Neighborhood Fiber Co.

Natural Dye Retreat (Monthly Payment Option)

6 in stock
  • Natural Dye Retreat (Monthly Payment Option)

Neighborhood Fiber Co.

Natural Dye Retreat (Monthly Payment Option)

6 in stock



Join Kenya Miles, an internationally-known fiber artist, for a weekend exploring natural dyes! Participants will learn to make an assortment of different botanical dye vats that will achieve a wide range of colors.

There will be delicious food to nosh on (please let us know of any dietary restrictions), and informal crafting sessions!

Where: The Blue Mountain Retreat Center in Knoxville, Maryland

When: 4 pm August 13th, 2020 through 1:30 pm August 16th, 2020 (please let us know if you need to arrive earlier)

How Much: $700 includes 3 nights accommodations (shared rooms, twin beds only, 2-4 people per room) and all meals (see below for specifics).

The retreat includes all dye classes (see below) and materials, access to dye and materials outside of classes, and choice of 4 different projects: Dyeing wool yarn, cotton quilting fabric, silk blend scarves and/or materials for a hand-stitching embroidery kit. Embroidery hoops and needles will be available for anyone who wants to start using their materials immediately!

Meals: Included in the retreat cost are dinner on Thursday, 3 meals on Friday, 3 meals on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Breakfasts are continental with breads and cereal provided. Lunch and dinner are buffet style and we work our way through the leftovers for lunch on Sunday. Please feel free to bring any snacks or alcoholic beverages! 
We will be teaching the following:
  • Processing and preparing dye materials
  • Preparing Natural Dye Vats
  • Preparing Print Paste
  • Using Mordants and Ph Modifiers
  • And ultimately, dyeing a variety of materials
Artist Bio:
Kenya Miles is the artist & alchemist behind Traveling Miles Studio.  From the valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico to the red clay roads of Ntonso, Ghana, Kenya's process is a ledger of years of wandering and apprenticing around the globe.  Utilizing sustainable materials, her work honors ancient practices while harmoniously drawing on a distinctive contemporary voice.
Unfortunately, Blue Mountain Retreat Center is not handicap accessible. 

*Please note these classes are intended for amateur dye enthusiasts, not dye professionals. If you are looking for classes that teach how to dye for business purposes, then this is not the retreat for you.*

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