Come and join us for a week of traditional craft, gentle walks and optional morning yoga - a truly relaxing week for creative people who would like a bit of the outdoors.
Over the week participants can have a go at natural dyeing outdoors in the woods. Foraging for dye plants, making botanical dyes from what they have foraged and learning about ancient imported dyes. Guests will dye local fleece as well as fleece from our own small flock of Shetland sheep. After a day of natural dyeing, we will take a day exploring Glen Affric, finding inspiration for the following days felting workshop.
Spend the next day felting with the fleece which was dyed on the first day. Make a beautiful felted wall hanging inspired by the stunning landscapes of Glen Affric. The following day guests can walk in the woods above Loch Ness, with wonderful views of the world famous Loch. Visit a local potter on the way home.
Our last craft day will be spent eco-printing, using flowers and leaves we have collected on our walks to print on cotton and silk, creating patterns and colours from extracted botanical dyes. Go home with an original and unique silk scarf.
The retreat will also include a hand-spinning evening, a needle felting workshop and optional morning yoga with Joanie for those who fancy a little stretching before breakfast!
We run the week at a relaxed pace, provide healthy home cooking and lovely spacious accommodation at the Old stables - where you can simply step out the front door and walk in any direction onto foot paths.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Once we pick our guests up from Inverness everything is included in the price; transfers, accommodation, all meals (we can cater for any dietary needs), workshops and materials.
Guests go home with a dye book of samples, a felted wall hanging, an eco- printed silk scarf and needle felted creations.
Inverness can be easily reached by plane (Easyjet, Flybe) or train.
This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
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It is difficult to describe a perfect vacation which is exaxtly the experience at the Wild Rose Escape Craft Retreat... Perfect! Rosie and her family share their lifestyle selflessly. The fabulous food, crafts, new friendships, and Highland scenery, more than met my expectations. I left the retreat feeling accomplished in my creations and inspired to do more and hoping to return! I highly recommend Wild Rose Escapes!
Response from Wild Rose Escapes:Thank-you Jackie! It was a pleasure to have met you and I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We'd love to have you back again, Many thanks!
I have just had the most wonderful week, spent in the company of lovely people! Everything about the course was so well organised, even the weather was great! From first thing in the morning with Joanie doing yoga to a lovely leisurely breakfast and then the smashing walks and craft days to a lovely evening meal cooked by Rosie and assisted by Joanie! We really had a very memorable week! We even were visited by Rosie’s lovely children on Halloween who sang to us and told us jokes!
Rosie and Joanie are the most delightful hosts, nothing is too much trouble for them, we were even provided with hot water bottles in case we were cold at night! The accommodation was lovely spacious, warm ( we had a lovely log fire each evening) and was set in beautiful grounds. I enjoyed myself so much I’ve already signed up for another course next year! Looking forward to it already!
Response from Wild Rose Escapes:Thank-you so much Mary! it will be so lovely to have you back again next year.
I have just returned from wild rose craftcourse 26th October to 1st November 2019, it exceeded all expectations from Rosie's friendly welcome to her hugging me goodbye!
Rosie is and excellent host and cook/chef. She catered for at least four different dietary requirements with ease serving imaginative meals which were healthly and delicious and there was plenty of homemade cakes, bread and fresh fruit everyday !
The accommodation was modern and spacious.
Rosie is a fountain of knowledge and her ability and patience is boundless! She enabled everyone to achieve wonderful results when teaching craft skills to make an eco printed scarf, shabori, batik and wet and needle felting, sending them home with the results to show off to family and friends.
Well done Rosie 5 STARS from me
Response from Wild Rose Escapes:Thank-you for your lovely review Hilary- I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us, it was so nice to meet you.
From the ride from the station this week was an amazing experience. Alex gave us a great rundown of the local environment we were travelling into allowing for this Aussie to acclimatise.
The Stables accommodation was very welcoming and comfortable and perfect for our group of 6.
Rosie inspired us all to explore the wonders of Highland crafting with natural dyeing techniques, eco-printing and felting. To be able to use products collected from the local area and create wonderful colours and products was fabulous.
Joanie's take on the world gave me food for thought and I have another way of thinking to explore and yoga to take up.
The wonderful food cooked for us could be an issue if I'd stayed longer as it was too yummy to resist.
Walking through the forests of Glen Affric and Loch Ness was an experience to remember as was the beautiful weather Scotland put on for us. A swim in the loch a bonus.
