Summer Weaving Retreat: August 11-13 2017
Summer Weaving Retreat: August 11-13 2017
BUSY HANDS, QUIET MINDS: WEAVING AS MEDITATION
with Natalie Novak and Samantha LaMont
Friday, August 11th - Sunday, August 13th, 2017
North Fork 53 Retreat Center in Nehalem, Oregon
We are inviting you to join us on this summer retreat to explore the ancient craft of weaving through creative meditation and wildflower essences. We'll be gathering together at North Fork 53, a beautiful organic farmstead on the banks of the Nehalem River about 20 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Our home, for the weekend, is a lovingly restored craftsman farmhouse located on seven acres surrounded by gardens, trees and meadows. We'll spend our days learning, weaving and sharing meals and ideas in this enchanting place. In the evening there will be time to relax, reflect and enjoy each others company around a fire under the stars. All skill levels are welcome, from absolute beginner to master weaver. To be clear, this retreat is open to EVERYONE and we encourage you to come as you are, on your own, with a partner or with friends.
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We developed this workshop not only to teach you a new approach to weaving, but also how to use weaving as a tool for daily self care and meditation. Over the course of the weekend you'll learn, from start to finish, how to weave tapestry on a simple wooden loom. Weaving is a methodical and slow practice. As our hands get involved with each stitch our mind is free to rest from our conscious stream of thought. It is in this state of quiet that we are best able to hear our creative voice and let it shine! We'll use the wildflower essence to unlock any barriers to our imagination as our fingers dance across the loom.
Through weaving we can integrate the mind, body and spirit to achieve a genuine practice of meditation and self expression. Even if you already know how to weave, this intuitive approach will help you tune into your subconscious and reconnect with your inspiration. Our goal is for you to leave feeling refreshed and empowered with a new skill set to help you create calm and beauty in the world. The loom, tools and flower essences will be yours to keep so you can continue to weave your own adventure.
North Fork 53 offers five beautiful, comfortable rooms in an historic farmhouse with handcrafted details. Rooms and shared baths are available both upstairs and on the main level of the home. All rooms have either a double or queen sized bed. Tent camping is also available in a grassy meadow just steps away from the house. Campers need to bring their own tents, but will have 24 hour access to the farmhouse. If you plan to share a farmhouse room with another retreat participant we will put an additional twin or bunk bed in the room for you. Both parties must sign up individually; there is a space to write in your roommate's name on the sign up form so we can be sure to put you together.
We'll be sharing five delicious meals from French-inspired duo Lavender & Thyme. All meals will be prepared on site with seasonal ingredients fresh from the farm. (Check out the sample menu below!) We will dine together in the farmstead's converted dairy barn, or al fresco on the beautiful grounds. Please let us know your dietary preferences when signing up, we will do our very best to accommodate you. Both alcohol and cannabis are permitted at North Fork 53, and while we will not be providing either, you are welcome to bring your own to respectfully enjoy.
Natalie is a visual artist and teacher in Portland, Oregon. She studied tapestry and Navajo style weaving at the Damascus Fiber Arts School as well as drawing and painting at the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the University of Wisconsin. Working primarily in tapestry, Natalie draws from ancient and contemporary weaving techniques to explore color relationships, modern mysticism and the (super) natural world. Weaving gives Natalie a feeling of grounding and empowerment that she hasn't experienced elsewhere, taking her beyond the surface and connecting her to a rich tradition practiced by cultures all around the world. Currently, Novak maintains a dedicated weaving practice in her hand-built home studio and teaches this meditative craft to students in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. You can see more of her work here: https://combedthunder.com and here: https://instagram.com/combedthunder
Samantha is a weaver, painter, and teacher living in Portland, Oregon. She creates ritual art and cultivates a practice of being through guided meditations and flower explorations. Samantha experiments with color, shape, texture and symbolism through her myriad craft. Her work is often spiritual and abstractly explores themes of expanded consciousness and mysticism. Many of her materials are up-cycled; yarn is often found at estate sales or other second hand sources. Samantha gives new life to old or forgotten materials creating a dimension in her work that may not be seen, but is definitely felt. Samantha recently completed a nine month mentorship with celebrated healer Shayne Case and is a passionate maker of flower and gem essences. You can see more of her work here: https://cardinalpointpdx.com and here: https://instagram.com/cardinalpointpdx
- Everything you need to weave: A beautiful handmade wooden loom, a complete set of weaving tools and a variety of colorful, natural yarns and fibers.
- 8+ hours of weaving instruction and guided meditation plus an illustrated instruction book for future dream weaving exploration.
- Wildflower essence hand crafted by Cardinal Point PDX especially for this retreat.
- Two nights lodging/camping and two days at North Fork 53 Retreat Center.
- Five farm fresh meals from Lavender & Thyme (2 breakfasts, 2 dinners and 1 lunch), plus tea and coffee throughout the weekend.
- The space and time to relax, create and discover your own unique creative voice.
All Inclusive Retreat Rates:
The full cost of the retreat if you sign up by June 30th is:
$495/person for an individual room
$460/person for a shared room
$395/person for camping
On July 1st the cost of private and shared rooms will go up to $545 and $510 respectively. The cost of camping will go up tp $425. No refunds are available after July 1st, we are sorry we are unable to make any exceptions. Refunds requested before July 1st will be honored minus a $100 administrative fee. Registration closes August 1st. In the unlikely event that the retreat is canceled, participants will be notified by email and all payments will be fully refunded.
Payment plans are available for all lodging options:
Indivdual Room: 1st payment $215/balance $280
Shared Room: 1st payment $180/balance $280
Camping: 1st payment $115/balance $280.
First payment is required at sign up with the balance due by August 1st unless prior arrangements have been made.
We look forward to weaving with you this summer at the retreat! If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact Natalie: email@example.com
(Schedule is subject to minor change. Times may shift slightly or there may be optional additions such as morning yoga. A final schedule will be sent to all participants before the retreat.)
Friday, August 11th
4:00pm – Welcome! Weavers arrive at North Fork 53
6:30pm – Dinner
8:00pm – Opening Ceremony and Warping Meditation
Saturday, August 12th
7:00am – Good morning! Tea available in the farmhouse
8:30am-9:00am – Breakfast
9:30am-12:30pm – Weaving and Meditation
1:00pm-3:00pm – Lunch / Free time
3:00pm-6:00pm – Weaving and Meditation
6:30pm – Dinner
8:00pm – Campfire
Sunday, August 13th
7:00am – Tea availble in the farmhouse
8:30am-9:00am – Breakfast
9:30am-11:30am – Weaving and Meditation
11:30am-Noon – Closing Ceremony
(Actual menu may differ slightly, this is an example to set your mouth watering!)
Summer Corn Salad with Lime, Tomato, Cilantro, Onion, Avocado
Grilled Green beans and Okra with Chili Oil
Peach cobbler with hand turned ice cream
Live crepe bar of traditional and buckwheat crepes
savory topping options: Jeff's house cured ham, sautéed potatoes, cream sauce, emanate cheese, fried egg
sweet toppings: homemade nuttella, bananas, fresh berries and fruit, cream
Falafel bar, pita, hummus, baba ghanoush, vegetables, tzatziki
Roasted cherry Tomato crostini with herb chèvre
Watermelon, feta and green tomato salad or tender green salad
fresh handmade pasta, summer tomatoes, roasted garlic, herbs, bagna caudal
Served Vegan Polenta with Farmers market sautéed vegetables, poached eggs (options)
Stone Fruit Clafloutis