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 the beautiful Appalachian foothills of 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.


For 2015, I’m offering both new and familiar retreat opportunities! Choose a one-day or two-day. TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM is a true “taste of Sassafras Farm” touring you through my most popular workshops all in one day. PRIMITIVES & PIONEERS is a full two-day weekend of old-fashioned arts, crafts, and fun with ever-changing workshops for the first-timer at a Sassafras Farm retreat to repeat attendees ready to learn something new and different. CANNING CAMP is a one- to two-day event offering a variety of experiences in all things home preserving. Come join us!

2015 retreats currently open for registration–click the links for full info– (If an upcoming event is no longer listed, it means it’s reached its registration limit.)


Saturday and Sunday, August 29-30, 2015 – CANNING CAMP Retreat (Open for registration!)


Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13, 2015 – PRIMITIVES & PIONEERS: Wildflower Power Retreat (Open for registration!)


Saturday, October 17, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat (Open for registration!)


Saturday, October 24, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat (Open for registration!)


Saturday, November 7, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat (Open for registration!)


Saturday, November 14, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat (Open for registration!)


Saturday, December 12, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat (Open for registration!)


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.

Private One-Day Workshops

Private one-day workshops may 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 for private workshops is $125 per attendee for the full day, including meals, supplies, take-homes, farm tour, and workshops.

To request a one-day private workshop, contact me at CITRevents@yahoo.com.
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