Time & Space to Unwind – Yarn & Yoga 2023

Madeline, a fat pale woman wearing an icelandic wool sweater and glasses, admires the scarf she's just pulled from an indigo vat, which is drying on a bush

In 2017 when this event was created Kate Larson wrote: ”It’s good to find ways to engage our whole selves, and both yoga and fiber arts are great ways to go about it.”

I was lucky enough to attend that first year, soaking up the yoga, spinning time, and all the loveliness of the hotsprings. It was so wonderful that when I was asked to return and assist I was excited every time.   Of course it’s been a few years since we’ve been able to gather, the pandemic saw us cancel for 2020, and Kate is now the editor for Spin-Off magazine and quite busy.  Though she won’t be joining us, it is with her encouragement that we are putting together Yarn & Yoga at the Hotsprings in 2023 and we hope that you’ll join us!

Kelly Baraby, our wonderful yoga instructor from Helena, will be returning to guide us through restorative yoga practices each day of the event, and I have a couple other experienced fiber arts instructors with me.

This year I will still offer a natural dye session, and the rest of our time will be more retreat than workshop.  We think it’s likely that many of you “need” in your life what I did in the past when I attended this event – rest – some space to be – and time to engage in play.  I am partnering with my friend Shelley Stone of the Yarn Underground in Moscow, ID and she is excited to be bringing a variety of wheels, looms and other tools for us all to try! 

If you have specific spinning goals, new techniques you’d like to learn, or challenges you are facing please be sure to contact us and we can make sure that tools and materials for practice, as well as helping hands are available for you.  For more detailed information on what you can expect please check out the Experience page.

So, bring your wheel, spindle, perhaps a friend or two, and come ready to settle yourself into a fiber nest in a truly beautiful and healing place.  We’ll bring the wool, the yoga mats, and of course, as much tea as you’d like.

I’m so looking forward to seeing you there,


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