Note: the Worsted Package is currently at capacity. Click "Register Now" to sign up for the Sport Package, and/or to add yourself to the waitlist for the Worsted Packed!


Welcome! 
Welcome to the WEBS Knitting Retreat! We are happy to have you join us in September to celebrate yarn, take some great classes, and enjoy food, friends, and our beautiful Pioneer Valley. You’ll find registration information below. 
For more information please visit the WEBS website or click here to view the retreat brochure!


Retreat Registration Options 
Your registration fee covers all your meals from Thursday’s Welcome Dinner through Sunday brunch with Keynote Speaker Patty Lyons, two full days of classes on Friday and Saturday, and transportation to WEBS for an After-Hours Shopping Spree with owners Steve and Kathy Elkins featuring trunk shows, special deals and FREE SHIPPING for purchases. There will be late-night knitting and socializing with snacks and cocktails, plenty of time to meet up with friends or make new knitting buddies, creative meals, and lots of yarn to see, feel, and buy. Registration is limited.

Available Retreat Packages
All attendees will enjoy the same fantastic classes, exciting sponsor events, excellent food and the exclusive Shopping Night at WEBS that are trademarks of our in person retreat Weekends. The only difference in the packages below is that some of you will be able to make your own accommodations. Space is still limited for both packages, so we encourage you to be ready as soon as registration opens!

Worsted Package $1599.00 includes:
Classes with Our Excellent Guest Teachers
Welcome Dinner
All Meals
Sponsor Presentations
Late Night Lounge Events
Exclusive WEBS Shopping Night
Free Shipping
Our Fabulous Retreat Swag Bag
3 Nights Single Room Accommodations

Sport Package $899.00 includes:
Classes with Our Excellent Guest Teachers
Welcome Dinner
All Meals
Sponsor Presentations
Late Night Lounge Events
Exclusive WEBS Shopping Night
Free Shipping
Our Fabulous Retreat Swag Bag

Note: there is not currently a double (shared with another attendees) room option at Hotel UMass. All available Hotel UMass rooms are single rooms. During registration those who select the "Sport Package" can indicate if they would like to upgrade their packge to the "Worsted Package", should additional rooms at Hotel UMass become available.

Deposit & Payment Policy: A minimum $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your registration. All remaining fees must be paid in full by the close of business on August 26, 2022.
Cancellation Policy: Attendees cancelling their registration by the close of business on September 11, 2022, will receive a full refund less the $100.00 non-refundable deposit, which will be retained as a cancellation-processing fee. Cancellations received between September 11 and September 22, will receive a 50% refund minus a $60.00 cancellation processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after 5 p.m. ET on September 22, 2022. Cancellations must be made in writing, and emailed to the UMass Conference Services Registration Office: registration@umass.edu.


How to Register 
Step 1: Register for the Retreat 
To complete your registration, click the Register Now button above. Registration is only accepted online and will open to the general public at 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 21. A minimum $100.00 deposit, payable online by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express, is required to complete your registration. You may either pay this $100.00 deposit or you may pay your full balance due. If you decide to pay only the $100.00 deposit, you may return to this page to submit additional payments by card, or follow the emailed instructions contained in your registration confirmation to pay by check. All registrations must be paid in full by the close of business on August 26, 2022.

Registration is limited and is expected to fill fast, so early registration is strongly encouraged. To expedite your registration, we recommend each attendee registers themselves using their own account: registering multiple people may mean that capacity is reached before you can finish registering yourself and all of your friends. If capacity has been met by the time you try to register, you will automatically be prompted to add yourself to the waitlist using this online form. In previous retreats many people were ultimately added to the Retreat from the waitlist, so it is in your best interest to place yourself on it! Interested attendees will be moved off of the waitlist if registered guests cancel, and will be moved off of the waitlist on a first come, first served, basis, depending on the date and time the waitlist request was received. Those added to the waitlist will be contacted by phone and email if a space opens.

Step 2: Submit Your Class Preferences
On Wednesday, August 3, registered attendees will be able to submit their class preferences for each class block. To submit class preferences, return to this page, log back in to your existing account (do not create a new account), and click "Edit Registration" over on the right. You will then be able to make your way back through the registration form, and can enter your first and second class choices for both Friday and Saturday. Note class preferences will only be available to submit after 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 3. Detailed instructions will be emailed to registered attendees prior to August 3. Click the "Class Description" tabs above to learn more about the classes being offered!


COVID-19 Response 
Current Policies/Guidelines from UMass Amherst 
Visit the UMass Amherst COVID-19 Information page for resources and updates on the University's COVID-19 response, including the latest campus news and comprehensive information. In addition to asking event attendees to stay home if they are feeling ill, making hand sanitizer readily available, ensuring permitted capacities are not exceeded, and requiring that all UMass staff and students are vaccinated, UMass Conference Services, Hotel UMass, and the University at large are committed to following any protocols put in place by the State of Massachusetts, and the University of Massachusetts' Environmental Health and Safety Team, and will update attendees should any policies, procedures, or guidelines be implemented prior to or during the retreat. Note UMass Amherst has lifted its indoor mask requirement in most circumstances: individuals are required to wear masks in healthcare facilities (including University Health Services, Public Health Promotion Center, and Center for Counseling and Psychological Health), and masks are also required in the Center for Early Education and Child Care. Individuals are welcome to wear masks at their own discretion.

