In February/March and in November, I facilitate four-day fiber retreats in the San Juan Islands of Washington state. Each is a relatively small gathering for which I spend a year or two planning, and then collecting and preparing fibers. These are retreats: they are structured to include a bounty of information and fiber within a daily plan that allows everyone (including me) time to relax.
Each of the retreats takes place at the fabulous Lakedale Resort in Friday Harbor, Washington, and each one is catered by Deborah Nolan, who provides culinary delights for lunch and dinner each day of the retreat. The format for each retreat is slightly unique, but the atmosphere remains the same: a gathering of fiber-loving folks, excited to learn more and unwind for a week of exploration and fellowship.
— Deb Robson
Are you ready to explore more?
Each of the four retreats I facilitate takes on a slightly different theme. In the most basic terms, they are:
Spring 1 – Explore 4 Special Topic:
2018—Spin-to-weave with lustrous longwools and weft-faced structures
The 2018 version of this event is a weaving-centric retreat, aimed at new and experienced weavers alike. We will explore topics related to spinning for weaving—in particular, luster longwools and weft-faced fabrics. You may bring your own loom or borrow one at the event. This retreat takes place February 19–22, 2018.
Click here for more information on the Spring Explore 4 Special Topic retreat.
Spring 2 – Explore 4 Traditional Four-by-four Retreat
Cotswold, Zwartbles, Targhee, and Dorset Down
Four days, four fibers, one theme: this is the traditional Explore 4 format, which inspired the name of these events. For Spring 2018, we’ll be exploring
- Cotswold (an ancient longwool)
- Zwartbles (a Dutch breed)
- Targhee (a U.S.-developed fine wool), and
- Dorset Down (one of the classic English Down breeds)
and the retreat will run February 26 – March 1.
Click here for more information on the Spring Explore 4 Traditional Four-by-four retreat.
Fall 1 – Explore 4 “Wild Card” Retreat:
The “Wild Card” retreat format allows me to deviate from the traditional “four fibers in four days” option. In the Fall of 2018, by popular demand I have decided to bring back the topic of Shetland sheep and their wool. This retreat takes place November 5–8, 2018.
Click here for more information on the Fall Explore 4 “Wild Card” retreat.
Fall 2 – Explore 4 Traditional Four-by-four Retreat
For the second week of the fall events, we return to the traditional “four fibers in four days” format. The specific fibers we will explore for this retreat are as of now to be determined (but Jacob and Lincoln are leading the pack). This retreat takes place November 12–15, 2018.
Click here for more information on the Fall Explore 4 Traditional Four-by-four retreat.
If you’re not sure if Explore 4 is you, or you’d just like to learn more about these events (including inspiration, history, location, and cost), click here for all the details you’ll ever need about Explore 4 or get in touch through the contact page.
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