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Woolways Retreats: Hurricane Island, Maine 2019

  • One Lupine Fiber Arts 170 Park St. Bangor United States (map)

Welcome Makers,

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The Vision

 If you have 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, this is the retreat for you. If you have you ever longed for the solace of wild spaces, wonderful, locally sourced food, and creative freedom, this is the retreat for you. If you have ever imagined waking to the sparkling waters of Penobscot Bay, this is the retreat for you. If you have ever wished to be part of a creative community, immersed in the exploration of fiber and making, this is the retreat for you. Hurricane Island, with its rocky outcroppings, pointed firs, clear skies and ancient tides is a special place, your place.

Gulls, eiders and eagles will be your companions as you leave the mainland and head out across the waters of Penobscot Bay.  They will guide you home. Hurricane Island is a rock bound haven in an ever shifting sea, where you can explore among pointed firs, and breathe with the ancient tides.

If this sounds like your kind of heaven, please join us for our 2nd annual 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 enthusiasts?

The People

 We are so pleased that (by popular demand) by Jackie Ottino Graf of Forage Color, will be back with us this year. 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.  Jackie is expanding her workshops this year to include an indigo session with both felted wool and shibori techniques.

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Jackie Ottino Graf

Dye master at work

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.

Jodi will also be offering a wet felting session in which you may choose to create a panel that could be dyed in Jackie’s workshop to become a cover for a personal journal.

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Jodi Clayton

We are very happy to welcome Ginger Ward-Green to our retreat family this year. Ginger is a certified life coach and facilitator with over 25 years of experience working with individuals and groups. Her expertise lies in teasing out goals, priorities and aspirations, to help her clients move forward with confidence and courage to do their best work and live their best life.

Ginger and Jodi are interested in exploring the relationships between making and being, between the act of creating an object, and the internal, spiritual processes associated with personal journey and growth. Ginger will be offering workshops focusing on these connections.


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Ginger Ward-Green

The Details

~Arrive by boat Saturday, August 10.  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.

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

~Ginger Ward-Green, Bridges and more

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

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

~Depart Wednesday, August 14th after breakfast. Arrive on mainland by early afternoon.


Our own beach


You will need to bring:

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



** I have been thinking a great deal lately about what it means to be a woman, a human being, a creative person within a larger community, and a good citizen. I find myself increasingly drawn to stories, be they my own or those of others. The connections between making and personal journey, spiritual connections and the exploration of the world are powerful. How do they inform, influence, enable, impede, provoke, and support one another? Here on this island we can begin to explore these connections together. In a time so relentlessly focused on the “me”, I am increasingly drawn to the power of “we”. This island seems like a good place to think more deeply about what this might mean.

Jodi Clayton, January, 2019

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A long View


We offer you two payment options.

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Old Bones

This island has a past

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Ice Pond

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Yurt time

settle in and relax

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Makers bounty

Success with natural dyes

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Rose hip dye bath

Forage and dye

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Knitters nook

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Morning coffee

A perfect place to knit


Safe at harbor

The way life can be. Welcome home.