Current Policies/Guidelines from WEBS
WEBS is requiring attendees to provide proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival at the retreat. Upon registration attendees will be provided with additional details related to where the send this documentation. Any questions related to this policy should be directed to WEBS.


Have questions or need assistance? We're happy to help! 
Please contact UMass Conference Services at registration@umass.edu or 413-577-8102.
Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET (excluding federal and/or Massachusetts state holidays). All calls, voicemails and/or emails will be answered as soon as possible during our standard business hours. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, September 29 
3 - 5 p.m.: Check-in at Hotel UMass and retreat registration desk
6 p.m.: Welcome dinner hosted by Valley Yarns, Tahki/Stacy Charles, and Steve and Kathy Elkins
8 - 9:30 p.m.: Late-night knitting and socializing with cash bar in the late night lounge


Friday, September 30
8 a.m.: Breakfast
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Morning Classes (attendees will participate in one morning class):
          - Knit to Fit with Barry Klein
          - Circular Bag of Tricks with Patty Lyons
          - Shetland Lave with Laura Nelkin
          - Sew a Fine Seam with Margaret Radcliffe
          - TD Circular Yoke Sweater with Safiyyah Talley
          - Marls Colorwork with Cecelia Campochiaro (all day class)
12:15 - 1:15 m.: Lunch with sponsor presentation
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Afternoon classes (attendees will participate in one afternoon class)
          - From the Neck Down with Barry Klein
          - Advanced Fixes with Patty Lyons
          - Save Your Stitches with Laura Nelkin
          - Edges and Boarders with Margaret Radclife
          - Sweater Cheat Sheet with Safiyyah Talley
          - Marls Colorwork with Cecelia Campochiaro (continued) 
6 p.m.: Dinner with cash bar and sponsor presentation
8 - 9:30 p.m.: Late-night knitting and socializing with cash bar in the late night lounge


Saturday, October 1
8 a.m.: Breakfast
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Morning classes (attendees will participate in one morning class)
          - Flipped over Stitches with Barry Klein
          - Chart It with Patty Lyons
          - Design Your Own Cowl with Laura Nelkin
          - Cast on Cornucopia with Margaret Radcliffe
          - Knit 2 Socks in 1 with Safiyyah Talley
          - Shawl Sequence Knitting with Cecelia Campochiaro
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.: Lunch with sponsor presentation
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Afternoon classes (attendees will participate in one afternoon class)
          - Tuck it to Play with Barry Klein
          - Build a Better Fabric with Patty Lyons
          - Novus Sweaters with Laura Nelkin
          - Variegated Yarn with Margaret Radcliffe
          - Cowlette Class with Safiyyah Talley
          - Magical Broken Garter with Cecelia Campochiaro
4:30 - 6 p.m.: Boxed Dinner Pick-up followed by WEBS Shopping Spree with Steve and Kathy Elkins, featuring trunk shows, special deals, and
            FREE SHIPPING for purchases.
8:30 - 10 p.m.: Late-night knitting and socializing with cash bar in the late night lounge. 


Sunday, October 2
9 a.m.: Brunch with Keynote Speaker Patty Lyons
11 a.m.: For those with the Worsted Package, check out of hotel. For all attendees, WEBS will be open from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for last minute shoppers!

Make sure you leave extra time before your travel home on Sunday to explore the beautiful downtown Northampton area. Have a late lunch, browse our many clothing boutiques and local artisan galleries, and leave with wonderful memories, friends made, and a resolve to join us for another WEBS Knitting Retreat in 2023!


Have questions or need assistance? We're happy to help! 
Please contact UMass Conference Services at registration@umass.edu or 413-577-8102.
Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET (excluding federal and/or Massachusetts state holidays). All calls, voicemails and/or emails will be answered as soon as possible during our standard business hours. We look forward to hearing from you!

Classes with Barry Klein
Knit To Fit
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

In this class we will look at what we are knitting and the practices and measures that need to be taken to make sure that the pieces fit our own bodies. Patterns are sized in generic sizes so most can easily be adjusted to fit our body…but how? Most patterns tell you simple instructions but what to do to make it professional and easy to assemble? Let’s figure this out together and have fun in the processs

From the Neck Down
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

When you just want to relax and have fun with your knitting, cast on from the top neck and work down. It’s simple, easy and the best part is you get to try it on as you work to insure the perfect fit. We will start creating a small kids sweater or a mini that fits a good sized teddy bear that can be finished in time for the upcoming Holiday. We will talk about technique, shaping, stitch patterns and different ways to incorporate your personality to the design.

Flipped Over Slipped Stitches
2-hour class offered Saturday from (EDT)

Knitting has two basic stitches and everything is created off of them. In this class we will look at the technique of Slip Stitches and how it creates a new form of architecture. We will play with color, texture and detail in creating stitches that are Mosaic, Vertical, Horizontal, Diagonal and ones that work inside out.

