Sewing as Self-Care

an intimate sewing retreat in Aurora, New York

Friday, March 27 — Sunday, March 29, 2020

Join hosts Natasha Keller and Laura Coburn for an inspiring weekend of communing with your creative spirit. We’ll share meals, meditation, and the art of sewing in the quiet and luxurious comfort of Rowland House. With sewing machines humming and fireplaces crackling, this retreat will leave you feeling revitalized and inspired.

Once your participation is confirmed, you will receive a supply and pattern shopping list with helpful links. Throughout this retreat, you will create a casual garment, a waxed canvas tote with leather handles, and a natural fiber basket to take home.

rowland house parlor
rowand house parlor
rowland house library
rowland house dining room
rowland house dining room
the boardroom will transform into a sewing studio
the boardroom will transform into a sewing studio
third floor lounge at rowland house
third floor lounge at rowland house


schedule and meal locations are subject to change

Friday, March 27, 2020

3:00 p.m. Check in and get settled at Rowland House

3:45 p.m. Welcome & Afternoon Tea: Meet your hosts and learn about the weekend ahead in the Rowland House parlor

4:30 p.m. Project Introduction in the Rowland House sewing studio

7:00 p.m. Farm-to-table group dinner in the Rowland House dining room

Saturday, March 28, 2020

7:00 a.m. Wake-up yoga and morning meditation with Laura Coburn in the Loft yoga studio

8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the Rowland House dining room

9:00 a.m. Sewing Instruction in the Rowland House sewing studio

12:30 p.m. Buffet-style healthy lunch at Rowland House

1:30 p.m. Sewing Instruction in the Rowland House sewing studio

5:00 p.m. Free Time: yoga, journaling, wine and cheese with your innkeeper, cocktails at 1833 Kitchen & Bar, tea by the fire

7:00 p.m. Wine pairing dinner in the Rowland House dining room

Sunday, March 29, 2020

8:00 a.m. Restorative yoga in the Loft yoga studio

9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Rowland House

10:30 a.m. Check-out

11:00 a.m. Sewing instruction in the Rowland House sewing studio

1:00 p.m. Buffet-style lunch and farewell at Rowland House

Sunday, March 29, 2020

optional extension for $175 plus room rate

2:30 p.m. Setting your Style overview in the Rowland House parlor

3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Individual Style Consults with Natasha scheduled on the hour in the Rowland House library

Afternoon Pursuits on your own: Napping, massage, tasting at Aurora Cooks, exploring, continued sewing

Evening Pursuits on your own: Wine & cheese, cocktails and/or dinner at 1833 Kitchen & Bar, quiet time by the fire, journaling, stitching

your retreat guides

Natasha Keller

Natasha Keller is a designer and artist living in the Finger Lakes. Over the past twelve years she has designed and produced her own line of women’s clothing, handbags, wallets and home accessories. She has designed and produced an in-house line of women’s vintage-inspired dresses in collaboration with a local boutique, as well as making her own couture dresses—beautiful formal dresses and bridal gowns. She has worked as a professional silk-screener, surface designer, model, writer and art curator. She brings a dramatic, elegant, and eclectic aesthetic to all of her work.

Today, Natasha seeks to empower people to sew their own clothes so that everyone can have the experience of feeling stylish, comfortable and confident in their clothes, no matter their shape or size.

See Natasha's Instagram for sewing inspiration.

Laura Coburn

As the Director of Serenity at the Inns of Aurora, Laura is dedicated to providing restorative and rejuvenating experiences through Ayurvedic consultations, yoga classes, and Serenity Sessions.

Laura is an Infinite Light yoga teacher in the Kripalu lineage and is a certified yoga teacher and teacher trainer with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT). A certified a Relax and Renew® teacher, Laura has studied with Judith Hanson Lasater and has assisted Judith with restorative yoga teacher training internationally.

In addition to extensive study with Kathryn Templeton, Laura is a member of National Ayurvedic Medical Association and the Himalayan Institute, where she earned her Ayurveda Health Counselor certification.

Tuition of $575 per person plus tax includes hands-on professional instruction and meals. Your choice of room at Rowland House starting at $157 per night plus tax can be booked with our resort concierge by calling 315.364.8050

Participants are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine for comfort and familiarity of use. Machines will be provided should the participant prefer. Please specify preference when registering.