1 - 8 Sept 2023 | Creative Retreat

Sewing for the soul

Sewing & Upcycling retreat

with Barbara Langl & Ellen Remiger

During your one week stay you will have the opportunity to develop your creativity through the art of sewing and upcycling. Nourish your soul and be inspired by the spectacular views of the surrounding Salzkammergut mountains and the beauty of the lake Attersee in Austria. Take an early morning swim or start the day with a meditative yoga class and enjoy the intimacy of a small group of like-minded people who love to sew and work with textiles.

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Join us on a journey of creation and renewal. In our creative retreat, you’ll have the chance to take/to bring your favorite item from home and turn it into a brand new piece of clothing, or breathe new life into old items in your wardrobe.

We’ll teach you how to copy the pattern of your favorite item and show you how to sew it from scratch. Bring your fabric, and any necessary additionals like zippers, buttons and lining. With our help, you’ll be able to create a new and improved version of your favorite item.

Or, why not – try your hand at upcycling? With our guidance, you can take your old clothes and turn them into something new and unique. Whether it’s a new piece of clothing, an accessory, or something for a loved one, your imagination is the limit!

So why wait? Sign up now and join us on this exciting adventure of creativity and upcycling!


You should be familiar with how to use a sewing machine, have some basic sewing skills, and be ready to embrace the creative process with an open mind.


In addition to our workshop, you’ll enjoy nourishing meals prepared by our talented chef Karin. She sources and uses the freshest local ingredients to create healthy vegetarian seasonal dishes.


Yoga means unity and harmony. Asanas (bodywork) together with meditation, breathing exercises (pranayama) and deep relaxation give you the possibility to get your energy into flow.

Susanne teaches a yoga style which includes all 6 ways of yoga: hatha yoga, kundalini yoga, raja yoga, jnana yoga, bakti yoga and karma yoga. This combination can lead you to a more harmonised life, let you recognize sleeping capabilities, connect with your creativity and unificate with your true self and the cosmic awareness.

VENUE – Villa Langer

Villa Langer is situated in Steinbach at the Attersee in the lovely Salzkammergut, Austria.

The Villa Langer (former known as Brauner-Paulick-Langer Villa) was built in 1891 „in Byzantine style“ for Josef Brauner, the co-founder and co-owner of the Vienna Lohner-Werke. His granddaughter was married to Gustav Langer and so the name became Villa Langer.

Inspired by the numerous visitors of artistic and intellectual talent, the old German furnishings of the Brauner-Paulick-Langer Villa were gradually replaced with Art Nouveau elements by its keepers. One inevitably stops on the wooden stairs of the imposing staircase to take a closer look at the numerous copper engravings. Remarkable in the salon is the large painting „Judith and Holofernes“ or in the dining room the architectural drawing of the Villa Paulick in Seewalchen coloured by Joseph Eder.

Gustav Klimt was a welcome guest and played tennis in the garden with his friends.

Located directly on the lake with a private bathing area and boathouse.


Austria is situated in the heart of Europe and many historical places like Venice, Florence, Prague, London, Paris, Vienna, Munich can be reached in a short time, weather by train or flight.

Villa Langer is situated on the Attersee in the Salzkammergut in the middle of Austria, near Salzburg. Salzburg has an international airport and a train station and is a 45 minutes car drive away. We offer a transfer service from Salzburg Airport/Salzburg train station at a prearranged time (arrival and departure).

From Munich airport/Munich train station you can easy travel to Salzburg train station in about 2 hours.

From Vienna airport/Vienna train station you can easy travel to Salzburg train station in about 3 hours.

Large Room WITH double bed occupancy

room with double bed occupancy
á € 2.950,–/p.p.
(approx. GBP 2.600,– | USD 3.235,–)

large room with double bed with lake or mountain view, balcony and bathroom (approx. 35 – 40 sqm)



small single room – á € 2.970,–/p.p. (approx. GBP 2.620,– | USD 3.255,–)

small, cozy room with a single bed and private bathroom (approx. 10 sqm)



small single room – á € 3.000,–/p.p. (approx. GBP 2.640,– | USD 3.290,–)

small, cozy room with private bathroom (approx. 13 sqm)



single room in apartment for 3 people
á € 3.250,–/p.p.
(approx. GBP 2.860,– | USD 3.565,–)

large apartment with kitchen, dining table, living room, lake view, 3 rooms, 1 bathroom, 1 toilet + shower



single room – á € 3.300,–/p.p.
(approx. GBP 2.900,– | USD 3.620,–)

large room with lake view, balcony and bathroom (approx. 27 sqm)

studio with lake and mountain view and bathroom (approx. 30 sqm)



single room – € 3.400,–/p.p.
(approx. GBP 2.995,– | USD 3.730,–)

large room with double bed with lake or mountain view, balcony and bathroom (approx. 32 – 40 sqm)



  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Tea, coffee
  • 1 lunchbox for excursion
  • Transport to and from excursion, entrance fees
  • 5 day workshop with Ellen Remiger & Barbara Langl
  • Daily morning yoga with Susanne Schlesinger
  • Group pick up and return from/to the airport/train station Salzburg at a specified times.


