What to expect
Harness the magic and beauty of nature in this 3 day event at Meadow Rock Farm in Saxonburg, PA.
You can choose to go all inclusive and "retreat" with us or, just come for the workshops each day.
Click the "save my spot" button at the top or bottom of this page to view the available rooms
and compare pricing options.
Early bird pricing is available through March 31st for our August 26-28th 2022 weekend.
At this event we will dive into the creative process of eco-printing and tap into our connection with nature on our Yoga mats as well. For the eco-printing portions of the weekend, we'll explore the alchemy of water, plant materials, heat, and metal to make beautiful, one of a kind, botanical prints! We will be using provided foliage as well as foliage gathered from around the property. If you feel inclined, experiment with plants brought along with you from your garden or home. Each person can plan on creating 3 scarves during our time together on Saturday. Additional "ready for printing" scarves will be available for purchase if time allows.
On Sunday we will spend time together printing on paper. Each person can plan on creating a handful or more pieces on a variety of papers. Your finished eco prints can be used for making books, journals, cards, tags, collages, and can be embellished with hand stitching or pieces of ephemera.
Scroll down further to see the full agenda for the weekend, including Yoga classes and other special activities!
The eco-printing workshops will cover:
THE MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR ECO-PRINTING
SCOURING AND MORDANTING FIBER
UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF TANNINS AND CHOOSING THE CORRECT PLANTS TO PRINT
UNDERSTANDING THE PRINT PROCESS ON PROTEIN FIBER AND PAPER
UNDERSTANDING THE USE OF THE IRON BLANKET
MORDANTING PROTEIN FIBERS AND PAPER
DIFFERENT METHODS OF PREPARING THE LEAVES FOR CONTACT PRINTING
DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES FOR LAYING OUT YOUR LEAVES
METHODS OF ROLLING, TYING AND COOKING BUNDLES
USING DYE BLANKETS TO GET BACKGROUND COLOR
Meet Your Hosts
Eco-printing presented by
Kendra Russo of
Found and Foraged Fibers
Eco Printing is a process of using plants to dye and print on fiber and other mediums through contact printing methods. At its core, eco-printing is the act of directly applying botanical elements (leaves, bark, flowers) to textiles and paper to alter and/or apply color and print impressions of the botanical material on to the textile or paper surface. Found and Foraged Fibers was birthed from a deep love of everything green and all of the bounty it provides us with. During this event, Kendra will show you processes that have worked well for her using specific equipment and bundling techniques that are used to create clear and vibrant prints. Be prepared for the wonderful smells that can only come from eucalyptus, and other natural leaves and be open to the magic!
Yoga instruction, wine tasting and Mala making presented by
Brandy Kelley of
Shakti Yoga & Pilates
Brandy Kelley is an ERYT-200 Yoga instructor and studio owner at Shakti Yoga & PIlates in Butler, PA. She has been instructing students since 2014. Her passion is in guiding students through practices that align with the ever shifting energies of the natural world and cosmos around us. What goes on in nature goes on within. We are not separate. Brandy employs the wisdom of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Astrology into her classes to tap into the unique qualities of each season, cycle, or underlying theme. She is also passionate about empowering students to live their best life and to honor their current state of being each time they step on their mats. To facilitate this, she teaches several styles of Yoga including Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative. There's always something for everyone. Brandy is also a certified Pilates instructor and teaches Mat Pilates as well as equipment Pilates classes as another method for cultivating movement and mindfulness.
Brandy will be leading 3 Yoga classes over the weekend. Each will be nature/element themed and suitable for all levels of students.
(if you choose to join the weekend workshops rather than "retreat", you will follow the highlighted schedule)
For retreaters: Meals will be catered and menu is TBD. One night will be an in-house, wood-fired pizza night...one of the perks of the property! Once you have registered, we will email you to ask about food intolerances.
FAQ's & Policies
What is the cost?
If you choose the all-inclusive retreat option, prices range from $1000-$1400. Rooms with more than one bed are $1000/bed, rooms with only one bed are $1200, and the large primary suite with two rooms, two beds, and a private bath is $1400. Save $150 on the retreat option if you book before 3/31. If you choose just the weekend workshop option, the cost is $500.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes! You can either pay in full, which includes a non-refundable $200 deposit, or register by just paying the deposit. If you pay by deposit only, we will contact you to arrange a payment plan for the remaining balance. Outstanding balances must be paid in full 60 days prior to the event.
Can I book with a friend?
Rooms that have more than one bed have listings for each bed, so as long as they're available, you and your friend can book different beds in the same room. Rooms that have only one bed may be shared with a friend for a discounted price. Email us to request this option.
What should I bring?
Something to take your wet papers home- an old bath towel works perfectly for this
Journal or notebook to take notes during class
Plants from your garden/yard
Apron or clothing that is okay to get dirty and possibly stained
Dishwashing gloves (To protect hands when using chemicals)
A Yoga mat or thick towel/beach blanket. We plan to practice outside
Bug repellant/sunscreen...just in case!
Personal items: clothing, toothbrush/paste etc. Towels and bedding are provided.
What if I have to cancel?
Deposits are non-refundable.
Reservations cancelled 60 days before the event will be refunded in full (minus the deposit).
Reservations cancelled 30 days before the event or within 1 week of the event with a positive COVID test result will be credited the amount paid (minus the deposit) to a future event, may be transferred to another participant, can be sold to someone on the wait list, or can be reimbursed in the form of gift cards. Half the amount paid (minus the deposit) will be a gift card from Shakti Yoga and Pilates and the other half from Found and Foraged Fibers.
Please contact brandy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to cancel your reservation.