Wild Creative Fiber Art Retreat
Wild Creative Fiber Art Retreat 2019
August 21st - 28th - Mid Wales
Lea's mission statement - To hold a beautiful, and inspiring light hearted space, for you to come and feel supported to enjoy a truely creative holiday, with fun activities, and circles. Whether you are an experienced fiber artist, or a total beginner exctited to start spinning, this retreat is for you all <3
Held up here in these stunning Welsh hills at our retreat centre, a beautiful space full of creative energy!!
The art studio is set up and open for you at any time of day or night so you have complete freedom to create whenever the urge takes you!! You can also enjoy the land and spin outside anytime if it's a still and dry day.
Days 1 & 2 - These two days are all about learning, for beginners - So you can learn to spin on a spinning wheel before the second half of the retreat starts, and get started with your spinning journey! (I have two spare wheels available to book, so if you have your own working wheel please do bring it along (this way you will also have your own wheel to carry on spinning when you get home, which you'll be glad of - after learning to spin you'll be hooked on your new craft!! :-)
Day 3 - Learning to drop spindle - There will be a drop spindling session in the second half of the retreat, so if you haven't learned how to drop spindle, maybe you're completely new to spinning, or maybe you have already been spinning on a wheel and haven't drop spindled, so this day is for you to learn and practice with a spindle.
Days 4 - 7 - If you already spin on a wheel and a drop spindle you can join the retreat here, this half of the retreat is a relaxing and uplifting experience, supporting your own creative freedom in a beautiful relaxing space, with plenty of spin circles, campfires, woodland weaving, and wild spindling, unlimited studio time, and each working towards our own handspun creative finished project, while forging new friendships in a peaceful space, on nearly two acres of land with stunning views, and with amazing local walks a plenty!!
And extra one to one lessons are also available to book if you would love to immerse yourself and learn even more!
There are only 10 residential spaces, and just a handful of daytime passes available.
Accommodation is as follows:
Shared cabin - 3 places
Purple shared room in cottage - 3 places
Forest shared room in cottage - 2 places
Fairy Pod - 1 person - Because this is a private double room to yourself, this room is an extra £20 per night to the ticket options price
Gypsy Caravan - 1 person - Because this is a private room to yourself, this room is an extra £10 per night to the ticket options price
* There are two bathrooms inside the cottage for all guests to share, there is also a toilet and outdoor wash space in a little cabin outdoors next to the cabin, and very close to the pod, and the gypsy caravan. This one has running cold water, and a kettle can be boiled for a bowl of hot water for the wash space, as an extra, wild, but very lovely bathroom to use.
Travel & getting here
If you are travelling from abroad - the nearest airports are Birmingham & Liverpool. Train travel - the nearest train stations are Welshpool & Newtown. There are busses to our most local town, we can do a pick up from here. By car - let us know where you are travelling from when you book, and Luke will send you really good simple directions to follow.
Ticket options available
Prices include accommodation, activities or classes planned, bedding, towels & refreshments.
Residential for days 1 & 2 - £180
Residential for days 1, 2 & 3 - £240
* There will be an optional extra of a two hour creative spinning lesson on the morning of day 4 from 11am - 1pm if you'd love to move on and get even more creative with your spinning, or if you're arriving for the second part and would love some help to get a bit more art yarny! Price will depend on numbers, from £20 - £40
Residential for days 4, 5, 6 & 7 - £210
Residential for days 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 - £290 You will need to book this option if you haven't drop spindled before
Residential for the entire full retreat - £450 - The full beginners fiber arts immersion!!
The retreat activities finish on the evening of the 27th, giving you the full last day and evening, followed by a good sleep, with departure anytime before 11am on the 28th.
Day pass for days 1 & 2 learn to spin on a wheel - £100
Day pass for day 3 learn to spin on a drop spindle - £50
Day pass for days 4 - 7 (see itinerary below) - £90
Day pass for the entire retreat - £240
For all day visitors please see the what you need to bring section, and the itinerary below.
Extras available on the retreat:
Infrared sauna with colour light therapy - £7.50 each (20 minute session)
Studio shop - Creative fiber packs, hand dyed rovings, merino wool, handmade crochet hooks, knitting needles, drop spindles, Lea's art & creations
Extra lessons per hour one to one - £20 - The lessons on this retreat are mainly at the start for beginners, I've kept the second half creatively free with a woodland weaving workshop. I've planned it like this for two reasons, firstly to keep it a relaxed fun holiday, with mainly spinning circles, which will be fun and social, there's time to go for walks, enjoy the land, visit a local attraction, or take naps and relax. It also keeps the price of the retreat as low as possible to make it more accessible if you don't need the lessons, so you can choose to take extra lessons if you'd like to.
