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October Weaving Retreat on Kitsap Peninsula at Rockland Lodge

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Connect with Seattle fiber-based multi-disciplinary artist Mandy Greer during an immersive weekend of sculptural tapestry weaving on a private 15 acres, in lush Pacific Northwest forest, overlooking Mission Lake and the Olympic Mountains.

Come explore the interconnectedness of weaving to the healing power of nature, as the fall evenings grow longer. We’ll enjoy the camaraderie of learning together, visiting local fiber farms, good food, crackling wood fires and sunsets on the lake.



Join a cohort of 15 creative individuals on October 18th, 19th and 20th, 2019 for a Weaving Retreat at Rockland Woods Lodge at Mission Lake, on the Kitsap Peninsula — just under two hours from Seattle, including a beautiful Ferry ride across the Sound, just 25 minutes southwest of Bremerton.

The Location:

With lodging on-site in a lovingly and artistically restored 1970’s log cabin lodge, with shared bedrooms and private glamping-style heated wall tents -- this immersive experience will be about unplugging (no wifi!), slowing down and reconnecting with the restorative power of the forest — and how supporting your own creative expression can support others.

Rocklands Woods Lodge is part of the Rockland Residency project — the brainchild of artists Jodi Rockwell and Shawn Landis — where rental of the lodge supports free artist residencies in the summer.

Installation artist and master builder Shawn Landis has meticulously revived and updated the lodge with a modern-rustic aesthetic, with gorgeous rain shower rooms, hand-hewn wood furniture, cozy cabin sleeping quarters with artistic touches, wood fire stoves and fire pits, and an outdoor nature shower and bathtub.

With magical trails through a densely forested 15-acres and a lakeside dock to watch the sunset over Mission Lake — listening to owls and frogs — this retreat will offer you ample abundance of places for ‘fertile solitude’ as well as communal enjoyment in the warm great room and chef’s kitchen!

The Craft:

Weaving brings many people peace, and teaches patience — to let go of preconceived ideas and observe what’s happening in front of you without judgement. My personal take on tapestry weaving also encourages you to be bold and play-centered by using unconventional recycled materials, reminding you to connect with your senses — your sense of touch and the pleasure of making something wholly your own .

Whether you are a total beginner or have fiber experience, my retreats have people come away with an artwork they are truly proud of and one that carries with it memories of community, gaiety and self-accomplishment. The immersive nature of the retreats creates an environment where even beginning weavers can make an accomplished and original wall tapestry.

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The Workshops:

This Weekend Retreat will feature, not one, but two workshops! In addition to the main workshop all-day Saturday, we will do an Embellishments Workshop on Friday night, learning how to take a more sculptural approach with our weavings — learning how to make pom-poms, wrapped tassels, beading, twists and more.

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The Saturday workshop is an expanded version of my popular 5 hour Weaving Wall Hanging Workshop, but with several more techniques taught - about 7 total, with many more special materials - like hand-dyed indigo upcycled fibers, a massive bead stash, and featuring local hand-spun hand-dyed yarns.

My teaching style focuses on breaking down complex techniques into specific easily learnable steps, while encouraging intuitive exploration and risk taking by providing an abundance of wild and luscious materials - a huge stash of luxurious boutique, hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns, wool roving and up-cycled fabrics.

And this retreat has a generosity of time - more than 10+ hours at your loom - to really go deep into your design and weaving process. Learning more about sculptural weaving will level up your weavings, even if you have already taken my 5 hour weaving workshop.

Sharing and Supporting:

The intention behind all my Weaving Retreats is not just to make a weaving, but to connect to others through process, and experience the interrelatedness of making and spending time in community.

Community is built by hand, by sharing and supporting, and reaching outside our personal bubbles to find shared experiences.

We’ll share meals together — two potlucks - because they’re fun — and two handcrafted breakfast bars of homemade vegan/gf fruit crisp, organic fruits, nuts, meats and cheeses.

After our workshop, we’ll have a feast of an ample vegetarian/vegan taco bar, made with handmade masa corn cakes, homemade pickled vegetables, and a variety of homemade organic savory spreads and toppings.

Along with our retreat supporting the mission of Rockland Residency, we will also be supporting local economies by featuring a selection of luminous hand-dyed yarns made from Kitsap Peninsula fiber artist Heidi Dascher. Heidi runs a dye shop, gallery and community space in Port Gamble called The Artful Ewe.

Also, our first morning together, we’ll take a field trip to near-by Seabeck, Washington for a private tour of Back Nine Farms — a smallholding — where we’ll meet their fiber flock of Romney sheep and Angora goat. Shepherdess Marsha Phillips will give us demos on drum carding and spinning wool, and pressing apples from their orchards. We’ll have the opportunity to purchase yarns and wools and ciders directly from our farmers!



The Lodging Registration :

Rockland Woods Lodge has three large bedrooms of shared accommodations, and three heated glamping wall tents for private accommodations. Queen and King beds can be shared with a friend, in all accommodations, for an additional person room/board fee. 

Weaving Workshops Tuition is booked separately - see below.

