Deb in Shetland
Photo by Mary Macgregor.

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 an outstanding island chef, using fresh, local ingredients. 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 retreats I facilitate takes on a slightly different theme.

For registration information, see “What next?” We do keep waiting lists.


Spring 2022 – March 21–24

Explore 4 Fiber Retreat – Gotlands from All Angles

Arrive March 20, depart March 25.

Faith Hagenhofer will be co-facilitating this retreat. We’ll all be experiencing a single, versatile breed from all sorts of angles: as fleece direct from the sheep, and from several sources (the genetics are interesting); in a couple of commercially processed forms; we’re working on facilities arrangements for a washing sequence; we’ll probably felt a bit, and likely do some dyeing. We’ll definitely spin. Among other things, you’ll discover the advantages and disadvantages of both working from a whole fleece and buying prepared top or roving. As usual, all sorts of questions and experiments will arise.

This retreat is very close to being full. We will have a waiting list. As a result of this, please e-mail my assistant, Jess ( if you would like to attend, and she will get back to you as soon as she can.

Fall 2022 – November 7–10

Explore 4 Fiber Retreat – “Wild Card” Retreat: Crossbreds

Arrive November 6, depart November 11.

In 2017, I facilitated a retreat on crossbred wools. Some folks who were there asked that we revisit the topic, so we will, although from a different perspective. I’m working on the precise way that will happen, but at present I’m thinking (again by request) that we will have a few crossbred wools and representatives of the contributing purebreds. 

Click here to register for Explore 4 Fall 2022.

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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