The summer retreat is held every year, usually around the first or second weekend of August at Kettle Pond State Park, a lovely groups-only campground in the Vermont State Parks system.
People are free to bring all manner of fiber crafts to work on. In the past we've had folks bring spinning, carding, knitting, and crocheting. We hold demonstrations, and there is always someone at hand to help work out a problem you might be having with a particular project. Most of the activities take place around the group fire pit, though there is an extensive trail system and a lovely pond to swim in. We've rented boats/canoes and paddled out on the pond to see the moonrise as a group. There's something for everyone. Families and non-crafting spouses are welcome.
The fee for this retreat includes the leanto rental, firewood for the group fire pit, s'mores, and all activities or demonstrations held during the retreat. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis though the number of folks I can fit into the leantos is variable and flexible.
If you don't like camping but would still like to come to the retreat, you could bring a camper to one of the many nearby state parks that have camper space. Alternatively, you could book a stay at Seyon Lodge, which is a state-run B&B (and the site for the Winter Retreat). For a less expensive solution, you can book one of the cabins at Ricker Pond State Park. These options are very short drives from Kettle Pond, so you could spend your days with us without giving up any of the comforts. If you chose this option, the registration fee would be waived.
Please go to the Registration page to get details about the fees and payment.