  • Airfares, alcoholic drinks and coffee breaks during the excursions.


  • Sept 1: Arrival, settle in, dinner
  • Sept 2: Morning trip to Bad Ischl with its famous flea market, emperor’s villa. Afternoon workshop begins.
  • Sept 3: Workshop
  • Sept 4: Workshop
  • Sept 5: Excursion: We discover the Austrian linen production including a visit to the weaving museum and a linen weaving mill.
  • Sept 6: Workshop
  • Sept 7: Workshop
  • Sept 8: Departure after breakfast


  • 7:30 – 8.30 am morning yoga and/or morning swim (non obligatory)
  • 8:30 – 9:30 am breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1 pm workshop
  • 1 – 2.30 pm lunch
  • 2:30 – 5 pm workshop
  • 7 pm dinner


To book your place, please follow the payment details with your preferred accommodation. 30% of the workshop fee is required to register. The remaining amount is due by June 25th, 2023. Your place in the workshop is guaranteed once final payment has been received.

Please note all bookings are first come first serve basis.



Please note that all rooms come with their own bathroom. In the apartement there is a bathroom to share plus a toilet with shower. There is no television or safe in the rooms. WIFI is available at the Villa.

single room – € 3.400,–/p.p. (approx. GBP 2.995,– | USD 3.730,–); large room with double bed with lake or mountain view, balcony and bathroom (approx. 32 – 40 sqm)

single room – € 3.300,–/p.p. (approx. GBP 2.900,– | USD 3.620,–); large room with lake view, balcony and bathroom (approx. 27 sqm); Studio with lake and mountain view and bathroom (approx. 30 sqm)

apartement for 3 person in their own room – € 3.250,–/p.p. (approx. GBP 2.860,– | USD 3.565,–); large apartment with kitchen, dining table, living room, lake view, 3 rooms, 1 bathroom, 1 toilet + shower

small single room – € 3.000,–/p.p. (approx. GBP 2.640,– | USD 3.290,–); small, cozy room with private bathroom (approx. 13 sqm)

small single room – € 2.970,–/p.p. (approx. GBP 2.620,– | USD 3.255,–); small, cozy room with a single bed and private bathroom (approx. 10 sqm)

double occupancy – € 2.950,–/p.p (approx. GBP 2.600,– | USD 3.235,–); large room with double bed with lake or mountain view, balcony and bathroom (approx. 35 – 40 sqm)



Payment can be made by debit or credit card or bank transfer. For bank transfer we will send you an email with the bank details. Please follow the details in the order form. Your booking is guaranteed upon payment is full.



30% of the fee is upon registration. Remaining payment is due on June 25th, 2023.



All payments including the deposit are non-refundable unless we are able to fill your place or we cancel the workshop. We highly recommend a travel insurance for your airfair and workshop fees in case you are unable to attend due to unexpected circumstances.



If you have any questions about anything which is not answered here, please contact us by emailing at creativeretreat@whenisnow.at and we will do our best to answer your questions.

ABOUT Ellen Remiger & Barbara Langl

Ellen Remiger

Introducing Ellen Remiger, technical apparel designer and tailor with over 30 years of professional experience. Ellen’s extensive training and expertise have contributed to her being one of the top pattern makers in the industry, both domestically and internationally.

In addition to working with other designers, Ellen designs and constructs custom garments. Her attention to detail, precision, and passion for quality, transforms her clients‘ visions into stunning ensembles.

What sets Ellen apart from other technical designers is her dedication to the environment. Specializing in upcycling garments, Ellen developed a unique technique to recycle fabric remnants that would normally end up in the landfill. In doing so, she not only creates eco-friendly garments but also ensures that each piece is distinct, unique and high fashion.

With Ellen’s upcycled garments, customers can look unique and do their part to protect the environment.

You want to see more of Ellens work: schnittdesign-er.com or follow her on Instagram schnittdesign_er


Hi there. My name is Barbara Langl and I am the founder of *when is now, a creative entrepreneur who is passionate about fashion, doll design, textile arts, and embroidery. My focus is on sustainability, slow fashion and finding beautiful and vintage fabrics for my designs.

Before starting *when is now, I earned master’s degrees in theater, film and media from Vienna University, and cultural management from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 2004 I started an artist agency and worked as an assistant director and production manager for numerous events and theater productions. In 2008, my husband and I built a market research agency together, which is still running today.

However, I missed the creative aspect of my work and decided to create my own label. As a trained seamstress, I have spent the last few years learning new techniques, especially the art of Japanese and free draping, studying with Christine Mayer for more than a year. I have had the opportunity to learn from and work with many other talented teachers and artists, including Andreas Fischbacher, Jess Brown, Ekta Kaul, Adriana Torres, and Heidi Parks.

I live in Vienna and Upper Austria with my husband and daughter, and I would love to welcome you to join me in my sweet spot for creativity. Sign up for my weekly newsletter to stay up-to-date on my creative journey, new ideas, collaborations and upcoming events. You can also reach me personally at office@whenisnow.at and follow me on Instagram @whenisnow_at.



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