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Retreats & Workshops

Come learn at the farm!

Educational events at the farm are geared to smaller groups in an intimate atmosphere.

Retreats and workshops take place at Sassafras Farm– home of Chickens in the Road–located in Roane County, West Virginia.



Learn old-time skills and fresh, new methods with in-person mentorship, in-depth and hands-on. Take home fun and functional know-how for self-sufficient living and old-fashioned crafting–and take home what you make, too.

Retreats

2014 continues the smaller, more intimate retreats–with lots of options to suit your schedule, budget, and interests. Attend a scheduled event, or create your own event (see One Day Workshops below).

2014–click the links for full info:

April 26, 2014 – April 27, 2014 — Creative Blast — Art & Cooking. Past! See the retreat report with pictures from the event here.

June 19, 2014 – June 23, 2014 — Cheese & the Family Cow and Herbs & Soap PLUS Breads/Biscuits/Pie. Past! See the retreat report with pictures from the event here.

August 28, 2014 – September 1, 2014 — Cheese & the Family Cow and Herbs & Soap PLUS Breads/Biscuits/Pie. Past! See the retreat report with pictures from the event here.

September 13, 2014 – September 14, 2014 — Primitives & Pioneers (arts and crafts with old-time pioneer-style canning and cooking activities and recipes). Past! See the retreat report and photos here.

October 11, 2014 – October 12, 2014 — Primitives & Pioneers (arts and crafts with old-time pioneer-style canning and cooking activities and recipes plus painting). Past!

November 8, 2014 — Taste of Sassafras Farm (hands-on and hands-in with a full round of my most popular old-time cooking and crafting workshops). Registration is open!

November 15, 2014 — Taste of Sassafras Farm (hands-on and hands-in with a full round of my most popular old-time cooking and crafting workshops). Registration is closed–this event is filled to the limit.

December 6, 2014 — Holiday in the Country (get ready for your holiday gift-giving, country-style, with projects and take-homes that will make your family and friends love you!). Registration is closed–this event is filled to the limit.

Email CITRevents@yahoo.com to sign up!

Accommodations are not included for retreats or one-day workshops. If coming from out of town, find nearby Suggested Accommodations here.

One-Day Workshops

One-day workshops are periodically scheduled (check this page for upcoming dates), but private one-day workshops may also be scheduled upon request. If requesting a private workshop day, you may choose workshops in cheesemaking, soapmaking, preserving, candlemaking, and breadbaking. (Email me at CITRevents@yahoo.com to discuss what you’re interested in. Workshops will be geared to you!) All supplies are included. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Workshops at the farm are available for all ages for groups of 2 to 12 participants. Attendees under 18 years old must be accompanied by a paid attendee parent or guardian. The cost is $125 per attendee for the full day, including meals, supplies, take-homes, farm tour, and workshops.

To request a one-day workshop, contact me at CITRevents@yahoo.com.
See you at the farm!


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