Tuck It to Play
2-hour class offered Saturday from (EDT)

There are different ways to create texture and we are going to spend time creating tuck stitches that sit up on top of your knitting to create a new dimension. We will look at a few different ways to accomplish this and how to mark you stitches to accomplish this easily. We will use colorful yarns and have many ideas on how to add this to existing patterns in different ways. You won’t believe how easy this is!


Classes with Patty Lyons
Chart it, Swatch it, Love it
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

Learn how to spice up any sweater with your own stitches. We’ll start with an exploration of what cables and lace do to your fabric. We’ll look at what can make the cast on edge undulate or the side of a stitch move in and out. Next we’ll learn the simple math to insert or replace a stitch panel or detail into existing sweater pattern. Then, after looking at swatches, stitch dictionaries and finished objects for inspiration, we’ll start to play with adjusting and combining to create your custom stitches. Finally, using both graph paper and some imaginative three-dimensional tools you’ll start to lay out your own stitch and even start to swatch it.

Build a Better Fabric
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

We’ll explore ways to improve your knitting technique by looking at the most important fundamentals, like the job of the left needle tip and the right needle shaft, stitch sizing, and even the correct exit path of your stitch. We will explore edge stitches, cast on and bind offs and a huge array of knitting tip. The last part of the class will be open for all knitting questions (that you have put in the “bag of why”), so come with your questions and let’s explore our knitting.

Advanced Knitting Fixes
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

Delve beyond picking up a dropped stitch into more major fixes. Learn how to “tink” or un-knit increases and decreases w/o loosing a stitch. Reverse a cable or add a missing cable many rows down. Fix common mistakes in lace such as a missing YO or a K2tog 3 rows down. Even learn how to shorten or lengthen your knitted piece. You have the power to fix without frogging!

Circular Bag of Tricks
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

Patty digs deep into her bag of tricks to show you some of her favorite circular knitting hacks (some brand new - never published or taught!). Learn how to make a completely jog free cast on and bind off, as well as some truly magical jogless joins (can we say one row stripe!). There will be tips to avoid ladders from dpns and the weird tight stitch at the magic loop turn and so much more. Finally, Patty will introduce you to Helix knitting, a spectacular circular method, AND (if time allows),even tricks to working W&T and German short rows in the round without the icky hole.


Classes with Laura Nelkin
Shetland Lace Basics
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

Laura will cover some history of Shetland Lace and then delve into techniques to help you knit it successfully. The class will cover basic increases and decreases, walk you through chart reading, and get you on your way to becoming a more advanced lace knitter! Skills gained in this class will translate over to many patterns that use lace stitches.

Save Your Stitches: Fixing Lace Mistakes
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

Laura will demystify the anatomy of your lace with you and teach you how to know when you can fix and when you have to rip (or perform surgery). You’ll learn how to replace yarnovers, insert missing decreases, rebuild sections of your knitting, and most importantly how to avoid making mistakes in the first place! This class is 3/4 technique and 1/4 philosophy... This class will make you a better, more knowledgeable, and less fearful lace knitter!

Design Your Own Cowl
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

In this fun workshop, Laura will work with you on designing your own cowl! We’ll look at construction of cowls, both flat, in the round, and moebius. After going over some basic background knowledge on cowl shaping, we’ll start to play with stitches and talk about how to convert them to work with your design. Finally, we’ll talk about edgings and how to incorporate them. By the end of class, you will be ready to cast on for your very own cowl!

Knitting a Novus Sweater
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

In this class, Laura introduces you to the “Novus” construction, her seamless yet structured modern approach to the side to- side sweater. She’ll cover how the construction works, how to modify the construction to fit your body, any necessary skills needed for the construction (i.e. provisional cast on, lifted increases, German short rows), and provide you with a mini version of the concept to play with. In class you will discuss choosing yarn to knit your sweater so you have success! By the end of class you’ll be ready to independently knit your own sweater from the collection.


Classes with Margaret Radcliffe
Sew a Fine Seam
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

Let’s Seams can make the difference between “homemade” and “handcrafted” in your knitting. Learn to sew perfect seams—side seams, shoulder seams, and armholes. Perfect your technique by practicing sewn seams in mattress stitch, weaving, and combinations of the two. Learn to knit seams rather than sew them, and how to use decorative seams on the public side of your garments.

Edges and Boarders
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

Perfect borders can be a pain to pick up. Learn to prepare for borders with neat edges on your knitting and how to pick up perfectly every time. During this workshop, you’ll knit two swatches with examples of four types of edges, including a curved edge, then pick up stitches along them, learning a variety of pick-up techniques and how to determine exactly the right number of stitches for each border.

Cast On Cornucopia
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

Still using the same cast on you learned when you started knitting? It’s time to explore some of the many different ways to start your knitting. Learn tough cast ons for kids’ garments, stretchy ones for cuffs, decorative cast ons and tailored hems, multicolor cast ons for decorative edges. Even easy “provisional” cast ons that can be removed to make hems or add borders later.

