Alpine Experience with Lorna Bateman

Discover the array of embroidery retreats you can join Lorna on, including Great Escapes in the UK and the Alpine Experience in France.

The Alpine Experience – France

Join us for a fun-filled stitching adventure in the picturesque French Alps. Learn lots of new skills and stitches, dine on the finest foods and visit places of interest as well as local markets.

Details are now available for 2019! Brochures will be available shortly. Visit the website.

  • July 5th – 14th 2019  FULL
  • 12th – 21st September 2019 – one place available due to illness cancellation!

The French Needle – Chateau de Prye, Burgundy, France

Join me in the romantic Burgundy region of France for an escape to a French Chateau! I will be the resident teacher on this tour organised by The French Needle. Visit the website.

  • 29th April – 5th May (Sold out)

Great Escapes – UK

The Great Escapes is a well-established retreat company which offers delightful embroidery, lacemaking and beading weekends away in beautiful country houses. In 2019 I will be teaching at a new venue for Great Escapes; the 19th Century manor house of Moor Hall in Cookham, near historic Windsor.

Brochures are available by post from Jane, the organiser, or from me. Visit the website. For booking email

  • 16th-18th August


For dates of all my upcoming retreats please see the Diary page.


It was a long flight but worth it! The Alpine Experience is exactly the type of holiday I was looking for! My room was lovely with a private bath. The food was superb, beautifully presented and wonderful to taste. Each lunch and dinner was a new experience! But the service was the BEST I’ve ever had at any resort or hotel! Friendly, caring, encouraging and thoughtful. Nadine, Mark, Emma, Jim and Alice are a great team!

This vacation was fueled by my desire to do a hobby vacation. I wanted to delve more into the preparation, material, equipment and stitches associated with hand embroidery. Lorna Bateman delivered! She shared her knowledge and provided excellent instruction to me and others in the class. I am a novice embroiderer and she was very encouraging and helpful. Her style is very impressive and she is a wealth of information. I am so lucky to have discovered The Alpine Experience and Lorna Bateman. I signed up for next year! Can’t wait! Jane Root