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Willow Basket Weaving Retreat - AUGUST 2024
Join Jes Clark of Willow Vale Farm for a week of willow basket weaving! Come and learn about the history of willow as a healer and a provider and leave with your own willow basket woven by you. No experience necessary. Strong hands a must.
Where & When
Aug 20, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 24, 2024, 5:00 PM
Petersburgh, Petersburgh, NY 12138, USA
Grab your tents and your cozy socks and come camp out on the land for a week of willow basket weaving with Jes Clark!
Join Jes Clark of Willow Vale Farm for a week of willow basket weaving! Come and learn about the anatomy of willow and it's history as a healer and a provider and learn new weaving techniques. You'll leave with a basket woven by you! No experience necessary. Strong hands a must.
Jes Clark (they/them) is the farmer and weaver at Willow Vale Farm in Stanfordville, NY. Jes weaves traditional and contemporary functional pieces and the basket forms created are a result of their conversation with each stick of willow. All of their willow is grown without pesticides using regenerative practices and with loving care.
Jes has been teaching weaving just since 2018 but has taught hundreds of students ranging from absolute beginners to experienced weavers looking to refine their craft. They have taught at the Stowe Basketry Festival, for the Northeast Basketmakers Guild, at the New York Botanical Garden just to name a few, and also privately in one-on-one tutorials.
In this week long workshop students will learn traditional weaving techniques in crafting a basket and other small projects out of willow. The relationship between humans and willow goes back thousands of years and among the many roles of willow as medicine, building material, ecological partner, is its use as a strong basketry material across continents. We will be weaving beginners round baskets starting at the base and finishing with optional handles or shoulder straps. Weaving techniques incorporated are pairing, waling, randing and woven rod borders. These functional baskets are sturdy and can be used for foraging, harvesting, or for holding precious items at home. No weaving experience is necessary, but strong hands are a must. All tools and materials will be provided.
We will also explore different ways Willow can be a teacher and support us in processing our thoughts and emotions. We will write, move, and express what wants to emerge from our weaving process. we will make food together around the fire during our meals & here are options to visit the Grafton Peace Pagoda for prayer either in the morning or evening.
We are so honored to host Jes on the land this summer to learn from them about developing a relationship with willow in this way! Thank you Jes for sharing your wisdom!
**a detailed packing list will be sent upon registration**
**This workshop is for those who idenfity as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color**
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FRI-SAT sliding scale$
this workshop requires a two day minimum registration to ensure you have enough time to finish your project. If you are only staying for two days please note the days for participation will be friday and saturday If you are planning to attend the whole week, please consider paying above the $150 sliding scale. Thank you!$0
WEEK-LONG sliding scale$
this workshop requires a two day minimum registration to ensure you have enough time to finish your project. If you are planning to attend the whole week, please consider paying above the $150 sliding scale. Thank you!$0