Bring Out the Best in Your Variegated Yarn
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

Love that multicolor yarn? Hate the way it looks when you knit it? Whip those hand-painted and variegated yarns into submission! Learn to bring out the best in your variegated yarn, how to avoid striping and pooling, highlight desired colors, and emphasize texture. Review a variety of yarns and learn their properties, while knitting swatches to experiment with textured pattern stitches, multiple strands of yarn, and varying stitch counts. Also learn to recognize which garments will work best with variegated yarn.


Classes with Safiyyah Talley
The Top Down Circular Yoke Sweater Class
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

Circular yoke is such a wonderful way to design your own sweater because it is beginner friendly, fits well, and looks beautiful with colorwork and gansey motifs! In this class, I will provide a circular yoke pattern, but will also give you the tools to customize it to create the sweater of your dreams.

The Sweater Cheat Sheet
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

One of my first knitwear design classes was The Sweater Cheat Sheet, a quick and easy walkthrough for knitting drop shoulder, raglan, and circular yoke sweaters and cardigans from any direction! I will give you the tools and the easy math so that by the end of the class, you will feel confident enough to pick a sweater style to knit without a pattern.

Knit 2 Socks in 1
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

Join me as I demonstrate my unique Knit 2 Socks in 1 method, as seen in my book, Knit 2 Socks in 1: Discover the easy magic of turning one king sock into a pair! This sock method completely eliminates second sock syndrome and simplifies the sock knitting process without compromising fit and versatility.

The Cowlette Class
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

If you've never heard of a cowlette, then you are in for a treat. A cowlette is the perfect marriage between a shawlette and a cowl. It's a quick and easy, customizable neck accessory that combines the fun motifs and shapes of a shawl with the wear-ability of a cowl! In this class we will cover Cowlette anatomy, cowlette shapes, motifs, and cast on!*


Classes with Cecelia Campochiaro
An Introduction to Working with Marls
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

This class is a hands-on introduction to working with multiple strands held together as one, aka marling. Marling is a kind of colorwork in hand knitting and can be done with a few as two colors or many, many more. You’ll learn about how colors mix in marls, the history of marling, and how to work with many colors in a project. You will also explore the microswatching technique as an aid to choosing and arranging colors. These ideas can be applied to any knitting made with multiple strands, and the Ella Improv pattern is a good introductory project that will be included as part of the class.

Beautiful Textured and Reversible Shawls with Sequence Knitting
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

This class is a great introduction to sequence knitting. You will learn how to make three reversible textured shawls: Anywhere, Conversing, and Careful with small swatches. In sequence knitting, textured fabric is created through the repetition of a sequence of stitches, like k2, p2. By varying the sequence, the number of stitches, and the way they are repeated, an endless variety of rich textures are possible. It can be done with any yarns at any gauge and is an addictive way to make beautiful knitting.

Magical Broken Garter, The Easiest Sequence Knitting
2-hour class offered Friday from (EDT)

This class is about the broken garter family of stitch patterns. These easy 1-row stitch patterns are perfect social knitting and make wonderful reversible scarves and blankets. By varying the stitch pattern, the yarns, and the colors, the creative possibilities are endless.


Have questions or need assistance? We're happy to help! 
Please contact UMass Conference Services at registration@umass.edu or 413-577-8102.
Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET (excluding federal and/or Massachusetts state holidays). All calls, voicemails and/or emails will be answered as soon as possible during our standard business hours. We look forward to hearing from you!

Barry Klein 
Barry Klein is owner and designer of yarns and patterns for Trendsetter Yarns. Barry grew up in the knitting industry by working in his mothers’ knitting store. Barry learned how to custom design patterns and create knitwear for customers and the movie industry. Barry and his Mom started Trendsetter with the idea of bringing the most exciting textured, fashion and luxury yarns to the knitting customer. Over the past few years Cardiff Cashmere (Luxury Cashmere yarns from Italy), Lana Grossa (Largest and most successful yarn company in Europe) and now GGH have all been added in creating the new Trendsetter YarnGroup. Along with being a published author of 5 knitting books, T.V. knitting personality, knitting spokesperson/teacher at Stitches Events, Vogue Live, in store Trunk Shows and more. Barry has been a voted member of “Top 10 Men who Knit Throughout History.” Barry continues to share his knitting motto “Have fun, enjoy creating, personalize it and when possible let the yarn do the work.”


Patty Lyons 
Patty Lyons (http://pattylyons.com/) is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter”. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking. Patty teaches nationally at guilds, shops & knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, and STITCHES. Her popular classes can also be found on DVD and online at Interweave, Annie’s and Craftsy. She also runs wildly popular video sweater classes on her Ravelry group. Patty’s designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, Creative Knitting, Twist Collective and Mason Dixon Knitting where she writes a monthly knitter’s advice column: “Ask Patty”. Patty’s designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles, Sugar Bush and Willow Yarns.