So if you want to learn how to crochet, creative crochet, simple creative knitting, or further your spinning knowledge or drop spindling, you can book your lesson one to one, or if there's more than one of you that would like to take any lessons together then we can do group sessions for £15 per hour for two, or £10 per hour for three or more.
If you need them please do book any lessons, and book the retreat for the appropriate days that you need, so that you can easily join in the spinning/creative circles, these are for everyone to relax and spin as a group and are not lessons in new skills (don't worry if you are a beginner and need a reminder in any skills you've already learned in lessons, you are welcome to ask for help if you are stuck of course) Also if you'd like to learn a new skill to use for your finished project, like bowls, bag making etc, a lesson for this can also be arranged for you.
What you will need to bring with you:
Your own spinning wheel & drop spindle (and your spinning stool if you have one) I do have two wheels available for beginners to book, but it's best to bring your own wheel. Please make sure you label your own equipment, bags of fiber, etc, incase someone else has the same.
Plenty spinning fiber - (if you are a complete beginner please ask for a recommended fiber list, if you need one) There are loads of gorgeous fiber packs, coloured merino by weight, carded natural wools by weight & beautiful hand dyed rovings available to buy in the shop here, but I have tried to keep the price of this retreat as low as possible for everyone, and if you dye your own fiber at home it may work out cheaper for you to bring along. You may spin your way through lots of fiber throughout the retreat, so do bring along lots of your favourite fibers to play with, in colours that you will love to put together for your final project, or even new fibers you've always wanted to experiment with! Also it's a good idea to bring any plying yarns, threads, add ins, and fancy bits and anything that you might like to create with! Curly wools and locks are always lovely to spin with too!
Carding batts - I have one drum carder and a spare pair of hand carders here, so do bring along your carding batts, blending board (or even your drum carder if you'd like to) then you can efficiently prepare your fiber without having to wait turns on the drum.
Anything else you love to create with - you will be creating your finished project from your spins created through the retreat, so bring along your favourite tools to make your piece with! Maybe you'd love to weave it if you have a small portable loom, or you could knit, crochet, etc... You may have some favorite commercial yarns or yarns that you've already spun that you might like to bring to include into your project.
Food for throughout your stay, there are two kitchen spaces and two fridges with freezer, to share space in. You are welcome to bring along food to share if there are others who would also like to do shared meals together, or you are very welcome to make your own food, please do whatever you feel happiest to do. I have made a suggested kitchen plan to help with planning time in the kitchens for people creating their own meals, or groups preparing together, if it helps, or you can work out your own plans together to share the kitchen spaces. All shared spaces must be kept clean and tidy after use, for everyone to enjoy a relaxed space together, thank you x
Suitable footwear if you enjoy walks and would love to explore the local countryside. Hopefully the weather will be dry, but just incase you may like to bring along a pair of wellies and a raincoat.
House slippers, all the indoor spaces are shoe free.
Because there is unlimited studio time, you can spend as much or as little time as you'd like creating, you can take a relaxed week chilling out in the countryside and enjoy some crafts, or, you can enjoy a complete fiber arts immersion, and give yourself the time to create the fabulous piece you've always wanted to!!
Day 1: Arrival is from 10am, settle in and first lesson starts at 2 - 4.30pm - Total beginners spinning lesson on spinning wheel, learn to card and draft fibers, and spin a single ply yarn. 6.30 - 8.30pm - spinning circle (this is where you can practice your new skills on your wheel and ask me questions if you get stuck, need a reminder or help)
Day 2: 3 - 5pm - Lesson two, get creative with colour and fiber blending, and spin a two ply yarn. 6.30 - 8.30pm - Spinning Circle to practice.
Day 3: 3 - 5pm - Drop spindle spinning lesson. 6.30 - 8.30pm - Drop spindle spinning circle around the campfire (weather permitting)
Day 4: Arrival for spinners for the second half of the retreat is from 10am, settle in and first Spinning Circle 2.30 - 5.30pm this one is a longer spin circle, to give us time first to gather inspiration and make plans for a finished project we will each be working towards to take home from this retreat. 7 - 9pm - Woodland weaving.
Day 5: 11am - 1pm - Spinning circle. 6.30 - 9pm - Wild spindling around the campfire (weather permitting)
Day 6: 11am - 1pm - Spinning & creative circle at this circle we'll all start to buzz ideas about how we're going to make our finished pieces and get creative 2.30 - 4.30pm Creative circle well there's probably going to be all kinds of exciting techniques happening as these finished pieces get created!!!
Day 7: 11am - 1pm - Creative circle. 6.30 - 9pm - Finish embellishments & show & tell <3
Day 8: Departure is anytime before 11am - Feeling fibertastic and full of inspiration, with new friends, and your basket full of your beautiful creations <3