6 – Budgeting

Pricing is à la carte so you can have maximum control of your schedule and budget. It is possible to significantly economize by sharing accommodations and/or travel to the San Juan islands. We have both a Ravelry group and a private Facebook group for participants to arrange lodging and travel collaborations. The Ravelry group is open. To be part of the private Facebook group, get in touch with us.

Please note: for most up to date pricing please check the registration form for a specific retreat. While we try to keep this page as up to date as possible, pricing can change from retreat to retreat.

The basic items to keep in mind are:

  • retreat and materials fee—$600 (includes instruction, materials, and handouts). Payment is due about 8 to 10 weeks in advance; the exact date will be in your confirmation message.
  • lodging and breakfast at Lakedale—Lakedale extends off-season rates to us. Lodging and breakfast at Lakedale runs about $450–950 for 2022 (Sunday evening through Friday morning; 2024 rates, below, are slightly higher than previous years), depending on your choices among the alternatives, whether you share lodging, and so on (locals may commute). We have both a Ravelry forum and a private Facebook group for helping folks find lodging collaborators, especially for the cabins, which have a mix of bedrooms and loft spaces. Contact Lakedale directly by phone for reservations and talk with the Lakedale staff about capacities of different accommodations (800-617-2267).
    • least expensive: Sharing one of the two-bed lodge rooms with another participant (one room has separate bedrooms; the other two-bed rooms have separate queen-size beds; one-bed rooms have king-size beds).
    • next least expensive: Sharing a cabin with two other participants (the cabins list greater capacities than three, but unless you know each other really well, check out exactly how sleeping arrangements will be organized).
    • Special off-season 2024 Lakedale rates for our retreats:
      • Lodge room $169/night plus tax (one or two queen beds)
      • Log cabin $349/night plus tax (bedroom downstairs and a loft upstairs)
      • Lake House $549/night plus tax (sleeps up to 10, check their page for specifics)
    • If the lodge is full and you have transportation, it is possible to stay off-site (say, at an AirBnB).
  • lunch/dinner catering—If you choose to have lunch and dinner with the group, Monday through Thursday is $280 (check or money order) or $292 (PayPal–I am only a pass-through to the caterer and PayPal charges me a transaction fee), plus an anonymous, optional tip on the final day of the retreat for 2024. Meal payment is due by three weeks before the gathering. Many dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice, including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan. (Lunches only: $120 by check, $125 by PayPal. Dinners only: $160 by check, $167 by PayPal.) Note that the catering and PayPal fees have been least easy to predict far in advance, and your confirmation note will have the most recent information.
  • transportation—If you’re coming from outside the islands (as most of us are), figure in whatever resources you need to travel to get to Seattle, plus transportation between Seattle and Lakedale.
    • For the vast majority, this involves the ferry from Anacortes (off-season, car and driver round-trip is $45–55, with the lower pricing for senior/disabled drivers). Riders (in cars driven by others) or walk-ons are $14.85 round-trip for regular adults and $7.40 for seniors. This is a good reason for people to coordinate transportation and chip in for someone’s gas and base ferry costs, or to share a car rental. Ferry tickets are purchased on the Anacortes end only and are round-trip.
    • The shuttle between SeaTac and Friday Harbor is about $100 to $150 round-trip (but make sure the shuttle service you’re looking at operates on the day you need). There are also flights to and from the Friday Harbor airport, and that mode of transportation may occasionally work best for someone’s travel plans. Sometimes flight plans require an extra night’s lodging to make ferry connections, although the ferries run late into the evening (as well as early in the morning) and it’s possible to arrive at Lakedale after hours. I have used inexpensive AirBnB listings near SeaTac to bridge the gaps when I don’t want to do the flight-and-drive all at once. When I collaborate with others on transportation, we usually go straight through from SeaTac to the San Juans.

Some people like to budget extra for island activities.

If you’re on a tight budget, everything you need for the retreat itself is included in your materials and retreat fees ($600). You can work with a spindle, which is easier to transport than a wheel. There are many great no-cost island adventures, a number of them involving good walks and discoveries right outside the cabin and Lodge doors at Lakedale.

Transportation, lodging, and food are the variables you can play with to minimize expense, and I suggest you focus most closely on the first two. The food is good. I participated in a number of events at Lakedale before beginning to facilitate retreats there, and ride- and space-sharing made it possible for me to do so.

We have detailed information available on transportation alternatives and encourage folks to get in touch with each other and make the logistics easy. The first time I needed to get to Lakedale, it seemed really complicated. Now it’s just a series of options, played like a game, that results in success. In my opinion, being at Lakedale is well worth the trip!

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