Still bummed that you didn't get to go to
sleep-away camp as a kid?
We've got your sleep-away camp
...for the woman you are now...
all ready for you!
2019 Retreats in Northern Michigan
A Study in Slow Fashion
surface design, natural dyes and hand sewing
4 day retreat
August 21st - 25th, 2019
Enjoy 4 days of hand sewing, natural dyes, surface design and nourishing our souls while making with our hands and engaging in conversations with like-minded folks.
We’ll gather on beautiful Black Squirrel Farm in Cheboygan, Michigan
Garment Making with Cal Patch
designing, drafting & sewing
4 day retreat
October 13th - 17th, 2019
Come and learn from the veritable master of laid-back, accessible pattern drafting…Cal Patch. On historic Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan.
Bring your bike (or your walking shoes)…as there are no cars on the island. Not to worry, a sweet little shift dress looks amazing on a bike.
Frequently Asked Questions
In the Slow Fashion retreat, we’ll be doing hand sewing, so new machines required.
In the Garment Sewing with Cal Patch, we will be using sewing machines. You can bring your own, or a I have a few I can lend to those coming from afar. Just send me an e-mail to reserve one. No charge.
No! We’d love to have you for whichever parts feel good to you. If we’re going for a hike and you just want to sit in the sun with a good book…then that’s what you should do!
In the Slow Fashion Retreat, materials are all provided and cost $100. We’ll be working with the same materials – undyed organic cotton jersey, block printing tools, natural dyes, thread, etc.
In the Garment Sewing with Cal Patch you’ll be sent a material list (which you can also see on that retreat page). We want your dream garments, the garments you’ll be making, to be just exactly what you want. So, you’ll come with your materials all ready.
I can understand your hesitation. It’s a big commitment of your precious time and money.
Obviously, I can’t guarantee that you’ll find your new best friend. But I can promise that I will do my very best to create an atmosphere of inclusion and warmth. I’ll provide opportunity to connect and nudge those connections along.
Yes! Most certainly, yes. This is a choose-your-own adventure type of time. Dip your toes in, jump in headfirst, or hang out on the beach…whatever feels good to you.