Design and hook an original art piece


Learn the age-old art of Cordwainer shoemaking

Weave a modern sculptural wall hanging in your own unique style

Use rusty objects, plants, and hand stitchwork to transform textiles into beautiful household linens and wearables

Make natural pigments, paints, charcoal, pens, and inks from materials in the Maine landscape

SEPTEMBER 8-11, 2022

At the Searsport Shores Ocean Campground.

For this year’s Fiber College, we’re excited to offer a choice of six, intensive four-day workshops that will run simultaneously from Thursday through Sunday, the week after Labor Day at the award-winning Searsport Shores Ocean Campground and art facility in Mid-Coast Maine. Your chosen workshop will consist of at least 18 hours of personalized instruction that will be the core of a unique retreat experience. You'll be sharing your meals and campfires with all of our talented teachers and your fellow makers. There will be plenty of time to work or daydream in the garden and on our beach. This is your time to renew your creative energy, confidence, and passion, carrying it with you long after we wave goodbye.  

For the second year running, we have created a program that reflects a few of what we call the Fiber College ‘touchstones’. We don’t literally pile them on the window sill, but they are the values, experiences, and beliefs that we always try to keep in view. They help us focus, stay grounded, and keep moving forward.

Our 2022 workshops are all about the need for restoration and renewal - the importance of trying new things, actively fostering creativity,  having the courage to experiment, and taking the time to deepen our connection with the natural world, and with each other. 

Each workshop offers an immersive experience and is limited to 12 students so you can work at your own pace and skill level with lots of help from your (awesome!) instructor and fellow students. As a grand finale, on Sunday afternoon you'll enjoy a private, curated shopping experience where you'll be able to buy artwork, books, and supplies from your instructors, talented fellow students, and other makers from our Fiber College world.  Let’s dive in.

Touchstones schedule

Please note that this schedule may be modified to accommodate unforeseeable circumstances and necessities beyond our control.

Registration...just the bare details

  • Three days of instructor-led, immersive learning limited to a group of 12 per class:  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Welcome celebration on Thursday
  • Farm-to-table meals on Friday and Saturday
  • Breakfast and a light brunch on Sunday with a curated shopping experience
  • Special activities with a spotlight on Botanical Printing on both paper and silk
  • Live musical performance

The cost for each workshop is US$980.00 per person.