Explore 4: Fall Week 1

Explore 4, “Wild Card” Retreat—

November 7-10, 2022

Friday Harbor, Washington

Join me for the “Wild Card” Format of my Explore 4 events.

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

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.

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 7-10, 2022 (arrive November 6; depart November 11)

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.).


$475 for the retreat, due August 1

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

$240 for catered meals 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!



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