Foxfire Mountain House Presents:
The Art of Living Well
THE FOREST FERN & VESTIGE HOME
We gather this year at the 100 year-old Foxfire Mountain House in the secluded Catskill Mountains for four magical days to discover how creative practices and simple, yet thoughtful, moments of self care can reveal a pathway to a life well-lived. Guided by carefully selected teachers and makers, we will explore personal expression through design. This is an all-inclusive retreat - you will leave the weekend with the skills needed to continue in your creative pursuits as well as all of the professional-quality tools of the trades.
Surrounded by Foxfire's 10 private acres, we will immerse ourselves in finding the beauty in everyday moments while fostering new friendships and creative growth. Our guests will spend the weekend in one of Foxfire's 11 unique guest rooms, each with white linen bedding on sunbleached wood beds crafted by a local carpenter to ensure a good night’s sleep. Whether spending time weaving by the fireplace or gathered for bountiful meals prepared by Foxfire with a Nordic country influence, this retreat will aim to highlight the joy that is gained by simplicity done well.
During your time at Foxfire you will join fiber artist Sara Banner of The Forest Fern and woodworker, and designer, Nicole Cole of Vestige Home for immersive workshops in their respective crafts.
Sara will guide our guests though the art of weaving - from warping your personal hardwood frame loom to creating texture and interest with unique fibers, Sara teaches not only technique, but helps you explore how to find your own personal voice and style. We will experiment with unexpected materials such as ceramics, feathers and personal objects, including a special class dedicated to incorporating macrame knots in your work.
Nicole will be leading our guests in the art of hand carving, with a focus on spoon carving. From selecting the proper wood to finishing techniques, we will use the beauty presented by nature to create useful objects to share with those you love. Nicole will also share serving boards and objects from her own personal collection to demonstrate how you can elevate your entertaining through thoughtful food styling along with the chefs at Foxfire.
Thursday, March 8th through Sunday, March 11th at
Foxfire Mountain House, Mt. Tremper NY
Bohemian and relaxed, Foxfire is like your globe-trotting uncle’s country estate. A place where modern travelers can lounge by the stone fireplace on sheepskin rugs or on vintage velvet and leather sofas. It’s about conversation, community, and the right ambience to create perfect moments. Whether it’s the collections of butterflies and antlers, old silver, or the Moroccan tiles, there’s a simple sophistication throughout.
Located in the Catskill mountains, Foxfire Mountain House is nestled on ten private acres with a pond and lily pool, bonfire pits, and a rustic outdoor glass house for nights under the stars. It’s a place to call your own, however long you stay. You’re welcome here, always.
Sara Banner of The Forest Fern
Sara is the artist behind The Forest Fern, a brand dedicated to the creation of modern fiber art and a handcrafted lifestyle. By finding inspiration in spaces, Sara uses texture as the primary element in her work, often with a less-is-more approach that is constantly evolving. As a teacher, Sara leads her students in a quest to discover their individual creative voice, avoiding pattern work and instead focusing on vision and material. Sara’s work has been featured in various publications including Koel Magazine, Remodelista.com and “Your Creative Work Space” by Desha Peacock (2017).
Nicole Cole of Vestige Home
From an early age Nicole has been interested in the art of creating and making. Throughout her childhood, she spent countless hours painting, sewing, and woodworking and carries that passion for creativity into her life and business today. Nicole finds that creating well-crafted, thoughtful everyday objects is a great way to merge art and design. She encourages the exploration of material and form through her workshops and believes that though a creative practice we can nourish a life of intention, patience, and constant growth.
Thursday March 8th: This is a four-day retreat with check-in on Thursday afternoon. After your are settled into your comfortable and unique guest room, we will gather for a Welcome to Foxfire, complete with refreshments. This is where you will meet your instructors for the weekend, tour Foxfire with co-owner and designer Eliza Clark, and be introduced to the crafts we will explore during our time together. Afterward we will enjoy a family-style welcome dinner hosted by Foxfire.
Friday March 9th: Our second day will be spent with immersive workshops with The Forest Fern and Vestige Home. Sara will begin with an introduction to frame loom weaving focused on developing technique and creating visual interest through texture. Nicole will take you through the art of spoon carving, guiding your to create your own beautiful handmade objects. A special afternoon will include a private cooking class with the chefs a Foxfire focused on elevating a simple gathering and a styling class with Vestige Home.
Saturday March 10th: On our third day, after a quiet breakfast, we will continue to focus on building skill through craft while setting aside plenty of time for self-care through relaxation and inner focus. We will find healing in meditation with a Sound Bath or take this moment to reserve a private moment to soak in Foxfire’s iconic treetop bath. Sara and Nicole will host additional optional workshops during this time, a perfect opportunity for quiet one-on-one instruction.
Sunday March 11th: Our final day will be focused on finishing our weavings and refreshing the skills gained throughout our time together. A farewell lunch will bring the weekend to a close as we say goodbye.
- Three nights and four days at Foxfire Mountain House, check-in Thursday afternoon March 8th, check-out Sunday afternoon March 11th
- All meals thoughtfully prepared by Foxfire Mountain House including three breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners
- All snacks and refreshments (including wine) during the retreat
- Immersive Weaving Workshops and one-on-one instruction time with Sara of The Forest Fern AND all workshop materials (hardwood frame loom for each guest, thoughtful selection of fibers, complete set of weaving tools) and a unique class focused on incorporating texture through Macrame in your weavings
- Carving Workshops with Nicole of Vestige Home including a complete set of carving knives, selection of kiln-dried wood, sharpening tools and carving resources.
- Cooking Class with the chefs of Foxfire Mountain House including styling workshop led by Foxfire and Vestige Home
- Access to Sara and Nicole for continued education and learning support after the close of the retreat to allow you to finish any projects initiated during the workshops.
What's Not Included: Travel to and from the retreat.
photo credit: Sweet Root Village
How Much: Reservations are $1950 for an individual room with private bath and $1850 for a individual room with shared bath. Discount for shared occupancy, please inquire for pricing | a 50% deposit is due upon booking with the 2nd 50% due by February 23rd, 2018.
Who's This For: This retreat is perfect for the complete beginner or the someone with some prior weaving and/or carving experience. Prior to the retreat you will receive a short questionnaire to share your skill level and workshop goals so that we can tailor the weekend to best suit your needs. Individuals, couples or friends traveling together are welcome (discount for shared room occupancy).
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are only accepted until February 23, 2018. Prior to that date, deposits will be refunded less $400 for material costs incurred. After February 23, 2018 deposits are non-refundable. We strongly urge that you consider purchasing trip insurance for unforeseen circumstances that might require a cancellation.
To make your reservation please email Eliza Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org
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