Making Winter Retreat

 
The aim of the Making Winter Retreat is to use seasonal creativity, good food, good company and cosiness as an antidote to the grey days of Winter.

Run by the jolly lovely Emma Mitchell in a small medieval village on the edge of the Fens, the Making Winter Retreat was exactly what I needed, when I needed it.

At this time of the year there are many factors that can affect ones mood; shorter daylight hours, rainy weather and the pressures of Christmas looming. It was really lovely to take a weekend out to try some new things and meet some new (and old) friends.

My partner in road trip and B&B electric bed racing crime (yeah, thats a thing and we have the video to prove it)  was Gemma. It was lovely to catch up with Kriss at the Retreat and to finally meet Val, Jane and Helen Ayres.

 
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Fine Silver Jewellery Making

Thanks to Emma Mitchell for running this workshop. I loved made a tiny wreath of Hawksbit, created a mould from it and then casted a fine silver pendant that now hangs from a necklace.

 
Making Winter Retreat #MakingWinter
Making Winter Retreat #MakingWinter
 

Wooden spoon carving

Thanks to Alistair Rose of the Woodlanders for running this workshop. I carved an actual spoon using an axe and a knife - and didn't cut my finger once (if my mother is reading this she'll be super impressed!)

 
 

Bookbinding

Thanks to Edel Hopkin for running this workshop. I loved sewing the spine of the hard-covered notebook, so clever how it all binds together, Edel's very own design.

 
 

Willow Weaving

Thanks to Val Curwen for running this workshop. The willow lantern that Val helped me make sits in pride of place in our living room - super impressed how easy it was to make and how good it looks!

 
 

Guided Nature walk

Thanks to Emma for leading this walk, highlighting the birds and plants to look out for in Winter and for showing us round her woodland neighbourhood!

 

Huge thanks to everyone who made the weekend memorable, from Emma and the workshop creatives, The Wandering Yak for the out-of-this-world food to fellow Retreaters, especially the posse staying at The Old Vicarage! And the gin - thanks for the gin ;)

The next Making Winter Retreat is being held in February, you can find out more about that here and see all the photos I took that weekend, here.