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Wait…When and where is this retreat again?
Our retreat this year was held just outside of Madison, WI, in nearby Cross Plains. Look down below for more details about the venue itself.
Here’s the info about the 2019 Retreat:
You can arrive as early as 8:00am on Saturday July 13, 2019 for the retreat to begin. If you’re staying overnight, we will get you settled in your room and then we will jump right in to our activities in whatever way is most comfortable for you. If you are attending the retreat on a day pass, you can come both days and can arrive whenever you’re up and going on Sunday. The retreat officially ends Sunday, July 13, 2019 at 3:00pm.
What is the retreat center like?
We feel so fortunate to have found another unique venue for our summer event this! It’s a delightful, unique location which gives you the feeling of being far out in the country, even though you are just 25 minutes from downtown Madison. This venue is actually home to a community-supported agriculture farm in Dane County. The house is an updated traditional Wisconsin farmhouse with many charming appointments; it’s on 30 acres and has several outbuildings, one of which we will be using to set up our dye space. What really sold us on the space though, is the beautiful BLUE BARN! We just couldn’t resist that!
At this beautifully updated farm house, there is room for up to 6 people to stay overnight. There is one full bath (which is large) and a powder room on the main floor. The venue has laundry facilities for preparing fabric. Our dye space will be in an outbuilding on the farm which just behind this lovely farm house.
Both retreats will be held in Crossplains, WI, which is just outside 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.
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.
‘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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.