Laura Nelkin 
Though she has a degree in apparel design from Cornell University, Laura took to knitting years ago and hasn’t looked back. Her designs and techniques are innovative, fun and will challenge you to think in new ways about your knitting. She is currently enamored with unexpected sweater construction, lace, and with incorporating beads into lace, so most of her designs lean in this direction. She travels often to teach these techniques at workshops around the country and online at Craftsy.com, and in her spare time she leads knitting tours abroad. She runs 2 super fun clubs every year, The N Club, and Lola's Choice, and she has a line of knitting kits, self-published patterns, and runs mystery Knit-A-Longs multiple times a year. Her book, Knockout Knits, was released with Random House in September 2014.


Margaret Radcliffe 
Margaret is the author of the bestselling Knitting Answer Book, The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques, Circular Knitting Workshop, and The Knowledgeable Knitter. She has taught knitting since 1991 and began publishing her designs in a line of knitting patterns under the name Maggie’s Rags in 1997. Margaret's many teaching venues for knitting and dyeing have included the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Madrona Fiberarts Winter Retreat, the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF), Knitters’ Day Out, Houston Fiber Fest, the Schooner J&E Riggin out of Rockland, Maine, plus numerous shops and fiber guilds across the U.S. and into Canada. As a teacher, Margaret enthusiastically teaches everything from beginning knitting to garment design, and is acclaimed for her ability to help all knitters to develop their independence and creativity. Her current fiber arts interests include preparing, spinning, and designing handknits using heritage breeds and participation in The Livestock Conservancy’s Shave ’Em to Save ’Em program.


Safiyyah Talley 
Safiyyah started knitting ten years ago, and simply never stopped. She is a knitwear teacher, designer, podcaster and blogger who works from her home in scenic Indiana, USA. When she is not knitting, Safiyyah spends her free time either hiking with her photographer husband and chocolate Labrador or enjoying the rural Indiana landscape with her angora rabbit and two cats. She’s the host of The Drunk Knitter podcast on You Tube and her self published patterns are available from her Ravelry Pattern Store. You can learn more about Safiyyah on her website, YouTube, and Ravelry!


Cecelia Campochiaro 
Cecelia Campochiaro appeared on the knitting scene in 2015 with her debut book, Sequence Knitting. Knitting was a casual pastime until she had an ah-ha moment in 2010 and realized that interesting textured fabrics could be created by the simple repetition of a sequence of stitches. This idea evolved and led to her writing Sequence Knitting, which is a reference book about this mindful approach to knitting. In the years since Sequence Knitting debuted, she has continued to develop new ideas in knitting. Sequence Knitting is about texture, and her second book, Making Marls, is about color. She lives in Silicon Valley, where for many years she developed specialized microscopes used in computer chip manufacturing. Textiles, photography and the arts have been a lifelong passion running in parallel with her technical life. In high school and college even though her main studies were in the sciences, she studied drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and photography.


Have questions or need assistance? We're happy to help! 
Please contact UMass Conference Services at registration@umass.edu or 413-577-8102.
Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET (excluding federal and/or Massachusetts state holidays). All calls, voicemails and/or emails will be answered as soon as possible during our standard business hours. We look forward to hearing from you!

Retreat Location 
The retreat will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Attendees will enjoy the cozy comfort and deluxe accommodations of Hotel UMass. Hotel UMass and retreat classroom and meals spaces are all in the Campus Center. The Campus Center and attached Campus Center Parking Garage are located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst MA 01003. Click here to obtain turn-by-turn directions from your location. Click here to take a look at a campus map.


Parking at UMass 
Complimentary parking will be available  in the Campus Center Parking Garage, located at 1 Campus Center Way in Amherst, MA 01003. Click here to obtain turn-by-turn directions from your location. Upon your arrival to campus, navigate to the garage, take a gate ticket, and proceed to park. We recommend driving down to Level 2 to take advantage of the flat walkway into the Campus Center (as well as our luggage assistance service). Walk up the hallway and enter the Campus Center. Stay to the left to walk through the main concourse. You'll see elevators on your right, across from the Information Desk. Take the elevators up to the 3rd floor hotel lobby. At check-in provide your garage gate ticket to the Hotel UMass desk clerk to obtain a complimentary parking pass, valid for the duration of your visit. Please only park in the Campus Center Parking Garage: parking elsewhere on campus may result in ticketing and/or towing.


Retreat Location 
From the South, via I-91 North
Take Exit 25 in Northampton: From the exit ramp, stay in the right lane to take the first rotary exit, turning right onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North. Turn left onto 116 and go one mile to the UMass exit. Stay to the right as you exit to merge onto Massachusetts Avenue. Stay in the left lane and take a left at the second intersection onto Commonwealth Avenue (the first set of lights is only a blinking yellow light, take a left at the next set of lights). Stay in the right lane and continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. At these lights turn onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left and travel up the hill - you will see the garage entrance on your right. 

