It’s mid-October, and I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the cooler weather, especially after what they say was the hottest summer on record! Plus, the leaves are turning, the air is nice and crisp… it’s a lovely time of year.
And what better time for a retreat? I’m excited to announce that I’m hosting a felting retreat. On November 19th through 21st, just in time for Thanksgiving, we’ll be gathering to celebrate autumn and craft a gorgeous cornucopia. Yes, all from wool!
The harvest season is a time to honor our lives and communities, to cherish our blessings and snuggle up for the oncoming winter. To me, the cornucopia is the perfect symbol of nature’s abundant gifts as well as gathering in gratitude…which is so important after such a stressful year and a half.
Autumn is also a time for reflection and self-care. As we prepare for winter, we must nourish our minds and spirits as well as our bodies. I find needle felting to be such a meditative activity. It also helps me relieve my stress to take some time with my projects. It’s like a zen practice: you cultivate mindfulness and let your worries melt away. Even though there’s technical skill involved, somehow it’s just so relaxing!
That’s why I created Bear Creek Felting…to share this natural stress-busting art form with others. And of course, it’s a perfect way to make new friends and celebrate our communities.
Which brings me back to the retreat! As I said, it’s happening November 19th-21st at the Nome Schoolhouse. I invite you to join us and nurture your mind and spirit as we reflect on the year and immerse ourselves in a creative, meditative endeavor. After all, we’ve experienced since the beginning of the pandemic, now is the ideal time to practice mindfulness and reconnect with our communities. Plus, who wouldn’t love an adorable felted cornucopia on their Thanksgiving table? Whether you are near or far, we invite you to join us. We can pick you up from the airport and show you around Nome Schoolhouse on arrival. You can even stay with us in one of our guest rooms.
If you can’t wait until November to start making your own fall decorations or can’t make it this year, please check out my other autumn-themed felting courses, or join the Needle Felting Academy. Members can take the cornucopia course there as well, although I hope you’ll join us at the retreat for a truly special crafting experience.