Led By: Br. Aidan Owen, OHC
Suggested Donation: $405
Thursday, 15 October – Sunday, 18 October 2020
Join us for our annual stitching retreat! This year’s theme: A Maker’s Pilgrimage.
A pilgrimage is an outward, physical journey that marks an movement to the heart of Christ, where we find the fullness and freedom of our truest self. In this retreat, we will explore making (needlework, woodwork, gardening, pottery, and any other manual art) as a form of pilgrimage. Drawing on a diverse set of sources including contemplative Christian writing, contemporary philosophy, and Jungian psychology, we will come to see our crafts as ways of becoming more fully human and more fully alive. Themes may include the sacredness of creation, radical incarnation, contemplation through action, rootedness and a sense of place, moving through resistance to God, rest, and Sabbath.
And, of course, we’ll spend our Saturday at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival (better known in the knitting world as “Rhinebeck”). Stitching during retreat talks is encouraged. Bring your needles or hooks, yarn, and an open heart. All meals and accommodations are included in the cost of the retreat, as is the festival entrance fee, and transportation to the festival.
Br. Aidan, known in the fiber world as the Knitting Monk, seeks to bring a contemplative and ecological approach to all his fiber work. When not knitting, he’s the Monastery’s Guestmaster and Groundskeeper. He also practices sewing, quilting, natural dyeing, writing, and gardening. When asked whether he spins, he always replies “not yet.” You can find his Ravelry page here, his writing here, and past episodes of his fiber arts podcast here.