From the North, via I-91 South
Follow I-93 to I-495 South. Follow to Route 2 West. Continue on Route 2 to U.S. 202 South. Follow for about 15 miles to the blinking light at the Pelham exit marked “Route 9 and 116 Amherst.” Turn right and follow for seven miles to Amherst center. Turn right onto North Pleasant Street. Stay on North Pleasant Street (you will need to turn left twice to remain on North Pleasant Street, - follow signs to the UMass Campus). As you enter campus you will come to a set of lights. Stay to the left to turn onto Massachusetts Avenue. Follow Massachusetts Avenue through campus until you come to a set of lights. At the lights take a right onto Commonwealth Avenue. Continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left and go up the hill. You will see the garage entrance up the hill on your right.

From the North, via I-93 South
Follow I-93 to I-495 South. Follow to Route 2 West. Continue on Route 2 to U.S. 202 South. Follow for about 15 miles to the blinking light at the Pelham exit marked “Route 9 and 116 Amherst.” Turn right and follow for seven miles to Amherst center. Follow signs to UMass.

From the East or West, via I-90
Travelers have a choice of four routes:

- Off Exit 63 (Palmer/Ware): Follow Route 32 South to Palmer; take Route 20 West to Route 181 North into Belchertown, and then Route 9 West to Amherst. Follow signs to UMass.

- Off Exit 54 (Ludlow): Follow Route 21 North to U.S. 202 North to Route 9 West to Amherst center. Follow signs to UMass.

- Off Exit 49 (Chicopee): Follow Route 33 North to Route 116 North to Amherst center. Turn left at the light onto Route 9 West. Follow signs to UMass. 

- Off Exit 45 (West Springfield): I-91 North to Exit 19 to Route 9 East to Amherst. Follow signs to UMass.


Traveling by Plane 
If you are traveling to Amherst by plane, the closest airport is Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut (near Hartford). This airport is approximately 45 miles (about a 50 minute drive) from the UMass campus. From Bradley attendees will need to book a shuttle service or rent a car to get to campus (see the transportation options below). 

Attendees may find additional flight options into Logan International Airport in Boston, located approximately 95 miles (about a 2 - 2.5 hour drive) from the UMass campus. While more flight options are typically available into Logan, please remember to account for extra travel time to campus. Please also be sure to organize transportation to/from the airport to campus in advance of your arrival. From Logan attendees may book one of the shuttle services below, rent a car, or travel by Peter Pan Bus. Click here for Peter Pan bus ticket purchase details and scheduling. To ensure appropriate bus service to/from campus please select "Boston (Logan Airport), MA" as your "From:" destination and "Amherst UMass, MA" as your "To:" destination. 

Transportation Services 
Shuttle services and/or rental cars should be arranged prior to your travel. Please note there are no standing shuttles that run each day between Bradley/Logan and the UMass campus so additional arrangements must be made in advance.

Valley Transporter, 800-872-8752
Seemo Shuttle, 800-908-2829 
Exclusive Car Service, 877-695-4665
Bluebird Transportation, 413-221-4512
Enterprise


Traveling by Bus 
Amherst and the surrounding area are serviced by Peter Pan Bus LinesGreyhound and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA). The most convenient service is offered by Peter Pan, so when possible those traveling by bus should book a Peter Pan bus ticket using "Amherst UMass, MA" as the destination (note the "Amherst Center, MA" stop is in downtown Amherst and will require additional travel to arrive on campus). Greyhound offers bus service to nearby Northampton, MA, located about a 20 minute drive from campus. From Northampton attendees should plan to travel to campus via a taxi service, Uber/Lyft, or PVTA bus.


Traveling by Train 
Amtrak provides passenger rail service to nearby Northampton, MA, located a 20 minute drive from the UMass campus, and Springfield, MA, located a 30 minute drive from the UMass campus. For schedule information and to purchase tickets, visit Amtrak's website and select "Northampton, MA (NHT)" or "Springfield, MA (SPG)" as your arrival destination.

If you take a train to Northampton, MA, you will then need to take either a bus or taxi to the UMass campus. Both PVTA and Peter Pan buses service the area, but the bus stops are not located at the train platform and will require about a 7 minute walk. If you prefer, you may use one of the many local taxi services or Uber/Lyft. We encourage you to carefully plan your trip - including bus or taxi services - prior to your arrival as the Northampton train platform is not a train station and phone access, area maps, bus schedules, and bus tickets will not be available once you arrive. If you decide to take a train out of Northampton, remember to purchase your return ticket online prior to arriving at the platform. The train platform is located at 170 Pleasant Street in Northampton, MA.

If you take a train to Springfield, MA, we recommend booking a shuttle service, such as Valley Transporter, to get you from Springfield to Amherst. Bus services, including Peter Pan, are also available, but will require about a 15 minute walk from the train station to the bus stop. The train will arrive at the Springfield station building, located at 66 Lyman Street in Springfield, MA. This station building does have a waiting room, ticket office, quik-trak kiosk, and payphone, but we do still encourage you to plan your trip, including services from the train station to campus, prior to your arrival.


