Explore 4, “Wild Card” Retreat—Shetlands

November 5–8, 2018

Friday Harbor, Washington

Join me for the “Wild Card” Format of my Explore 4 events: For Fall 2018 we will study a topic close to my heart: Shetlands. Yes, in 2014 I facilitated a four-day retreat featuring Shetlands, but I’ve had multiple requests to repeat the topic (including from some people who participated then and have already gotten on the notification list for the 2018 version).

Retreat participants gathered in the Lakedale great room
Retreat participants gathered in the Lakedale great room

During this retreat, we spend four days digging deep into the world of Shetland sheep and their wool, while allowing ourselves plenty of time to relax and refresh. Each morning we enjoy a fabulous breakfast and then gather in the great room of the Lakedale Resort, where we talk about the fibers—We’ll experience Shetland fleeces of different types and from different locations, and we’ll talk about the breed’s history, colors, and more.

This is both talking and hands-on time: the fibers of the day are our companions in this journey. 

After the morning session, we break for lunch, catered for us by a fabulous chef using the best local ingredients, and then spend the afternoons enjoying our own individual explorations—nature walks around the island, trips to local points of interest, or more spinning and knitting time. Naps and massages can be located, too!

One of the views from English Camp, San Juan Island
One of the views from English Camp, San Juan Island

Each evening, after we gather again to enjoy a delicious dinner, we spin (or knit or crochet or weave) more together, and we review and I answer more questions about what we covered in the morning.

A few people stay up late spinning. Many take advantage of the peaceful environment to read a novel or go to bed early. Lakedale accommodates both solitude and companionship.

 

If you’d like to get away and immerse yourself in the craft you love and the fibers that make that craft possible, while in a richly restorative environment and community, join us on our next exploration.

 

The Details:

When: November 5–8, 2018 (arrive November 4; depart November 9)

Where: Lakedale Resort, Friday Harbor, Washington (click here to visit their website)

Who: This event accommodates new and experienced spinners. If you can spin a singles yarn and ply it, you’ll be able to keep up with our exploration without any difficulty. There will also be time to play with the yarn we spin in whatever fiber craft medium you prefer (knitting, crochet, weaving, etc.).

Cost:

$475 for the retreat, due in mid-September (note: this is a slight increase from previous retreats)

$125 materials fee, due at the time of registration to hold your spot

$220 to be paid to our caterer if you plan to take lunches and dinners with the group

lodging additional, pricing varies and includes breakfast

(for all the details, see this document)

Ready to register for this retreat? Click here!

 

Want to plan ahead? The 2019 Explore 4 dates have been set!

Week 1: November 4-7, 2019. “Wild Card” Retreat format featuring color blending! Click here to register for this event.

 

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