Frequently Asked Questions
If your questions aren’t answered here, send ’em to Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s it like?
Get a sense of it here.
I’m in! Where do I sign up?
Wait…When and where is this retreat again?
Friday July 13 through Sunday July 15, 2017. You can show up any time after 1:00 on Friday and take your time to settle in. We’ll start our activities when everyone arrives, hopefully by 4pm. We can stay until approximately 3 pm on Sunday.
The retreat will be held in Westby, WI, which is about 2 hours NW of Madison. Watch the blog for more information and photos of the venue. We’ll send you the address and directions along with your retreat confirmation.
How many people can come?
This retreat has a limit of 16 participants.
And what’s it all about?
Dyeing with indigo, playing with shibori and batik pattern-making with fabric and paper, hanging out, eating well and getting to make beautiful stuff with your hands. Open-ended creativity and friendship.
How much and how do I pay?
The cost for the Deep Into Indigo Retreat is here in this handy dandy chart.
Please send us a deposit – $150 – by January 30th to reserve your spot and to save $50 off of the Retreat price. The balance is due by June 15th. If you decide to join us after June 15th, the full balance is due right away.
Break it down:
A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due by January 30th to reserve your spot. Meeting the January 30th deadline entitles you to a $50 discount off your room price.
- After January 30th, a deposit of half of your room price will reserve your space.
- The Early Bird Discount is available only until April 15th.
- Your 2nd payment is due by June 15, 2018 (A reminder email will be sent).
- If you would like to submit your full payment prior to June 15, that would be just super awesome.
- If registering after June 15, 2018, complete payment is required.
Please do not send your credit card info through email; it isn’t secure!
What is the retreat center like?
It’s a delightful, unique place. The lodge is a converted feed mill located just a couple of blocks off the main street in Westby, WI.
The space is divided into 3 individual apartment areas, each having its own bathrooms, kitchen, living and dining areas. There is a large, communal conference area with tables where we can work and share meals. The conference area adjoins the covered garage space as well as a nice back yard where we can set up our dying activities.
There are a total of 16 beds, some being in separate bedrooms and some being in common areas. There are many full bathrooms. We are happy to designate a bathroom as a totally chemical free zone, if you require it. Just let us know.
Here’s the breakdown:
Apartment 1 (Handicapped Accessible)
- Bedroom #1: 2 Twin Beds
- Bedroom #2: 2 Twin Beds
- Bedroom #3: 1 King Bed
- Bedroom #4: 1 King Bed
- Full Kitchen
- 2 Full Bathrooms
- Living Room
I’d like to come, but I can’t do a whole weekend. Can I come for a day?
Yes, just because we like you so much. We have a day long option. You can come on Saturday from 10 – 5 and dye dye dye! All of the materials and a delicious gourmet lunch and dinner are included. It will cost $200. Email Jennifer at email@example.com to sign up.
‘Sup with the food?
I’m glad you asked. Not to worry, Jennifer will not be cooking! The very talented and amazing foodie extraordinaire Jenina Mella is going to make all of our meals. Every dish will be as locally produced as we can manage.
Check back here later for a link to the full menu. Those of us who attending the 2017 Deep Into Indigo Retreat are still dreaming about her watermelon salad.
For those with special dietary needs, the food will be gluten sensitive, meaning that most dishes won’t have gluten. There will be gluten in the kitchen.
The food will also be vegetarian friendly. That means that there will be meat, but it will be easy to avoid.
If your dietary needs are more specific, feel free to please bring along your own food. We cannot offer any discounts on the retreat price. Let us know ahead of time if you are bringing food, so we can make sure there’s room in the fridge.
I am traveling from far, far away. How do I get there?
Another good question, you are very smart. You have lots of options. You can fly into the LaCrosse Airport. A Viroqua native tells us that this is the most expensive option. However, it’s also only an hour away from the retreat center.
Alternative airports are Madison (about 2 hours and 15 minutes away) and Minneapolis (the longest drive at 3 hours but possibly the cheapest airport option).
We’re happy to share your contact information with other retreat peeps (after you all give us permission) so that you can coordinate ride sharing from the airport of your choice.
Indigo Dyeing Questions:
Almost everything. We’ll provide a variety of fabric, papers, several types of indigo dye vats, plastic gloves, instruction and support, shibori making tools, scissors, seam rippers, and some fun surprises.
What does a variety of fabric and papers actually mean?
I’m still planning and prepping. For sure it will include lots of tea towels, samples of different types of fabric, pretty scarves, napkins, and lots of clothes that I’ve thrifted and prepped to dye. I’ll also have a variety of luscious papers to dye, some hand made! There will be more. I hope you’ll send suggestions. Please bring some of your own fabrics and paper and fibers to dye if you want to, though, you won’t need to, we’ll have plenty. Indigo will only dye natural fibers.
Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with suggestions, questions and knock knock jokes.
Do I need to prepare my fabric ahead of time?
No. But you can, if you want to. I recommend that you wash your fabrics with your regular detergent and Arm N. Hammer Washing Soda in the hottest water you think the fabric can handle. If you regularly use dryer sheets, hang your fabric to dry. There’s a washer and dryer, in case your fabric isn’t prepped before you arrive or if you spill coffee down your front.
Is formal attire required?
No, silly. In fact, it’s going to be grandly messy and you should dress in clothes that can be stained blue. Don’t forget that your shoes will get stained too. My recommendation is to plan on getting messy in the day and then just wearing your jammies at night.
Are there any super obvious things that you feel like saying anyway, Jen?
Yes. No smoking, no pets, be friendly. Since there will be alcohol, we’d like everyone to be 21 or over. Also, since we are sharing intimate space, the retreat is for women only.