Artist's Retreat Fiber Art, Macramé & Yoga hosted by

Joleen Emery, Artist & Yoga Instructor

April 14-17, 2022

Imagine a Weekend Away in a Serene Setting...

Imagine...getting away for a long artsy-fartsy weekend!! Making and FINISHING unique projects, learning a new or honing an old skill, laughing, sharing and enjoying the company of other arty people, sleeping soundly in a luxurious and cozy bed, eating super nummy food, enjoying a nature walk or taking a yoga class, and while you're doing all of those super fun things—there's more art!! Sounds kinda awesome, right? We promise it is! This retreat is the weekend away you deserve!

All Experience Levels are Welcome and Celebrated...

No experience is necessary—Haley will walk you through each project step-by-step. So, depending on your pace— you could leave Big Raven Farm with three completed works of art: a macramé plant hanger, a weaving sampler tapestry, and your very own llama weaving (pictures above). You will learn the skills and have the tools to create your own woven gems by the end of this retreat. Weaving can be a little addicting, we promise!

What’s Included

  • Art is Life Swag Bag
  • With lots of goodies inside!!
  • Everything you need to complete your projects,
  • including a 14” Beka frame loom, weaving tools,
  • and all the materials needed to complete
  • a macramé plant hanger and two weavings.
  • Incredible Food! Tasty meals, snacks & breaks
  • Nightly accommodations, and optional yoga classes!

 

Supplies We Share

  • Yarn/fiber
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Self-healing mats
  • Pencils, Pens, Markers

What You Need to Bring

  • Nothing —OR—
  • Your favorite artsy tools — scissors, fabric needles, yarn, etc.
  • (You don’t have to bring anything but you sure can!)
     
  • Be sure to bring...
  • Water bottle
  • Farm shoes
  • Yoga Clothes
  • Personal items
  • Sweatshirt for cool farm evenings…

 

Joleen Emery

Tentative Schedule

Thursday : April 14

Arrival & Evening Programming

You have your choice of arrival time— if you're interested you can join the 5 PM Yoga Flow Class or the 6:30 PM Slow Flow Class, If you're not interested in a yoga class you can set up your Art Studio space, get comfy in your room, or relax and enjoy the scenery and views from any of our porches or patios. Our first group activity will be at 7:30 PM when we gather in the kitchen veranda for rustic gourmet pizza, a large crisp Cesar salad, and a tasty fruit pizza for dessert. Around 8:30 we will move to the Art Studio and make the macrame plant hanger.

Friday : April 15

Morning

Breakfast is served from 8-9:30. You can start your day with an optional Yoga Flow class at 9 AM, have open studio time to continue finish your plant hanger or have a leisurely start to your day. Our first group session is at 10- we will pull out our looms and begin to work on our weaving sampler tapestry. Starting with warping the loom, color selection, and the plain weave.

Afternoon

After lunch we continue the sampler tapestry with the Soumak weave, rya loops, and pile weave. These weaving techniques will help to complete the llama weaving. Haley will demonstrate each technique and work at your pace to guarantee you understand the different weaving styles. 

Evening

We will finish the weaving sampler tapestry. Haley will guide you on how to remove the piece from your loom, weave in your ends, and attach the tapestry to a dowel/ stick for hanging.

Saturday : April 16

Morning

Breakfast is served from 8-9:30. You can start your day with an optional Power Yoga class at 9 AM, have open studio time to finish your weaving sampler tapestry or have a leisurely start to your day. Our first group session is at 10- where you will begin your very own llama weaving.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, we will keep weaving away—Haley will cover how to troubleshoot and manage common weaving mistakes like tension and knots. Around 3:30 you will have lots of options: you can continue to work with open studio time, take a hike around Big Raven Farm's 2.2 mile nature trail, participate in Joleen's demonstration of how to design your own weaving, enjoy some interesting shopping in Spring Grove, take one of our mocs out to the grove and have a decadent little nap, anything you want! 

Evening

The llama won’t finish itself, so we keep on weaving—You make be finishing up your llama and are able to take it off the loom, or you need more time. You will also have the opportunity to continue weaving. Haley will be available to answer your questions about all things fiber arts related.

