Oregon Coast Farm Weaving Retreat
June 14 - 16th, 2019
Connect with Seattle fiber-based multi-disciplinary artist Mandy Greer on an adventure of fiber, farm-to-table food, environmental stewardship, the natural drama of the Pacific Coast, and the interconnectedness of weaving to the healing nature of learning together.
Join a cohort of 15 creative individuals on June 14th, 15th and 16th, 2019 for an Oregon Coast Farm Weaving Retreat in Nehalem Oregon — just 15 minutes from the Pacific Ocean in Manzanita, at the visionary, sustainable 3.5-acre riverside Retreat Center and Organic Tea Farm, Northfork 53.
The Location: With lodging on-site in a lovingly and artistically restored 1920’s farm house for 10 people, and 5 spots for Day-Trippers - this immersive experience will be about slowing down and reconnecting with the regenerative power of the land and your own creative expression — just 4 hours from Seattle and 1.5 hours from Portland.
With a covered porch and riverside cedar decks, multiple reading nooks inside, a variety of lush gardens to wander, nightly fires in the fire pits and a riverside wood-fired sauna, a picnic dinner on the dramatic Manzanita Beach, this retreat will offer you an abundance of places for ‘fertile solitude’ as well as communal enjoyment!
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 Workshop: 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 and up-cycled fabrics.
This 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 and yarns, and featuring hand-spun yarns grown from sheep on two neighboring farms, supporting local economies: hand-spun Icelandic wool from Lance's Farm Vittles and hand-spun Targhee wool from Meadow Harvest Farm.
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.
The Land and The Food: Weaving and agriculture are both potent threads to our ancient past, and also to our humanity as our earliest of spiritual practices, providing warmth and sustenance. Both have been around for thousands of years and are intimately connected - the harvest of the land spun into fiber and woven into cloth.
But both labor intensive processes have had their magic discarded in our age, by things like ‘fast fashion’ and ‘factory farming’, leading to these expressions of human interconnectedness with the land - and each other - to becoming circumstances of exploitation, greed and suffering. We’ll focus our energy, on this retreat, on how the work of the hand can restore human dignity, and we’ll aim to renew our awareness of solving these issues, carrying that forward in our daily lives beyond. Most people who experience their own process of weaving have a new-found respect for what it takes to make something by hand, and also perhaps an awakening about the human cost of cheap textiles.
We’ll share Farm-to-Table meals together - two breakfasts and a Four-course Dinner — prepared by our own private chef with foods from our farm and neighboring farms - and have the opportunity to reflect upon the care and labor of farming, and the gratitude of getting to be nourished by food grown, harvested and prepared by thoughtful hardworking hands.
We’ll be immersed in the special world of Northfork 53, created as a labor of love by farmers Ginger and Brigham Edwards, who have been passionately produced healthy food for small coastal villages and educating young farmers in sustainable agriculture for 10 years, and now are becoming the Oregon Coast’s first tea farm. Using organic and biodynamic methods with an emphasis on biodiversity and pollinator habitat creation, we’ll enjoy their lush fragrant gardens, and with complimentary tea bar the whole weekend, we’ll indulge in their hand- harvested herbs and tea-blends sourced organically from fair trade companies or from farmers they know from their travels.
Our first morning together, we’ll walk over to visit to Meadow Harvest Farm, to meet the Targhee and Texel sheep — compassionately raised by farmers Sage and Brian, who have built a life of stewardship and sustainability of the land, caring for animals who are born on their land and spend most of their lives with their mothers. Sage hand-spins the yarn from her flock, and we’ll feature her beautiful yarn in our workshop later that day. During our private visit, we’ll learn about Sage’s farm fiber studio - with the option to purchase her yarn and handmade woolens — her spinning process and we’ll get to maybe even meet lambs!
