Am tired! But here I am, finally!
Casper, exhausted, though I’m not sure he did anything:
And we had a blast!
I’ve had one-day workshops at the farm since I moved here, but this was my first multi-day event holding the smaller, more intimate retreats that I want to do now. There were good and bad things about holding the large retreats as I have the last few years. Now that I am here, on a good road with close access to the interstate and my own health-department approved kitchen, I wanted to start holding retreats here. I wanted a more intimate atmosphere, the environment of the farm, in-depth workshops that don’t come and go in three hours, and a quality experience. The wool and herbals retreat this past weekend was the first, and I am so excited about how it went.
I’m pulling this review off of Sharon Brown’s Facebook note about her experience here:
Just got home from Suzanne’s retreat. Wow, what an awesome time we had! Laura P. is an amazing woman and teacher. She showed us how to shear sheep, skirt the wool, card the wool and spin the wool. She also held the herb class. This woman is a wealth of information and I’m so excited about the next retreat in July where she will do more on herbs.
I like these smaller retreats much better. At the big retreats Suzanne hardly had a chance to say hi because she was juggling so many balls in the air at one time. With the smaller retreats held at her farm she spends time with all of her guests and this is one funny woman- She’ll have you laughing until you have tears in your eyes.
Also, you really bond with the other attendees.
If you get a chance to do one of her retreats you need to go! You’ll have so much fun and leave with a wealth of knowledge.”
This comment comes from Kelly Myers (whose wonderful husband Mark cleaned out my chicken house):
We are so glad we went to the retreat. We learned so much from Laura and Suzanne and our fellow attendees, got to experience many aspects of farm life and country living, met such nice people, laughed a lot and made good friends!
We have been home almost an entire day now and we have talked about nothing but our experiences at the retreat. It was truly something we are both so glad we did and will look forward to attending again.
LauraP truly is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge and a fantastic teacher. I was so proud to have her here giving workshops, and she will be back at the retreat in July. It also felt so good to me that all of the attendees seemed so genuinely excited and had so much fun. I loved seeing people enjoying the farm, really experiencing the farm, not just passing through for a few hours at the party after the retreat as in years past. This wasn’t a milking retreat, but I took them all milking. There was bottle feeding Maia, there was egg collecting, there was walking and sitting on the deck overlooking the pastures and petting the horses and even chicken house cleaning (voluntarily!). The attendees were a fabulous, friendly group and they really bonded and made friendships, especially those who stayed all three days.
I did all the cooking myself and they ate well–leg of lamb and homemade pizzas and pies and ice cream from Glory Bee, just to name a few of the items on the menu. In this format, I was able to sit down with attendees, talk and laugh and tell stories.
Yes, there was shearing and skirting and carding and spinning and making herbal salves and all kinds of great learning experiences, but it was also a retreat to a farm. THAT is the foundation of the experience I want to offer here, and I love how it went.
Bottle feeding Maia:
Milking lessons with Glory Bee:
Practicing “sheep sitting” with one of the Tunis lambs. (They weren’t being sheared, but they were smaller for practice.)
My friend Sarah’s son Liam came to do the actual heavy sheep sitting job:
Laura demonstrating shearing with Crazy:
Attendees practicing shearing on calm pup Annabelle:
Laura, taking Annabelle’s coat off:
And then there was washing and wool drying on top of cars in the sun and the breeze:
And combing and carding and coloring and spinning and sitting on the back porch:
Joe and Lisa from Woolweaver Farms, where I got my Tunis lambs, came to demonstrate and discuss scrapie tags, and attendees got to do some sheep herding to round them up for tagging.
The herbals day included hiking and collecting and learning to make salves and tinctures and other herbal concoctions.
I have more retreats coming up!
Here’s what’s open for registration now.
(The July retreat is full and closed to registration now.)
Come see us! Your adventure is waiting!