Organic Indigo Dyeing Farm Retreat


Mark your calendars for my first on-farm weekend-long Indigo Dyeing Retreat!

May 11 & 12, 2019
Lily Springs Farm
Osceola, WI

I’m excited to partner with Lily Springs Farm this Mother’s Day weekend for an organic indigo dyeing retreat. Grab your mom, best friend, sister, parent, neighbor, or yourself, and come join me!

This is a great opportunity to dive deeper into natural dyeing with an organic indigo vat, using both the fructose and iron vat methods which are compostable and organic. You will learn the basics of creating, maintaining, and dyeing with an organic indigo vat using the 1-2-3 indigo vat method. You will learn shibori indigo dyeing techniques using wood blocks, clamps, ties, and stitches, and will walk away with a set of organic tea towels that you hand dyed with indigo, as well as a mini indigo vat to take home and experiment with. In addition to organic tea towels provided, I strongly encourage you to bring fabric or clothing from home that you would like to dye with. Make sure that all fabric you bring to dye with is made from a 100% natural fabric (Linen, Cotton, Silk, or Wool), and is washed.

About Lily Springs Farm

Lily Springs Farm is a 100-acre regenerative farm, educational space, and event venue dedicated to fostering health in the community and the land. Through permaculture and holistic land management practices, they aim to restore our habitats to health and to build a sustainable perennial-based farm system that integrates land, people and the built environment. Learn more about them at


About the Weekend!

The price of registration for the weekend includes all materials needed for instruction, a farm fresh dinner on Saturday night, breakfast on Sunday morning and snacks featuring locally sourced and organic foods cooked on sire by our workshop chef, Emma Schroeder of Circle Round Catering in Minneapolis. Let us know your dietary needs and we can accommodate. Ticket prices vary based by the type of accommodation you would prefer. Please reach out to me with any additional questions at


DAY 1 - Saturday, May 11, 2019

10 a.m. - Arrive and Welcomes!

10:30 a.m. - Land walk and introduction to Lily Springs and Regenerative Agriculture.

11 a.m. - Organic Indigo Vat introduction and creation together.

11:30 a.m. - Project Planning.

Noon - 4pm - Learn shibori and various indigo dyeing techniques and practice.

4:30 p.m. - Optional natural dyeing walk. We will discuss local natural dye plants that can be found on the land. If we find viable dye plants, there is an option to make up a small batch of natural dye vat in the morning. Or, stay back and rest or read the natural dye books available.

6ish - Organic and Locally Sourced Dinner provided by Emma Schroeder or East Side Co-Op.

8ish - Bonfire, desserts, drinks, and socialize!

DAY 2 - Sunday, May 12, 2019

8 a.m. - Optional yoga - instructor TBD

9 a.m. - Breakfast

10 a.m. - Wake up Indigo Vat, discuss intermediate shibori techniques and options for design.

10:30 a.m. - Free shibori and indigo vat designing time.

1 p.m. Light lunch.

1:30 p.m. Finish up indigo projects, rinse, and hang to dry. Discuss care techniques, project learnings, using an indigo vats at home, additional recommended reading, and goodbyes!

3 p.m. - Wrap up and head home!

Students should bring

Water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, (camping supplies if they are camping!), notebook and pen/pencil, fabric/clothing to dye with, snacks for Saturday afternoon, pair of rubber gloves that go high up the arm, and wear clothes that can get messy..or rather, covered in indigo dye!


Lily Springs Farm

Learn about Lily Springs more here.