Can I take just one class?

Because SOAR is an immersive experience with activities outside class time, classes are available only as part of a 4-day package.


How long are the classes?

On Monday and Tuesday, each student will participate in a 2-day intensive designed to explore a subject in depth. On Wednesday and Thursday, participants will sample four subjects in 3-hour sessions. These classes emphasize trying new techniques, exploring unusual materials, and sparking your creativity.


I’m interested in coming for the market.

We are finalizing details with our sponsors to host a limited number of curated vendors. More details will be available later in the spring.


Are there materials fees?

We have included the cost of basic materials in the fees. In some cases, instructors may allow you to purchase some specialized tools used in the class.


Where will classes be held?

The classes will all be held on-site at Heritage Hills Resort in York, Pennsylvania


How do I find a roommate?

When you register, you will select either a private hotel room or a double room with two beds and a shared bathroom. If you choose a shared room, please indicate in the notes whether you have a roommate in mind or if you would like us to introduce you to other guests seeking roommates.


‍What meals are included?

The event begins with dinner on Sunday and includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday–Thursday. The event concludes with breakfast on Friday morning. 


I’m gluten-free/dairy-free/have specific food allergies. Can you accommodate me?

The Heritage Hills' on-site culinary team will work with us to provide meal options for your food-related allergy. We will include a questionnaire with your class selection email where you can provide us with any food allergies you may have. Please note: most of the meals served will be buffet style. If you have three or more dietary restrictions, we may not be able to accommodate your needs at every meal. If that applies to you, we recommend bringing food items or snacks that are safe for you to consume. If you have specific dietary concerns you can reach out to [email protected].


Is the event handicapped-accessible?

The Heritage Hills Resort has several accessible options for guests. To learn more about their accessibility you can check out their website here. If you have difficulty with mobility, please let us know so that we can provide you with further details.


Can my spouse/companion attend?

Spouses/companions need to be pre-approved by Long Thread Media in advance of the event to be sure that we can accommodate you. Due to space limitations, spouses/companions may not attend classes, meals, or activities. Attendees who have a guest joining them should choose a private ticket type.  


What if I need to change my plans?

You may cancel your registration for any reason up to 90 days before the event (July 8, 2024) for a refund minus a 10% processing fee.


What COVID-19 precautions will be followed?

We treat the safety of the event’s participants, instructors, and staff as our highest priority, and we will follow the public health guidelines current at the time of the event.


Can a beginning spinner come to SOAR?

We have attendees at a range of skill levels and welcome people who are early in their spinning journey. The essential skills needed for most classes are to spin a continuous thread, make a plied yarn (just a basic 2-ply is fine as long as it holds together), and make yarn with whatever spinning device you’ll bring, whether it’s a spinning wheel, spinner, or spindle(s). Class descriptions will indicate which sessions are suited to spinners at all levels as well as what equipment is needed. If you have questions about whether a particular class is appropriate for you, please reach out.


How do I get to The Heritage Hills Resort?

The Heritage Hills Resort is located at 2700 Mt. Rose Avenue, York, Pennsylvania 17402, just off Interstate 83. The resort is 30 miles or about 30 minutes from Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) and 65 miles from Baltimore Airport (BWI). The lowest-cost transportation options will be Uber or Lyft which can be scheduled and priced in advance. You can also rent a car at MDT or BWI if you prefer to have a vehicle with you throughout the event. We will be creating a SOAR 2024 Facebook group where you will be able to connect with your fellow attendees. We encourage you to post on the Facebook group and seek out travel partners to split the cost of your rideshare or rental car.

If you have additional questions about the Spin Off Autumn Retreat please reach out to [email protected].