A Hands-On Experience
in the
West Virginia Mountains

Join us for an exciting adventure in the wild and wonderful hills. The annual CITR retreat takes place in Roane County, West Virginia.

What can you get from a CITR retreat? Learn old-time skills and fresh, new methods in a hands-on way with in-person mentorship from fellow CITR friends. Take home fun and functional know-how for self-sufficient living and old-fashioned crafting–and take home what you make, too.

CITR Retreat 2013 will include our core in-demand classes in cheesemaking, soapmaking, preserving, and breadbaking rounded out by new workshops in subjects such as beekeeping, herbal remedies, edible wild plants, fermenting, composting, self-sufficiency and prepping, home brewing and wine-making, hand-quilting and embroidery, tatting, and more old-time crafts, plus more animal husbandry topics–sheep and goat husbandry, natural horsemanship, keeping a family cow, and raising chickens. We’ll focus on culturally iconic West Virginia foods at mealtimes, with campfires at night.

More information and details will be available January 1 when registration opens!

Workshop Proposals: We will be accepting workshop proposals for CITR Retreat 2013 soon. Check back for more information as it becomes available.

Retreat Sponsors: Sponsorship opportunities include providing door prizes that will be given away at the retreat and “swag” items (or money for items) that will be given to all attendees as well as sponsoring class supplies. Sponsors may be businesses, organizations, or individuals. For more information about retreat sponsorship, email us at [email protected].

What do CITR Retreat attendees have to say?

“I would do this again in a heart beat! Maybe we can get away with making any CITR gathering ‘The funnest place on Earth’ and not having Disney sue us? LOL… but then again, isn’t it the people that make the event and not always the environment? So, YES! Being with a group of my CITR friends is fun beyond words!” –Blyss

“I learned so much and my horizons have been expanded beyond my comprehension. I have new skills for a lifetime and so many new friends around the country. I met the most amazing women, whom I consider my kindred spirits, thank you also for the memories.” –cincyjojo

“The friendships I formed are priceless in my mind and I cannot wait to see you all again. I learned so much and when I got home yesterday I made bread, cinnamon rolls, pepperoni rolls, herbed garlic biscuits and I am making cheese now!” –Banjobetsy

“I can’t even put into words how much this weekend meant to me (but I’ll try). Walking into a room of people who understand and love the same things that I do – getting back to nature, cooking, preserving, crafting, knowing how to be more self-sufficient – it was like finding my tribe!” –Canner Joann

See the Retreat 2011 Gallery and the Retreat and Party 2012 Report for photos from past retreats.

See the Sassafras Farm Gallery page for photos from Sassafras Farm.

Questions? Contact [email protected].