Your Retreat Lodging booking includes:

  • two handcrafted breakfast bars with homemade vegan/gf fruit crisp, meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts and spreads.

  • one handcrafted vegetarian taco bar, with handmade masa corn cakes, homemade pickled vegetables, fresh homemade savory spreads and toppings (vegan and GF options)

  • tea and coffee

  • nightly bon-fire with s’mores

  • all day snacks and drinks

  • sheets and towels

  • private tour at Back Nine Farms: 'meet the sheep', spinning/carding demonstrations, cider press and shopping the farm fiber store

  • lakeside dock

  • access to 15 acres of magical forested trails

Please book your Workshop registration at the same time as your lodging.

The Workshop Registration :

You have three options for the Workshops:

  1. coming solo

  2. attending with a friend for a two-person discount

  3. Day-Tripper option: just come for the Saturday Workshop from 12- 5pm, includes dinner and the option to weave until 9pm — THREE spots available.

Included in the workshops tuition:

  • Instruction on Friday 5:30-6:30pm on Weaving Embellishments ( for lodgers only)

  • Instruction is from 12-5pm on Saturday, but you can weave as long as you like afterwards!

  • all materials and tools included

  • Weaving on handcrafted pinewood table looms with heddle bar.

  • A giant luscious stash of handspun wools, wool and alpaca roving, boutique yarns and up-cycled fibers.

  • Featuring hand-spun yarns from a local farm and local dyer, and upcycled fibers hand-dyed with Indigo by me!

  • Huge stash of beads to embellish your weavings



Friday OCTOBER 18, 2019

– 3-5pm: arrivals and check in: relax, get settled in your room, explore the lodge, forest and lakeside, snack and drinks

– 5:30-6:30: Embellishments Workshop!

– 7pm: Potluck Dinner! Share a little, enjoy a lot!

-9pm: Bon fire and s’mores around the fire pit.

Saturday OCTOBER 19, 2019

– 8am-9am: Breakfast Bar and homemade organic fruit crisp, Vegan/GF options.

-9:15am-11 am: We depart for our field trip to Back Nine Farms, Seabeck, Wa.

-11:30am: Return to the lodge, and we set out our potluck lunch buffet

– 12noon-5pm: Weaving Workshop!

– At 5pm, workshop instruction ends, but you are welcome to continue on your weaving all night long.

– 7:00pm-ish: Handcrafted Taco Bar with handmade masa cakes

The rest of the evening is yours to continuing to weave, sharing our work, relaxing by the fire, s’mores,

-9pm: Bon fire and s’mores around the fire pit.

Sunday OCTOBER 20, 2018

-8am-9am: Breakfast Bar and homemade organic fruit crisp, Vegan/GF options.

-10am: weaving looms and materials are available until 10am, then community clean-up, sharing weavings and some last laughs!

-11am: check out and good-byes!


-You must pre-register to reserve your spot in the workshop, and the lodging. A detailed informational email will be sent to you 3 weeks before the retreat.

-Only complete registrations, paid in full, with completed contact information of all participants, will receive the Informational Email.


-If workshop and lodging minimums are not met by this date, the retreat will be canceled and you will receive a refund. Please spread the word about the retreat!

-No Refunds: Due to the effort and labor involved of all parties involved planning the retreat, workshop fees and lodging are not refundable, but can be transferred to a friend. Or contact me to see if there is a waiting list. **The policy is firm**

-Only registered workshop participants may stay the night.

-If workshop or lodging options sell out, contact me to be placed on a waiting list.

-The workshop is suitable for people 13 and up. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is also a registered participant.

-This is a community experience, not at a hotel with a staff. You will be expected to be responsible for yourself, your belongings and your mess - including cleaning up after the workshop. And to treat the beautiful property with respect. Which is great! It’s empowering being a responsible adult. House rules include shoes off inside, no smoking, and no amplified music.

-The Lodge does not have wifi or a landline, and has a limited area of cell phone reception. This is an ‘unplugged’ experience.

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About Mandy Greer:

Mandy Greer is a multidisciplinary artist working in a symbiotic way with fiber-based installation, photography/film, performance, social and environmental interactivity and knowledge-sharing. She is inspired to challenge and blend the boundaries between these ways of making, particularly the boundaries between performer/artist and audience, and between process and final product.

For the past 6 years, she has been teaching her experimental approach to fiber workshops in her own Columbia City, Seattle-based studio, The Silver Studio.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Centro di Cultura Contemporanea at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy; Cathedral St. John the Divine in NYC; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, and Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA. Mandy has received numerous awards including the Arts Innovator Award from Artists Trust/The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation and the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. She has been featured and reviewed in many publications including the New York Times, Hi-Fructose Magazine, Seattle Magazine and Art Ltd.


Mandy Greer has an MFA from the University of Washington, and has taught clay, fiber and art in a broad spectrum of settings. She has taught as an adjunct professor at The University of Washington and The University of South Florida. She has taught school-aged and adult programs at The Frye Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, The Hudson River Museum and through Seattle Public Schools and Mercer Island School district. She has lectured and taught workshops at UW, Evergreen State University, Western Washington University and Emory University.






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