Sunday : April 17

MORNING & OPTIONAL AFTERNOON

On our last day we serve brunch instead of breakfast—depending on where you are with the completion of your projects you are welcome to have open studio time before brunch or sleep in. Brunch is at 10:30 with clean up and departure shortly there after. Typical ending time is around 12:30-1:00. Topics for today basic tapestry design, additional weaving resources, and ways to display your weaving.

Accommodations

This event will take place at beautiful Big Raven Farm a 10-acre retreat center in the heart of the Driftless region, where Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa meet.

Featuring 6 guest rooms that sleep 14+, a 1200 square foot event center and studio, an 800 square foot dining hall that seats 60, a commercial kitchen, and a 2-mile walking trail, Big Raven Farm is conveniently located only 2-1/2 hours from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Madison, and Dubuque.

Room selection is on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms are double occupany, with the exception of one quad.

  • Premiere Suite with Private Bath (Black) 04-14
    Premiere Suite with Private Bath (Black) 04-14

    Our premiere guest suite, this double-occupancy room on the second floor features two twin XL (extra-long) beds (optionally convertible to a single king-sized bed), leather sofa, and private marble bath with tub and shower. Please note that you will be sharing this room with another retreat guest (unless you book both spots); if you and a friend intend to share the room, please be sure to coordinate your purchases.

    $597
    (Programming,
    room & board )
    Spots Remaining:2
  • Shared Suite with Private Bath (Pink) 04-14
    Shared Suite with Private Bath (Pink) 04-14

    This double-occupancy room on the second floor is part of a 2-room suite that features a private bath with a shower. This room is attached to the bath; the second room will have access to this bath through this room. Both rooms feature two twin XL (extra-long) beds in each room, optionally convertible to single king-sized beds. Please note that you will be sharing this room with another retreat guest (unless you book both spots), and will be expected to share the bath with guests in the adjoining room; if you and a friend intend to share this room, please be sure to coordinate your purchases.

    $577
    (Programming,
    room & board )
    Spots Remaining:2
  • Shared Suite with Shared Bath (Gray) 04-14
    Shared Suite with Shared Bath (Gray) 04-14

    This double-occupancy room on the second floor is part of a 2-room suite featuring a private bath with shower shared by both rooms. Access to the bath is through the other room, but a second shared bath is accessible from the hallway. Both rooms feature two twin XL (extra-long) beds in each room, optionally convertible to single king-sized beds. Please note that you will be sharing this room with another retreat guest (unless you book both spots); if you and a friend intend to share the room, please be sure to coordinate your purchases.

    $532
    (Programming,
    room & board )
    Spots Remaining:2
  • Shared Room with Shared Bath (Blue) 04-14
    Shared Room with Shared Bath (Blue) 04-14

    This double-occupancy private room on the top floor shares a bath with all top-floor rooms. It features amazing lighting and incredible south-facing vistas of the surrounding countryside. This room features two twin XL (extra-long) beds, optionally convertible to a single king-sized bed. Please note that you will be sharing this room with another retreat guest (unless you book both spots); if you and a friend intend to share the room, please be sure to coordinate your purchases.

    $512
    (Programming,
    room & board )
    Spots Remaining:2
  • Shared Room with Shared Bath (Cobalt) 04-14
    Shared Room with Shared Bath (Cobalt) 04-14

    This double-occupancy private room on the top floor shares a bath with all top-floor rooms. It features tree-top views of the surrounding woods and fields. This room features two twin XL (extra-long) beds, optionally convertible to a single king-sized bed. Please note that you will be sharing this room with another retreat guest (unless you book both spots); if you and a friend intend to share the room, please be sure to coordinate your purchases.

    $512
    (Programming,
    room & board )
    Spots Remaining:2
  • Top Floor Quad 04-14
    Top Floor Quad 04-14

    This quadruple-occupancy room on the top floor shares a bath with all top-floor rooms. It features tree-top views of the surrounding woods and fields. This room features four twin XL (extra-long) beds, optionally convertible to single king-sized beds. Please note that you will be sharing this room with 3 other retreat guests; if you and a friend (or friends) intend to share the room, please be sure to coordinate your purchases.

    $492
    (Programming,
    room & board )
    Spots Remaining:4
  • Everything But the Bed 04-14
    Everything But the Bed 04-14

    This 4-day pass entitles you to everything but overnight accommodations — supplies, classes, programming, yoga, and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Great for those who live near Big Raven Farm or those who plan to find accommodations on their own!

