New England
Lace Group

NELG Annual Retreat and Workshops

  • May 04, 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • May 07, 2023
  • 2:00 PM
  • Mercy by the Sea Conference Center, Madison, CT

Registration is closed

Our annual retreat and workshops will be held from Thursday, May 4 to Sunday, May 7, 2023. Once again, we will be at Mercy by the Sea Conference Center in Madison, CT. The retreat house is located on Long Island Sound and all rooms have a private bathroom and air conditioning. 

Our teachers for this year will be: 

  • Louise Colgan who will be teaching Milanese Lace.
  • Holly Van Sciver will be offering beginning, intermediate or advanced Torchon, Bedfordshire, Bucks Point, Honiton, Russian, Hungarian, contemporary lace and more. Holly will also be our vendor.
  • Jill Hawkins will once again be teaching a beginner bobbin lace class for those who are new to lacemaking, or those who have been away from lacemaking for a while and need to go back to basics. This class will be subsidized by NELG.

Registration is open from January 22 through April 15. Paid registrations received by March 1 will receive up to $20 early bird discount on accommodations and workshop fees. Detailed information is available here.


Our commemorative bobbin this year is from Chris Parsons. Please note that to guarantee delivery for retreat, the deadline for ordering a commemorative bobbin is March 1. Late orders will be accepted, but these will be delivered after retreat.


  • Everyone attending will require to be fully vaccinated and boosted with a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination is required upon arrival. A rapid COVID-19 test will be required upon arrival. If positive, admittance will not be allowed.
  • Masks are optional, but recommended
  • Single rooms will be assigned on a first-come first paid basis
  • Check in time is no earlier than 4pm for afternoon arrivals
  • All meals are generally served buffet-style; dietary restrictions can be accommodated
  • Meal times will be confirmed a few days prior to the event
  • Class hours are 9am - noon and 2pm - 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and 9am - noon on Sunday
  • We are welcome to bring wine/beer to enjoy in the evenings, but no bottles or cans in their trash, please. We will need to take them home.
  • Checkout time from guestrooms is 10 am on Sunday morning
  • All guests are invited to remain on the property and enjoy the grounds until 4:30pm, common areas and gift/bookshop before check in and after check out
  • Mercy by the Sea Conference Center is located at:167 Neck Road, Madison, CT 06443. Office phone: (203) 245-0401
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