What an excellent day! This year, we had check-in all day on Thursday at Retreat 2012 to allow attendees to arrive at their own pace, and by afternoon, most of our over 60 attendees were in camp and WORKING!
Before attendees started arriving, we made Grandmother Bread buns for 75 (over 60 attendees plus staff and helpers) for our laidback Thursday sandwich supper. Wednesday, we did all the shopping (LONG, LONG DAY) and had unloaded all the food at the camp, so we were ahead of the game and ready to kick off Thursday in high gear.
As soon as attendees started arriving, we lassoed them into a variety of activities including apple butter making.
(If anyone thinks they’re coming for a vacation, we disabuse them right away!)
If you say you’ve always failed at pie crusts and can’t possibly make a pie crust, that’s a good way to get handed a rolling pin.
And that’s only part of the pies that were baked.
Cleaning gourds for the gourd birdhouse painting class:
And this is only part of the gourds that were cleaned.
Classes at the retreat this year include cheesemaking, preserving, soapmaking, breadbaking, candlemaking, natural skin care, spinning, felting and fulling, quilting, container gardening, mushroom log inoculating, apron making, dulcimer playing, painting, goat milking/husbandry, and power tools. Classes start this morning.
It’s just us chickens. We’re having a fabulous time!