Explore 4, Traditional 4×4 format

March 16-19, 2020

Friday Harbor, Washington

This will be a traditional “Explore 4” experience, covering four fibers in four days.
Fibers to be determined, based on what I am successfully able to source in time that do not repeat fibers featured in previous spring events. This will be right after shearing in the San Juan Islands; Island Fibers will bring a selection of fresh fleeces as part of the mobile shop they set up for us.

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

These retreats are designed to provide an in-depth exploration of a special topic, 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 textiles: skills, tools, and philosophies. Our time will be relaxed and yet full of information and experience.

Our mornings are both talking and hands-on time: the fibers and techniques 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 or weaving 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: March 16-19, 2020 (arrive March 15, depart March 20)

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.



  • $600 retreat and materials fee, due by December 1, 2019.
  • Food: $240, payable at the time of registration or one month out from the event
  • Lodging: At Lakedale Resort, about $385–$775 for the 2017 rates, depending on the options you choose (prices subject to change for 2018 and beyond); includes breakfast


Click here to register for the Spring 2020 Explore 4 Retreat.


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