About the Course
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.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
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.
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.
Sarah Foxley - - #18046
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
hazel mackenzie - - #11124
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.
Kate Hutchinson - - #11024
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.
Linda Whiter - - #11023
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!!
Deb King - - #9583
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.
Susan McPhee - - #9397
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!
Sheila March - - #9376
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