In-person course

Three day SAORI Weaving and spinning Retreat in West Wales



Would you like to spend three days in the beautiful Welsh countryside, all meals cooked for you, with like-minded people with nothing to do but relax and create ? If you would like to escape from the craziness and embrace nature and creativity, this is for you… SAORI is a form of creative weaving originating in Japan. Using simple-to-learn techniques amd easy-to-use floor looms, weavers are encouraged to express themselves without fear of making mistakes. It is relaxing, meditative and so joyful. The workshops: Day 1: you will learn how to spin yarns using a drop spindle and make art yarns using a SAORI yarn maker. Day 2: you will be introduced to the SAORI loom and shown a number of techniques to make your sample piece. Day 3: using your art yarns and a selection of yarns and materials, you will create your own unique weaving. Your tutors: Amanda Edney Hi this is Amanda, owner of BEAUTIFULcloth SAORI Studio. I am a mixed-media textile artist, with a background in Social Psychology, Education and Interior Design. I became interested in Textiles during the three years I lived in Japan and travelled back in 2015 to train at SAORI headquarters. I was delighted to be registered as a SAORI Weaving Instructor and supplier of SAORI looms and equipment and started BEAUTIFULcloth later that year. I am passionate about empowering individuals of all ages to explore their creativity for personal enjoyment and self-expression, in a caring and supportive environment. I have qualified teacher status and experience teaching all ages and levels from reception to undergraduates. I look forward to sharing with you the Joy of SAORI weaving.” Amanda Edney BSc(hons) PGTC MAEd(Open) FDAD Debby Mercer ‘Hello, my name is Debby and I have been playing with fibre for 15 years. I can knit, crochet and spin and I am entirely self-taught from old books and experiments! My first foray into spinning was when I lived on the Kennet and Avon canal. I made a spindle from a (fairly) straight stick and a wooden wheel from a cabinet, and I collected scraps of fleece from the fences along the towpath. I used a friend's dog brush to prepare it and tried my best! The yarn I created was lumpy, overspun AND under spun but it was beautiful. I continued my spinning journey by experimenting and trying new things whenever I could. I am now the keeper and chief cuddlier of a small flock of Balwen sheep, who give me many different colours of fleece, and a few commercial pet lambs, who gift me their white fleece. When I moved to Wales, I decided to take my experiments seriously and I am currently studying ancient textiles and experimental archaeology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter. Wool and spinning have been an important part of human existence for over 6000 years, and I would like that to continue. Wool has many fantastic properties which have been almost forgotten so I want to teach people about wool and spinning. ANYONE can spin, the yarn you make will change over time but every single thing that comes off your spindle has a use, whether it's impossibly fine Shetland lace for that heirloom shawl or super chunky, overly hairy stuff that holds the runner beans to the sticks! I hope you will enjoy learning about fleece with me.’ Jo Sheridan ‘Hi I am Jo Sheridan, a Weaver/ Textile Artist and Osteopath. It is important for me to give people the space to find their own creativity to allow for their own wellbeing and happiness which ties in with my work on helping people physically as an Osteopath I believe that everyone is creative and just needs to be encouraged to find that creativity which is often hidden by past experiences. I rediscovered my creative side over 10 years ago after going to mixed media and textile courses however the final piece in the puzzle was finding Saori weaving which allowed my creativity to flourish. I love working with fibre to create unusual one-off pieces of clothing using my saori loom and art yarns. The focus for my work now is to try to get fibre locally or from recycled/reclaimed sources to produce unique items that are sustainable and valued.’ The venue: Mud and Wool is located on a beautiful, tranquil 14-acre small holding with outstanding views ideal for watching the sun rise and do some star gazing as there is very little light pollution. Your hosts Jo and Adam are artists, Jo a weaver and Adam a potter. They bought the property in 2021 with the dream of converting the site into a tranquil environmentally sustainable retreat for people to come to and enjoy this area of outstanding beauty. The small holding was perfect for their dreams as it contained a converted barn, previously a restaurant, and holiday cottages as well as their home. The workshop will be held in the beautifully converted barn which is now the studio and teaching area. The land has with amazing views towards the Cambrian mountains and yet it is only 18 minutes’ drive from the West Wales coast and Llanrhystud beach and coastal path. There are also local walks directly from the property enabling you to experience the amazing Ceredigion countryside.

What's included in the price?

* 3 days tuition in spinning and SAORI weaving * Small group size * Prewarped SAORI floor looms and all materials provided * A drop spindle to take home * 3 nights comfortable accommodation *All meals and refreshments included (from dinner Friday evening to lunch Monday) *Beautiful location in West Wales *No experience necessary *Limited places available The retreat will be hosted by Mud and Wool on their beautiful 14 acre property in Ceredigion, near Lampeter, where you will enjoy peace and quiet and spectacular views. The workshop will be held in the well equipped studio barn beautifully renovated with a contemporary feel. Accommodation included. You will be staying in comfortable private rooms, furnished to a high standard. We have fantastic accommodation either on site or in a nearby cottage. The fee for the course includes staying in your own private room for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights but if you would prefer to share, please enquire for a reduced fee. It is also possible to buy additional nights’ accommodation, before or after the course, if you would like to extend your holiday to be able to explore this beautiful area. Please let us know at the time of booking. The retreat at Mud and Wool is fully catered with delicious home cooked, vegetarian meals using locally sourced food, including food that we have grown on the land. Breakfast will be available at your accommodation and the rest of the meals will be eaten communally in the dining area of the studio. •Continental breakfast including Muesli, Freshly Baked Bread and Teas and coffee •Morning Break with a tasty bake •Lunch •Afternoon Break with another tasty bake •Dinner with 2 courses including a glass of wine or a beer (if you would like to bring more of your own alcohol, please feel free to do so) Please let us know of any dietary requirements when booking so that we can cater for you.


3 days (9:00am to 5:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts



Tylau, Bwlchllan, LAMPETER, Cardiganshire, SA48 8QR

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Residential
  • UK Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Accommodation offered
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