Come learn at the farm!
October 2014 Primitives Pioneers Retreat!
Saturday, October 11, 2014 – Sunday, October 12, 2014
The September Primitives & Pioneers Retreat started filling up so quickly that I’ve opened a second weekend. There are still a few spots left in the September event, but if that date didn’t work for you, try this one in October! (See all the current available events here.)
This retreat will last two days. Retreat days will be full days, through supper! ZERO cooking/baking or art experience is required. Come as you are–whether you are a beginner, or just ready to learn more.
Points to note–
Accommodations are not included. 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 local, 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, and in this retreat, you will be helping to prepare some of them.
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!
Open NOW for registration:
OCTOBER 2014 PRIMITIVES & PIONEERS
This fall retreat will span two days, with workshops including old-fashioned cooking, canning, art, and craft techniques. My teaching partner will be 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 is desire. All workshops and activities will take place at Sassafras Farm in Roane County, West Virginia.
Jump into an old-time farm cooking and crafting adventure at Sassafras Farm! In canning, we’ll make corn cob jelly, from corn to jar–the most primitive of pioneer delights. In candles, each attendee will make their own hand-dipped tapers.
We’ll go for a walk and find natural elements to create a homemade scented potpourri, then back in the kitchen we’ll make old-fashioned burnt sugar cake, learning how to “burn” sugar to make a simple but tasty primitive syrup not to mention cake and icing. We’ll be simmering a pot of fresh lard throughout the weekend, and everyone will make their own rustic loaf of peasant bread. We’ll also hunt for eggs, clip chicken wings (if you’ve ever wondered how), milk the cow, and trim some goat hooves. Take-homes include corn cob jelly, tapers, potpourri, burnt sugar cupcakes, and your own loaf of bread. Your family will be so glad to see you with your goodies and your newfound know-how!
Let’s Paint Primitive!
Expand your creativity! We’ll guide you through step by step as you create your very own primitive style masterpieces. 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 go home with your personal masterpieces and a new-found talent to explore…along with lots of great memories to share!
We will create one work on canvas and one painted bucket (similar to the samples here). What could be more fun than that?!
This two-day Primitives & Pioneers Rtreat, including six meals and two very full days of instructions plus all your supplies and take-homes is $200.
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 by October 1. If you sign up, please plan to attend. Retreat reservations are nonrefundable.
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.
Let the adventure begin! See you at the farm!