possible, at an additional cost, to get a single room.

The hotel also has a huge relax room and two outdoor terraces to relax and enjoy talking with quilt-friends. There is small capacity for 1 person rooms, but this is more expensive. You can find pictures of the hotel and more on this website

In the sewing room are tables with a sewing machine available for every student. You will have access to the sewing room from 9.00 – 22.00 hour. You don’t need to bring your cutting mat: on each sewing station is a small cutting mat and there are several cutting mats and ironing tables  available in the room. There will be a small shop with all kinds of quilters ‘needs’ to buy.







The restaurant where we will enjoy our meals uses many local organic ingredients. Vegetarian and diet meals are available.

We think a retreat is not a retreat without any fun surprises. During this 10 days we offer you a one day excursion to Leeuwarden where we visit the Fries Museum and get a private tour and a private city tour, a local coffee break and a local lunch, after lunch there will be another surprise activity. And there will be a surprise evening/afternoon we would like to give you. It will be a fabulous event for you to enjoy.


A quilt retreat needs a quilt of course ???? and there will be a special one. We will offer you a special Quiltworx® quilt designed just for this retreat. Of course there will be more color options. The quilt will be 60 or 68 inch square.


What is included:

  • A private bus is getting you from Schiphol airport to Dwingeloo on May 22th and brings you back to the Airport on May 31th.

    – You must arrive at the airport before 3:00 PM on May 22th
    – Fly back to your country after 12:00 AM on May 31th

  • You will stay in a 2 persons rooms with shower, toilet, sink, TV.
  • if you want a room for yourself the additional cost is $650
  • Free Wi-Fi in the whole building
  • All meals from dinner on May 22 to breakfast on May 31 are included
  • Coffee/Tea/Water are included during our stay in the Hotel (consumptions in the restaurant and in the bar are not included).
  • And of course chocolate, chips and more?????
  • One, special edition Quiltworx® quilt kit for each sewing participant.
  • Your own sewing station
  • Lessons from the team, led by CI Marianne Martens-Niemeijer
  • A Goodie bag with many fun Dutch things inside.
  • One surprise afternoon or evening

What is on your own costs

  • Your flight to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
  • Lunch on May 23th and 31th
  • Consumptions in the bar and in the restaurant during dinner and in the evening


  • You can bring your partner with you. We need to know that when you book or as soon as possible.
  • Staying longer in Europe is also possible, but please tell us that when you book or as soon as possible.

The costs

  • Quiltsters: $ 3900,- per person
  • Non-sewing guests $ 3500,- per person

Paying table 

If you are booking before August 1, 2024 you will receive a discount of $250 per person. The first payment by booking will then be due.

Please use this subscription form to book: Registration form 2026
After Booking you will get an email with payment information. Payment is possible in the currency of your own country.
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per ‘sewing’ person:                    

By booking   $ 650,- (when booking before August 1, 2024 $ 400,-)

31-12-2024   $ 650,-

30-04-2025   $ 650,-

30-09-2025   $ 650,-

31-12-2025   $ 650,-

31-03-2025   $ 650,-

Non Sewing person

By booking:    $ 600,- (when booking before August 1, 2024 $ 350,-)

31-12-2024     $ 600,-

30-04-2025     $ 600,-

30-09-2025     $ 600,-

31-12-2025     $ 600,-

31-03-2026     $ 500,-