Frequently Asked Questions
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Wait…When and where is this retreat again?
Funny you should ask, because this year, there are TWO! The first one, we are calling Blue Bites: Driftless Tastes and Textiles Weekend! It features a food tour along with the dyeing. Wooo! The dates are Wednesday evening (or Thursday morning in case you are a morning person) June 12th through 16th. More deets are here.
The second Retreat is called Purely Textiles: Stitching and Dyeing Weekend! It features a slow stitching class by local textile artist Linda Sweek. Yay! It’s from Thursday, July 11 through Sunday July 14, 2019. All the details on this one, are here.
The rest of this page will have FAQs that apply to both Deep Into Indigo Retreat dates. Click on the links for each date for specifics.
Both retreats will be held in Westby, WI, which is about 2 hours NW of Madison. We’ll send you the address and directions along with your retreat confirmation.
What’s it like?
Get a sense of it here.
I’m in! Where and how do I sign up?
If you choose to make a deposit, you will receive an invoice for the remainder of your payment along with due dates and coupon codes and all that good stuff after we receive your deposit payment. But here it is, so you don’t have to search it out:
Use Coupon code “one!” for your Phase One discount of $100, good now through January 21, 2019.
Use Coupon Code”two!” for your Phase Two discount of $50, good from January 22 through March 15, 2019.
The balance of your Deep Into Indigo Retreat Registration fee is due by April 15, 2019.
We so appreciate your early registration!
And what’s it all about?
Dyeing with indigo, playing with Shibori and batik pattern-making with fabric and paper, hanging out, eating well and getting to make beautiful stuff with your hands. Open-ended creativity and friendship. We’ve added retreats and changed things up a bit, but this mission hasn’t changed for us at all.
What is the retreat center like?
It’s a delightful, unique place. The lodge is a converted feed mill located just a couple of blocks off the main street in Westby, WI.
The space is divided into 3 individual apartment areas, each having its own bathrooms, kitchen, living and dining areas. The downstairs apartment houses our communal kitchen and eating space.
There is a large, communal conference area with tables where we can work and share meals. The conference area adjoins the covered garage space as well as a nice back yard where we can set up our dying activities.
There are many full bathrooms. We are happy to designate a bathroom as a totally chemical free zone, if you require it. Just let us know.
‘Sup with the food?
I’m glad you asked. Not to worry, Jennifer will not be cooking! The very talented and amazing foodie extraordinaire Jenina Mella is going to make all of our meals. Every dish will be as locally produced as we can manage.
Those of us who attending the 2017 Deep Into Indigo Retreat are still dreaming about her watermelon salad. For Jen, the highlight of 2018 was the hand made granola and that lunch on Sunday. She never wanted it to end.
For those with special dietary needs, the food will be gluten sensitive, meaning that most dishes won’t have gluten. There will be gluten in the kitchen.
The food will also be vegetarian friendly. That means that there will be meat, but it will be easy to avoid.
If your dietary needs are more specific, feel free to please bring along your own food. We cannot offer any discounts on the retreat price. Let us know ahead of time if you are bringing food, so we can make sure there’s room in the fridge.
I am traveling from far, far away. How do I get there?
Another good question, you are very smart. You have lots of options. You can fly into the LaCrosse Airport. A Viroqua native tells us that this is the most expensive option. However, it’s also only an hour away from the retreat center.
Alternative airports are Madison (about 2 hours and 15 minutes away) and Minneapolis (the longest drive at 3 hours but possibly the cheapest airport option).
We’re happy to share your contact information with other retreat peeps (after you all give us permission) so that you can coordinate ride sharing from the airport of your choice.
So, how much will all this fun set me back?
Indigo Dyeing Questions:
Almost everything. We’ll provide a variety of fabric, papers, several types of indigo dye vats, plastic gloves, instruction and support, Shibori making tools, scissors, seam rippers, and some fun surprises.
What does a variety of fabric and papers actually mean?
We’re still planning and prepping. For sure it will include lots of tea towels, samples of different types of fabric, pretty scarves, napkins, and lots of clothes that we’ve thrifted and prepped to dye. We’ll also have a variety of luscious papers to dye, some hand made! There will be more. We hope you’ll send suggestions. Please bring some of your own fabrics and paper and fibers to dye if you want to, though, you won’t need to, we’ll have plenty. Indigo will only dye natural fibers.
Email us (email@example.com) with suggestions, questions and knock knock jokes.
Do I need to prepare my fabric ahead of time?
No. But you can, if you want to. I recommend that you scour you fabrics by putting into a pot of water just off the boil, along with some Dawn Dish Soap and Arm ‘N Hammer washing soda and let it soak in there for an hour. Give it a few stirs. The water will get nasty and stinky. That means it’s working. Rinse your fabric out and hang to dry, especially if you use dryer sheets.
There’s a washer and dryer in the retreat venue if you spill coffee down your front and we are set up to scour the fabric in case it isn’t prepped before you arrive.
Is formal attire required?
No, silly. In fact, it’s going to be grandly messy and you should dress in clothes that can be stained blue. Don’t forget that your shoes will get stained too. My recommendation is to plan on getting messy in the day and then just wearing your jammies at night.
Are there any super obvious things that you feel like saying anyway, Jen?
Yes. No smoking, no pets, be friendly. Since there will be alcohol, we’d like everyone to be 21 or over. Also, since we are sharing intimate space, the retreat is for women only.