Getting Around Campus and the Area 
There are multiple transportation options to get you from campus to amenities and attractions in the surrounding area. Amherst center, with local shops, restaurants, and small convenience stores, is a 15 - 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive from campus. If you find you need to visit a grocery store, large retail store, or pharmacy during your stay, numerous options are located on University Drive and Russell Street (also known as Route 9) in neighboring Hadley, about a 5 - 10 minute trip from campus by car or bus. Retailers include CVS, Big Y, Stop and Shop, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Target, Walmart, JC Penney, Marshalls, and more.

Local buses, operated by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA), run regularly between Amherst center and the University, with additional services traveling throughout the Pioneer Valley, including Northampton, Springfield, and Greenfield. If you'd rather take a car, UMass has partnered with Zipcar and Enterprise to bring on-demand car sharing services right to campus. The area is also serviced by a variety of cab companies, including UberLyftTaxi Express, Tik Tak Taxi (413-256-4500) and Celebrity Cab (413-253-7330). There are also a number of bicycle rentals around campus, including Laughing Dog BicyclesHampshire Bicycle Exchange, and ValleyBike Share.

General

What are the current restrictions regarding COVID-19 at UMass?
WEBS is requiring attendees provide proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival at the retreat. Upon registration attendees will be provided with additional details related to where the send this documentation. Any questions related to this policy should be directed to WEBS. In addition to asking event attendees to stay home if they are feeling ill, making hand sanitizer readily available, ensuring permitted capacities are not exceeded, and requiring that all UMass staff and students are vaccinated, UMass Conference Services, Hotel UMass, and the University at large are committed to following all protocols put in place by the State of Massachusetts, and the University of Massachusetts' Environmental Health and Safety Team. For the latest information regarding the University's COVID-19 Response, please click here. Note UMass Amherst has lifted its indoor mask requirement in most circumstances. Individuals are required to wear masks in healthcare facilities (including University Health Services, Public Health Promotion Center, and Center for Counseling and Psychological Health). Masks are also required in the Center for Early Education and Child Care. Individuals are welcome to wear masks at their own discretion.


How do I get to the retreat?
The retreat will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Hotel UMass, classes, and meals will all be held in the Campus Center. The Campus Center and attached Campus Center Parking Garage are located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst MA 01003. Click here to obtain turn-by-turn directions from your location. It is also a good idea to have a campus map handy for your arrival. Click the "Travel & Parking Information" tab above for more details on the best way to get to campus.

Where do I go when I arrive on campus?
Upon your arrival you should come to the Campus Center (we recommend you arrive between 3 - 5 p.m. on Thursday). Campus can be confusing to navigate, so we recommend taking a look at a campus map. Complimentary parking is available in the Campus Center Parking Garage, located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst MA 01003. Travel to the garage, take a gate ticket as you drive in, and park (and take your gate ticket inside with you!). We recommend driving down to park on Level 2, where there is a flat walkway into the Campus Center. Walk through the walkway, enter the Campus Center, and stay to the left to walk through the main concourse. You will see elevators on your right, across from the Information Desk. Take the elevators up to the 3rd floor Hotel lobby. You will then be able to register, pick up your retreat materials, and obtain your room key and a discounted parking pass. 

What time is check-in and check-out? 
Check-in is available anytime after 3 p.m. on your date of arrival. We recommend all attendees aim to arrive between 3 - 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, to allow plenty of time to check-in, pick up your retreat materials, and get settled before the 6 p.m. Welcome Dinner. If you cannot arrive during this time period, please let us know. Check-out is by 11 a.m. on your date of departure. After you check-out on Sunday, don't forget that WEBS will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for some last minute shopping (with free shipping)!

What do I need at check-in? 
Upon your arrival, you'll have two stops to make - retreat registration, and hotel check-in (both located in the Hotel UMass lobby, 3rd floor Campus Center). Stop at the registration desk to pick up your retreat materials, and stop by the hotel front desk to pick up your room key. At registration, you will just need to provide your name, but when you check-in at the hotel you will need to provide a valid picture ID and a credit/debit card for incidentals. A $50.00 deposit will be held for incidentals, but will be released at midnight on the day of your departure. 

Is wireless internet available?  
Yes, complimentary wireless internet login credentials will be provided upon your arrival. You will receive one username/password from UMass Conference Services at the registration desk and another username/password from Hotel UMass at hotel check-in. Both credentials will work throughout campus. 

Is the UMass Hotel non-smoking?  
Yes, all rooms are non-smoking. Similarly, effective July 1, 2013, the entire UMass Amherst campus adopted a tobacco-free policy (the use of any tobacco product including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarette/vapes are prohibited indoors and outdoors on the UMass Amherst campus grounds). 


Reservations

I would like to stay a day early/leave a day later - how do I extend my stay?
The retreat packages include three nights lodging (checking-in Thursday, September 29; checking-out Sunday, October 2). If you would like to arrive/depart outside of these dates please contact UMass Conference Services at 413-577-8102 or registration@umass.edu to inquire about availability. Note: reservations are being handled by UMass Conference Services, so guests should not contact Hotel UMass directly to adjust a reservation. 

Can I add a roll-away, fridge or crib to my reservation? 
Yes. To request a roll-away, fridge or crib please contact UMass Conference Services at 413-577-8102 or registration@umass.edu. Cots and fridges are each $10.00 per night, but cribs are complimentary. Note: reservations are being handled by UMass Conference Services, so guests should not contact Hotel UMass directly to adjust a reservation. 

