October 24th, Morgan and I pulled up stakes, folded up our wheels, and headed for the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, Cape Breton, for the 7th annual Maritime Spinners’ Retreat. The scenery was beautiful, the weather was perfect and the bobbins were spinning fast and furiously.


With 100 spinners from throughout Atlantic Canada in attendance, as well as a number from other provinces and the Eastern US , it was a great opportunity to connect and commiserate with other fibre enthusiasts. Every skill level was represented, from absolute beginner to expert, and a mentor system and a series of mini-workshops provided everyone with a chance to pick up new skills ranging from drop spindling to Navajo plying. In fact, the retreat provides those with little or no spinning experience with a rare chance to see and try many styles of wheel and to get many different perspectives on the craft.

A daily vendors’ market presented a dizzying array of fibre and tools, and there were yoga sessions, mini-massages, Celtic harp lessons, a milling frolic, a Ceilidh and scenic walks. There was hardly any time to spin!

Next year’s retreat will take place in New Brunswick and–as always–all spinners and would-be spinners are welcome. Stay tuned for details!