Art & Soul Basketry Retreat

Art & Soul Basketry Retreat
September 30 - October 2, 2016

Sponsored by Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild

Been weaving on your own? Ever been to that Canadian peninsula south of the Michigan thumb? Try something new with master American and Canadian teachers,  Jo Campbell Amsler and Joan Carrigan. Break bread and share ideas with compatible, friendly weavers in a beautiful peaceful setting for a retreat weekend on September 30 - October 2, 2016.

Our basketry retreat takes place on the peaceful bank of Lake Erie at the Holy Family Retreat House in lovely Harrow, Ontario, Canada. There are two work rooms for the classes. Each participant will have a bedroom with a sink; bathrooms/showers are shared. Food is prepared on the property. (If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know and every effort will be made to meet your needs.)

Weavers will meet at 5:30 pm Friday evening for registration and a meet-and-greet. Sandwich makings will be available, if needed. Then off to class 6:30-9:30pm. Saturday is a full day of weaving plus three meals and an evening programme. Sunday, we will be weaving in the morning with breakfast and lunch provided. This retreat weekend features 14 hours of instruction.

Jo Campbell-Amsler: Shadow Basket
(Skill level: Intermediate**)

Jo Campbell Amsler will teach the beautiful willow Shadow Basket. The basket design is based on the traditional Scottish Hen Basket, but the addition of sections of “coiled willow,” creates a lovely open lace design, which Jo calls “American Lace.” A variety of rib-style basketry techniques will be studied with an emphasis on shaping to create this form of basket (12" x 12"). For more information about Jo Campbell Amsler's work, please visit
$330CAD ($264USD) for non-Guild members. Cost includes instruction, materials, accommodation and food.
Maximum class size is 12 students.

Joan Carrigan: York Basket
(Skill level: Intermediate**)
Joan Carrigan, from British Columbia, will teach the York Basket. This rectangular basket features a variety of barks and natural materials of the Pacific Northwest and many weaving details. Choice of two sizes are available: the medium-sized 8" x 2.5" x 5" and the larger 8" x 5" x 5". For information about Joan Carrigan's work, please visit
Medium-sized basket $310 CAD ($248USD) OR large-sized basket $330CAD ($264USD) for non-Guild members. Cost includes instruction, materials, accommodation and food.
Maximum class size is 12 students.

**Intermediate skill level means you have made a number of baskets and are familiar with basic weaves.

Ready to register? Click here for the registration form. This PDF file will be viewable and printable in most web browsers. If you prefer, you can also download the file, open it in Adobe Reader or Preview (Mac users) and print.
Please complete all areas of the form and return to us by mail.