Learning about Scottish crafting heritage and participating in waulking singing with Ele (don't need to be able to sing) was great fun along with an evening of spinning with Ali and visits to local craftspeople.
Was very sad to leave and hope I will have an opportunity to go back in the future
Response from Wild Rose Escapes:Dear Sara,
Rosie is the icing and the cherry on the cake!
The course content and accommodation met the description, however it is in the detail that you find the excellence.
Rosie's consummate people skills brought 6 strangers into a cohesive group. Anyone wondering if the course would be suitable for them as a lone traveller worry not!
Yoga teacher Joannie brought us peace and relaxation, Ele amazing folk singing and Ali beautiful wool!
Josie's forest home where we spent time dyeing wool in cast iron pots over open fires and felting is amazing with stunning views. Her huge barn workshop was like walking through the wardrobe and finding yourself in Narnia...........magical.
Response from Wild Rose Escapes:Dear Janet, thank-you so much for your lovely words, it was so nice to have met you and i'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Come and see us if you make it up this way again!
I was unlucky enough to arrive a day later than the other guests owing to a spot of freak September weather but Rosie went above and beyond the call of duty, helping me sort alternative trains and then kindly driving into Inverness late on the Sunday evening to meet me at the station. The remainder of the week unfolded effortlessly into a pattern of stunning scenic walks interspersed with craft activities such as eco dyeing, silk printing and felt making. Everything was beautifully organised yet in such a comfortingly informal manner that it felt more like a relaxed family holiday than a rigid course. Food was freshly prepared and delicious and there was a seemingly endless variety of hot drinks and homemade cake for all those in-between times! But what will probably stay with me the longest was the warmth of both Rosie and Joannie who took the time to get to know each and every guest, instinctively knowing when to listen, encourage and allow space if needed. Equally welcoming were Rosie's friends, Ally and Ele, who kindly shared their spinning and traditional singing skills with us on a couple of evenings. All in all it was a very special week and one which will stay with me for a long time to come.
what a fantastic way to spend some time! Everything about the retreat was great. The people on it, the beautiful venue and the things we did. By far the best thing about the retreat was Rosie. She just has a way of working away in the back ground to make everything so nice. She seems to do this easily but it is a huge amount of work. The activities and the walks are all available but with no pressure to do everything and that just seems to work. This is the third course that i have done with Rosie and each one has been amazing ! Definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a bit of space and relaxation
I would highly recommend the craft retreats Rosie runs. All aspects of the course we're really well done and excellently organised.
It was a really good mix of different activities but also time left to relax.
The craft tution and materials were great. Cooking delicious.
The yoga and relaxation sessions with Joanie were also really enjoyable.
Rosie worked really hard to provide an excellent week of crafts and walking. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the holiday from collecting plant materials to use in the dyeing and felting workshops to walking in the beautiful countryside.
Rosie also cooked really lovely food every day.
It was a fantastic experience shared with like minded people. Also enjoyed the yoga and relaxation sessions with Joanie and the singing with Ele.
This was an amazing retreat. Rosie put together a perfect blend of all the things I love - eco textile crafts, hiking in the glorious Scottish countryside, yoga and learning some of the history of the crafts and area. The accommodation was lovely, very quiet and comfortable. The food was delicious and mostly local. There were opportunities to do our own thing if we wanted and there was no pressure to join in or achieve a particular outcome (lots of freeform crafting happened). Rosie is very knowledgeable about the environment and her craft and generous in sharing with us. The retreat was a real highlight of my trip to Scotland (from Australia) and I would definitely do it again if I am in the area!!
I had the most fantastic week, learning new skills, exploring the surrounding beautiful area, meeting lovely people and living in a nice house with great fresh local food
Rosie made this all possible with her hard work and lots of energy. I would love to return some day.
Rosie had organized the retreat perfectly!
The blend of constructive "work" - gathering dye materials, learning how they work, brewing on the outdoor fires - and seeing the fascinating range of colours produced, combined with completing felted objects.
That was enhanced with walks exploring the beautiful area and relaxing and interesting talks or activities in the evenings. The friends who came to help in the evenings added to the lovely atmosphere in a beautiful house with comfortable rooms and the meals were very thoughtfully prepared with great attention to my dietary needs.
There was no feeling of pressure to achieve and if you wished to go and do your own thing - that was ok too.
Altogether a wonderful week!