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Woolways Retreat: Hurricane Island, Maine

  • One Lupine/Maine Yarn & Fiber Supply 170 Park Street Bangor, ME, 04401 United States (map)

The Vision

Have you ever wanted to escape to a beautiful Maine island with just your knitting, a good book, and the sound of the sea to soothe your soul and awaken your creative spirit? Have you ever looked across the landscape of a long, cold winter and imagined the sparkling summer waters of Penobscot Bay, with its rocky outcroppings, pointed firs, clear skies and ancient tides?

Have you ever longed to awaken in a wee cabin, step out to greet the dawn of a northeastern morning, taking in the sharp, sweet smell of the tide as you walk down to a perfectly prepared, and locally sourced breakfast before heading out to knit in the sun on a wild rocky beach?

If this sounds like your kind of heaven, please join us for our first Woolways Retreat on Hurricane Island, Maine.

The Place

For decades an Outward Bound educational center, the Hurricane Island Foundation now operates as a well respected, and vibrant resource for science education. The focus is on place based research, and groups and individuals of all ages are welcome. The heart of this place is about discovery, about looking and seeing, and asking questions. What better place to host a retreat for knitters, spinners, felters and all manner of fiber enthusiast?

The People

In the spirit of learning, and discovery, One Lupine/Maine Yarn & Fiber Supply is proud to offer you a rare experience. Kirsten Kapur,  NYC based knitwear designer, and author, will be joining us for this retreat. As guest teacher, and artist in residence, Kirsten will be sharing her expertise and art with you. Whether you are in pursuit of new techniques, want to hone your skills, or simply wish to learn at the needles of a master, this time with Kirsten will be invaluable. See bio below for more information about Kirsten.

As if that was not enough, we will also be joined by Jackie Ottino Graf of Forage Color. Jackie, a Maine resident, internationally known teacher, and long time friend, is a master dyer with unparalleled expertise in natural dye techniques. She will be offering you her outdoor, saltwater workshop using foraged ingredients. 

Jodi Clayton, owner and founder of One Lupine/Maine Yarn & Fiber Supply, will be offering mini sessions on an array of knitting techniques. Jodi will also lead  round-table discussions about sheep breeds, yarn selection, fleece grading and sorting, and how to select the best fiber for your project.

The Details

~Arrive by boat Saturday, August 11.  We will meet in Rockland, ME, and be taken to the Island by private shuttle. Transportation to and from the island by this shuttle is included in the price.

~4 nights/5 days

~Rustic cabins with bunks & mattresses

~All meals included: The food here is outstanding. Each meal is designed by a chef, and executed by a skilled kitchen team. Many of the ingredients are grown on the island, others are sourced locally, including locally caught seafood. With notice they accommodate a range of dietary needs. Please contact One Lupine/Maine Yarn & Fiber Supply, with any dietary requirements at time of registration,

~We will have our own common space in which to gather, create, and socialize.

~Artist in Residence & Guest Teacher for the retreat:  NYC based knitwear designer and author, Kirsten Kapur, @throughtheloops on Instagram

~Natural Dye workshop with Jackie Ottino Graf of Forage Color, forage_color on Instagram

~Workshops and round-table discussions lead by Jodi Clayton of One Lupine/Maine Yarn & Fiber Supply

~yoga, hikes, fiber science, island history walks, quiet, and good company

~Depart Wednesday, August 15th after breakfast. Arrive on mainland by early afternoon.

You will need to bring:

~Sleeping bag, pillow, rain gear, clothes for layering, walking/hiking shoes, flashlight or small lantern, water bottle, sunscreen, personal care items.

You may want to bring:

~Binoculars, bird book, snacks, camera, spinning wheel, drop spindle, drawing and/or painting materials. There are no shops on the island so bring what you think you will need to be happy.

*** This is an island in Penobscot Bay, ME. It has some elevation, lots of granite, rocky beaches and shore, wooded trails and docks that shift according to the tides. Use  your own judgement regarding your level of fitness, and ability to safely navigate this terrain. As we will be traveling to and from the island in a boat, space is limited so please pack accordingly.

Space is limited so reserve your place early. 50% deposit necessary to hold you space. No refunds after 6/1/18. Full payment required by 6/15/18.

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This retreat is now full. Thank you all so much for your wonderful response. We are still keeping a waiting list, so please contact us at if you would like us to add your name.

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The long view

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Kirsten Kapur

Kirsten Kapur is a New York City based designer who grew up in a family of knitters, sewers and crafters. It was only natural that she would pursue a career as an apparel and textile designer in the ready-to-wear industry, where she honed her skills in garment construction and surface design. Years later, this knowledge proved invaluable when she began to experiment with the interplay between colors and textures in her original knitwear designes and patterns. Kirsten's independently published designes can be found online on Ravelry and her website

Kirsten's designs have been published in many books and magazines. Her most recent book is, Drop Dead Easy Knits, which she co-authored with Gale Zucker and Mary Lou Egan. She is also the author of Kirsten Kapur Shawl Book One.

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Jackie Ottino Graf, of Forage Color, will be gracing  us with her wonderful energy and outstanding skills as a Master  Natural Dyer. Jackie will lead a workshop in which you will foraging for plants and other island treasures, which you will use to dye your own yarn. The focus will be on using place, and the natural world to create dyepot art. Jackie is a sought after teacher and your time with her will be a rare and wonderful treat.

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