SAORI WEAVING WORKSHOP
Join Mihoko Wakabayashi and Stacey Piwinski in a weekend of weaving and yoga! Stay at our quaint Historic Farm and enjoy fellowship, food and lots of fun! Pampering starts Friday, November 17, 7:00 PM through Sunday, November 19, 11:30 AM. Beginners, experts and everyone in between welcome.
Relax at this charming farm while having fun through hands-on SAORI weaving.
SAORI weaving is a freestyle weaving from Japan. There is no experience necessary. You can't make a mistake because everything you do becomes your art. You will learn how to weave with a pre-set warp on SAORI loom. Learn a few techniques such as incorporating with various materials including natural objects, fabric strips, ribbons, fleece and so on and making patterns. You may make a scarf, a wall hanging, or fabric that you might make something out of later. You don't need to bring anything for this except your open mind! Since everyone works at their own pace, the fabric that you make will be weighed and you will be charged by the ounce.**
7:00 Arrive and get settled, house tour
7:30 Meet and Greet,
8:00 Weaving Overview
9:00 Meditation/Yoga Nidra
10:00 Winding down by the Fire/tea
11:30-2:30 Explore local attractions/lunch/free time
6:00 Free time/appetizers/bring your own wine (winery close by)
10:00 Winding down by Fire/Tea
Mihoko Wakabayashi was born and grew up in Yokohama, Japan and graduated from Doshisha University in Kyoto. After receiving her B.A. in Education, she learned weaving by working with young people who struggled in the Japanese school system. While living in Michigan, she studied traditional weaving with a four harness loom. When she returned to Japan, she fell in love with the SAORI style of weaving, became a certified SAORI teacher. When Mihoko moved to Worcester, MA in 2000, she opened the first SAORI Weaving studio offering regular classes to the public. SAORI Weaving encourages everyone to weave spontaneously from their hearts. It is based on the ancient Zen principles of spontaneity and self-discovery. There are no “mistakes”. SAORI reflects a way of self-expression, art, and creativity.
Stacey Piwinski received her BFA in painting in 1999, MFA in studio teaching in 2000 from Boston University, and MFA in visual arts from Lesley University in January 2014. Stacey participated in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Teaching Program in 2005 and was inspired by Japanese textiles, specifically SAORI Weaving. She has facilitated community weaving projects at schools, art residencies, and museums. Weaving as a metaphor for bringing people together is a thread that runs through her work. Stacey has been weaving with Mihoko for the past 12 years. Stacey trained at Lexington Power Yoga and earned her RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance. She is Reiki 2 certified. Stacey believes, that yoga helps us collectively create energy and space by weaving together the balance of work and rest.
(Includes snacks and all meals except Saturday Lunch)
By October 14: $352
By November 5: $396
After November 5: $440
*The conference is limited to 8 people.
**Materials fee extra and goes by weight of fabric
(All rooms have shared
restroom facilities. Below price reflects lodging only for 2 nights. Please add workshop fee to lodging costs.)
The Madam Mamedoff Room:
Shared room with Twin Beds:
add $160 per person (limit 2)
The Marion Ream Room:
Shared room with Queen Beds:
add $180 per person (limit 2)
The Bear Cave:
Single Room Twin Bed:
The Eagle Squadron Room:
Single Room Queen Bed:
The Ladies Tea Room:
Single Room Full Bed:
The Sarah Flint Room:
Single Room Full Bed: