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. In the most basic terms, they are:


Fall 2019 – November 4–7

2019—Explore 4 “Wild Card” Retreat – Color Blending with Wool and a Limited Palette

The “Wild Card” retreat format allows me to deviate from the traditional “four fibers in four days” option. In the Fall of 2019, by popular request, we’ll explore how to use limited palettes, applying concepts from painting to see what can be done with wool. Right now I envision using two palettes, one of the primaries and secondaries (essentially, a rainbow) and the other of six primary colors (three warm and three cool), plus white and a touch of black in each case, to mix a wide variety of hues, shades, and tones: it’s a bunch of color games! Of course we’ll spin as we go, using a different fiber base for each of our palettes, to see some of the things we can do with our results. This retreat takes place November 4–7, 2019.

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As of April 12, 2019, we are on waiting list status for the Fall 2019 retreat. Register at the link above to have your name placed in the queue.

Spring 2020 – March 16–19

2020—Explore 4 Fiber Retreat – Topic decided; title to come!

We’ll be experiencing a single breed from all sorts of angles: as fleece direct from the sheep; in a couple of commercially processed forms; we’re working on facilities arrangements for a washing sequence; we’ll probably felt a bit. 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.

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Fall 2020 – November 9–12

2020—Explore 4 Fiber Retreat – Topic to be determined

I’m open to suggestions. . . .

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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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