The Vision: My art work, and my guiding principles as a teacher are part of an economy of care. As a maker of immersive interactive fiber-based installations, my Weaving Retreats are my effort at Integrating my mission for my artwork and my objectives as a teacher — creating space for people to sink into experiential learning, togetherness, recuperation through restorative practices. These practices connect you to environment, to source and to the heart-felt labors of others doing the important care work of healing our relationship to the land and ourselves. We all share in weaving this net of co-responsibility. This isn’t just self-care, but a kindling of the experience of ourselves as part of the fabric of life.
Deadline to register is MAY 10th, 2019
The Lodging Registration :
The Farmhouse at Northfork 53 has 10 different beds, with prices ranging from $187 - $252 for the entire weekend retreat.
All Weaving Retreat Lodging is shared. Each bed is booked separately - One person per bed.
Weaving Workshop on June 15th is booked separately - see below.
Your Retreat Lodging booking includes:
two Organic Farm breakfasts prepared by our private chef
one Four-Course Farm-to-Table dinner, prepared by our private chef, from farm garden vegetables and local farms (vegan and GF options)
complimentary organic tea bar, grown on our farm
riverside Finnish sauna
nightly fire pit
all day snacks and drinks
sheets and towels
private tour at neighboring Meadow Harvest Farm: 'meet the sheep' (including lambs!!), spinning demonstration and shopping farm fiber store
shared relaxation spaces: comfy sectionals and bean bag chairs, with games and library
riverfront decks and covered porch
access to 3.5 acres of riverside farm, gardens and meadows
Lodging is first-come, first-served. I cannot hold beds.
Please book your Workshop registration at the same time as your lodging.
The Workshop Registration :
You have three options for the Workshop:
attending with a friend for a two-person discount
coming as a Day-Tripper — either driving in for the day or getting lodging elsewhere
Included in the workshop:
Instruction is from 12-5pm, 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, boutique yarns and up-cycled fibers. Featuring hand-spun yarns from two local farms and upcycled yarn hand-dyed with Indigo by me!
all day snacks and drinks!
Day-Tripper registration includes the 4-Course Farm-to-Table dinner, and are welcome to weave and hang out until 9pm.
Deadline to register is MAY 10th, 2019
Friday JUNE 14th, 2019
– 3-6pm: arrivals and check in: relax, get settled, explore the farm, take tea by the river from the complimentary farm-grown tea bar, snack and drinks
– 6pm - 8:30pm: We depart as a group for Manzanita Beach, for a potluck beach picnic, sundown intention-setting ritual, and searching the sand dunes for treasures to add to our weavings! General fun and wave-chasing, too!
– 9pm: We return to the farm for Riverside wood-fired Finnish Sauna time! Rest, relax, read, enjoy community around the fire-pit! Peruse the yarns for next day’s workshop and try some farm tea at the tea bar!
Saturday JUNE 15th, 2019
– 8am-9am: Breakfast made by our private chef, from Farm-to-Table goodness! Vegan/GF options.
-9:30am-11 am: We’ll walk over and visit with the sheep at Meadow Harvest Farm ( maybe even lambs!), tour farmer/artist Sage’s fiber and spinning studio, with the option to buy more of her hand-spun yarn and woolen goodies
-11:30am: Day Trippers arrive, we set up our potluck lunch buffet
– 12noon-5pm: Weaving Workshop! Day-trippers, please arrive by 11:45am
– At 5pm, workshop instruction ends, but you are welcome to continue on your weaving all night long.
– 6:00pm-ish: We all sit down together to enjoy a 4-Course Farm-to-Table meal prepared by our private chef, from local farm produce.
The rest of the evening is yours to continuing to weave, sharing our work, relaxing by the fire, s’mores, optional sauna, quiet evening moments in the garden!
-9pm: Day-trippers are welcome to continue weaving until 9pm.
Sunday JUNE 16th, 2018
-8am-9am: Breakfast made by our private chef, from Farm-to-Table goodness! 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!
ABOUT Registration and POLICIES : PLEASE READ
-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.
-Deadline to register is MAY 10th, 2019
-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 showering before using the sauna, and no amplified music.
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.