Join Rosie Green, experienced textile artist and facilitator, in a hands-on introduction to growing, harvesting and processing of flax.

We are increasingly concerned about the devastating effects on our planet of the textile industry and fast fashion in particular. We often feel powerless to know what to do. By educating ourselves about the fibres we use and the processes needed to make them into fabric we can start to make informed choices and initiate change.

Flax grows well in the UK and there is a growing interest in learning more about how we can use this fibre to make our own cloth to suit our regenerative, slow textile movement.

Rosie Green

Rosie Green was first drawn to the practical process of hand weaving when she took a course in textiles. Since then she has followed a path in weaving. In 1982 Rosie moved to North Wales where she started demonstrating in the Bodeilio Weaving Centre on Anglessey. In 2014 Rosie opened SAORIMôr and was the first registered SAORI free-weaving studio in Wales.

As her practice as an Artist Facilitator has developed and changed over the years, Rosie has learned many things about the creative process, its value and its place in the lives of all of us. The process of SAORI helps us find our way.

This workshop will be of interest to anyone interested in permaculture, agro-ecology, community sharing, soil-to-soil, low waste etc. as well as the ‘Fibreshed’ Movement and regenerative textiles. 

This is a way to become re-engaged with our soils, our fibre plants and animals, the dye plants, and our processes to re-connect with our textiles and clothing. What could be better than making your wardrobe from fibres you have nurtured and coaxed into yarns then knitted or woven into cloth to make garments to treasure for a long, long time. 

Slow textiles is honest, rewarding and, with time and respect, is very achievable.

What to expect

Day OneArrival at 4pm and an introduction and talk after dinner

Day Two will cover all aspects of growing and processing flax: 

  • Growing – planting, harvesting 
  • Processing – rippling, breaking, scutching, hackling, storing

Day Three will cover preparing the fibre for spinning and using a drop spindle to spin the fibre into a linen thread.

Finishing at 2pm.

Venue

Whilst on the retreat you will have full access to the Trigonos estate and enjoy excellent homegrown and homemade food. 

Food laid out on a table at Trigonos

Cost

Residential – Prices are per person per retreat. Prices includes facilitator fees, accommodation and all-inclusive catering.

£460 Private double ensuite

£440 Private single ensuite

£380 Private single non-ensuite

£380 Shared double ensuite

£380 Shared twin ensuite

£350 Shared twin non-ensuite

Non-Residential – Prices are per person per retreat. Prices includes facilitator fees, and all-inclusive catering except breakfast.

£280 Non-residential

Terms and Conditions

  • A non-refundable £100 deposit is required within fourteen days of booking to secure your place. The remaining balance is then due twenty-eight days before the event start date.

  • The deposit will be retained for any cancellations up to twenty-eight days beyond the event start date.

  • The full cost of the event will be retained for any cancellations made within twenty-eight days of the event start date. 

We advise that you take out insurance to cover against any costs incurred should you have to cancel.