Thank You for a Great Event!

The biggest of thanks to everyone who attended the 5th year of our retreat, it was a success because of each of you!  Special thanks go to our instructors, and our outstanding speaker, Saskia Jordá.

For those of you who like to mark your calendars early, the dates for 2017 will be:
January 18-21.  Wednesday and Thursday will be purely retreat time for anyone seeking peace and quiet to work on their own projects and enjoy the beauty of the desert.  Friday and Saturday will again include classes, presentation by a guest speaker, and vendors, as well as continued community time.  Sign up for our newsletter (link at right) to be the first to know when classes are announced, and other news for next year.

Until then, we’re wishing you all happiness, health, and plenty of time to explore your fiber arts inspirations in 2016!

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Meet, Greet & Retreat:

The café area will be set aside as a community gathering place (all classes will take place elsewhere).  There will be plenty of room for spinning wheels, social knitting/crochet, and any other fiber arts activities you’d like to do while meeting new friends.  Whether you’re interested in taking a class or not, we invite all to come play with us!  There is no charge for admission.


Guest Speaker:

Saskia2013Saskia Jordá is an interdisciplinary artist working on site-specific installations, soft sculptures, and drawings. Her work has referenced the relationship between body and space, cultural identity, and mapping a sense of place since her undergraduate studies at Arizona State University and her graduate studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she earned her MFA.

She has received various awards, including the Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Award of the Phoenix Art Museum in 2015 and an Artist Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in 2010. She has exhibited widely within the U.S. and internationally. Her work has also appeared in numerous publications, such as the New American Paintings No. 96, Fringe Magazine, Java Magazine, The Phoenix New Times, and the Landscape – Forward 111 by the American Institute of Architecture.

Saskia Jordá is based in Phoenix, Arizona, where in addition to her practice, she teaches Textiles at the college level, and is the Director of the Artist Residency Program at Taliesin West for The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.


Charitable Outreach:

We are collecting handmade hats, scarves, and mittens to be donated to those less fortunate.  We can also accept any washable yarn you would like to donate for charity knitting.

We also welcome your donations of gently used king and queen-sized flat bed sheets. These will be given as replacements to sheep herder families who come to the annual Navajo Wool Buy with their sheep’s wool wrapped in the family’s bed sheets.  These donations were much appreciated by the families last year so we hope to provide these again in June.


See you in January!


Arcosanti Meet and Greet Fiber Retreat, January 2015.  Day 1 of the fun, plan to join us tomorrow in Cordes Junction AZ!
Nancy Wilson spinning in her booth at the 2015 retreat. 
Photo by Lisa Takata