Makers Escape

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Drink in the mountain air and be refreshed.

Makers Escape Montville

Makers Escape Montville
Friday 18 – Sunday 20 May 2018

Let your hands play! Let your heart sing!


SOLD OUT for 2018

The demand for places was so high that the web server crashed! We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response. So after a night of frustration, perseverance and dogged determination a bunch of fearless makers managed to secure their spots at the weekend event. 

Thank you, thank you for your enthusiasm and patience.


Imagine an event where you can leave behind the cares of your everyday for a long weekend and nurture your creative spirit . . . where you can celebrate slow, immerse yourself in making, learn new skills, enjoy great food and make new friends . . . that is Makers Escape Montville.

Our three-day creative workshop retreat will feature a wide range of exciting handmade workshops run by talented and passionate tutors with a heart for sharing their craft.


About Montville

Nestled in a rainforest environment on the top of the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the village of Montville is a 90 minute drive from Brisbane CBD.

We are using three workshop venues for Makers Escape Montville; the heritage-listed Montville Village Hall built in 1903 and the adjacent St Mary’s Church Hall both on the picturesque Montville Village Green and a room we call the Skydeck at Altitude on Montville.


Makers Escape Montville

What can you expect at Makers Escape Montville?

  • Fun! – from 1pm on Friday 18 May to 3pm on Sunday 20 May
  • A great range of exciting handmade workshops
  • Luxury accommodation within walking distance of the workshop venues
  • Dedicated time to work on your own project if you wish
  • Talented tutors with a heart for sharing their craft
  • Fresh, nourishing and delicious meals
  • A loving community of like-minded people
  • A space to immerse yourself in making
  • An environment to refresh your body, mind and spirit
  • Refreshingly cool autumn weather and clean air
  • A culture of slow
  • Fun and laughter
  • Optional early morning activities

Makers Escape MontvilleThe Makers Escape 2018 Package

Included in the package are:

  • The Workshop Program
    • Welcome gift
    • Five workshop sessions
    • All meals and drinks – Friday afternoon tea and dinner; Saturday breakfast, morning and afternoon teas, lunch and dinner; Sunday breakfast and morning tea
    • Evening activities
    • Optional morning activities
  • Accommodation


The Workshop Program

We have put together a wide range of workshops for you. There are five workshop sessions and in each session there is a choice of six workshops including working independently on your own project. You will be given the opportunity to provide three preferences for each workshop session. 

Makers Escape is an all inclusive event which offers workshops as part of a creative weekend away. Please note that we are unable to offer guaranteed places in any particular workshop. Registering for Makers Escape means you are happy to accept any of your workshop preferences. 

> Makers Escape Workshop Program


Our accommodation this year is at the all new apartment hotel Altitude on Montville. With a variety of options, your room will be walking distance from the workshop venues. This is wonderful news because you can park your car on your arrival and not touch it again till it is time to leave on Sunday! The hotel also has panoramic views of the Sunshine Coast. We have booked the whole venue for our exclusive use!

Also this year, there will be a few rooms available if you have a partner who wishes to have a week-end away with you but not attend the workshops. 

Alternatively, you have the option of choosing your own accommodation or staying with friends or family in the local area. 

> Makers Escape Accommodation Details


Cost of Makers Escape

The cost is made up of two components:

  1. The Workshop Program (all workshops, all meals, all activities) for $849*. 
  2. Accommodation (prices for a variety of accommodation options are shown on the Accommodation page).

*  A reduction of $50 per session is given for each session that you choose to work on your own project.


When and how can I register?

Registrations will be available from this website at 7pm on Monday 5 February. People who have added their details to the “I’m interested list”, will be able to register at 7pm on Sunday 4 February. 



When registering you be asked to:

  • Choose your accommodation option
  • Choose your workshop preferences for each of the five workshop sessions
  • Pay a deposit of $500.00

A confirmation of your workshop program and your accommodation choice will be emailed to you by the end of February 2018.

The balance of the package price will be payable in the last week of March 2018. This will be invoiced to you separately. Your place at Makers Escape will be confirmed once the deposit and the balance has been paid in full.



When does Makers Escape start?
The welcome and familiarisation begins at 1:00pm on Friday 18 May. The first workshop starts at 1:30pm.

When does Makers Escape finish?
There is a closing session after the last workshop on Sunday. Time for a wrap up and a group photo! We anticipate you can be on your way at about 3:00pm on Sunday 20 May.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?
Yes. This information will be gathered during the registration process.

Can I come for just one day – or for one particular workshop?
No. This is an all inclusive event designed to build community and to allow you to relax for a whole weekend.

What is the refund policy?
Up to 30 March 2018 we will refund $400 of the deposit already paid and 100% of the balance that has been paid up to that point. Due to our commitment to the accommodation, the workshop venues and the tutors, from 31 March 2018 there is no refund.

What if I can’t arrive in time for the start?
If you find it difficult to get away on a Friday and you think you will miss part or all of the first workshop session then please make “Work on my own project” your first preference for the Friday workshop session (Session 1) and we will reduce the workshop program fee by $50.

What if the event is cancelled?
Should we cancel the event you will be refunded 100% of the fees you have paid to Ministry of Handmade. Unfortunately we will not refund any travel costs that you may have already booked and paid for. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance.

Are workshop materials included in the price?
For the majority of the workshops all materials and tools are included. If you are required to bring something you will be notified.

Can I bring my baby?
Breast fed babies 12 months or younger can come. Please be aware that you will need to choose accommodation that is suitable or organise your own accommodation.