Mindful Making Retreat

Mindful Making Retreat

Join Katrina Rodabaugh and Meg McElwee August 16-18, 2019 in the Hudson Valley of NY.

This Mindful Making Retreat focuses on natural dyes, hand-stitching, sewing, and various ways of incorporating sustainable, mindful, and holistic textile arts into homemade garments. Have you ever wondered how to design meaning and mindfulness into your garments before you start sewing? What if we chose fabrics based on their ability to age, dye, or be repaired? And what if we incorporated pocket linings, neck facings, and generous hems not just because they’re beautiful but because they create ideal canvases for stitching personal love notes, sketching favorite herbs, or studying moon phases? A Slow Fashion wardrobe should be as unique as the individual building it but here’s one thing it should always contain—meaning. Our handmade garments can be beautiful, custom-fit, thoughtfully-designed, and also act as handmade treasures.

Over the weekend participants will experiment with plant dyes, stitching, and adding amulets to garments; sewing one beautiful Forager Vest with Meg’s generous instruction; learn practical techniques for adding meaning and Mendfulness to clothing; and gather together in this slow textile community to discuss slow living, integrating our creative work and ethical values, and the power of connection to plants and slow textiles. Vegetarian meals will be lovingly prepared using organic and local produce whenever possible. Some produce will come directly from Katrina’s garden, her neighbor’s farm stand, and the organic farm just around the corner. Healthy snacks, treats, and teas will be available throughout the weekend.

Join fiber artists and authors, Meg McElwee (Sew Liberated) and Katrina Rodabaugh, for this special Slow Fashion retreat in Katrina’s carriage barn studio in the beautiful Hudson Valley of Upstate NY. The retreat will include fifteen hours of instruction; two passionate textiles teachers; two delicious vegetarian lunches; snacks and tea throughout; special materials for stitching like Sashiko thread and plant-dyed fabric samples; and an opportunity to build community from the retreat-like setting of Katrina’s converted barn studio and dye gardens. Space for this workshop is limited to just 12 students.

Ticket sales will open on April 5, 2019 at 3pm EST. Once sales have opened, please PURCHASE TICKETS OVER HERE and keep reading for more details. UPDATE: This retreat is now SOLD OUT but there is a wait list if you’d like to join. Just click through the link above.


Meet the Teachers

Meg McElwee
Meg McElwee is the founder of the popular pattern company, blog, and online community, Sew Liberated. Her company was one of the first indie pattern companies to emerge from the crafting renaissance, and she hopes to remain a small, friendly, and fashion-forward presence in the indie designer community. Meg has authored two sewing books and taught a class on Craftsy, but her favorite thing to do is marvel at the world alongside her three young children, whom she homeschools. In her spare time, amidst the creative chaos of her children, she enjoys making clothes that flatter the constantly shifting bodies of mothers. She believes that sewing is a self-care practice and enjoys slowing down and taking life one seam at a time.

Katrina Rodabaugh
Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Mostly, she rethinks the relationship between fiber art, sustainability, and slow fashion. Since August 2013 she’s been on a fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to focus on mending, plant dyes, and prioritizing handmade, secondhand, or ethical garments instead of fast fashion. She teaches mending and natural dye workshops across the United States; creates seasonal subscription craft kits as portable teaching tools; hosts retreats in her barn studio; and shares her teaching through publishing in books, magazines, and blogs. She published her first book, The Paper Playhouse, in January 2015 and her second book, Mending Matters, in October 2018 . She has a BA degree in Environmental Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing with a focus in poetry and book arts, though her textile training started at the side of her mother’s sewing machine several decades ago. Katrina grows, forages, and harvests dye plants with her husband and young sons at her farmhouse in the Hudson Valley.


Details for the Weekend Gathering
Friday evening, welcome reception, dye experiments 3-6pm. (Local wine and snacks provided.)

Saturday morning workshop, 10am- 1pm.
Saturday lunch, 1-2pm (Local lunch provided).
Saturday afternoon workshop, 2-5pm.

Sunday morning workshop 10am- 1pm.
Sunday lunch, 1-2pm (Local lunch provided).
Sunday afternoon workshop, 2-5pm.


Venue & Location
This workshop will be held in the private barn studio of Katrina Rodabaugh in the Germantown area of the Hudson Valley, just two hours north of Manhattan. The exact address will be sent to attendees once registration forms have been completed and payment has been received in full. The studio is not accessible by public transportation as it sits on one-acre of an 1820s homestead in the beautiful agricultural region of Upstate NY. Attendees will need to drive to the retreat but parking is available on site. As the classes will be held in Katrina’s private studio this gathering will be very intimate in nature and limited to just 12 students to lessen the impact on the land, allow for an intimate gathering of like-minded folks, and foster deeper individual attention from the teachers. Also, you’ll get to harvest plants from Katrina’s garden and say hello to her chickens and bees. There are local parks, fields, and forests nearby for further foraging local plant dyes though we’ll be harvesting most materials directly from the backyard.

The Hudson Valley hosts an incredible community of small, independent farms and inspiring eateries. In keeping with this regional culture all lunches will be created using delicious, local, organic produce and foods whenever possible. Several foods will come directly from Katrina’s backyard garden, neighbor’s farm stand, or local organic farm just around the corner. Lunches will be included on Saturday and Sunday, they will be vegetarian but please let us of any food allergies or preferences when you register and we’ll work with you. Tea and healthy snacks will be provided throughout the weekend. There will also be a reception on Friday night to welcome guests and share in local wine and snacks. In addition, Katrina can make several suggestions of delicious places to have dinner on Friday and Saturday nights if you’re traveling from afar.

Accommodations & Lodging
There are many places to stay in the beautiful region of the Hudson Valley but here are some of Katrina’s favorites that are less than 20 minutes away from the studio. In addition, there are several beautiful Airbnb listings in the immediate region. The towns of Germantown, Red Hook, Tivoli, Hudson, Rhinebeck or Rhinecliff would be convenient from the studio location and, without knowing the exact address, would likely be less than 30 minutes away.

$795 weekend package includes Friday afternoon welcome reception, two all-day workshops with two instructors, various slow fashion materials, tools to share, two local lunches, one evening reception, snacks & tea throughout, and the opportunity to visit Katrina’s studio and garden to share in this experience with a like-minded community.

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Cancellation Policy
We reserve the right to cancel this retreat at any time. If we cancel this program, you will receive a refund. Otherwise, there are no refunds offered for this retreat as teachers are traveling from out-of-town and various arrangements have been made months in advance. No credit or refund is available if you cancel; if you do not show up; or if you leave the retreat early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend the retreat and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content, which we do not anticipate as we work diligently to offer thoughtful, professional, and generous classes. If an emergency arises, please contact Katrina directly and we will try to accommodate a transfer should there be another interested participant–we will not promote your transfer but will work with you if there is an existing wait list or if you want to transfer to a friend or family member directly, in the case of an emergency only. Please understand our refund policy before you register–Thank you for supporting our work. It means the world.