    $367
    (Programming,
    room & board )
    Spots Remaining:5

FAQs

  • What if I'm not an actual writer or artist?
    This weekend retreat is for anyone who is working through grief and loss. There will be no technical requirements or activities—this is a journey of exploration and discovery. We promise—there are no judges of your work or process—this is all incredibly personal.
  • What kind of meals do you serve?
    All of the meals and snacks are made in our Commercial Kitchen at Big Raven Farm. Both Darin and Joleen hold culinary certifications: Darin has trained with Danielle Kattan in Asian Cuisine and Joleen has earned a Baking Certificate from the Culinary Institute of America—Hyde Park, New York. To give you more detail of what you can expect here is a recent menu from a weekend retreat: We don't serve soda but we do make sure that water, coffee, iced tea and Arnold Palmers are available all day long. (Breakfast) Baked French Toast with Strawberries, Blueberries & Oatmeal Crumble, Homemade Granola with Greek Yogurt, Assorted Fruit, and Orange Juice (Lunch) Tart Cherry Chili served with Mixed Green Salad, Cornbread Muffins, and Apple Slices (Dinner) Green Goddess Protein Bowls served with Rotisserie Chicken, Edamame, Rice, Spring Onions, and Crunchy Corn Strings (Snacks) Homemade Date Bars, Fresh Fruit, Assorted Nuts, & Arnold Palmers. You will have a happy belly—the food is nummy!
  • Can I use your kitchen to prepare my own meals?
    You can store items in our fridge but no, you cannot wield knives or fire up the stove. We have a guest pantry with microwave just off the kitchen that is stocked with snacks and a full cookie jar—please help yourself. Joleen's most requested and loved Gingersnaps are usually found lurking in there.
  • What if I need special meals?
    There will be a follow up email sent to you that contains driving directions and details about retreat logistics. If you need Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free options reply to that email and let us know. If you have menu requirements different from what is posted here—just talk to Joleen—she's nice and loves to help.
  • Can we talk about your coffee?
    This is a great question—in fact, a really important question—in our Commercial grade coffee maker we brew and serve locally sourced and roasted coffee, this tasty option IS included with your registration. We also serve espresso and lattes—these options are NOT included with your registration. Our fancy coffee bar beverages have an additional fee—but you can run a tab and we will settle up at the end of your weekend.
  • Can you tell me more about Big Raven Farm?
    Big Raven Farm is a functioning Bed & Breakfast with a Retreat Center, Yoga Studio, Print Shop, Gift Shop, Nature Trail, Summer House and outbuildings. It is owned and operated by Joleen Emery & Darin Warling, together with and 2 of their 4 kids (Georgie & Charlie) they live on the property and manage their businesses.
  • Does the Farm have common spaces—places to hang out besides guest bedrooms?
    Absolutely!! We have a beautiful Great Room with couches and chairs, a dining veranda with tables & chairs, patios off the front of the house, and a huge wrap around porch with incredible views connected to the yoga studio. There are lots and lots of places to settle in and enjoy the serenity of the farm.
  • Do you serve alcohol?
    Nope—we are a coffee, tea, lemonade, iced tea, Arnold Palmer kinda joint.
  • Can I bring my pet?
    Our home belongs to the pets we already have... chickens, cats, kittens, and our beloved family dog, Auggie.
  • Wait, is this your family home?
    Yes! We have our own personal bedrooms and living spaces, you can't shake us—we are ALWAYS here!.
  • Are there TVs in the rooms?
    No, but we have excellent wi-fi if you want to stream to your electronic devices.
  • What’s your refund policy?
    I’m sorry, but I’m afraid we cannot refund reservations. If you’ve reserved a spot, it has prevented someone else from registering. However, you are more than welcome to find someone else to take over your spot prior to the retreat!
  • What is your COVID-19 Policy & Protocol?
    Everyone who lives and works at Big Raven Farm is vaccinated. Given that retreats occur largely indoors, bedrooms are double occupancy, and that we enjoy family-style dining, we require our guests to be vaccinated for the safety of all participants and staff. To do our part we follow the Minnesota State COVID-19 cleanliness guidelines for Inns and Hotels.