In 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.

This page and its links contain a lot of information on the retreats: how they began, how they’re set up, and what you need to know to participate. You need not be a proficient spinner: the ability to spin a singles and make a two-ply yarn is sufficient; each of us approaches the fibers from wherever we are on our fiber journey. While most people use spinning wheels, some people prefer to bring handspindles.

The Spring and Fall retreats follow the same basic format, yet they are conceptually different. Spring is a compare/contrast event featuring one fiber type each day, while Fall examines a specific topic in more depth.


Fall: November 6-9, 2017. This retreat is at WAITING LIST status! Please email if you would like to be added to that list.

Spring: February 19-22, 2018. Explore 4 “Spin to Weave” Special Topic Retreat.

Spring: February 26 – March 1, 2018. Explore 4 Fiber Retreat.
Click here for information on registering for one or both events.

By the way, I’ve been asked if I’d be amenable to holding a similar event in another location. So far, the logistics and environment in the San Juans seem to be uniquely conducive to sheltering and supporting these gatherings.

Take a look around, and feel free to contact us with questions at If you’d like to stay up-to-date with these retreats and the other news of my travels & teaching appointments, sign up here for my monthly newsletter.

1 – Background and philosophy

2 – Upcoming dates for Explore 4 events

3 – What fiber skills and tools do you need?

4 – What is the experience like?

5 – Location, lodging, and meals

6 – Budgeting

7 – What next?