Griffin Dyeworks Annual Retreat

Nov 2-5, 2023

Collage of projects and fun from previous retreats!

Join us for two days of dyeing, fiber arts, and creative workshops in the scenic ranch lands outside Victorville, CA. Our retreats are CASUAL and INCLUSIVE to all skill levels and people.  What’s so Great About Griffin Dyeworks’ Retreat?

Where is the Retreat? This year, the retreat will be held at Kemper Campbell Ranch in Victorville, CA.

When is the Retreat? Starting the afternoon of Thursday, Nov 2, the retreat will run until Sunday afternoon, Nov 5. Classes will be held all day Friday and Saturday, and Sunday morning.

Classes may each have a materials fee – but you can choose which classes to take and control your schedule and budget!

We offer a lower “family” food+lodging rates for partners and kids who want to enjoy the Ranch but not take classes with us. Children are not to be left unattended.

Teachers welcome! We invite everyone to teach. Teachers will be reimbursed for class materials expenses. Formally scheduled classes as well as informal classes (“If anyone wants to learn X, I am available!”) are appreciated. Submit a class anytime at

What else should I know? There are no fully ADA-compliant rooms available, but many rooms are accessed without stairs and have room for walkers or wheelchairs.


Currently collecting class proposals! Submit a class anytime at Classes will be a little different this year – since we have more time, classes will be “tracks” with multiple sessions and concluding with a FINISHED PRODUCT!

Preliminary Class List

Bookbinding – Making Paper, Marbling Endpapers, Assembling a Book

Spinning – Blending a Custom Batt with a Drum Carder (or Blending Board), Blending an Art Batt with a Drum Carder, Spinning from an Art Batt

Card Weaving – Warping your Loom, Some Basic Patterns, Some Advanced Patterns, Finishing Your (guitar/camera/bag) Strap

Natural Dyeing – Turkey Red and Indigo Bandanas with Itajime and Cold Paste Resist

Stitching – Design a Cross Stitch Biscornu, Cross Stitch, Biscornu Assembly

Andean Weaving Intensive – First Time Hands-On Andean Backstrap Weaving, How to Make Andean Backstrap Warps (or Interesting Work with Pegs and Continuous Heddles), Spinning Khaitu (and Other Weaving Yarns)


What’s included? Registration includes nine meals and three nights lodging. Retreat Guests can also sign up for classes (class fees are NOT INCLUDED in this price – you set your budget & schedule).


  • $50 – Deposit for any registration level. NON REFUNDABLE.
  • $400  – Retreat Guest (ages 11+) – Double occupancy room. You can choose your roommate!
  • $550 – Retreat Guest (ages 11+) – Single occupancy room.
  • $350  – Ages 3+ Family (no retreat classes, just food & lodging)


  • $100 – Friday only: 3 meals, Classes, Evening Presentation
  • $100 – Saturday only: 3 meals, Classes, Evening Raffle
  • $100 – Sunday only: Breakfast & Lunch; Casual Classes 9-11am

 Final Payments are Due Oct 15. You will be sent reminders.

Click here to REGISTER TODAY

Refund Policy:

  • No Refunds on the $50 Deposit.
  • If you cancel before Sept 1, you will be refunded in full for all payments minus $50 cancellation fee/deposit per person.
  • If you cancel after Sept 15 , 50% of all payments minus $50 cancellation fee/deposit per person will be refunded.
  • If you cancel after Oct 15, no refunds, no exceptions. You can transfer your registration to someone else.
  • If for some reason the retreat is canceled, you will be refunded in full.


Morning: Staff Arrives for Set up
2pm: Guest Arrival Begins
6pm: Break for dinner

8am: Breakfast
9am: Classes begin
12pm: Break for lunch
1pm: Classes continue
6pm: Break for dinner
7pm: Evening Presentation!

8am: Breakfast
9am: Classes begin
12pm: Break for lunch
1pm: Classes continue
6pm: Break for dinner
7pm: ScholarSheep Raffle!

8am: Breakfast is served
9am: Classes begin
12pm: Break for Lunch
1pm: Pack up and leave

Still not sure? Check our Frequently Asked Questions! Or Join our Facebook Group!