April in Alfred 2012 – A Rug Braiding Retreat

Notre Dame Spiritual Center, Alfred, ME

Create a family heirloom and enjoy the calm surroundings of a former Shaker Village in spring! April* in Alfred is a special rug braiding retreat to be held at Notre Dame Spiritual Center from Friday, March 23 through Sunday, March 25, 2012. This 4th annual retreat of quiet relaxation gives you the option to work on a current braiding project or start a new one. Pam Rowan and Bobbi Mahler, local rug braiding teachers, will be available to guide you. Loretta Zvarick will have wool and rug braiding supplies for sale.

*Though the date of the event is really in March, I’m keeping  the name “April in Alfred”  hoping that I can secure a date in April for future rug braiding retreats!

Although a braid seems like such a simple thing at first, the braided rug design options are endless — fabrics, textures, colors, patterns, rug shapes, number of braiding strands, and more. The April In Alfred Retreat offers an opportunity to immerse oneself in a traditional art, meet new people, relax, and improve skills. Everyone benefits from observing the skills of others as they learn the craft.

April In Alfred will be held in Alfred, ME at Notre Dame Spiritual Center, 133 Shaker Hill Road, March 23-25, 2012. Limited to 50 people. A fee of $200* includes: 2 nights lodging, dorm style, 6 delicious home cooked meals starting Friday evening and ending Sunday noon, 3 days of Rug Braiding, plus help with your project.

This year we will be in the “Big House” which means that we will have a very large main room to braid in AND the building has room for up to 50 people. Sunday of the retreat is “Maple Sugar Sunday”. They will be sugaring off across the street from where we stay. And the Shaker Museum will be open that day as well.

*Your place is secured by receipt of your $200 check. Cancellation fee is $25. For more information please call Carol Broadbent at 603-332-9038 or email carolbraids@gmail.com.

Fee: $200. Cancellation fee: $25
Extra Night: $35
Arrival time: noon on Friday
Departure time: 3-4 pm Sunday

Carol Broadbent
38 Dewey Street
Rochester NH 03867-1205

Please feel free to email me with questions!

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