I went on this alpaca retreat in September 2019 and it was an amazing experience. I had signed up mainly for the yoga (which was fantastic) but I loved every part of the weekend from the tree walk to the art, from the alpacas to the weaving. The house and the surrounding area are beautiful and the food over the weekend was incredible. It was a very thoughtfully designed programme of events that left me feeling happily tired and thoroughly relaxed. I would strongly recommend this retreat; it has left me with a host of happy memories.
Thanks to Annie and Julia for an excellent and enjoyable course. The Alpacas are such characters and, despite the fact that the spinning was a challenge, I came away with a beautiful book cover! The setting for the first day at Burnt Fen was lovely, working in the yurt, delicious lunch in the open air and the chance to feed carrots to the alpacas. The second day, in the studio, was relaxed and productive with more lovely food to keep us going.
The whole experience was great and has given me the taste for doing some more.
If you get the chance try walking with the alpacas too, you won't regret it!
Read what Bex said, because I'm the friend that went with her. She's not wrong and says it all right there, so much better than I can. Excellent stuff, and so much fun. I even got to feed carrots to some of the girls by hand -they are super gentle.
Response from Burnt Fen Alpacas:Hi Anita. Thank you! I’ve only just realised I can respond to the comments 😂 so please say a big thanks to Bex as well ☺️ Annie
I cannot recommend this course highly enough! My friend and I attended, completely new to both spinning and weaving. We had the best time. The location on the first day is just lovely...relaxed, beautiful and really up close and personal with the stunning alpacas. The second day is spent in central Norwich in a wonderfully calming and very happy studio. Annie and Julia are kind, patient, and fun hosts with
excellent knowledge and really good teaching skills. The course takes you from spinning your own alpaca wool (you will know exactly which darling one loaned you the fleece ;)) to making your very own woven book cover. The meals provided were delicious too. Go...don't hesitate. ;)
I'd really recommend the spinning/weaving workshop with Julia and Annie. They both have their own tips and experience to help you learn both skills. I liked the combination of yurt for spinning and studio for weaving, in addition to the great company and lovely lunches but also last but not least the alpacas! What lovely creatures! Just a wide range of experience in two days! If you fancy trying out the spinning and weaving, they are great teachers and you have something to take home at the end. I will be definitely going back to have afternoon tea and cake with alpacas and buy some more wool for weaving.
I attended one of these wonderful 2-day workshops earlier this year. It was a fab contrast between day 1 in a cosy, fairy light bedecked yurt where Annie and Julia showed great patience in helping me to spin my first ever skein of beautiful soft alpaca yarn, and day 2 in Julia's light and airy studio I the city where I learned to weave. What did I love? The gorgeous Burnt Fen alpacas, the excellent lunches, the skilled tutoring, the great company, the lovely settings, my finished product, having the time and space to enjoy two days of creativity and learning a new skill. What didn't I love? Nothing, except having to go back to the day job afterwards. I enjoyed it so much my husband and I are going back to Burnt Fen for another spinning session later this year!