Sewing Up a Storm in the Desert 2018

Sewing Up a Storm in the Desert 2016

Come Experience this unique event in
Australia’s Red Centre at Uluru.
Uluru Retreat Caroline Sharkey
Sewing-LinesSewing Up a Storm in the Desert 2018 Retreat at Uluru.

Caroline Sharkey Sewing Up a Storm in the Desert

“You will be in awe of this Magical Place
and experience its beauty first hand”

Be inspired to create your own
Desert Masterpiece with experienced Textile
Art Quilters and Artisans and take home your memory of such a Special Place

PLEASE NOTE The Package we are offering in 2018 will only cover the Retreat Inclusions…You will be responsible for your own independent Travel and Accommodation Bookings…Ayers Rock Resort will provide a special booking Process for your convenience.

*make a note about the cost of bringing a non-retreat companion.*

Enjoy the weekend workshops especially designed for this retreat by..

Gloria Loughman 

Caroline Sharkey

Wendy Bailye

Michelle Mischkulnig

Glenys Mann

Ro Bruhn

Ali George

Gloria Loughman Uluru


Caroline will also run a 2ND WORKSHOP after the weekend Retreat is over….so if you have not had enough why not stay on for more fun sewing and The Sounds of Silence Desert Dinner Under the Stars together with Deb Rose and our team..

Imagine attending this fantastic Retreat in the Australian Desert and going home with your very own BERNINA 215 Sewing Machine. This amazing opportunity has been offered thanks to our proud partnership with BERNINA Australia as a Major Sponsor of this Event.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to see Australia’s iconic Red Centre as well as enjoy some special time with a group of fun like-minded friends.

.…Experience flying into this Desert Oasis and see the magnitude of the Simpson Desert, Kata Tjuta and Uluru appearing on the Landscape, Once on the ground the creative feast of Red Sand, Spinifex, Desert Oaks and vast Sky begins your journey into the Dreamtime of these Ancient Lands.

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Sample MachineBERNINA 215
with Exclusively Designed
Desert Art SkinSewing-Lines
The Package includes….
Your BERNINA 215 Sewing Machine with Desert Art Skin on the front.
BERNINA Australia has generously sponsored this event so that you will arrive and your new  BERNINA 215 sewing machine will be waiting for you to Sew up your Storm in the Desert in style!….BERNINA LOGO

These machines will be branded with the˜NEW’ Exclusively designed
Desert Skin as a one off design to make the event a unique and memorable experience.
If You wish to take your machine home with you on your departure flight you will need to purchase 1 extra baggage allowance when you book your flights.

The BERNINA 215 weighs 11kg The dimensions are 380mm x 500mm x 440mm in the padded box ready to transport.
We have great faith in the airlines as each year most of the machines were transported out of Uluru by air!
Please note that there will be a small fee for extra Machine Feet used in each workshop….these will be kept to a minimal depending on workshop needs and techniques…this will be notified on the requirement sheet from each Tutor.

Your Desert Experience Tutors are ….


Gloria Loughman Uluru
dot Gloria Loughman
is known for her generous spirit as well as her stunning Quilts depicting Australian themes. She is in constant demand as a teacher, Gloria’s students all over the world sing her praises of how she brings out such creativity in them to achieve stunning artworks.

Michelle Mischkulnig

Ali George

Wendy Bailey
Ro Bruhn Ro Bruhn




Glenys Mann

Caroline Sharkey ProfileCaroline Sharkey has been a regular Art/Craftsperson in Residence at Ayers Rock Resort over the past 13 years. The Desert has been an enduring feature in her work over the years and her early award winning quilts all depicted the Desert Landscape.


Your  Retreat Workshop Package Includes :


Uluru Sunset Viewing Tour with wine tasting

dotWelcome BBQ Dinner under the stars including drinks

dot3 consecutive day National Park Pass

dot1 x 3 day Sewing workshop


Morning tea during the workshop days

dotGourmet Lunch during the workshop days

dotAfternoon tea during the workshop days

dotReturn airport-resort-airport shuttle transfers
Sample Machine
dotExclusive BERNINA 215 Sewing Machine with unique designed Desert Art skin

dot$.00 per person NORMAL PACKAGE


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Extra Workshop Days
Monday 8th Aug and Tuesday 9th Aug Workshop with

Caroline Sharkey ProfileUluru Dreaming

Sewing Up a Storm in the Desert Uluru Dreaming
Caroline has made this quilt especially for her second workshop at this year’s Uluru Retreat and is excited to be teaching her new found love of hand stitching and decorating the skies of her Landscapes.

You will layer and add decorative hand stitches in the sky section, Make your Landscape with combinations of wool and fabric and then Paint Uluru and desert designs to applique onto your beautiful textured landscape.
Suitable for all levels. Full Kit $60Download Here



The Venue
The Uluru Meeting Place Conference Centre…. State of the Art Conference areas at Ayers Rock Resort.

Uluru Meeting Place 1Uluru Meeting Place 3

The Tutors will supply a detailed requirement sheet of what to bring.
Any kits/material fees set by the Tutors will be paid directly to them at the workshop. There are limited places in each workshop so be quick with your choice.

Group Newsletters will be sent out to enrolled Delegates with more tips and exciting news to help with your preparation and plans for a fabulous time at the Retreat next August…
Please chat with Ayers Rock Resort staff about any tours and or extended visits to the Northern Territory as they will be happy to help you with plans for your trip…

Town Centre

The Town Centre
The township of Yulara has a supermarket, post office, newsagency, bank with ATM and many gift shops, restaurants and tourist information all situated with in Town Centre.

The Outback Hotel is situated across the ring road and has BBQ singalong nights every night and where you can purchase a bottle of wine at pub prices, Desert Gardens and Sails in the Desert both have lovely dining experiences and the town centre has a coffee snack bar area as well. All is within short walking distances across mostly pathed areas.

Please note its good to have layers to wear and covered shoes as this time of year can be very cold at night and in the 20’s during the day….Its a beautiful time of year and the smouldering colours of the sky at sunset are stunning.
Fine weather is not guaranteed so a small umbrella is a good idea…rainfall at Uluru in past years averages to about 8 days a year….so to see “rain on the rock” is a unique and breathtaking experience as well…..there is never a dull view or experience at ULURU!
Deb and I look forward to hosting you for this amazing time and memorable trip to Uluru…
Warmest Regards Caroline

Some Photos from past ULURU Retreats

and Exhibition

If you would like to have your work exhibited at Uluru in Australia’s Red Centre we are hosting the third “Desert Threads Art Prize” in August 2018 and its called “DESERT DREAMING”…so get “Your Creative On” and make your own textile interpretation of this Theme.
The Red Centre Art Prize Challenge Quilts will be displayed at Uluru in August while the Retreat is hosted at Ayers Rock Resort and then the collection will travel to destinations around Australia on “SHOW”

Caroline Sharkey : Postcards from Uluru
2016 Caroline Sharkey : Postcards from Uluru

Desert Oaks at Uluru

1ST Place: Jeannie Henry : Red Dog Red Centre
2016 1ST Place Jeannie Henry : “Red Dog Red Centre”

Please contact Caroline at for all
Red Centre Challenge info and Entry forms

Thank you


Thank you to our Wonderful Sponsors



6. Uluru Retreat 2014 5. Uluru retreat 2014 3.Gloria's workshop group Uluru 2014