Join me at my home in southern Maine for a retreat from your daily life and a chance to learn new skills, ignite your creativity, and gather with others. This time and space to be creative is a way to nurture yourself while learning use materials and techniques that are good for the planet. I’ll guide you through projects that encourage you to turn waste into abundance and introduce you to skills that you can use again and again. Each retreat includes a vegetarian lunch and time to enjoy our fledgling suburban homestead. Before you head home, take a walk on the nearby beach or explore the trail through the marsh by bike or on foot.

I am also available to teach private classes in your home, please contact me for more information

To register or for more information, email me All classes require a minimum of 4 and can accommodate a maximum of 6 people.

Waste Less, Create More June 22, 2019 10-3 PAY WHAT YOU CAN
Reducing your consumption and waste are important choices you can make for the health of the planet and your own well-being. But where to begin? We will talk about simple changes you can make to let go of your reliance on plastic and to waste less in your daily life. Then we will explore the way that wasting less provides nearly unlimited opportunities to be more creative and connect more deeply to the things we put on and in our bodies and homes. We will put these ideas into practice while make yogurt and body butter, you’ll take home samples as well as the recipes and the skills to do it again. After lunch we will practice some basic sewing techniques to create reusable bags for grocery shopping or other plastic free adventures.

Scrap Paper August 10, 2019 10-4 $100.
So many things have gone paperless these days, but a blank sheet can still be the perfect place to jot down your thoughts, scribble a to do list, or sketch an idea. Junk mail, worksheets, magazines, paper bags can all be recycled but they are also valuable material for creative exploration. Get more out of your scraps and create something beautiful and useful. We’ll sew together a simple book made from envelopes, a fun and quick way to take the junk out of junk mail. Then we’ll experiment with printing on paper with vegetable stems, leaves and scraps. We’ll spend the afternoon making a small journal or sketchbook with a coptic-style binding. You’ll bring home your books and the skills to make many more.

Food Scraps  October 19, 2019 10-3 $90.
Almost 40% of the food grown in the United States is never eaten. While there are many systemic changes that need to be made, we can do a lot in our own kitchens to reduce food waste, save money, and eat well. Join me for a cozy day in the kitchen, learning about ideas and trying recipes to use up scraps and make better use of odds and ends in the kitchen. We’ll practice making pie dough for savory hand pies, make fillings from scraps, learn how easy it is to make stock for soup, and prepare a satisfying lunch based around scraps and food that might otherwise go to waste. My kitchen is vegetarian but these recipes can be adapted to your particular eating preferences. You will bring home recipes, techniques, and samples to inspire a less wasteful and more delicious time in the kitchen.

Sewing with Scraps Winter 2020 More information soon.