The Craft Retreat

Come and join us for an Autumnal craft retreat. The week combines, natural dyeing, eco printing, felting and gentle walking. Enjoy time outside dyeing and walking but also as the Autumn arrives it is lovely to have cosy days indoors learning or improving craft skills.

We start the week making our natural dyes, walking in the woods foraging for plants, lichen and bark.  Over the next two days we will dye fleece, silk and cotton over 25 beautiful shades. The course teaches traditional methods of dyeing fleece as well as more modern methods such as eco printing, using plants and leaves to print on silk. Each guest will take home their own unique silk scarf printed using flowers and leaves they have foraged.  Just being outside, making fires and creating colour from plants is such a relaxing experience.

We will take time to explore the local area, walking along the river at Corrimony, visiting its famous chambered cairn and walking in the RSPB reserve, which is just on our doorstep.  We spend a day in Glen Affric (known as one of Scotland’s most beautiful glens).

The second half of the week is spent felting and walking. We spend a morning visiting Plodda waterfalls, one of the tallest waterfalls in Britain and the afternoon needle felting. Have a go at wet felting with some of the fleece we have naturally dyed, create pieces inspired by the landscapes around us. Our final day is spent walking above Loch Ness, enjoying the view of this iconic loch.

Evenings include a relaxation session at the Old Stables as well as local storytelling and music with Ele.  Our accommodation at the The Old Stables  has been especially chosen for this week; it is a beautifully converted building, which has twin, double and en suite rooms. There is plenty of spaces to relax and unwind and stunning views all around. Set in farmland next to the river, it is a perfect escape.