The Harveyville Project finds its home in two former rural school buildings and roughly 10 acres in rural Harveyville, Kansas. Our overriding purpose is to provide an inspiring, energizing environment to foster creative output. Currently, we’re focused on small workshops (6-36), but we also make a great private venue for groups

We support local food growers and serve local produce in season, as well as local meat and dairy and homegrown eggs, herbs, and produce.


Harveyville Rural High School (1939) Harveyville Grade School (1954)

We can accommodate groups of 3-4 dozen in the warmer months, and a little over a dozen in the winter (we winterize the grade school building).

Keep in mind that The Harveyville Project is not a hotel; it’s a very cool but also very old institutional building with lots of quirks. We’re always improving, but some parts are a little under the weather. If you like rustic bed & breakfasts, eclectic digs, hostels, pensiones, camps or farm stays, and family-style dinners, this will be right up your alley; if you’re really only content in a traditional chain-type hotels will full-service restaurants, it absolutely will not.


Most of the guest rooms are large (average 700-900sf) former classrooms charming schoolroom details (chalkboards, maps) and tons of natural light. There are also some cozier rooms (former offices and teachers’ rooms). All of our beds have quality mattresses, cotton linens, and down blankets or comforters (cotton blankets instead on request).

5th Grade group room in grade school (in use at Yarn School; photo by moonrat):

English Room triple room in high school (in use at Yarn School; photo by John Wise):

BATHROOMS AND SHOWERS are shared (the original school facilities). They are the opposite of posh, pretty much exactly as you remember your school bathrooms, without the Mean Girls hassling you or the graffiti, and with towels & washcloths. The Boys’ and Girls’ designations are for reference only, except at Prom, when the male-to-female population is roughly even. Otherwise, everyone uses whichever is handy and closes the door when they go in.

Girls’ Showers:

Boys’ Shower:

Girls’ Restrooms (high school):

Boys’ Restroom (high school):

On-site massage can be arranged for events. We typically have a massage therapist on call during our workshops, and this can be arranged for private workshops and retreats as well.


BREAKFAST is continental, and includes coffee and tea, waffles, fruit, cold cereal, yogurt, pastries, toast, etc.

LUNCH is served buffet style.

DINNER is served buffet or family style. As always, you’re free to enjoy the group or fix a plate and skip out, if you’d prefer a little solitude.

SNACKS (optional, depending on package) Chips, popcorn, cookies, candy, fruit, etc. are available free around the clock in and next to the resident fridge (near the south basement stair).

SPECIAL DIETS Vegetarian options included; other special diets (vegan, gluten-free, etc.) available with an extra charge.

If you’re bringing your own special snacks or beverages, you may keep them in one of the group fridges.

Founders (AKA managers, janitors, fixer-uppers, administrators, cooks)

Nikol Lohr is a writer, crafter, and a longtime but surprisingly unsophisticated web nerd. She may not know art, but she knows what she likes.

She’s The Thrifty Knitter, one third of Out of the Frying Pan, author of Naughty Needles, Literary Knits, and Disgruntled Housewife (RIP).

She’s cupcake on Ravelry, QueenieVonSugarpants on flickr, @thriftyknitter on twitter, and @harveyvilleproject on Instagram.

Ron Miller is a musician, tattoo artist, and painter. He owns Miller Tattoo in Lawrence, Kansas and plays drums in Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds.