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Wildflower Retreat, June 13-14

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PRIMITIVES & PIONEERS

Primitives & Pioneers retreats are a full 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. All workshops and activities will take place at Sassafras Farm in Roane County, West Virginia. The “Wildflower Power” weekend of themed workshops is currently open for registration. Note: Along with all the other varying new workshops, this retreat also includes a workshop in which you will create your own themed painting–no prior art experience required! You will also be creating your own embroidery masterpiece. See more details below.

Here is the painting you will be creating under the guidance of a skilled art teacher.
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SATURDAY and SUNDAY, JUNE 13-14, 2015 — WILDFLOWER POWER

My teaching partner for this retreat is Kelly Walker, writer of Life of a Daily Painter. Kelly is a daily painter and experienced teacher who believes the only thing you need in order to learn to paint–or embroider!–is desire.

WILDFLOWER POWER — June 13-14, 2015

WildflowerEmbroideryGet your wildflower power on! This retreat will be two full days, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. each day, with themed workshops centered around flower power! We will be taking a walk in the wild to pick flowers then we’ll be back in the studio to can up some wildflower jelly as well as working through the basics of creating wildflower syrups and infusions. We’ll also be baking with wildflowers, drying wildflowers, and making pressed wildflower jars–and making poured candles to go in them. In embroidery workshops, you will be learning all the basic hand embroidery stitches that will be applied to creating a lovely wildflower sampler that will make the best keepsake for the retreat weekend (see photo). Previous embroidery experience is not necessary! There will be extra embroidery projects available for those interested in learning and doing more with this ancient craft. You’ll also be guided step by step as you create a primitive style masterpiece on canvas. This is not your average art class. No Experience Required! We’ll provide everything you need: aprons, paint, canvas, brushes, and all other painting supplies. You’ll follow along with an experienced and enthusiastic artist who will give you stroke-by-stroke instructions and you will learn how simple it can be to create art. You’ll go home with your personal masterpiece and a new-found talent to explore…along with lots of great memories to share!

Cost

A two-day retreat to Sassafras Farm including three home-cooked meals each day and two full days of instruction plus all your supplies and take-homes is $225.

How do you sign up?

Email me at CITRevents@yahoo.com to sign up. I will need the full name, address, and phone number for each attendee. (You may sign up for a friend if you are coming together.) I will send you payment information at that time. Directions to the farm and other information will also be provided to attendees in advance of the retreat.

A 50 percent downpayment will be required to reserve your place. The remaining balance will be due 30 days before your retreat. If you sign up, please plan to attend. Retreat reservations are nonrefundable.

Points to note–

Accommodations are not included. If you’re coming from far enough away that you need a place to stay, you can find options on the Suggested Accommodations page. (Come with a buddy and split your costs.) You’re responsible for making your own arrangements. If you’re in the area, you won’t need a hotel.

All meals are included. Breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks will be home-cooked and served right here from the studio kitchen.

Teens are welcome. Mature teens 13 and up may sign up to attend retreats at Sassafras Farm accompanied by a paid attendee parent/guardian. (I’ve been known to let a 12-year-old sign up, too–please be a good judge of your child’s maturity and interest in the subject matter.)

Spaces are limited. Smaller groups will allow a greater focus on the quality that I want–of each workshop, of each meal, and of the entire experience. But it also means–if you want it, don’t delay!

This is a real retreat to a farm, and I’m committed to making it an awesome experience for each person who is here. I will be welcoming each attendee not just to the studio and the farm but to my home.
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Let the adventure begin! Welcome to the farm!

See more retreats at Sassafras Farm here.

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Spring and Summer 2015 Retreats!

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Come learn at the farm!

For 2015, I’ll be offering both new and familiar retreat opportunities! Choose a one-day, two-day, three-day, four-day, or five-day retreat! 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. CHEESEMAKING, THE FAMILY COW, BAKING, HERBS & SOAP is the full monty–up to five days of the most amazing experience you’ll ever have. Come join us! Here’s what I have coming up this spring and summer. Open NOW for registration:

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Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2015 – PRIMITIVES & PIONEERS: Soap-Crafting & Crochet Retreat

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat

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Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14, 2015 – PRIMITIVES & PIONEERS: Wildflower Power Retreat

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Saturday, June 27, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat

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Thursday-Monday, July 9-13, 2015 – CHEESEMAKING & THE FAMILY COW, BAKING, HERBS & SOAP Retreat

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Saturday, July 25, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat

Get the details–

Crochet BathApril 25-26, 2015. Primitives & Pioneers: Soap-Crafting & Crochet! In this two-day retreat, soap-crafting workshops will focus on the art of melt-and-pour soap–layering, sculpting, swirling, and molding your own designer creations plus learning to crochet with basic stitches plus a washcloth, loofah, and soap coat, along with a masterpiece painting you will create with step-by-step guidance from artist Kelly Walker. See this link for more details on this retreat.


IMG_6401May 16, 2015. Taste of Sassafras Farm. This one-day retreat is a true “taste of Sassafras Farm” touring you through my most popular workshops all in one day. The four workshops include cheesemaking, breadbaking, soapmaking, and candlemaking. See this link for more details on this retreat.


WildflowerEmbroideryJune 13-14, 2015. Primitives & Pioneers: Wildflower Power. At this two-day retreat, take a walk in the wild to pick flowers then we’ll be back in the studio to can up some wildflower jelly as well as working through the basics of creating wildflower syrups and infusions. We’ll also be baking with wildflowers and drying wildflowers for pressed wildflower jars–and making poured candles to go in them. In embroidery workshops, you will be learning all the basic stitches as well as creating samplers plus your own embroidery masterpiece to the theme (see photo) along with a masterpiece painting you will create with step-by-step guidance from artist Kelly Walker. See this link for more details on this retreat.


IMG_6401June 27, 2015. Taste of Sassafras Farm. This one-day retreat is a true “taste of Sassafras Farm” touring you through my most popular workshops all in one day. The four workshops include cheesemaking, breadbaking, soapmaking, and candlemaking. See this link for more details on this retreat.


IMG_4219July 9-13, 2015. Cheesemaking & the Family Cow, Baking, Herbs & Soap. This summer retreat will span five days, including two full days working with all things cheesy with workshops in both hard and soft cheeses along with management of a family cow, one day of yeast breads, biscuits, and pie, and two days of expanded herbal workshops including tinctures, decoctions, teas, and more as well as a full hot process soapmaking session. My teaching partner for this retreat is experienced cheesemaker, baker, and herbalist Laura Phillips. Choose to attend one day, two days, three days, four days, or all five–up to you! See this link for more details on this retreat.


IMG_6401July 25, 2015. Taste of Sassafras Farm. This one-day retreat is a true “taste of Sassafras Farm” touring you through my most popular workshops all in one day. The four workshops include cheesemaking, breadbaking, soapmaking, and candlemaking. See this link for more details on this retreat.

See the links in each description for costs and how to sign up!

Points to note–

Accommodations are not included. If you’re coming from far enough away that you need a place to stay, you can find options on the Suggested Accommodations page. (Come with a buddy and split your costs.) You’re responsible for making your own arrangements. If you’re in the area, you won’t need a hotel.

All meals are included. Breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks will be home-cooked and served right here from the studio kitchen.

Teens are welcome. Mature teens 13 and up may sign up to attend retreats at Sassafras Farm accompanied by a paid attendee parent/guardian. (I’ve been known to let a 12-year-old sign up, too–please be a good judge of your child’s maturity and interest in the subject matter.)

Spaces are limited. Smaller groups will allow a greater focus on the quality that I want–of each workshop, of each meal, and of the entire experience. But it also means–if you want it, don’t delay!

These are real retreats to a farm, and I’m committed to making it an awesome experience for each person who is here. I will be welcoming each attendee not just to the studio and the farm but to my home.
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Let the adventure begin! See you at the farm!

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