I love the holiday season! I love the end of the year which makes me especially contemplative as I review the year past and give thanks for the people and opportunities that were part of it. I love the “stroke of midnight” on new year’s eve as I shift focus to all of the questions and curiosity about what the new year will have in store. Part of the contemplation is compiling a montage of photos from the journey past. If the photos in this video inspire you, I invite you to be a part of the Fiber Garden in 2018. I’d love to welcome you!
It is rare in these days of too much stress, packed schedules, increasing workloads and pushing to do more, faster, with less, that we take the time to retreat. To slow down, breathe deeply, really “see” the amazing world that surrounds us. To reflect, refresh, and renew our minds and our hearts. To spend the time doing the things that we love. The Clearing Folk School in Door County, Wisconsin, is one place that allows us this space to “be”. I have just returned from my annual trip to The Clearing to spend a week teaching, immersed in fibers and spinning, surrounded by the spirit of Jens Jensen and his “school of the soil”.
For spinners in the Fiber Garden community, spring and fall are times when we escape the daily grind for more peaceful and creative time. We pack up our fibers, load our spinning wheels, and hit the road to Baraboo, Wisconsin and “The Glen”. Durward’s Glen Retreat Center! For four days our spinning wheels turn a quiet rhythm and through the artists’ hands, amazing yarns are created! We recently returned from our spring retreat where we celebrated our spinning community and the breakthrough of spring!
What an amazing year in 2016!! The generosity, kindness, and support of everyone in the Fiber Garden community fills me with gratitude. So many of you who have been a part of the Fiber Garden throughout the years continue to bring me joy each time we meet. And I met so many new fiber friends who ventured here to explore the Fiber Gardens’ home in Black River Falls or who joined a fiber class or retreat at another venue that I was fortunate to teach at. You helped us grow our “Garden”!
Enjoy the memories of the past year and look forward to some inspiring fiber workshops, retreats, and travel 2017!
Inspiring, energizing, uplifting are just a few of the words that I would use to describe our recent spinner’s retreat. Spinners unleashing their creativity, bonding as a community of fiber artists and enjoying a hearty dose of laughter. What could be better?
Until we gather again in the spring, may your spinning wheels always be in motion! Thank you for the honor of sharing these days with you!
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