Sunday, June 30, 2013, 9am - 5pm
with Reirin Gumbel
and Randy Chelsey
Spinning thread from animal or plant fiber is an ancient art that has been practiced by peoples all over the world. What used to be a chore for slaves and women has now become a recreational labor of love for people who prefer their own handmade creations to store-bought varieties. At the same time as one concentrates on drafting the fiber, the turning of the wheel or spindle has a calming effect, and many spinners liken their craft to meditation practice.
You will learn to prepare the fiber, and draft and twist it into yarn with spinning sticks and hand spindles. You can also try out a spinning wheel.
There will be ample time to also take a lovely walk in the gardens and farm after the class, and you might turn your stay at GGF into a weekend craft retreat by booking a room in our guest house. Fees:
$90, $81 current SFZC members, $72 limited income, plus $25 materials fee (for drop spindle and fleece). A delicious organic vegetarian lunch in the Green Gulch dining room is included. To Register:
This workshop has been canceled.
Reirin Alheidis Gumbel has been a resident at SFZC since 2003, was ordained as a Soto Zen priest by Furyu Nancy Schroeder in 2007, and was Head Monk in 2012. She held several senior staff positions at Green Gulch Farm and is currently Ino there.