Join Rosie Green, experienced textile artist and facilitator, on this five-night fun and creative residential retreat. 

SAORI is a Japanese freestyle approach to hand-weaving that encourages people to express themselves intuitively in a fun ‘no rules, no mistakes’ attitude, The process of making SAORI clothing does not require proficient sewing skills, just simple straight stitch on a sewing machine or sewing by hand! 

We will be making a warp in a quick and easy SAORI way then weaving a length of cloth to make a simple SAORI style garment.

This retreat is aimed at those who already have a SAORI loom and would like the support, encouragement and shared inspiration to make a warp, weave the cloth and sew a garment. It is however also also open to complete beginners!

In addition to developing or learning to weave, this retreat will give allow you to unwind and find your inner peace as you work through the gentle art of SAORI weaving.

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.

What is SAORI?

SAORI weaving is a philosophy of personal creativity and self development practiced all over the world. With some it is a form of meditation, with others it is a means of relaxing and recharging their energies. And of course others who simply want to weave cloth!

We do not make plans, or have set ideas of what we will weave, and the finished cloth is always a surprise and a joy. The design of the looms and the type of materials we use produce a cloth that is suitable for garment making. These garments are simple, with little or no cutting to celebrate the cloth, and where drape and adjustments allow for individuality and a unique garment to suit the maker.

Within the SAORI philosophy there are five slogans of weaving which will be followed during the retreat:

  • Consider the differences between a machine and a human being
  • Be bold and adventurous
  • Look out through eyes that shine
  • Inspire one another and everyone in the community

We will follow the SAORI philosophy that we are born with creativity and intuition.

Cost

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

£1150 Private double ensuite

£1100 Private single ensuite

£950 Private single non-ensuite

£950 Shared double ensuite

£950 Shared twin ensuite

£875 Shared twin non-ensuite

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.