I would like to reserve the double room package - how do I request a specific roommate?  
The double room package is not being offered for this retreat: attendees may either select to stay in a single room which will have 1 bed (either a king, queen, or double) or can stay off-campus and commute to the retreat each day.

I would like to bring a guest - what do I need to do?  
Space in the hotel is limited, and the room block is first reserved for the 120 retreat attendees. If you are traveling with a companion who will not be attending the retreat, but would like to stay in the hotel, please contact the UMass Conference Services Registration Team to inquire about availability and pricing (413-577-8102, registration@umass.edu). Please note booking the double room package means that you will be sharing the room with another retreat attendee - it does not reserve the entire double room for your use and/or cover the fees to bring a guest. In the past we have been able to accommodate guests for an additional fee, but it is all based on the exact breakdown of bookings and room types, so cannot be guaranteed. 


Special Requests

I have a dietary restriction/food allergy - what should I do? 
During registration you will see a box labeled "Dietary restrictions, food allergies, accessibility needs and/or special requests". Enter any dietary restrictions and/or food allergies in the box. Please be as detailed as possible so we may pass along your needs to the UMass Catering staff. If we are unable to accommodate your needs we will contact you to let us know and to discuss alternate options. If any additional needs come up between now and the retreat, or if you would like to expedite your initial registration, you may always return to this online page, log back into your account and adjust any dietary needs at a later date.

I have limited mobility/accessibility needs - what should I do? 
During registration you will see a box labeled "Dietary restrictions, food allergies, accessibility needs and/or special requests". Enter any mobility and/or accessibility needs in the box. Please be as detailed as possible so we may assess your needs and make any necessary arrangements (i.e, assign you to a handicapped accessible room, provide handicap parking options, etc.). If we are unable to accommodate your needs we will contact you to let us know and to discuss alternate options. If any additional needs come up between now and the retreat, or if you would like to expedite your initial registration, you may always return to this online page, log back into your account and adjust any mobility/accessibility needs at a later date.


Classes

How do I sign up for classes? 
To maximize the speed of your service, online registration is done in two parts. First you will register for the retreat, selecting either the single or double room package. Starting at 12 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, July 27, all registered attendees can return to this page, log back in, and will see two new pages asking for class preferences. Attendees will submit their first and second choices for each class block right online. Class assignments will then be sent out within two weeks of the preferences being submitted.

I didn't get the class I wanted - what can I do?
Class sizes are limited and some classes are very popular, so while all attempts are made to put everyone into their first choice for each time block, unfortunately it is not always possible. We strongly recommend you take a look at all of the class descriptions and try to find two for each block that are of interest to you so that you can enter in accurate first and second choices. If you are placed into your second choice for any block we will automatically place you on the waitlist for your first choice and contact you if a spot opens up. You can also contact us at registration@umass.edu or 413-577-8102 to see if space is open in any other classes that might be of interest.

Is there any homework or materials for my class(es)?
Yes, classes oftentimes have homework and/or materials lists. This information will be sent out with your class assignments. If any updated information becomes available regarding homework or materials we will email you to let you know.

I have questions about a class description, skill level, homework and/or materials - can someone help me?
Sure! If you have any questions about a class description, skill level, homework and/or materials please send along a detailed email to registration@umass.edu. We will then provide additional information and/or connect you with an appropriate party who may offer further assistance. 


Waitlist

What if I am put on the waitlist? 
The retreat fills fast, but if you are put on the waitlist don't despair! In previous retreats over 50 people have ultimately been moved off of the waitlist and into the retreat. Once space fills, this page will automatically switch over to a waitlist. The  closer to noon ET on Thursday, July 15, that you add yourself to the waitlist the better your chances - when a cancellation is received we will consult the waitlist and move the first person in based on the date/time they were added to the waitlist. This is done on a rolling basis as cancellations are received so we do not have a firm timeline on when a notification might go out, but we will keep moving people off the waitlist up until the time of the retreat if needed. Please feel free to periodically check in with us to see if there has been any movement, and remember that most cancellations are received around the September 9 payment deadline. 

What if my friend/travel companion/requested roommate is put on the waitlist?;
See above! If you selected a double room package and your requested roommate ultimately does not get into the retreat we can either assign you to a double room with another attendee or, if space permits, switch you to the single room package. If your travel companion does not get into the retreat and you would prefer not to travel alone, let us know! We will gladly send a notification out to other attendees from your area to see if anyone would be interested in being your travel buddy.

For Additional Retreat Information 
For more information please visit the WEBS website or click here to view the retreat brochure!


For Registration, Payment, or Hotel UMass Related Information 
Contact UMass Conference Services at 413-577-8102 or registration@umass.edu


For the latest information regarding the University's Covid-19 Response 
Please reference the 'COVID-19 Response Event Guidance' put in place by our Environmental Health and Safety department, which can be viewed at https://ehs.umass.edu/covid-19-response.