Gwlana (the Welsh word for woolgathering) was founded by fibre enthusiasts who loved knitting and Wales in equal measure, and wanted to share the special joy that is visiting Wales, with knitting. What we had in mind was this: Two teachers. Twenty eight students. Small, thoughtfully created classes in an informal setting. A small hotel with great food and excellent service. A place where, when you ask for things, people bring them to you.
In short, we dreamt of the best knitting weekend ever, and we set about trying to create it. At first an annual event, Gwlana has evolved to host twice-yearly weekend workshops, and a variety of one-off special events. Our workshop weekends take place in May and October, the two months of the year that we always recommend when anyone asks, "When is a good time to visit Wales?" And they are held in west Wales, a place of stunning natural beauty, home to Britain's only coastal National Park, and a world tourism destination known for it's pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife.
Gwlana weekends have become known for many things as well. For the camaraderie that develops between people from countries all over the world, who all speak the international language of knitting. And for the creative energy that enfolds us, and carries us through our long weekend together. New friendships form and old friendships deepen, as we learn; as we knit.
Oh baby, do we ever knit.